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2022/2023

Bologna

In


Michel Aebischer (mid)(Young Boys, loan made permanent); Lewis Ferguson (mid)(Aberdeen); Charalampos Lykogiannis (def)(free agent); Andrea Cambiaso (def)(Juventus, on loan);

Out


Arthur Theate (r)(def)(Stade Rennais); Aaron Hickey (r)(def)(Brentford); Mattias Svanberg (r)(mid)(Wolfsburg); Diego Falcinelli (att)(released); Nicolas Viola (sp)(mid)(released); Luis Binks (sp)(def)(Como, on loan); Andri Fannar Baldursson (mid)(NEC Nijmegen, on loan); Federico Santander (sp)(att)(released);

Ever since coach Mihajlovic took charge of the team in January 2019, Bologna regularly managed to achieve stability, steering away from troubles. However, although they played entertaining football, they ended each campaign with a feeling of unachievement. Inconsistency has always been their problem and the fact that under Mihajlovic they won 3 games straight only once is testament to that. If nothing else, last season they managed to concede less goals than in the previous 4 campaigns and obtained 13 clean sheets, 8 more than the previous season. However, they scored only 44 goals, their worst performance since 2017/2018. Youngsters grew up rapidly under coach Mihajlovic’s guidance and it is no surprise that Bologna lost most of their under-23 starters from last season over the summer. Centre-back Theate, left-back Hickey and holding midfielder Svanberg were all sold for plenty of cash, while 19-year-old centre-back Binks was loaned out to Como, as he is still in need of apprenticeship. Talented midfielder Baldursson was also loaned out but he never really got a taste of Serie A football. At left-back, Bologna should be well covered with promising Cambiaso on loan from Juventus and experienced Lykogiannis signing as a free agent. In the midfield, Dominguez is expected to become a leader, after seasons plagued by injuries, with Aebischer, who signed permanently, set to make a step up and Ferguson arriving from Aberdeen to provide cover. Bologna are missing some depth at the back, with Medel now 35 and Bonifazi coming off a mixed campaign, but they are also in need of a scoring alternative to the outstanding Arnautovic, 14 goals last season. Especially as the Austrian is attracting offers elsewhere despite being 33, and as Barrow never turned into the striker Mihajlovic hoped.

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Bologna should go for another quiet season as they lack the quality needed to make a quantum leap.

Season Review
2020/2021

№12: Bologna

Bologna are an ambitious club and Mihajlovic is an ambitious coach. They certainly aimed at a place in the top 10 at the end of the season, especially considering that they had failed to make it by only a few inches in the previous campaign. Despite an untouched squad, only strengthened by Hickey, an 18-year-old left-back who immediately acquired starting status, Bologna had a very slow start to the season, losing 4 out of the initial 5 games while defeating Parma in the derby. Then, they managed to reach the top 10 thanks to 3 wins between weeks 6 and 9 and that would be the peak of their campaign. After that, they only seldom succeeded to be brilliant again and often threw points away due to a poor defending. Between weeks 10 and 17 they failed to win any games but were capable of a 5-game drawing run. With the arrival of Soumaoro in January, Mihajlovic managed to tighten the defence up a bit and Bologna started winning games again, while alternating them with negative results. Between weeks 18 and 31 they won 6 more times, while also losing 6, and seemed to be heading for the top 10 again but the final 7 games turned out to be disastrous. In fact, an array of injuries depleted the squad and, in particular, they ended up being given harsh beatings by Atalanta, 0-5, and Juventus, 1-4. While having plenty of quality in the squad, Bologna totally lacked consistency. Players like Barrow (8 goals and 10 assists) or Orsolini (7 goals and 4 assists) often misfired or offered poor performances while some of the older stars, like Palacio and Danilo, despite their commitment to the cause, clearly proved well past their prime. On the other hand, Schouten, a holding midfielder, and Soriano, an attacking midfielder capable of 9 goals and 7 assists, were the players who stood out for their consistency and the importance within the team. A lot of investments are needed by Bologna if they really are to contend for a European spot again.


Player of the Season: Jerdy Schouten

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