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2019/2020

Bologna

In


Mattia Bani (def)(Chievo Verona); Takehiro Tomiyasu (def)(Sint Truiden); Jerdy Schouten (mid)(Excelsior); Stefano Denswil (def)(Club Brugge); Andreas Skov Olsen (att)(Nordsjaelland); Gianmarco Cangiano (att)(Roma)

Out


Felipe Avenatti (att)(Standard Liege); Federico Mattiello (r)(def)(Cagliari, end of loan); Lyanco (r)(def)(Torino, end of loan); Emil Krafth (def)(Amiens); Simone Edera (att)(Torino, end of loan); Antonio Santurro (gk)(Sambenedettese, on loan); Filip Helander (def)(Glasgow Rangers); Adam Nagy (sp)(mid)(Bristol City); Erick Pulgar (r)(mid)(Fiorentina); Luca Rizzo (mid)(Livorno, on loan)

The past campaign was a bizarre one for Bologna as they were first heading towards the bottom with Filippo Inzaghi in charge while they eventually finished in the top 10, with 30 points out of the last 17 games, once Sinisa Mihajlovic took the reins of the team. The Serbian coach was obviously confirmed at the helm but then the shocking news arrived that he is fighting against leukaemia. Nevertheless, he will continue in charge. He will have to deal with a rather renewed squad, though, as the loans of such regulars as Mattiello and Lyanco came to an end, while the likes of Nagy and Pulgar went to pastures new, thus leaving the squad weaker at the back and in the middle of the park. In order to overcome such defensive departures, and last season’s weaknesses, Bologna signed in a few centre-backs: Bani, who had a disastrous season with Chievo Verona, the promising Japanese Tomiyasu and the more experienced Denswil, the latter pair both coming from the Jupiler League. In the middle of the park, they only added Schouten from Excelsior, who lacks the experience needed to be a starter, and so they are still short in this department, considering that they adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation. While they also added an interesting young winger for the attack, Skov Olsen, Bologna certainly made their best moves by turning the loans of Orsolini, Soriano and Sansone into permanent deals.

Target


Bologna aim at another quiet salvation but it will depend on Mihajlovic’s condition, and on the arrival of a valid central midfielder and, possibly, a winger.

Season Review
2018/2019

№10: Bologna

A season of two halves for Bologna as a dismal campaign under Pippo Inzaghi was salvaged by a wonderful effort from Sinisa Mihajlovic to eventually secure a top half finish which looked impossible at one point. Inzaghi has yet to show he holds the same nous and smarts at the top level of management that he did when he was a player. His Bologna side played dull turgid football and won just 2 of his 21 games in charge. The former Milan striker failed to motivate his players and was duly sacked after an embarrassing 4-0 home defeat by Frosinone. Mihajlovic came in and immediately breathed new life into this ailing squad with a bold and well deserved victory over Inter at the San Siro. The Serb's aggressive ballsy character transferred onto his players who suddenly began performing with a purpose. In the end, Bologna acquired more than double the amount of points under Mihajlovic in less games than with Inzaghi. Mihajlovic was able to get the best out of January signings Roberto Soriano and Nicola Sansone. Soriano was given a free attacking role behind the striker which he thrived in whilst Sansone along with Ricardo Orsolini provided pace, energy and skill on the flanks. Orsolini was particularly impressive as he ended the season as joint-top scorer and provided many assists. A squad that looked tired and out of ideas was suddenly transformed by a manager with a fresh approach and Bologna will have to do everything in their power to hang onto Mihajlovic.


Player of the Season: Riccardo Orsolini

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