Genoa Cricket and Football Club, simply known as Genoa, is an Italian football club based in the city of Genoa. Genoa currently feature in the Italian Serie A and have won the Italian league championship nine times but they have however failed to gain much success in recent years.
The club was founded on September 7,1893 as Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club and on April 10,1897 the footballing fraction of the club was started by James Richardson Spensley and the club became one of the oldest in Italian football at the time.
Genoa played in the first Italian league championship in 1898 and won it too and next season competed in the championship under the name Genoa Cricket & Football Club. They won the Italian league title in 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903 and 1904.
Genoa became the first Italian football team to play an international match when they played against French side FVC nice in France on April 1903 and won the Italian league championship in 1904.
The club further won the Italian football championship in 1914-1915, 1922-1923 and 1923-1924. The club won its first Coppa Italia in the 1936-1937 season.
Genoa then became a “yo-yo” club as they juggled between the Italian Serie A and the Italian Serie B after the 1960s. Genoa got relegated from the Italian Serie A at the end of the 1994-1995 season and even played Serie C1 football in the subsequent years.
Genoa returned to the Italian top flight for the 2007-2008 season and finished 10th in the Serie A.
Genoa play their home matches at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, which can host 36,536 people. They have been playing at the stadium since 1911 and since 1946 have been sharing their ground with local rivals Sampdoria.
Genoa bear the nickname I Rossiblu(the red-blues), Il Grifone (the griffin) and Il VEcchio balordo(the Old Fool).
Genoa foster massive and fierce rivalry with local rivals Sampdoria.
Some of the club’s major achievments are:-9 Italian Football Championship/Serie A-1 Coppa Italia