Genoa marked their home opener with a domineering 2-0 win Sunday night. Goals from Leonardo Pavoletti and debutante Serge Gakpe in the second half put the Grifone out of touch as Hellas Verona had no answer for the Marassi outfit. On a night of some unexpected Serie A results, the Grifone put a marker down for what may be in store for the coming weeks.
In the wake of the Women’s World Cup this summer, I wanted to see the women’s professional game first hand. Luckily, top-flight women’s football isn’t too far away from me as a short tram ride to the east side of Manchester delivers me to the Etihad Campus.
On Friday, I was shocked to learn Genoa midfielder Juraj Kucka had moved to Serie A giants AC Milan in a €3 million transfer. This was a complete shock as Kucka, in most recent times, had been linked with moves to Germany and Turkey. Though I expected him to stay put at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris for at least another season.
Genoa got off to a rough start on Sunday night in Sicily as the Grifone fell to Palermo 1-0 thanks to a 91st minute goal. After a decent start to the game and some excellent first half play, Genoa were on the back foot for much of the second, falling in stoppage-time.
One day away from the Serie A kickoff and Genoa’s trip to Sicily to play Palermo in the 2015/16 curtain raiser. Genoa president Erico Preziosi is continuing to bring in players and work his wheeler-dealer style of management to give coach Gian Piero Gasperini the best chance of repeating the team’s sixth place finish of last season.
Making preparations ahead of the new season, it kicks off in a week’s time, Genoa tasted heavy defeat against Spanish opposition last night. The Grifone travelled to Celta Vigo and were manhandled 4-0, the club were down three goals by halftime and showed no ability to create goals or put them away. As a fan, I shouldn’t expect preseason to be too much of an indicator of what will happen. But it’s hard not to.
Since Washington D.C.’s NFL team the Washington Redskins moved into FedEx Field in 1997, Robert F. Kennedy Stadium has been allowed to rot as Major League Soccer’s DC United have been its main tenants. Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals played three seasons in the late-noughties at the famous stadium. However, the MLB team moved into Nationals Park in 2008.
Interestingly, the Redskins who have only been in FedEx Field for 17 seasons, are already looking into building a new stadium in the coming years.
If the Major League Soccer MVP was given for a player’s importance in all competitions, then Sporting Kansas City’s Benny Feilhaber would have the trophy locked up.
However, the league’s MVP trophy is only concerned with MLS play, which means Feilhaber currently sits second in a two-horse race for the title behind Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco.
A new Genoa blog has been posted in the Genoa section. This time I take a look at Genoa’s most successful coach William Garbutt, an English transplant that brought Genoa much success during his spell in charge during the early 1900s.
While Garbutt is typically ignored by the British press, he was well know in Italy and when he died in 1964, made front page news on the peninsula.
I staggered out of my cousin’s car, the sun beating down on my skin, and proceeded to vomit all over the Mexican-American border. A victim of another severe migraine that I had grown accustom to as a teen, I dropped to my knees in a dirt car park. This was my first and so far last visit to Tijuana, Mexico.