For those who follow European soccer, Gino Pozzo’s name becomes a household name. He is an Italian based businessman who owns two major soccer teams. These teams are the Watford FC in England and the Udinese Calcio. He also held the Granada FC of Spain before selling it. His passion for football is unstoppable and has turned his interests in sporting and making sure that his teams appear at the top of the leagues.
Gino Pozzo’s three teams that he owned had some things in common, which made them easy to manage. The three of them were all struggling financially. They were in severe financial traits and had been left at the lower division of their respectful soccer leagues. These teams managed to turn around financially because of Gino Pozzo’s dedication, brilliance, and investment. He applied his business wisdom towards redeeming the teams’ glory. His financial muscles also helped the clubs retain some of their best players who helped them work on their image.
Gino Pozzo has a fascinating story that began many decades ago in Udinese, Italy. He grew up in the city and became a passionate and committed supporter of Udinese, Calcio, which was by then his local team. His family had good connections and networks with the team’s ownership group.
One-time trouble hit the club, and that is when Gino Pozzo and his family stepped in to rescue the club he loved most. They bought the team controlling interest, which helped it ride out of the financial challenges that were facing them. Gino’s other most significant contribution was helping the team to arrange a return of his best side to the top tier in Italy’s soccer. He did that with a lot of passion, something that lifted the player morale.
The impact that Gino Pozzo had on the Udinese’s success is not something that can be underestimated. In less than five years, the team was on its feet again. They could meet their expenses and also moving from the lower division and back into Italy’s top tier. The club even managed to compete at the UEFA champion’s league. This league picks the teams that finish in the top four at their respective country’s associations. The team has also managed to remain in the Italian Series A since the leadership was taken over by his family.
Udinese Calcio is just one of Gino Pozzo’s turnaround success story. He managed to help another club by name Granada FC of Spain. This club was languishing in debt, something that contributed them to drop to the third division. After being in the team for a few years, Gino managed to help this club rise to top Spain’s flight. The club is now competing with some of the best organizations around the globe, including Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona.
After helping the team realize its dream, Pozzo sold Granada FC for over 37 million euros. He sold it because he wanted to focus on his major project. That was now England’s Watford FC. The club was in serious financial difficulties for quite a long time. He was all set to bail the club out.
Gino Pozzo’s magic touch could save club Watford, and it was just shy of moving up to the top tier at the English Premier League. After he acquired the club, it immediately received a promotion to join the top league in the country and has remained there since. This success has been many years after playing at the second and the third divisions of soccer.