As expected, one hour ago Genoa bought 30-years old defender Alessandro Lucarelli of Siena. The official presentation is tomorrow after the medical-test and the transfer is on time to play with Genoa against Milan next sunday.
At 15th August Genoa has beaten Grosseto (this year new in Serie B) in the first round of Coppa Italia. Omar Milanetto scored the first goal after 3 minutes with a perfect free-kick and after 16 minutes Papa Waigo doubled the score into 2-0 by scoring a perfect assist of Marco di Vaio. Before half-time ex-Genoano of the year Marco Carparelli scored the last goal of the match: 2-1. Our ex-player did not celebrate his goal to show his respect to Genoa-supporters. In the next round Genoa has to play against Ascoli, one of the favorites to win Serie B this year, after the relegation of Serie A last season.
Tonight Italian Football Association has published the new competition schedule for the season 2007-2008. Genoa starts at home on 26th August against A.C. Milan. The derby’s against Sampdoria take place on 23rd September and 17th February. See also: Visit match Genoa and Season 07-08.
Friday-night Genoa played 2 matches of 45 minutes in Pavia. The first match against hometeam Pavia resulted in a 3-0 victory by goals of Borriello (2x) and Danilo. In the second match against Legnano the Rossoblu were tired after 10 days of intensive training in Neustift, the first match against Pavia and the temperature of 38 degrees. Without the defenders De Rosa and Bovo Genoa lost with 2-0. Monday Genoa leaves to Levico Terme near Trento for the second part of preparation for the Serie A.
President Enrico Preziosi already bought 8 players this summer, and everybody still expects at least 2 extra defenders, so the number of new players will be at least 10 at 31st August 19.00 hours. The new players so far:
Mirko Lamantia (Novara)
Gianluca Pegolo (Verona)
Cesare Bovo (Palermo)
Abdoulay Konko (Siena)
Matteo Paro (Juventus)
Danilo Sacramento (Ponte Preta)
Marco Borriello (A.C. Milan)
Ndiaye Papa Waigo (Cesena)
This year there are a lot of derby’s between Genoa and Sampdoria. The first one is the number of season-tickets. While Sampdoria started 1 week earlier with the selling, Genoa already sold 16.250 year-cards and Sampdoria till tonight 19.00 only 15.750. Starting next saturday both teams expect to sell a lot of new season-tickets because people will have their salary at the end of the month.
In the second friendly match of this season Genoa played in Neustift against Italian Serie C-2 team of Rodengo Saiano. After 45 minutes the score was 2-0 by goals of Di Vaio and Borriello. In the second half Luciano Figueroa scored 3-0 and 5-0 and inbetween there was the goal of Gasparetto. In both the first and second half Genoa played with a totally different team, so almost all the players were used by Mr. Gasperini.
Friday Genoa plays in Pavia 2 matches of 45 minutes against Serie C-teams Pavia and Legnano.
The first match in Luigi Ferraris is on thursday 9th August against Torino (Trofeo Spagnolo) and the first official match is in the first round of Coppa Italia: wednesday 15th August: Genoa-Grosseto (new in Serie B).
Yesterday-evening Genoa played in Neustift (Austria) the first friendly match against Stubaital. After 90 minutes the score was 6-0, after 90 minutes 9-0. Trainer Gasperini gave almost all the players playing-time:
Genoa first half: PEGOLO; MASIELLO, STELLINI, BOVO; GALEOTO, MILANETTO, JURIC, DANILO; PAPA WAIGO, BORRIELLO, DI VAIO (’37 SCULLI)
Genoa second half: LAMANTIA; SIGNORINI, BEGA, FABIANO; ROSSI, PARO, RAGGIO GARIBALDI, SCULLI; GRECO, FIGUEROA (’72 GALEOTO), GASPARETTO
The goals: 0-1 BOVO, 0-2 BORRIELLO, 0-3 PAPA WAIGO, 0-4 DI VAIO, 0-5 PAPA WAIGO, 0-6 DI VAIO.
Second half: 0-7 PARO, 0-8 FIGUEROA, 0-9 SCULLI
Next match: wednesday 25th July.