2015-16 SERIE A REVIEW

BOLOGNA

2015-16 review

Serie A Pts P W D L F A
14th 42 38 11 9 18 33 45

Coppa Italia: Third Round / Team rating: 7 / Top scorer: Destro (8)

The newly-promoted Felsinei only saw their season kick into gear after Roberto Donadoni’s appointment, writes Susy Campanale.
 

Bologna are back

 
It took just one year for Bologna to win back their place in the top flight. Delio Rossi was confirmed on the bench despite his not exactly spectacular style and the club quickly realised the approach that scraped through the promotion play-offs on away goals and head to head records was not going to fly in Serie A.
 
The season only really began once Roberto Donadoni took over on October 28. Rossi had lost eight of his 10 games in charge, beating only fellow promoted sides Frosinone and Carpi, and scoring a grand total of six goals. 
 
Donadoni had performed miracles to keep bankrupt Parma in the running for safety as long as he did and proved his motivational credentials once again by completely transforming Bologna into a success story, starting from a 3-0 debut demolition of Atalanta.
 
They amassed seven victories in 11 games and flew up to ninth place, including shock victories over Napoli and Milan. They held Roma and Lazio to draws, but above all were the only side to stop Juventus winning in a 26-round streak from November to May, battling to a goalless stalemate.
 
This surge up the standings ultimately proved too rapid, as Bologna rested on their laurels in mid-table comfort and lost that fighting spirit in the final weeks. A 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Napoli - who took full revenge for the 3-2 surprise result at the Dall’Ara earlier this term - was a particular low-light of that period.
 
The Rossoblu went on an early vacation, finding the net in only one of their last six rounds, and sorely missed injured hitman Mattia Destro.

The Coach - Delio Rossi (Weeks 1-10) Roberto Donadoni (Weeks 11-38)

Each time we see him transform a struggling side, reignite their fire and motivate them to unexpected heights. Yet each time we’re here wondering why Donadoni isn’t working at a bigger club, for example his beloved Milan. Given more quality in the squad, he’d bring entertaining football too.

Player of the Season - Emanuele Giaccherini

Much like Bologna, Giak had been given up as a lost cause by many, but roared back to life at the Stadio Dall’Ara. The 31-year-old winger went from Sunderland benchwarmer to leader of a Serie A side lacking in experience. It was his most prolific campaign since 2010-11 at Cesena, bagging seven goals and an assist.

Did you know?

- Bologna did not concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes this season until the 6-0 defeat to Napoli in Week 34.
 
- The Rossoblu scored only three headers this term and defender Luca Rossettini got all of them.
 
- The last time Bologna got six away victories in a single Serie A campaign was 1965-66.

Squad

No Pos Player Apps Gls Assists
83 GK Antonio Mirante 34 - -
1 GK Angelo da Costa 5 - -
15 D Ibrahima Mbaye 16 (5) - -
2 D Marios Oikonomou 21 (3) - -
13 D Luca Rossettini 30 (1) 3 1
25 D Adam Masina 34 (3) 2 4
19 D Kevin Constant 7 (4) - -
11 D Juan Camilo Zuniga 9 (6) - 1
28 D Daniele Gastaldello 26 1 2
4 D Emil Krafth 4 (2) - -
24 D Alex Ferrari 22 (8) - -
3 D Archimede Morleo 5 - -
20 D Domenico Maietta 19 (1) - -
21 M Amadou Diawara 35 (4) - 1
8 M Saphir Taider 29 (4) - -
30 M Godfred Donsah 20 (2) 2 2
6 M Lorenzo Crisetig 6 (1) - -
22 M Luca Rizzo 24 (6) - 3
5 M Erick Pulgar 13 (7) - -
14 M Franco Zuculini 1 (1) - -
90 M Marco Crimi 1 - -
33 M Matteo Brighi 24 (9) - -
10 A Mattia Destro 27 (2) 8 2
26 A Anthony Mounier 30 (6) 4 1
17 A Emanuele Giaccherini 28 (1) 7 1
11 A Matteo Mancosu 10 (7) 1 -
7 A Filippo Falco 9 (8) - -
18 A Robert Acquafresca 7 (4) - -
23 A Franco Brienza 18 (13) 3 5
99 A Sergio Floccari 18 (8) 2 1
98 A Aaron Mattia Tabacchi 1 (1) - -