Genoa in history and in popular culture

Telling the story of Genoa means repeating that we are facing the oldest team in Italy, which flourished in 1893 and is still going on today (the only one of the seven that formed FIGC in 1898).
Genoa, the club that has won the BKT Series several times (6) among the participants, returns to interested and visitors a world of anecdotes, background and imaginative quirks.

The significance of Genoa for the world of football

Genoa has helped football for several moments and under different circumstances. An example can be found in the origin that is little known but is really red and blue from the use of the appellation “lose”, today used daily but generated by Griffin, as this was the appellation that the players used for William Garbutt , who led the Ligurian club from 1912 to 1927.
The international component is recurring in the speeches about Genoa, and it is a matter as counterintuitive as it is fascinating if we think that we are talking about the oldest club in Italy, a condition that binds it very much to the excuse of Italian football. , but what a lie that does not reveal the foreign origin of the club’s tradition.
The first “foreign” reference must be found just at the time of its founding, as this merit must be recognized by a large group of prominent British men, among whom Charles Alfred Payton, first patron of Genoa, who in 1906 he was even awarded the title Member of the Order of the British Empire. It is no coincidence that Genoa is officially “Genoa Cricket and Football Club”, precisely because cricket was one of the disciplines practiced by these young athletes.

Los Xeneizes


Italy-England connection, therefore, but we should also add a stop on the other side of the sea, precisely in La Boca, the most colorful neighborhood in Buenos Aires, which for many years was the port and gateway to Argentina. .
Here was born and reborn every day thanks to the dazzling passion that characterizes these countries, Boca Juniors. What has that got to do with Genoa?
We’re here for this: Boca’s nickname is Los Xeneizes, the Genoese. All this because most of the sailors who founded Boca in 1905 were of Ligurian descent, eager to occupy the few free hours of football at the end of the grueling working days amid the hectic rhythms and tangible efforts of those in these Buenos Aires demanded. years for a search for a better living conditions. England-Italy-Argentina: three diametrically opposed countries in terms of use, customs and location, yet united by a single entity, Genoa.

Genoa and literary passion

Genoa has often been a divisive city in literary history: Dante sent the Genoese to hell because they were guilty of being different men, full of every mistake; Petrarch was not of this opinion because he claimed that in the Ligurian capital “you will now admire the behavior of the citizens, the location of the places, the splendor of the buildings and above all the navy, formidable and formidable for any nation as it has been written about Tire”.
Two quotes to exemplify a number of opinions that have been passed on, later also in football.
It is inevitable to mention Fabrizio De André as the greatest artist (including from Genoa) associated with Genoa. A symbiotic relationship since Faber’s birth, welcomed by the world on February 18, 1940, the date when what later became his team was on the field in Novara, in a 3-1 loss. During his life full of art, de André often had the opportunity to mention Genoa, but he did not write any song about it because: “In Genoa I would have written a love song, but I do not do it because to get songs to to keep some detachment from what you write. Instead, Genoa involves me too much. “
Genoa, for De André, as he himself declared, “was a disease”. The singer-songwriter was a big fan not only of rossoblu, but of football in many of its manifestations: he followed many games, noted curiosities and data, even hypotheses about saving odds and likely formations.
A passion, the one for Genoa that De André was able to share with Don Andrea Gallo, a pastor who did so much for that country and who at the same time loved the club that we filled this story with.
It was not Gino Paoli who did not see cheers – to take De André again – “as a perhaps childish but still human need to identify with a group whose goal is the struggle for victory against other groups”, but as “A landsaga “, which speaks of the historical rivalry between Genoa and Sampdoria.
Disagree opinions, certainly respectable.
Today, Genoa is preparing to face the Serie BKT Championship, where they will definitely compete as a main character. The US Foundation 777 Partners will monitor the process, further proving that Genoa is a symbol of territoriality, history, international scope, charm and modernity.

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