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.
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.