Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

Stadio Renato Dall'Ara is a multi-purpose stadium in Bologna, Italy. It is currently used mostly for football matches and the home of Bologna F.C. 1909. The stadium was built in 1927 and holds 38,279. It has also been named Stadio Littoriale. It replaced the Stadio Sterlino.[1] The stadium is named after Renato Dall'Ara, a former president of Bologna for thirty years.

Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Former namesStadio Littoriale (1927–1945)
Stadio Comunale (1945–1983)
LocationBologna, Italy
OwnerBologna City Council
OperatorBologna Football Club 1909
Broke ground1925
Bologna F.C. (1927–present)
Italy national football team (selected matches)

The stadium hosted matches in both the 1934 FIFA World Cup and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The last match of the tournament played there was the England vs Belgium match in the Round of 16 which ended 1–0 courtesy of an extra-time goal scored by David Platt in the 119th minute.[2]

Located in the Saragozza district, about 3.5 km from the center of the city, it regularly hosts Bologna's home matches. With around 36,000 seats it is the eleventh Italian stadium for capacity, which can increase up to 55,000 for concerts.

International fixtures

The 17 November 1993 qualifier between San Marino and England finished with England winning 7–1, but only after the hosts scored in the opening seconds of the match.[3] It was the quickest goal ever scored, by Davide Gualtieri of San Marino, taking 8.3 seconds to put his team ahead against England.

The stadium also hosted three international rugby union test match in 1995, Italy vs. All Blacks (the All Blacks won the game 70–6), in 1997 Italy vs. Springboks (the Springboks won the game) and Italy vs. Ireland (Italy won the game).

The stadium features as the lead song on the Los Campesinos! album 'Sick Scenes'.

Panorama of Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

1934 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was used for two matches during the 1934 FIFA World Cup.

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
27 May 1934  Sweden 3–2  Argentina Round of 16
31 May 1934  Austria 2–1  Hungary Quarter-finals

1990 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

It hosted the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
1990-06-09 United Arab Emirates0–2 ColombiaGroup D
1990-06-14 Yugoslavia1–0
1990-06-194–1 United Arab Emirates
1990-06-26 England1–0 (a.e.t.) BelgiumRound of 16


  1. "Stadio Renato Dall'Ara" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. accessed 9 September 2015
  2. "World Cup 1990". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  3. "Davide Gualtieri: The man from San Marino who shocked England". accessed 9 September 2015