Yesterday Genoa celebrated the 114th birthday. More than 700 supporters came to Piazza De Ferrari to celebrate the birthday of the oldest club of Italy. Today Genoa plays against the club of vice-president Pastorello: Lugano, team in Serie B of Switzerland with a lot of young players that played last year in Primavera of Genoa and try to get ready in Switzerland for a return in Serie A with the Rossoblu team. For sure Luciano Figueroa, Manuel Coppola and Cesare Bovo are in the line-up to get in good condition for the match against Livorno next week. Genoa surely misses 5 players today: Juric, Masiello and Borriello (all injured), Leon (qualification match with national team of Honduras) and Papa Waigo (qualification match with Senegal).
On Sunday 7th October Genoa plays in Luigi Ferraris the match against Cagliari.
Genoa Club Amsterdam visits this match and organizes a special trip (with tickets for the match) for our members. If you want to go with us to our first match in Serie A: see Visit match Genoa and send an e-mail before Sunday 9th September 20.00 hours.
The symbol of the reborn Genoa Manuel Coppola returned after his injury in the group of Mr. Gasperini.
Also Andrea Masiello and Marco Borriello are expected to return in the group before the match against Livorno on Sunday 16th September. With a little luck also Cesare Bovo recuperates within 11 days, so Mr. Gasperini can make a choice between all the 22 players of the playlist.
Genoa played a good match and had the best chances to win this match far away in Sicilie. After all a draw was the most right result. See last match for more details.
Today on the last possible day of transfers Genoa bougth 20-year old defender: Tommaso Ghinassi of Pistoiese. The player is a great talent that plays for years in the Italian youth-teams.
Because Mr. Gasperini wants only 2 players for every position in the team, today Genoa sold 5 players:
Goalkeeper: Gianluca Pegolo (Mantova, Serie B)
Defender: Cristian Stellini (Bari, Serie B)
Midfielder: Lucas Rimoldi (contract is cancelled; destination unknown, probably Argentina)
Forwards: Martins Adailton (Bologna, Serie B) and Mirco Gasparetto (Chievo, Serie B)
Now Mr. Gasperini has on the playerslist 2 players for every position in his 3-4-3 system:
Defense right: Bega-Masiello
Defense middle: De Rosa-Bovo
Defense left: Lucarelli-Santos
Midfield right: Rossi-Konko
Midfield middle defensive: Coppola-Juric
Midfield middle offensive: Milanetto-Paro
Midfield left: Fabiano-Danilo
Forward right: Papa Waigo-Leon
Forward middle: Borriello-Figueroa
Forward left: Di Vaio-Sculli
Besides those 22 players there are also 3 extra youngsters: Ghinassi, Signorini and Raggio Garibaldi
All of this means that our coach trust a lot on the physical conditions of Luciano Figueroa, because he is the only substitute of injured central forward Marco Borriello after the selling of Gasparetto to Chievo Verona today.
The fifth “cruise of the red and blue hart” starts this year in Amsterdam, because 15 years ago the European adventure of Genoa ended in Amsterdam. The big cruiseship MSC Rhapsody leaves the port of IJmuiden (near Amsterdam) at Friday 31st August to visit Dover, St. Malo, La Coruna, Lissabon, Cadice, Barcelona, Marseille and finally to return in Genova on Tuesday 11th September. On board of the ship are many famous Genoani and ex-players like Carlos (Pato) Aguilera, who scored twice against Ajax, and Tomas Skuhravy.
Tomas Skuhravy and Carlos (Pato) Aguilera
Thursday-evening 30th August 200 Genoa-fans and the 2 ex-players visit on invitation of Genoa Club Amsterdam the Amsterdam Arena Stadium for a stadiumtour and a visit of Ajax-museum. Also our member of honour John van ‘t Schip is invited. More news and foto’s in a few days on this site.
Before the kick-off the captains of Genoa (Ciccio Bega) and Milan (Ambrosini) gave flowers to the sister of murdered Vincenzo Claudio Spagnolo. After the match Milan-players clapped their hands to thank Genoa-fans. Both clubs hope that in January Genoa-fans can visit the return in San Siro and next year Milan-fans can come to Genova. Let see what the future will bring us.
Genoa lost the first match in Serie A against Milan. The team of trainer Ancelotti did not change anything this summer and was simply too strong for Genoa that played offensive as ever. See last match for more details.
Today Genoa is back for the first time in Serie A and we play against European champions A.C. Milan. A special match, not only because it is the first one of Genoa after 12 years, but also because it is the first time against Milan after their “supporter” Simone Barbaglia killed Genoa-fan Vincenzo Claudio Spagnolo. For this reason there are no Milan-supporters welcome at Marassi-stadium tomorrow.
The most probably teams:
Bega, De Rosa, Lucarelli
Rossi, Milanetto, Paro, Fabiano
Papa Waigo, Gasparetto, Di Vaio
Oddo, Nesta, Kaladze, Jankulovski
Gattuso, Pirlo, Ambrosini
N.B. Tonight Genoa-forward Adailton did not show up at the medical test by Bologna F.C., the Serie B-team that wants to buy our striker. Both clubs have an agreement about the transfer, but Adailton refuses to leave Genoa. The president of Bologna was not happy with the action of Adailton and decided that he wants to buy another player. Good news for us, because we want to keep Adailton !!
With the arrival of Alessandro Lucarelli the defensive-problems of Mr. Gasperini for the opening-match against Milan are solved, but now the problems are in the offensive part of the team. This afternoon central forward Marco Borriello got injured during the training. The player that was bought from A.C. Milan this summer fears that he can not play against his old-team next Sunday. Because Luciano Figueroa is not ready yet to play, the only solution for sunday is to start with Mirco Gasparetto as central forward.