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Genoa
Genoa cfc.png
Full name Genoa Cricket and Football Club SpA
Nickname(s) I Rossoblu (The Red-Blues),
Il Grifone (The Griffin[1]),
Il Vecchio Balordo[2] (The Old Fool)
Founded 7 September 1893; 120 years ago (1893-09-07)[3]
Ground Stadio Luigi Ferraris,
Genoa, Italy
Ground Capacity 36,536
President Enrico Preziosi
Manager Gian Piero Gasperini
League Serie A
2013–14 Serie A, 14th
Website Club home page
Founding constitution. Long thought to be lost this historical document was retrieved among the papers of renowned sports journalist Gianni Brera (himself a Genoa supporter) after his death and donated back to the club by his relatives.

Genoa Cricket and Football Club, commonly referred to simply as Genoa (Italian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒɛːnoa]), is a professional Italian football and cricket club based in the city of Genoa, Liguria.

During their long history, Genoa have won the Serie A nine times. Genoa's first title came at the inaugural championship in 1898 and their last was in 1923–24. They also won the Coppa Italia once. Historically, Genoa is the fourth most successful Italian club in terms of championships won.[4]

This slew of early successes may lie at the origin of the love professed for the team by the godfather of Italian sports journalists Gianni Brera (1919–1992), who, despite having been born nowhere near Genoa, always declared himself a supporter of the team. Brera went as far as creating the nickname Vecchio Balordo (Old Fool or Cranky Old One) for Genoa.

The club has played its home games at the 36,536 capacity Stadio Luigi Ferraris[5] since 1911. Since 1946, the ground has been shared with local rivals Sampdoria. Genoa has spent most of its post-war history going up and down between Serie A and Serie B, with two brief spells in Serie C.

History[edit]

For more details on this topic, see History of Genoa C.F.C.

The club was founded on 7 September 1893[3] as Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club. In its earliest years, it principally competed in athletics and cricket. Association football was secondarily practised.[6] Since the club was set up to represent England abroad, the original shirts worn by the organisation were white, the same colour as the England national team shirt.[3] At first Italians were not permitted to join as it was a British sporting club abroad.[3] Genoa's activities took place in the north-west of the city in the Campasso area, at the Piazza d'Armi. The men who initially handled the management of the club were;[3]

 
  • Charles De Grave Sells
  • S. Blake
  • G. Green
  • W. Riley
   

On 10 April 1897[7] the footballing section of the club, already existing from 1893, became predominant thanks to James Richardson Spensley.[6] It was among the oldest in Italian football at the time, the only other founded clubs were four in Turin.[8] Italians were allowed to join and found a new ground in the form of Ponte Carrega. The first friendly match took place at home, against a mixed team of Internazionale Torino and FBC Torinese; Genoa lost 1–0.[3] Not long after, Genoa recorded its first victory away against UPS Alessandria winning 2–0. Friendly games also took place against various British sailors such as those from HMS Revenge.[3]

Championship dominance[edit]

Genoa CAC in 1898, the first ever Italian Championship winners

Football in Italy stepped up a level with the creation of the Italian Football Federation and the Italian Football Championship.[7] Genoa competed in the first Italian Championship in 1898 at Velodromo Umberto I in Turin.[7] They defeated Ginnastica Torino 2–1 in their first official game on 8 May, before winning the first championship later that day by beating Internazionale Torino 3–1 after extra time.[9]

Genoa returned for the following season, this time with a few changes; the name of the club was altered to Genoa Cricket & Football Club, dropping the Athletic from its name. A change in shirt colour was also in order, as they changed to white and blue vertical stripes; known in Italy as biancoblu. Genoa won their second title on a one-day tournament which took place on 16 April 1899, by beating Internazionale Torino 3–1 for the second time. On their way to winning their third consecutive title in 1900 and also beat local rivals [Sampierdarenese] 7–0; a winning margin which would not be bettered by any team in the league until 1910. The final was secured with a 3–1 win over FBC Torinese.[9]

The club strip was changed again in 1901, Genoa adopted its famous red-navy halves and therefore became known as the rossoblu; these are the colours used even to this day as many other Italian club do as Cagliari, Bologna and an endless list of minor clubs. After a season of finishing runners-up to Milan Cricket and Football Club, things were back on track in 1902 with their fourth title. Juventus emerged as serious contenders to Genoa's throne from 1903 onwards, when for two seasons in a row Genoa beat the Old Lady in the national final.[9]

Genoa CFC championship winning side of 1904, their sixth league title

Notably Genoa became the first Italian football team to play an international match, when they visited France on 27 April 1903 to play FVC Nice, winning the fixture 3–0. As well as winning the Italian championship in 1904, the year was also notable for Genoa reserves winning the first ever II Categoria league season; a proto-Serie B under the top level. From 1905 onwards when they were runners-up, Genoa lost their foothold on the Italian championship; other clubs such as Juventus, Milan and Pro Vercelli stepped up.[9]

The fall in part during this period can be traced back to 1908 when FIGC agreed to Federal Gymnastics protests forbidding the use of foreign players. Since Genoa's birth they had always had a strong English contingent. They disagreed, as did several other prominent clubs such as Milan, Torino and Firenze; as thus they withdrew from official FIGC competitions that year. The following season the federation reversed the decision and Genoa was rebuilt with players such as Luigi Ferraris[10] and some from Switzerland. The rebuilding of the squad also saw the creation of a new ground in the Marassi area of Genoa, when built it had a capacity of 25,000 and was comparable to British stadiums of the time; it was officially opened on 22 January 1911.

Garbutt revival[edit]

With the introduction of the Italian national football team, Genoa played an important part, with the likes of Renzo De Vecchi; who was azzurri captain for some time, Edoardo Mariani and Enrico Sardi earning call-ups.[11] Englishman William Garbutt was brought in as head coach to help revive the club; Garbutt was the first professional manager in Italy and he was considered to have a strong charisma, constantly smoking his tobacco pipe.[3] He was dubbed "Mister" by the players; since then Italians have referred to coaches in general with the term.[3]

Finally by 1914–15, Genoa had restored themselves as the top club from Northern Italy, winning the final round of the Northern section.[9] However, a national final was not played because Genoa did not have an opposition; the finals of the Southern Italian section was not decided due to the outbreak of World War I. Genoa would be awarded the title in 1919 after the end of the war, it was their first for eleven seasons.[12] The war took a harsh toll on Genoa as players Luigi Ferraris, Adolfo Gnecco, Carlo Marassi, Alberto Sussone and Claudio Casanova all died while on military duty in Italy; while footballing founder James Richardson Spensley was killed in Germany.[12]

The last Genoa side to win the Italian Football Championship, in 1924

Just after the war, Genoa remained a strong contender in the Northern section.[12] Garbutt led Genoa to championship success in 1922–23 where they beat Lazio 6–1 in the final, over the course of two legs.[9] The following season, Genoa made their way past Bologna in the Northern finals, but not without controversy; after riots in the second leg during the game in Bologna, the game was called off due to crowd rioting and FIGC awarded Genoa with a 2–0 victory.[12] In the national final that season, Genoa beat Savoia 4–1 over the course of two legs; this would be their ninth and to date final Italian championship.[4]

The squad during these two championship victories included; Giovanni De Prà, Ottavio Barbieri, Luigi Burlando and Renzo De Vecchi.[4] With Genoa's championship victory in 1923–24 came the introduction of the scudetto patch; which means following the season which a club wins an Italian league championship, they are allowed to wear a shield shaped patch on their shirt which features the colours of the Italian flag.[3] For the rest of the 1920s, the club did not win the championship, with the highest they were able to finish being second place, like in the 1927–28 season when they finished runners-up to Torino, with striker Felice Levratto scoring 20 goals in 27 games.[13]

Genova 1893 period[edit]

Due to the strongly British connotations attached to the name, Genoa were forced to change it by the fascist government to Genova 1893 Circolo del Calcio in 1928.[14] The club competed in a proto-European Cup in the form of the Mitropa Cup, where they went out in the quarter-finals after losing heavily to Rapid Vienna. They followed this with a runners-up position back at home in the league, they finished behind Ambrosiana in the 1929–30 season; this would be their last top level championship runners-up spot to date.[9]

Genoa Coppa Italia winning side of 1937, celebrating in Florence.

The club's league form became highly erratic during the early 1930s, with varying league positions; it was during the 1933–34 season that Genova suffered their first ever relegation to Serie B, the second league of Italian football. Thankfully for the club, they were able to bounce back under the management of Vittorio Faroppa, winning promotion by finishing top of their group ahead of Novara. In 1936, the ambitious Juan Culiolo took over as president of the club; in 1936–37 they achieved a 6th place finish and also won the Coppa Italia by beating AS Roma 1–0 with a goal from Mario Torti.[15]

During the following season Genova finished in third place, this was a particularly tight season with winners Ambrosiana-Inter finishing only three points ahead of the club. That summer Italy competed in the 1938 FIFA World Cup and won, three Genova players formed part of the triumphant squad in the form of Sergio Bertoni, Mario Genta and Mario Perazzolo.[16] The club finished the decade on a high, maintaining a top five foothold in the top level of the Italian league.[9]

World War II affected dramatically the entire Italian football movement, but Genova did not recover as well as other clubs. In 1945, the club chose to revert their name to Genoa Cricket and Foot-Ball Club, the one which they had used in the very early days of the Italian championship.[17] In the years just after the war, the club were still popular with the fans, with people previously associated with the club such as Ottavio Barbieri and William Garbutt returning for managerial spells.[18] Genoa also had a new rival in the form of Sampdoria, who were founded by a merger of two other clubs in 1946 and would groundshare at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Post-war period[edit]

Genoa side during 1956–57 season

After the Second World War the ability of Genoa to finish in the upper ranks of Serie A declined in a significant manner; throughout the rest of the 1940s the club were middle-table finishers. The 1948–49 saw three highly significant results, Genoa beat Inter 4–1, the famous Grande Torino side 3–0 and Padova 7–1.[19] The 1950s started in poor fashion for the club, they had bought Argentine Mario Boyé from Boca Juniors but he stayed only one season and the club were relegated after finishing bottom of the table, but after two seasons they achieved their return after winning Serie B, ahead of Legnano.[20] Ragnar Nikolay Larsen was a noted player for the club during this period and they sustained mid-table finishes for the rest of the decade.[20]

Despite suffering a relegation in 1959–60 and then a promotion back up to Serie A in 1961–62,[20] Genoa had a respectable amount of cup success in the first half of the 1960s. The club won the anecdotique Coppa delle Alpi in 1962; it was the first time the competition had been competed between club teams instead of international ones, the final was played at home while Genoa beat French club Grenoble Foot 38 by 1–0 with a goal from Nizza.[21] Genoa won the same competition again two years later, the final was held at the Wankdorf Stadium in Berne, Switzerland; Genoa defeated Catania 2–0, with both goals from Giampaolo Piaceri to take the trophy.[22]

The celebrations for the club did not last long however, as the year following their last cup success they were relegated down to Serie B again. This time their stay at the second tier of the Italian football system would be far longer than previous relegations, the club was unstable as it changed manager each season.[18] Genoa even experienced their first relegation to Serie C in 1970, financially the club fell into difficulties and had several ownership changes.[23]

Mixed times[edit]

Throughout the 1970s, Genoa would mostly play in second league. Under the management of Arturo Silvestri the club made its way back to Serie A for the 1973–74 season, but they were relegated straight back down. For the return of Il Grifone to Serie A a couple of seasons later, the squad featured the likes of Roberto Rosato, Bruno Conti and a young Roberto Pruzzo. This time they stuck it out in the top division for two seasons before succumbing to relegation in 1977–78; the relegation was particularly cruel as the side above them Fiorentina surved on goal-difference of just a single goal, the two teams had played each other on the final day of the season ending in a 0–0 draw.[24]

First Genoa side of the 1980s

The relegation was bad for the club in more ways than one, they lost some of their top players who could have offered them a swift return; such as Roberto Pruzzo's move to AS Roma where he would go on to have great success.[25] After a couple of middle-table finishes in Serie B, Genoa earned promotion during the 1980–81 season under manager Luigi Simoni, the club finished as runners-up behind only AC Milan who had been relegated the previous season for their part in the Totonero betting scandal.[26]

Still with Simoni at the helm as manager, Genoa were able to survive in Serie A for their returning season, finishing just one point ahead of the relegated AC Milan. In a dramatic last day of the season, Genoa were trailing 2–1 to SSC Napoli with five minutes left, until on the 85th minute Mario Faccenda scored the goal that secured the point needed by Genoa, starting an owing friendship between the two club's fans.[27] A couple of seasons later in 1983–84 Genoa would not be so lucky, despite beating champions Juventus on the final day of the season, the club were relegated even though they finished the season with the same number of points as surviving Lazio; this was because Lazio had recorded better results in matches against Genoa.[28]

European experience[edit]

The club was purchased by Calabrese entrepreneur Aldo Spinelli in 1985 and despite no longer having Simoni as manager, Genoa were finishing in the top half of Serie B. After a slip in form during 1987–88 (failing to be promoted by a mere point in 1986–87, then having to struggle not to be retroceded the following season, being spared that fate again by a mere point), Genoa refocused their energy and were able to achieve promotion back into Serie A in 1988–89, finishing as champions ahead of Bari.[9] Genoa, with an experienced trainer as Osvaldo Bagnoli who knew how to make the best out of underdog teams (he managed to win a championship at the helm of Hellas Verona in the eighties) and with a team sporting the talents of Pato Aguilera and Tomáš Skuhravý among others achieved highs during the 1990–91 season where they finished fourth, remaining undefeated at home for the entire campaign, winning games against all the big sides including Juventus, Inter, Milan, Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina, Napoli, as well as their local rivals Sampdoria who won the title that season.[29]

Signorini had the No. 6 shirt retired for him.

Subsequently the club gained entry to the UEFA Cup in the 1991–92 season. Genoa had a good run, making it to the semi-finals before getting knocked out by Ajax, the final winners of the competition; notably Genoa did the double over Liverpool in the quarter-finals becoming the first Italian side to beat the reds at Anfield. Unfortunately for Genoa, this success was soon followed by a 'dark age' following the departure of Osvaldo Bagnoli (who chose to move away from Genoa to spend more time with his daughter, whose health was rapidly declining) and the failure of the management to replace key players as they grew old or were ceded to other teams.[30] Noted Genoa players during this period included Gianluca Signorini, Carlos Aguilera, Stefano Eranio, Roberto Onorati and John van 't Schip.[31]
It has to be said that chairman Spinelli had a very different management approach from that of most businessmen turned football team owners. While his colleagues saw football as a marketing and public relation investment and were quite ready to siphon funds out of their main business to keep their teams afloat and replenish their player roster Spinelli saw Genoa as another business whose main aim was that of generating revenue for its owner (namely, himself) and so was more than happy to sell esteemed players for hefty revenues of which just a minimal fraction was then re-invested in the team, often for the acquisition of lesser-valued replacements or virtual unknowns. Thus he proved all-too-eager to sell Uruguayan striker Carlos Aguilera and to replace him with the markedly inferior Kazuyoshi Miura from the Japanese Yomiuri Verdy (a deal that especially pleased him since the Japanese sponsors were actually paying him to let Miura play in Italian Serie A).
The same season as their UEFA Cup run, they finished just one place above the relegation zone; in the seasons following Genoa remained in the lower half of the table.[9]

During the 1994–95 season, Genoa were narrowly relegated; they finished level on points with Padova after the normal season period. This meant a relegation play-out was to be played between the two in Florence. The game was tied 1–1 at full-time and went to a penalty shootout. Genoa eventually lost the shoot-out 5–4.[9] While back down in Serie B, the club had another taste of international cup success when they became the final winners of the Anglo-Italian Cup by beating Port Vale 5–2 with Gennaro Ruotolo scoring a hat-trick.[32] Chairman Spinelli sold Genoa in 1997, moving onto other clubs (Alessandria[33] and, currently Livorno). The late 1990s and early 2000s would be the most trying time in the history of the club, with constantly changing managers, a poor financial situation and little hope of gaining promotion, outside of a decent 6th place finish in 1999–00.[9] From 1997 until 2003, Genoa had a total of three different owners and four different chairmen, before the club was passed on to the toys and games tycoon from Irpinia Enrico Preziosi, already chairman of Como football club he previously owned.[23]

Recent times[edit]

Preziosi took over in 2003, when Genoa should have been relegated to C1 series after a dismal season, but was instead "saved" along with Catania and Salernitana by the football federation's controversial decision to extend Serie B to 24 teams.[34] Things started to look up for Genoa; they won Serie B in 2004–05. However, allegations were raised that the club had fixed a match on the last day of the season between themselves and Venezia. The 3–2 victory in the match saw Genoa win the league, with a draw having been good enough to maintain its position in the end. The Disciplinary Committee of FIGC saw fit to instead place Genoa bottom of the league and relegate them down to Serie C1 on 27 July 2005.

For their season in Serie C1 for 2005–06, Genoa were hit with a six-point penalty from the previous season. After leading for much of the season, they eventually finished as runners-up and were entered into the play-offs, beating Monza 2–1 on aggregate to achieve promotion back into Serie B.[20] During the summer break Gian Piero Gasperini was brought in as the new manager, he helped the club to gain promotion during the 2006–07 season, it was ensured on the last day of the season where they drew a 0–0 with Napoli, both clubs were happily promoted back into Serie A.[35]

The first Serie A championship played by Genoa in 12 years saw it finishing at a respectable tenth place, right after the "big ones" of Italian football. A careful summer market session saw President Preziosi strengthening the core of the team while parting from some players on favourable economical terms (for example selling striker Marco Borriello to Milan for a hefty sum).[36] Genoa's aims for the 2008–09 season were set on a UEFA Cup spot. This was achieved after a strong season which saw the team besting traditional powerhouses like Juventus, Roma, and Milan, and winning both Genoa derbies against Sampdoria, with Diego Milito finishing among the top scorers of the championship. Genoa subsequently lost Milito and midfielder Thiago Motta to Internazionale, but were able to bring in striker Hernán Crespo. They then invested considerable funds (approximately €40 million) in an effort to expand the club's player quality.

Things however didn't go as planned, however, with the injury-plagued team eliminated in the early stages of Europa League and Coppa Italia and reaching a rather disappointing ninth place in Serie A.

The 2010–11 season saw Genoa, whose ranks had been revolutionised once again save for some long-serving players, struggle along in the mid-positions of the league; a slew of questionable results early in the season led President Preziosi to fire trainer Gian Piero Gasperini, who had led the team since the 2007–08 season, and to select Davide Ballardini as his successor. The newcomer, despite not securing memorable successes, kept the team steadily afloat in the "left part" of the ranking, managing to win two consecutive derbys against rivals Sampdoria in December and May.

The 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons saw Genoa place in 17th both times, one spot away from relegation to Serie B football.

Current Squad[edit]

First-Team Squad[edit]

As of 27 July 2014.[37][38]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Mattia Perin
2 Italy DF Mario Sampirisi
3 Italy DF Luca Antonini
4 France DF Sebastian De Maio
5 Italy DF Armando Izzo
8 Argentina DF Nicolás Burdisso
9 Chile FW Mauricio Pinilla
10 Argentina MF Diego Perotti
13 Italy DF Luca Antonelli
14 Ghana MF Isaac Cofie
15 Italy DF Giovanni Marchese
18 Greece MF Giannis Fetfatzidis
19 Italy MF Leandro Greco
21 Brazil MF Edenílson (on loan from Udinese)
No. Position Player
23 Italy GK Eugenio Lamanna
24 Spain MF Iago Falqué
27 Italy MF Antonino Ragusa
32 Italy FW Alessandro Matri (on loan from Milan)
33 Slovakia MF Juraj Kucka
52 Ghana MF Moro Alhassan
69 Italy MF Stefano Sturaro (on loan from Juventus)
87 Italy DF Aleandro Rosi
88 Venezuela MF Tomás Rincón
90 Italy DF Daniele Portanova
91 Italy MF Andrea Bertolacci
92 Argentina MF Franco Mussis (on loan from Copenhagen)
Belgium FW Maxime Lestienne (on loan from Al-Arabi)
Argentina DF Facundo Roncaglia (on loan from Fiorentina)

Youth players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil FW Zé Eduardo (at Brazil Coritiba until 31 December 2014)

Co-ownership[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy GK Diego Manzoni (with Siena)
Italy DF Francesco Acerbi (with Sassuolo)
Italy MF Antonino Ragusa (with Pescara)
Italy MF Andrea Bertolacci (with Roma)
No. Position Player
Ghana FW Richmond Boakye (with Juventus)
Italy FW Luca Miracoli (with Varese)
Italy FW Michael Ventre (with Inter)
Italy FW Vincenzo Tommasone (with Inter)

Players with contract[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy MF Massimo Bonanni
Morocco MF Daniane Jawad

Youth Team[edit]

Main article: Genoa Primavera

Retired numbers[edit]

Notable players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Genoa players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Genoa C.F.C. players.

Presidential history[edit]

Below is the endless presidential history of Genoa, from when the club was first founded playing cricket and athletics, until the present day.[23]

 
Name Years
England Charles De Grave Sells 1893–97
Italy Hermann Bauer 1897–99
England Daniel G. Fawcus 1899–04
Italy Edoardo Pasteur 1904–09
Italy Vieri A. Goetzloff 1909–10
Italy Edoardo Pasteur 1910–11
Italy Luigi Aicardi 1911–13
Italy Geo Davidson 1913–20
Italy Guido Sanguineti 1920–26
Italy Vincent Ardissone 1926–33
Italy Alessandro Tarabini 1933–34
Italy Alfredo Costa 1934–36
Argentina Juan Culiolo 1936–41
Italy Nino Bertoni 1941–42
 
Name Years
Italy Giovanni Gavarone 1942–43
Italy Nino Bertoni 1943–44
Italy Aldo Mairano 1944–45
Italy Antonio Lorenzo 1945–46
Italy Edoardo Pasteur 1946
Italy Giovanni Peragallo 1946
Italy Massimo Poggi 1946–50
Italy Ernesto Cauvin 1951–53
Italy Ugo Valperga 1953–54
Italy Presidential Committee 1954–58
Italy Fausto Gadolla 1958–60
Italy Presidential Committee 1960–63
Italy Giacomo Berrino 1963–66
Italy Ugo Maria Failla 1966–67
 
Name Years
Italy Renzo Fossati 1967–70
Italy Virgilio Bazzani 1970
Italy Angelo Tongiani 1970–71
Italy Gianni Meneghini 1971–72
Italy Giacomo Berrino 1972–74
Italy Renzo Fossati 1974–85
Italy Aldo Spinelli 1985–97
Italy Massimo Mauro 1997–99
Italy Gianni E. Scerni 1999–01
Italy Luigi Dalla Costa 2001–03
Italy Stefano Campoccia 2003
Italy Enrico Preziosi 2003–

Managerial history[edit]

Genoa have had many managers and trainers, some seasons they have had co-managers running the team, here is a chronological list of them from 1896 when they became a football club, onwards.[18]

 
Name Years
Technical Commission 1893–96
James Richardson Spensley 1896–07
Technical Commission 1907–12
William Garbutt 1912–27
Renzo De Vecchi 1927–30
Gèza Székány 1930–31
Luigi Burlando
Guillermo Stábile
1931–32
Karl Rumbold 1932–33
József Nagy 1933–34
Vittorio Faroppa
then Renzo De Vecchi
1934–35
György Orth 1935–36
Hermann Felsner 1936–37
William Garbutt 1937–39
Ottavio Barbieri
William Garbutt
1939–40
Ottavio Barbieri 1940–41
Guido Ara 1941–43
Ottavio Barbieri
then József Viola
1945–46
William Garbutt 1946–48
Federico Allasio 1948–49
John David Astley
then John David Astley and Federico Allasio
then Manlio Bacigalupo
1949–50
Manlio Bacigalupo 1950–51
Imre Senkey
then Valentino Sala and Giacinto Ellena
1951–52
Giacinto Ellena 1952–53
György Sárosi
then Lino Bonilauri
1953–55
Renzo Magli 1955–58
Annibale Frossi 1958–59
Antonio Busini
Gipo Poggi
then Jesse Carver
then Annibale Frossi
1959–60
Annibale Frossi 1960–61
Renato Gei 1961–63
Beniamino Santos 1963–64
Paulo Amaral
then Roberto Lerici
1964–65
Luigi Bonizzoni 1965–66
Giorgio Ghezzi
then Paolo Tabanelli
1966–67
Livio Fongaro
then Aldo Campatelli
1967–68
Aldo Campatelli
then Aldo Campatelli and Maurizio Bruno
1968–69
Franco Viviani
then Maurizio Bruno and Lino Bonilauri
then Aredio Gimona and Lino Bonilauri
1969–70
Arturo Silvestri 1970–74
Guido Vincenzi 1974–75
Gigi Simoni 1975–78
 
Name Years
Pietro Maroso
then Ettore Puricelli
then Gianni Bui
1978–79
Gianni Di Marzio 1979–80
Gigi Simoni 1980–84
Tarcisio Burgnich 1984–86
Attilio Perotti 1986–87
Gigi Simoni
then Attilio Perotti
1987–88
Franco Scoglio 1988–90
Osvaldo Bagnoli 1990–92
Bruno Giorgi
then Luigi Maifredi
then Claudio Maselli
1992–93
Claudio Maselli
then Franco Scoglio
1993–94
Franco Scoglio
then Giuseppe Marchioro
then Claudio Maselli
1994–95
Gigi Radice
then Gaetano Salvemini
1995–96
Attilio Perotti 1 Jul 1996 – 30 Jun 1997
Gaetano Salvemini 1997
Claudio Maselli 1997
Tarcisio Burgnich 1997–98
Giuseppe Pillon 1 Jul 1998 – 28 Sep 1998
Luigi Cagni 1 Jul 1998 – 30 Jun 1999
Delio Rossi 1 Jul 1999 – 14 Feb 2000
Bruno Bolchi 2000
Guido Carboni
Alfredo Magni
4 Oct 2000 – 5 Nov 2000
Bruno Bolchi 2001
Claudio Onofri 2001
Franco Scoglio 2001
Edoardo Reja 29 Dec 2001 – 4 Mar 2002
Claudio Onofri 2002
Vincenzo Torrente
Rino Lavezzini
22 Sep 2002 – 30 Jun 2003
Roberto Donadoni 1 Jul 2003 – 1 Sep 2003
Luigi De Canio 1 Jul 2003 – 30 Dec 2003
Serse Cosmi 1 Jul 2004 – 30 Jun 2005
Francesco Guidolin 1 Jul 2005 – 31 Jul 2005
Giovanni Vavassori
then Attilio Perotti
then Giovanni Vavassori
1 Jul 2005 – 30 Jun 2006
Gian Piero Gasperini 10 Jul 2006 – 8 Nov 2010
Davide Ballardini 8 Nov 2010 – 4 Jun 2011
Alberto Malesani 19 Jun 2011 – 22 Dec 2011
Pasquale Marino 22 Dec 2011 – 2 Apr 2012
Alberto Malesani 2012
Luigi De Canio 23 Apr 2012 – 22 Oct 2012
Luigi Delneri 22 Oct 2012 – 21 Jan 2013
Davide Ballardini 21 Jan 2013 – 7 Jun 2013
Fabio Liverani 7 Jun 2013 – 29 Sep 2013
Gian Piero Gasperini 29 Sep 2013–

Colours, badge and nicknames[edit]

A previous badge (1991-98).

As Genoa was a British club the first ever colours of the club were those of the England national football team.[3] Not long into the club's footballing history, the kit was changed to white and blue stripes in 1899; the blue was chosen to represent the sea as Genoa is a port city. In 1901 the club finally settled for their most famous red and blue halves shirt, this gained them the nickname of rossoblu together with Bologna, Cagliari and many more minor clubs.[41]

One of the nicknames of Genoa is Il Grifone which means "the griffin"; this is derived from the coat of arms belonging to the city of Genoa. The coat of arms features two golden griffins, either side of the St George's Cross.[42] The presence of the St. George's Cross on the crest does not reflect the club's English founders; rather, the cross is present on both the flag and coat of arms of the city of Genoa. The actual club badge of Genoa Cricket and Football Club is heavily derived from the city coat of arms, but also incorporated the club's red and blue colours.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Genoa CFC has the bulk of its fans in Liguria, however they are also popular in Piedmont and the Aosta Valley.[43] The seafaring traditions of the Genoese and the presence of Genoese communities in distant countries did much to spread the appeal of Genoa some further than just Italy, and immigrants founded fan clubs in Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, Iceland and other places.

Genoa fans in June 2007 at Piazza de Ferrari, celebrating their return to Serie A.

The most significant and traditional rivalry for Genoa, is the inner-city one with the club with whom they share a ground; Sampdoria. The two clubs compete together in the heated Derby della Lanterna ("Derby of the Lantern"); a reference to the Genoa lighthouse.[44] Genoa's supporters also have a strong distaste for AC Milan, after a clash between opposing supporters in January 1995 resulted in the death of genoese Vincenzo Spagnolo who was stabbed to death by milanese Simone Barbaglia, a member of an informal group of football hooligans dubbed "The Barbour Ones", who used to routinely carry bladed weapons to matches (a practice made possible by the leaky security measures of the time).[45]

Conversely, the fans of Genoa have long standing friendships with Napoli (which goes back to the 1982 last match of the season).[46] On the last day of the 2006–07 season, Genoa and Napoli drew a practical 0–0 ensuring both were promoted back into Serie A; Genoa ultras could be seen holding up banners saying "Benvenuto fratello napoletano", meaning, "Welcome, Neapolitan brother," and the two sets of fans celebrated together in a warm and ever-co-operating manner.[47] On the other hand the amicable relationship with the red-and-yellow supporters of AS Roma, fostered by the cession of striker Roberto Pruzzo in 1979 and lasting for most of the 80's has, in recent years, cooled up a bit while another strong fraternity, which saw Genoese football fans on friendly terms with Torino (since the exchange of Gigi Meroni between the two clubs at the end of the 1963–64 season and his untimely death on 15 October 1967[48]) has perhaps fouled-up for good during the Torino-Genoa match of season 2008–2009.
Starved for points and risking an humiliating relegation (one of many in a troubled recent history) the turinese fans expected a friendly treatment from Genoa, which, in the heat of a pitched battle with Fiorentina for the fourth place (which could have won a Champions League spot for the team) could not comply, soundly beating Torino and to many effects sealing its fate. When during early August 2009 Genoa did schedule a friendly match with OGC Nice in southern Piedmont many Turinese hooligans travelled to the match location with the precise intention of starting trouble and disorder to "get even" with Genoa and its fans.

Honours[edit]

National titles[edit]

Italian Football Championship / Northern League / Serie A:

Italian Cup: 1

  • Winners: 1936–37
  • Runners-up: 1939–40

Serie B: 6

Serie C / Serie C1: 1

  • Champions: 1970–71
  • Runners-up : 2005–06

Ambolo Cup: 7 Palla Dapples: 13

  • Winners: 1903–1909

European titles[edit]

Mitropa Cup:

  • Runners-up: 1990

Coppa delle Alpi: 2

  • Winners: 1962, 1964

Anglo-Italian Cup: 1

Presence in Italian professional leagues[edit]

league years Debut Last Season
A 70 Italian Football Championship 1898 Serie A 2012-13
B 33 Serie B 1934-35 Serie B 2006-07
C 2 Serie C 1970-71 Serie C1 2005-06

In 105 seasons at a national level from the inception of the Italian football league, including 27 seasons of Prima Categoria e Prima Divisione (from 1898 to 1922 the name of the Italian Football Championship was Prima Categoria). Seasons not included Prima Categoria 1906–1907, where the Grifoni didn't pass the regional elimination round, and Prima Categoria 1907–1908, where Genoa boicts the tournament.

See also[edit]

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