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The Yank’s Guide To Serie A: Genoa

Nickname(s): The Red-Blues, The Griffin

All-Time Ranking: 12th

2007/2008 Finish: 10th

2008/2009 Position (as of 04/07): 4th

Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini

Key Players: Marco Rossi, Rubinho, Alberto Diego Milito

History:

Genoa is the oldest active soccer club in Italy, having been founded in 1897. The squad established the first dynasty of Italian soccer prior to the formation of Serie A by winning nine national championships against a small handfull of teams. Since 1911, the team has played in the historic Stadio Luigi Ferrais, one of Italy’s best fields. 

Genoa has never been a powerhouse side since Serie A was founded and ended up in Italy’s third tier in 2005 after a match-fixing scandal rocked the team. Genoa has fought back though and is now on the brink of earning a place in next year’s UEFA Champions League. They need to keep winning though to hold on to their spot in that tourney.

American Sports Doppleganger:

Genoa is the oldest squad in Italy, but it has actually never won a Serie A title because its best days came before the league came into existence. Therefore, I will compare them to the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, who won many past national championships prior to the formation of the NFL, but have never hoisted a Super Bowl trophy.

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