Bologna Returns to Champions League After 59 Years: A Dream Come True – Bologna’s dream has finally come true. They ensured they returned to the elite Champions League stage after waiting for 59 years.

Bologna won 2-0 at home to Napoli in Week 36 of Serie A 2023/2024, Saturday (11/5/2024). Thiago Motta’s team won thanks to goals from Dan Ndoye in the 9th minute and Stefan Posch in the 12th minute.

Helped by Atalanta’s 2-1 victory over AS Roma, Monday (13/5/2024), Bologna celebrated. Bologna is certain to finish in the Champions League zone with two matches remaining.

The last time Bologna appeared in the European Cup/Champions League was in the 1964/1965 season.

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Bologna in the European Cup 1964/1965

In the 1963/1964 season, Bologna won Scudetto Serie A. This is Bologna’s 7th Scudetto, and the last to date.

Serie A champions, Bologna had the right to appear in the 1964/1965 European Cup. However, Bologna’s progress at that time was very short.

Against Anderlecht (Belgium) in preliminary roundBologna was immediately eliminated.

It was the first and last time Bologna took part in the European Cup/Champions League. After waiting a very long time, around 59 years, Bologna’s dream of competing again in elite European competition has finally come true.

This dream came true after Thiago Motta’s cold hands succeeded in making them appear impressive in Serie A 2023/2024.

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Bologna’s impressive performance in Serie A 2023/2024

Bologna has appeared impressive in Serie A this season. Until week 36, Bologna had won 18 times, drawn 13 times and only lost five times.

Bologna in Serie A 2023/2024 so far

  • Matches: 36
  • Wins: 18
  • Seri: 13
  • Losses: 5
  • Gol: 51
  • Conceded: 27.

In terms of goal productivity, Bologna is still behind Atalanta, Roma and Napoli. However, Bologna has a solid defense.

Bologna has only conceded 27 goals. Their conceded rate is the second best. They only lost to Inter Milan (19 goals).

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The sharpness of Joshua Zirkzee and Riccardo Orsolini

Serie A 2023/2024: Joshua Zirkzee (right) goal celebration in the AC Milan vs Bologna match in week 22 (c) AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

Joshua Zirkzee and Riccardo Orsolini are Bologna’s two top scorers in Serie A this season. Zirkzee has contributed 11 goals, while Orsolini has 10 goals.

Bologna’s goal scorers in Serie A 2023/2024 so far:

  • 11 goals: Joshua Zirkzee
  • 10 goals: Riccardo Orsolini
  • 6 gol: Lewis Ferguson
  • 5 goals: Giovanni Fabbian
  • 4 gol: Alexis Saelemaekers
  • 2 goals: Charalampos Lykogiannis, Jens Odgaard, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Oussama El Azzouzi
  • 1 goal: Dan Ndoye, Nikola Moro, Remo Freuler, Sam Beukema, Stefan Posch.

Apart from the goal scorers, there are also creative players whose roles are no less important. This includes Riccardo Calafiori with five contributions assistand Alexis Saelemaekers with two assist.

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Bologna’s Last 2 Opponents: Juventus and Genoa

Serie A 2023/2024: Pelatih Bologna, Thiago Motta, dalam laga Bologna vs Atalanta by pekan 17 (c) Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP

Bologna’s last few matches in Serie A (c) WhoScored

Bologna has two matches left in Serie A 2023/2024. They will host Juventus, then close the season with a visit to Genoa headquarters.

Bologna will definitely qualify for the Champions League next season. However, Thiago Motta’s boys certainly still want to achieve the best results in their final two matches.


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