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2020/2021

Genoa

In


Francesco Cassata (mid)(Sassuolo, loan made permanent); Giacomo Calò (mid)(Juve Stabia, end of loan); Eddie Salcedo (att)(Hellas Verona, end of loan); Vittorio Parigini (att)(Cremonese, end of loan); Gabriel Charpentier (att)(Spartaks Jurmala); Mattia Perin (gk)(Juventus, on loan); Andrea Pinamonti (att)(Inter, loan made permanent); Lennart Czyborra (def)(Atalanta, on loan)

Out


Romulo (mid)(released); Oskar Hiljemark (mid)(released); Salvador Ichazo (gk)(Danubio); Antonio Barreca (sp)(def)(AS Monaco, end of loan); Cristian Romero (r)(def)(Atalanta via Juventus, end of loan); Antonio Sanabria (r)(att)(Real Betis, end of loan); Stephane Omeonga (mid)(Pescara); Adama Soumaoro (sp)(def)(Lille OSC, end of loan); Iago Falque (sp)(mid)(Torino, end of loan); Sebastian Eriksson (mid)(IFK Goteborg); Sinan Gumus (att)(Fenerbahce); Marko Pajac (mid)(Cagliari, end of loan); Edoardo Goldaniga (sp)(def)(Sassuolo, end of loan); Gianluca Lapadula (att)(Benevento); Eddie Salcedo (att)(Inter)

Last season, Genoa only managed to secure salvation in the very last week thanks to a success over Hellas Verona, while Lecce ended up being relegated perhaps not too deservedly. Their campaign had been characterized by 2 changes at the helm, with Davide Nicola proving capable of leading them to safe shores after picking up the team when it was sitting at the bottom of the table at the beginning of January. Genoa never really displayed wonders but won the games they had to but this was not enough for the coach to be confirmed in charge. This time around, President Preziosi opted to give the reins of the team to Rolando Maran, a reliable coach whose last 3 seasons were far from memorable as they ended up with one 15th finish and 2 sackings. Unlike the past, when they invested huge amounts of money on an incredible number of players, Genoa seem to have opted for a different approach in the market: in fact, they first made sure to sign permanently two young players, midfielder Cassata and forward Pinamonti, who had been fundamental for their permanence in the top flight. Moreover, they also convinced Juventus to renew Perin’s loan. So far, they only bought one new player, Charpentier, a young striker who did well in the Italian Serie C and in Latvia. He might prove very useful, considering that last season Genoa mostly had to rely on 35-year-old Pandev for their goals. And Czyborra, who arrived on loan from Atalanta, should provide back-up on the flanks. Several players also returned from loans away but, amongst them, not many seem likely to be considered. The group of players leaving, for once, is actually bigger than the one of new arrivals. The defence was the department mostly affected by these departures with centre-back Romero being their major loss, while Goldaniga and Soumaoro were good back-ups. Barreca also returned to his parent club but he will not be missed as he was too inconsistent when asked to replace captain Criscito on the left. Genoa are still a work in progress as they are still looking for quality for a solid defender, he should be Ranocchia from Inter, a playmaker and a holding midfielder- Behrami, Sturaro and Radovanovic are all overly injury-prone while Schone did not leave a great mark on the past campaign – and, last but not least, a prolific striker.

Target


A quiet safety should be their goal. Anything better than the last two seasons would be a success.

Season Review
2019/2020

№17: Genoa

Another season of instability and uncertainty for Genoa who once again survived by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the season. The Grifone stayed up on goal-difference ahead of Empoli last season and club president Enrico Preziosi decided to appoint their coach. Aurelio Andreazzoli came in as the new manager for this season having drawn plaudits for his attacking style of play despite Empoli's relegation. There was immediate evidence on the opening day of the campaign as the Grifone came from behind three times to draw 3-3 at Roma. A 2-1 win over Fiorentina followed but that was to be as good as it got for Andreazzoli. His side picked up just 1 point from the next 6 games. They took some thumpings along the way and a 5-1 defeat at Parma was enough for Preziosi's notorious impatience to kick in. The inexperienced Thiago Motta came in with big ideas and he couldn't have made a much more impressive start. With the Grifone trailing 1-0 at home to Brescia, Motta made three second half substitutions who all ended up scoring and turning the game. That would prove to be the manager's only win. Motta's teams continued to play nice football but couldn't pick up results. 8 games without a win and the President had seen enough after a 4-0 drubbing at Inter. Genoa were bottom of the table when Davide Nicola took charge. He'd done an amazing job to keep Crotone up a couple of seasons ago and showed he was up for the fight again. 14 points from the next nine league games left the Grifone in a much healthier position heading into the Coronavirus lockdown period. When football returned Genoa were inconsistent. 3 wins from 4 games in July looked to have all but secured their safety but they made a complete meal of it. A 3-0 home defeat to Inter was followed by a 5-0 pummelling at Sassuolo - meaning they were forced into a tense final day with their Serie A status in the balance. They managed to pull it together with a 3-0 victory over Hellas Verona but it was too close for comfort. Genoa had some exciting young players in the squad with the likes of Andrea Pinamonti, Antonio Sanabria and the departing Cristian Kouame all adding goals but it was the experienced heads that got them through a difficult season. Domenico Criscito was a leader at the back and chipped in with 10 goals, making him top scorer across all competitions. Most of them were penalties but he still required the bottle to score them. Mattia Perin returned to the club on loan after failing to break into the Juventus side and he reminded everyone of what an excellent goalkeeper he is, far too good to be a Number 2 anywhere. The main plaudits go to the oldest outfield player in the squad, Goran Pandev. The Macedonian veteran made around half of his appearances off the bench but would often come on to change games with his extra quality and nous around the box. The 37 year old was the club's top scorer in the league with 9 goals. What next for Genoa? Who knows?! It seems to depend which side of the bed the president wakes up on. Will Nicola still be there? There is currently talk of a takeover. The uncertainty goes on...


Player of the Season: Goran Pandev

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