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
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.