Giacomo Bulgarelli

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGiacomo•Bulgarelli
Used nameGiacomo•Bulgarelli
Nick/petnamesL’onorevole Giacomino
Born24 October 1940 in Medicina, Bologna (ITA)
Died12 February 2009 in Bologna, Bologna (ITA)
Measurements176 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsBologna FC 1909, Bologna (ITA)
NOC Italy


Giacomo Bulgarelli played for Bologna FC 1909 as a midfielder or striker from 1959-75 and appeared in 391 league matches, scoring 43 goals. He first played for them in April 1959 and was part of the teams that won the Italian title (1964), the Coppa Italia (Italian cup) (1970, 1974), the Mitropa Cup (1961), and the Anglo-Italian League Cup (1970) during his career. On an international level he played three matches in the European Cup, 18 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (one goal), and two in the UEFA Cup. In total he played in 486 matches, scoring 58 goals for Bologna before joining the short-lived Hartford Bicentennials in 1975 where he played only two games in the North American Soccer League.

At the 1960 Olympics Bulgarelli played in three matches and finished fourth with the Italian team. In 1962 he was a member of the World Cup squad and earned his first full international cap in the last group stage match against Switzerland (3-0) where he also scored two goals. Four years later he was again on the World Cup squad. Bulgarelli played all three matches for Italy in 1966, which was again eliminated in the first round, and captained the team in the last game against North Korea when they lost 1-0. His last match for Italy was the European Championship qualifier in 1967 in Romania when Italy won 1-0. In total he earned 29 caps and scored 7 goals.

After his retirement Bulgarelli worked in the management of different clubs like FC Modena or US Palermo, but also for his home team Bologna. In the 1990s he worked as a television reporter. He died in 2009 aged 68 after a long illness. One stand at the home ground of Bologna FC is named in his honor, Curva Bulgarelli.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Football (Football) ITA Giacomo Bulgarelli
Football, Men (Olympic) Italy 4