Genoa

Founded In
1893
Location
Genova, Italy

Genoa

About Genoa

Genoa Cricket and Football Club was founded in 1893 as Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club. The football section of the club was formed by James Richardson Spensley in 1897, which makes Genoa one of Italy's oldest professional clubs. Historically, the club has been a major force within Italian football and 2012-13 marks the club's 70th ever top-flight season.

Prior to the formation of Serie A in 1929-30, Genoa dominated the Italian Football Championship, winning it on nine occasions in total. Between 1897 and 1904, the club won the title in six seasons out of a possible seven. In 1903, Genoa also became the first Italian club to play against a foreign team, when they travelled to France to take on Nice. However, in 1908, the FIGC implemented a policy outlawing foreign players and Genoa were unable to maintain their dominance, having relied upon a strong core of English players.

The club was able to bounce back from a period of disappointment and win league titles in 1914–15, 1922–23 and 1923–24. Yet, since Serie A was formed, success has been rare. Although they were runners up in the first ever Serie A season, they have been unable to match that league performance since. That said, the club did add a Coppa Italia to their trophy cabinet in 1936–37.

Noteworthy players to play for Genoa over the years include Luigi Ferraris, Giovanni De Prà, Ottavio Barbieri, Stefano Eranio, Tomáš Skuhravý, Carlos Aguilera and Sébastien Frey. The club also retired it's #6 jersey in honour of Gianluca Signorini, who played over 200 games for the club from 1988-1995.

The club has played home matches at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris since 1911. From 1946 onwards, the ground has been shared with U.C. Sampdoria and it can currently hold a total capacity of 36,703 supporters.