The match Napoli-Genoa of today is just as all the other matches in Serie A cancelled because of a strike of the players. The first playround of Serie A is hopefully at Sunday 11th September with Genoa-Atalanta.
Genoa has passed the 3rd round of the Coppa Italia by beating Nocerina (Serie B). After only 16 minutes the match seemed already played when Genoa leaded by goals of Palacio and Pratto by 2-0. Just before halftime Nocerina-defender Di Maio brought the team of South-Italy back in the match: 2-1. Only 3 minutes after the break Rodrigo Palacio scored his 2nd goal and Genoa started to play spectacular football, but forgot to score more goals. Nocerina came back in the match and scored 2-3 and in the 87th minute even 3-3. Extra time was nearby, but in the 91st minute Kakhaber Kladze headed Genoa in the 4th round of Coppa Italia against Bari: 4-3.
Central-defender Cesare Bovo is back with Genoa. Three years ago he moved to Palermo (in which deal Giuseppe Biava came to Genoa) and now the 28 years old defender returns in the red and blue shirt. Together with Dainelli, Granqvist and Kaladze we now have 4 central-defenders in the team that have to play for 2 positions in the field.
In the Northwest of Spain Genoa did win the first serious friendly of this season. By goals of Pratto and Palacio the team of Malesani ended the first half with an advantage of 2-0. After the break Sporting Gijon (Primera Division) was furious to try to convince their own supporters 1 week before the championship in Spain starts. Our defense leaded by Sebastien Frey could resist the Spanish storm and had to take a goal only once when our captain Marco Rossi scored in his own goal in the 72nd minute: 1-2. The next important match is Sunday 21st August in Luigi Ferraris against Nocerina in the 3rd round of Coppa Italia. Maybe our central forward in this match will be Italian international Alberto Gilardino who is close to a transfer from Fiorentina to Genoa to join his former teammates Dainelli and Frey.