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.
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.
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.