UEFA Euro 2008
The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship referred to as UEFA Euro 2008 or Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football tournament contested by European nations. It took place in Austria and Switzerland from 7 to 29 June 2008; the tournament was won by Spain. Spain were only the second nation to win all their group stage fixtures and the European Championship itself - an accomplishment matched by France in 1984. Spain were the first team since Germany in 1996 to win the tournament undefeated. Greece were the defending champions going into the tournament, having won UEFA Euro 2004, they recorded the worst finish in Euro 2008, losing their three group fixtures and collecting the least amount of prize money. Throughout 31 matches, the participating nations totalled 77 goals, the same as the previous tournament. Austria and Switzerland automatically qualified as hosts; as European champions, Spain earned the right to compete for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.
Austria and Switzerland jointly bid to host the games, facing competition from six other bids: Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia, Greece–Turkey, a 4-way Nordic bid, Hungary and Scotland–Republic of Ireland. Austria and Hungary had bid together to host Euro 2004, losing out to Portugal, while Sweden had hosted Euro 1992. Austria–Switzerland, Greece–Turkey and the Nordic bid were recommended, in that order, before the final vote by UEFA's National Teams Committee; the final vote by the UEFA executive committee was: Austria–Switzerland Hungary Greece–Turkey Nordic Scotland–Ireland Russia Bosnia and Herzegovina–CroatiaThe Austria–Switzerland bid became the second successful joint bid in the competition's history, following the UEFA Euro 2000 hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands. The following tournament, held in Poland and Ukraine, became the third jointly hosted tournament. Qualification for Euro 2008 started in August 2006, just over a month after the end of the 2006 FIFA World Cup; the qualifying tournament was contested by national teams from each of UEFA's member associations, with the exceptions of Austria and Switzerland, who had automatically qualified for the finals tournament as hosts and Montenegro, who came into existence too late to be admitted to UEFA.
England was the only seeded team not to qualify for the tournament proper, whereas Russia was the only unseeded one to qualify. The draw for the finals tournament took place on 2 December 2007, saw Group C labelled as the "group of death", with Italy, France and the Netherlands competing for the two qualifying places. In contrast and Portugal were deemed to have an easy draw, as the tournament structure meant they could not meet Italy, the Netherlands or Spain until the final. In the group stage, Croatia and the Netherlands all qualified with maximum points. Austria and Switzerland were not expected to progress, despite the advantage of being the hosts. In Group A, the Swiss lost their captain, Alexander Frei, to injury in their first game and became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament, after losing their first two matches. Switzerland managed to beat the group winner Portugal in their last game. In Group B, Austria managed to set up a decisive final game against Germany, dubbed "Austria's final".
However, they lost by one goal, making Euro 2008 the first European Championship not to have one of the host nations present in the knockout phase. In an exciting final game in Group A, an injury- and suspension-hit Turkey came back from 2–0 down to beat the Czech Republic 3–2, after an uncharacteristic handling mistake by Petr Čech, in the last few minutes, left Nihat Kahveci with the simplest of finishes. In the same game, goalkeeper Volkan Demirel was shown a red card for pushing Czech striker Jan Koller to the ground; the Turks joined Portugal as the qualifiers from Group A. France were the high-profile victims of Group C, recording just one point from a goalless draw against Romania in their opening game. Italy beat the French, on the final day, to finish on four points and joining the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. In Group D, Greece failed to reproduce the form of their shock 2004 win, ended the tournament with no points. Russia qualified at the expense of Sweden, after beating them in a final game decider, joining Spain in the knockout phase.
Torrential rain during the Group A match between Switzerland and Turkey on 11 June resulted in the pitch at St. Jakob-Park in Basel requiring to be re-laid; the new pitch was installed in advance of the quarter-final match between Portugal and Germany on 19 June. In the quarter-finals, the Portuguese team was unable to give their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, a fitting send-off – following the mid-tournament announcement that Scolari would be leaving to join English club Chelsea – losing in an exciting game against Germany. Turkey continued their streak of last-gasp wins, equalising at the end of extra-time against Croatia and advancing on penalties. Coached by Dutchman Guus Hiddink, Russia eliminated the Netherlands with two extra-time goals; the last quarter-final match saw Spain defeat Italy on penalties, after a goalless draw in regular time. Turkey's progress was halted by Germany in the semi-finals. Turkey entered the game with nine of their squad members missing due to injury or suspension, but still scored the first goal.
They leveled the score at 2–2, before Germany scored the winning goal in the final minute. The world television feed of the match was intermittently lost during the match, which prevented the
In sport, a cap is a metaphorical term for a player's appearance in a game at international level. The term dates from the practice in the United Kingdom of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap. An early illustration of the first international football match between Scotland and England in 1872 shows the Scottish players wearing cowls, the English wearing a variety of school caps; the practice was first approved on 10 May 1886 for association football after a proposal made by N. Lane Jackson, founder of the Corinthians: That all players taking part for England in future international matches be presented with a white silk cap with red rose embroidered on the front; these to be termed International Caps. The act of awarding a cap is applied to other sports.
Although in some sports physical caps may not now always be given the term "cap" for an international or other appearance has been retained as an indicator of the number of occasions on which a sportsperson has represented a team in a particular sport. Thus, a "cap" is awarded for each game played and so a player who has played x games, for the team, is said to have been capped x times or have won x caps; the practice of awarding a physical cap varies from sport to sport. It may be awarded prior to a player's debut or for national teams, a commemorative cap may be awarded after a player reaches the 100th cap; as an example, the England men's association football teams still awards physical caps. Players are awarded one cap for every match they play — unless they play in a World Cup or European Championship finals tournament, they are given a single cap for the competition — with the names of all their opponents stitched into the fabric of the cap itself. For example, when David Beckham made his one hundredth appearance for England, because a number of his appearances had been at World Cup and European Championship final tournaments for which he received only one cap, he received only his 85th physical cap.
The world record holder for the highest number of international caps as of 5 November 2010 is retired American player Kristine Lilly, who has 354 caps. In men's association football, the record belongs to former player Ahmed Hassan of Egypt; the first footballer to win 100 international caps was Billy Wright of England's Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wright went on to appear 105 times for England, 90 of them. FIFA rules state that any club that refuses to release a player for national team duty is barred from using the player for two matches, a rule, intended to discourage clubs from pretending that the player is injured. However, it is a player's choice to refuse to retire from his or her national team; some current leading holders of association football caps are: 184 – Ahmed Hassan, Egypt 178 – Hossam Hassan, Egypt 178 – Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabia 177 – Claudio Suárez, Mexico 178 in Mexican records 169 – Gianluigi Buffon, Italy 168 – Iván Hurtado, Ecuador 167 – Iker Casillas, Spain 166 – Vitālijs Astafjevs, Latvia 164 – Cobi Jones, United States 163 - Sergio Ramos, Spain 163 – Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi, Saudi Arabia 161 – Adnan Al-Talyani, United Arab Emirates 158 – Bader Al-Mutawa, Kuwait 157 – Landon Donovan, United States 354 – Kristine Lilly, United States World record holder 311 – Christie Rampone, United States 275 – Mia Hamm, United States 272 – Julie Foudy, United States 259 - Christine Sinclair, Canada 256 – Abby Wambach, United States 239 – Joy Fawcett, United States 231 – Heather O'Reilly, United States 214 – Birgit Prinz, Germany 214 – Therese Sjögran, SwedenBold denotes players active in international football.
In cricket, there are two types of caps. Firstly, there is the international type; some countries award a domestic type known as a "county cap". The latter system is most applied in English county cricket. Most counties do not automatically award caps to players on their first appearance. Indeed, one can play at the highest domestic level for several years, have a quite significant career in first-class cricket, without winning a cap; the world record for the number of caps in Test cricket is held by Sachin Tendulkar of India, who has, over the course of a 22-year career, collected 200. Tendulkar holds the record for One Day Internationals, with 463 caps. In rugby union, 35 players have reached 100 international caps as of 5 June 2012. Players from England, Scotland and Ireland are eligible for selection to the British and Irish Lions touring squad. Lions matches are classed as full international tests, caps are awarded; the Pacific Islanders team, composed of players from Fiji, Tonga and Cook Islands have a similar arrangement, although no players involved have so far reached 100 caps.
Players still active at Test level are in bold type. Richie McCaw, New Zealand — 148 Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland — 141 George Gregan, Australia — 139 Gethin Jenkins, Wales, 131 — Ronan O'Gara, Ireland — 130 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand — 125 Victor
Udinese Calcio referred to as Udinese, is an Italian football club based in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, that plays in Serie A. It was founded on 30 November 1896 as a sports club, on 5 July 1911 as a football club; the traditional team home kit is black and white striped shirt, black shorts, white socks. The club broadcasts on channel 110 on digital terrestrial television in north-east of Italy, it has a large number of fans in Friuli and surrounding areas. Udinese Calcio was established in 1896 as part of the Società Udinese di Ginnastica e Scherma. In its inaugural year, the club won the Torneo FNGI in Treviso beating Ferrara 2–0. On 5 July 1911, some gymnasts of Udinese, headed by Luigi Dal Dan, founded the A. C. Udinese, which joined the FIGC; the new side made its debut in a friendly match against Juventus Palmanova, won 6–0. It was only in 1912 -- 13. In that year they enrolled in the Campionato Veneto di Promozione, which consisted of just three teams. With two victories against Padova, Udinese finished the tournament in second place behind Petrarca and were promoted to first-level Prima Categoria.
In Prima Categoria, Udinese failed to reach the national stage, always knocked out in the Eliminatoria Veneta. The 1920–21 season, which ended with the Friulani eliminated in the Eliminatoria Veneta, was memorable because it was the debut of Gino Bellotto, still the player who has played the most seasons with Udinese, spending 17 seasons with the Zebrette. In 1922, taking advantage of the absence of big clubs, entered the FIGC Italian Football Championship and reached the Coppa Italia final losing 1–0 against Vado, thanks to an overtime goal. In the league, Udinese finished second in Girone Eliminatorio Veneto, which allowed them to remain in the top flight for the next season, despite a reform of the championships that reduced the number of teams in the competition; the 1922–23 season was a disastrous one for Udinese, as they came last in and were relegated to the second division. The team risked failure for debts in 1923. On 24 August 1923, AS Udinese separated from AC Udinese Friuli, the club was forced to set up a budget and an autonomous board.
All debts were paid by President Alessandro Del Torso through the sale of some of his paintings and Udinese could thus join the Second Division in which they came fourth. The 1924–25 season was memorable; the team was included in Group F II Division. The championship was even and at the end of the tournament three teams were in contention to win: Udinese and Olympia River. Playoffs were needed to determine. Udinese drew 1 -- 1 with Vicenza. In the play-off standings and Vicenza were still in the lead with 3 points each. Another play-off was played to determine the winner. After a first encounter finished 0–0, Udinese lost a replay 2–1 but were awarded the win as Vicenza fielded an ineligible player, a Hungarian called Horwart. Udinese reached the finals in place of Vicenza. In the final round, Udinese was promoted, alongside Parma, to First Division. In the following season, Udinese was relegated again. However, the format of the championship was again reformed and Udinese had another chance to reclaim their place in the top flight.
They competed in play-offs with seven other sides for the right to play in Serie A. The winner would remain in the top flight; the club, lost the playoff against Legnano and lost their place in the top flight. They remained in Second Division until the end of the 1928–29 season when Serie A and Serie B were created, with Udinese falling into the third tier; the first season in Terza Serie was a triumphant one and Udinese were promoted up to Serie B. The stay in Serie B lasted only two years, after the 1931–32 season, the team returned to the third division. Udinese remained in the third tier until 1938–39, when coming second in Girone Finale Nord di Serie C, they were promoted to Serie B; the Zebrette remained in Serie B for a dozen years, with average performances and were relegated to Serie C at the end of the 1947–48 season due to a reform of the championships. This relegation, was followed by two consecutive promotions, thanks to an excellent second-place finish in the Serie B 1949-50, the Friulani won a historic promotion to Serie A. Udinese remained in Serie A for five seasons and claimed an historic Scudetto in the 1954–55 season, when they came second only behind Milan.
It was after that season, that Udinese was relegated because of an offence committed on 31 May 1953, the last day of the championship, exposed two years later. The Friuliani returned to Serie A after one season in B and in the following season was confirmed among the best Italian teams with an excellent fourth-place finish. A decline followed those good seasons, with Udinese first relegated back down to Serie B in 1961–62 and to Serie C in 1963–64. Udinese remained in C for about fifteen years, it was only after the 1977–78 season that the Friuliani, led by manager Massimo Giacomini, returned to B winning Girone A. In the same season, they won the Coppa Italia Semiprofessionisti, beating Reggina and won the Anglo-Italian Cup. During the next season, Udinese with Massimo Giacomini as their manager, won Serie B and returned after more than two decades to Serie A. In their first year back after so long, the team survived after a disappointing 15th-place finish. In Europe, they far
Stabio is a municipality in the district of Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. Stabio is first mentioned in 1067 as Stabio. Excavations in the area around S. Pietro have found evidence of continuous settlements from about 400 BC to the 7th century AD. There are burial grounds from the Iron Age followed by a burial ground and patrician residential structures from the Roman era, traces of the cult of Mercury and numerous Lombards graves. In 1999, the rich grave goods of a Lombard warrior were discovered. In 1181, the Orelli family of Locarno gained the tithe rights in the region from the Bishop of Como. In 1275, both the monastery of S. Abbondio in Como and the Benedictine abbey of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan owned property and rights in Stabio. On 22 October 1876 a serious clash between conservatives and liberals in Stabio claimed three lives, which led to a Federal mediation between the two sides. Religiously, Stabio belonged to the Vicariate of Mendrisio, from which it separated itself in 1575.
The old parish church of SS. Pietro e Lucia, dates back to the 7th century, was rebuilt in the 12th and 13th centuries; the current parish church of SS. Giacomo e Cristoforo martire is first mentioned in 1275, it was expanded in the 18th and 20th centuries. Traditionally, the main occupations were agriculture, livestock tending, viticulture. Due to limited farming land, there was some emigration of artisans and artists, first to the cities of northern Italy and central Italy, overseas. In the 19th century, the silk and the tobacco industry developed in the municipality; the first factory in Stabio was the Realini shirt factory, founded in 1902. It was acquired in 1976 by the Ermenegildo Zegna Group; the hot springs were led to the establishment of mineral baths in Stabio. The water is still being used for therapeutic treatments at the beginning of the 21st century. In 1926 the Mendrisio -- Stabio railway closed after only two years in operation. Since the 1960s, the municipality has experienced a boom in the food, engineering and clothing as well as electric and hybrid vehicle industries.
In 2005, 73% of the jobs in Stabio, many filled by commuters, were in the manufacturing sector. Since 1981, Stabio is home to the Museum of the Agricultural Culture of Mendrisio Valley. Stabio has an area, as of 1997, of 6.15 square kilometers. Of this area, 3.18 km2 or 51.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1.92 km2 or 31.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.79 km2 or 29.1% is settled, 0.01 km2 or 0.2% is either rivers or lakes and 0.08 km2 or 1.3% is unproductive land. Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 8.3% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 13.2% and transportation infrastructure made up 5.0%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 2.1% of the area Out of the forested land, 26.2% of the total land area is forested and 5.0% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 32.0% is used for growing crops, while 6.5% is used for orchards or vine crops and 13.2% is used for alpine pastures.
All the water in the municipality is flowing water. The municipality is located on the Italian border, it consists of the village of Stabio with the settlements of San Gaggiolo. The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Per fess gules on a bend argent inscription STAB sable and azure a castle or issuant from coupeaux vert. Stabio has a population of 4,616; as of 2008, 23.0% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has changed at a rate of 17.3%. Most of the population speaks Italian language, with German being second most common and French being third. There are 3 people; as of 2008, the gender distribution of the population was 50.9 % female. The population was made up of 1,569 Swiss men, 528 non-Swiss men. There were 1,738 Swiss women, 439 non-Swiss women. Of the population in the municipality 1,169 or about 32.2% were born in Stabio and lived there in 2000. There were 938 or 25.9% who were born in the same canton, while 381 or 10.5% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, 1,100 or 30.3% were born outside of Switzerland.
In 2008 there were 31 live births to Swiss citizens and 6 births to non-Swiss citizens, in same time span there were 24 deaths of Swiss citizens and 5 non-Swiss citizen deaths. Ignoring immigration and emigration, the population of Swiss citizens increased by 7 while the foreign population increased by 1. There were 2 Swiss men who emigrated from Switzerland and 7 Swiss women who immigrated back to Switzerland. At the same time, there were 16 non-Swiss men and 18 non-Swiss women who immigrated from another country to Switzerland; the total Swiss population change in 2008 was an increase of 99 and the non-Swiss population remained the same. This represents a population growth rate of 2.4%. The age distribution, as of 2009, in Stabio is. Of the adult population, 390 people or 9.1 % of the population are between 29 years old. 670 people or 15.7% are between 30 and 39, 787 people or 18.4% are between 40 and 49, 553 people or 12.9% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 449 people or 10.5% of the population are between 60 and
Switzerland national football team
The Switzerland national football team is the national football team of Switzerland. The team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association. Switzerland's best performance at the FIFA World Cup are three quarter-final appearances, in 1934, 1938 and 1954, they hosted the competition in 1954, where they played with Austria in the quarter-final match, losing 7–5, which today still stands as the highest scoring World Cup match. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the tournament despite not conceding a single goal, being eliminated by Ukraine in a penalty shootout in the round of sixteen, they didn't concede a goal until a match against Chile at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, conceding in the 75th minute. Switzerland and Austria were the co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2008, where the Swiss made their third appearance in the competition, but didn't progress from the group stage for the third time. Overall, Switzerland's best result at an official football competition was the silver medal they earned in 1924, after losing to Uruguay 3–0 in the final of the 1924 Olympic Games.
At the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Switzerland finished with a silver medal after losing to Uruguay in the final, losing 3–0. The team's debut appearance at the World Cup was in 1934. Switzerland once again reached the quarter-finals in 1938. At the 1950 World Cup, Switzerland were drawn in a group with Brazil and Mexico, where they lost 4–0 to Yugoslavia in the opening match, drew 2–2 with Brazil in their second match and beating Mexico 2–1 in their final group mach, finished third in their group. On 22 July 1946, Switzerland was awarded the right to host the 1954 FIFA World Cup unopposed, in Luxembourg City. At the World Cup, Switzerland finished second in their group behind England, they were knocked out of the tournament after losing 7–5 to Austria. At the 1962 World Cup, Switzerland finished bottom of the group, losing all three games, losing 3–1 to Chile, 2–1 to West Germany and 3–0 to Italy. A similar results came at the 1966 World Cup, where Switzerland again finished bottom of the group and lost all three games, losing 5–0 to West Germany, 2–1 to Spain and 2–0 to Argentina.
In 1992, Switzerland appointed English manager Roy Hodgson as head coach of the national team. Under his guidance, Switzerland rose to 3rd in the FIFA World Ranking in August 1993, which still remains their highest FIFA ranking to this day. Hodgson lead Switzerland to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, losing just one game during qualifying, in a group that included Italy, much fancied Portugal and Scotland; the Swiss won their home tie with Italy, in the away game, took a 2–0 lead before being pegged back to a 2–2 draw, took four points from Scotland, winning 3–1 at home and drawing 1–1 away. Against the Portuguese, Switzerland drew 1–1 at home and lost 1–0 in the away fixture in Porto, their only defeat of the qualifying campaign, their opening match against the United States, on 18 June 1994, was played indoors. In the next match, they won 4–1 over Romania, in their final game against Colombia, lost 2–0. Switzerland still qualified from the group, but were knocked out by Spain, losing 3–0. Switzerland failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, hosted in France, as they finished 4th in their qualifying group, winning three games.
At UEFA Euro 1996, Switzerland once again qualified for the tournament finals hosted in England, as they topped their qualifying group, losing just once. They were drawn in Group A, their opening match was against hosts England, the two sides drew 1–1. In their second match, they lost 2–0 to the Netherlands, in their final group game, lost 1–0 to Scotland. In qualifying for UEFA Euro 2004, Switzerland finished top of a group that featured Russia, the Republic of Ireland and Georgia; the Swiss qualified for the finals in Portugal. They began the tournament with 0–0 draw with Croatia before succumbing to a 3–0 defeat to England in the next match, they lost their final match against France. Their only goal of the entire tournament was scored by Johan Vonlanthen, who became the youngest goalscorer at the Euros when he scored the equalizing goal against France. Switzerland, along with Austria, were chosen as co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2008. Switzerland were drawn in Group A with Portugal and the Czech R
Rodrigo Ferrante Taddei is a former Brazilian-Italian footballer. Though a midfielder, Taddei was notable for his versatility on the field. During his career he has played in every position except central defender. Once Taddei played as a goalkeeper for Palmeiras, when the team's usual starting goalkeeper was sent off, he started his career in Brazil with Palmeiras moved to Italy in September 2002 and signing for Siena, a Serie B team, which earned promotion to Serie A. After another season with Siena, Taddei left on a Bosman free transfer and signed a five-year contract with A. S. Roma on 3 June 2005, he earned a gross salary of € 1.75 M in € 2.23 M in the next 4 seasons. After joining Roma prior to the 2005–06 season, Taddei made his debut on 28 August 2005 in a 3–0 win away to Reggina in Serie A. Taddei got his first taste of European football, helping Roma to the last 16 of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup, going out to Middlesbrough on away goals. Taddei ended his first season with 9 goals in 53 games in all competitions.
Taddei received some attention after he performed a move he titled "The Aurelio", named after A. S. Roma assistant manager Aurelio Andreazzoli, in a Champions League group stage match against Olympiacos on 18 October 2006, he scored the opening goal in Roma's 2–1 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of the 2006–07 Champions League quarter-finals. Taddei missed the second leg through injury; the Brazilian ended the 2006–07 by winning his first trophy, helping Roma to the 2006–07 Coppa Italia, a trophy Roma would retain the following season, beating Internazionale on both occasions. On 7 June 2010 Roma announced that Taddei had signed a new 4-year contract in which he would earn a gross annual salary of €2.8M in the first three years and €1.9M in the last year. He scored. In 2012–13 season he continued to play as a full-back under Zdeněk Zeman. However, he finished. New coach Rudi Garcia moved him back to midfield during the season 2013-2014 he scored 2 goals with a total of 20 appearances for Roma, his goal against Parma on 2 April 2014 was his first Roma goal since December 2011.
Just two games Taddei scored his final Roma goal, opening the scoring in the 3-1 victory over Atalanta. At the end of the season, the club and the Brazilian footballer didn't reach an agreement for a contract renewal and Taddei left Roma after 9 years, playing 300 games and scoring 31 times in all competitions. On 21 July 2014, after having been a free agent for two months, Taddei signed a contract with A. C. Perugia Calcio in Serie B. Taddei scored his first goal for Perugia in the 2–0 win against FeralpiSalò in the second round of the Coppa Italia. Taddei scored his first Serie B goal in the 2–2 draw with Vicenza on 20 September, keeping Perugia top of the Serie B table. Taddei has never been capped by the Brazilian national team but, thanks to his Italian citizenship, he is eligible to play for Italy, he is in fact an Italian Brazilian, his great-grandparents were from Turin. In February 2009, he publicly stated. In late 2003, Taddei was injured in a car accident, his younger brother Leonardo died in the accident and his teammate Pinga was hurt.
Upon recovery, Taddei returned to playing for Siena. Serie A: Runner-up: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014 Coppa Italia: Winner: 2007, 2008 Runner-up: 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013 Supercoppa Italiana: Winner: 2007 Runner-up: 2006, 2008, 2010
Genoa Cricket and Football Club referred to as Genoa, is an Italian professional football club based in Genoa, Liguria. Established on 7 September 1893, it is Italy's fourth oldest football team and the most enduring one, with 125 years of activity. During their long history, Genoa have won the Italian Championship nine times. Genoa's first title came at the inaugural championship in 1898 and their most recent was in 1923–24, they have won the Coppa Italia once. Genoa are the fourth most successful Italian club in terms of championships won; this slew of early successes may lie at the origin of the love professed for the team by the godfather of Italian sports journalists Gianni Brera, despite having been born nowhere near Genoa, always declared himself a supporter of the team. Brera went as far as creating the nickname Vecchio Balordo for Genoa; the club has played its home games at the 36,536 capacity Stadio Luigi Ferraris since 1911. Since 1946, the ground has been shared with local rivals Sampdoria.
Genoa has spent most of its post-war history going up and down between Serie A and Serie B, with two brief spells in Serie C. For more details on this topic, see History of Genoa C. F. C; the club was founded on 7 September 1893 as Genoa Athletic Club. In its earliest years, it principally competed in athletics and cricket. Association football was only a secondary concern. Since the club was set up to represent England abroad, the original shirts worn by the organisation were white, the same colour as the England national team shirt. At first Italians were not permitted to join. Genoa's activities took place in the north-west of the city in the Campasso area, at the Piazza d'Armi; the men who handled the management of the club were. It was among the oldest in Italian football at the time, the only other founded clubs were four in Turin. Italians found a new ground in the form of Ponte Carrega; the first friendly match took place at home, against a mixed team of Internazionale Torino and FBC Torinese.
Not long after, Genoa recorded its first victory away against UPS Alessandria winning 2–0. Friendly games took place against various British sailors such as those from HMS Revenge. Football in Italy stepped up a level with the creation of the Italian Football Federation and the Italian Football Championship. Genoa competed in the first Italian Championship in 1898 at Velodromo Umberto I in Turin, they defeated Ginnastica Torino 2–1 in their first official game on 8 May, before winning the first championship that day by beating Internazionale Torino 3–1 after extra time. Genoa returned for this time with a few changes. A change in shirt colour was in order, as they changed to white and blue vertical stripes. Genoa won their second title on a one-day tournament which took place on 16 April 1899, by beating Internazionale Torino 3–1 for the second time. On their way to winning their third consecutive title in 1900 and beat local rivals Sampierdarenese 7–0; the final was secured with a 3–1 win over FBC Torinese.
The club strip was changed again in 1901, Genoa adopted its famous red-navy halves and therefore became known as the rossoblu. After a season of finishing runners-up to Milan Cricket and Football Club, things were back on track in 1902 with their fourth title. Juventus emerged as serious contenders to Genoa's throne from 1903 onwards, when for two seasons in a row Genoa beat the Old Lady in the national final. Notably Genoa became the first Italian football team to play an international match, when they visited France on 27 April 1903 to play FVC Nice, winning the fixture 3–0; as well as winning the Italian championship in 1904, the year was notable for Genoa reserves winning the first II Categoria league season. From 1905 onwards when they were runners-up, Genoa lost their foothold on the Italian championship; the fall in part during this period can be traced back to 1908 when FIGC agreed to Federal Gymnastics protests forbidding the use of foreign players. Since Genoa's birth they had always had a strong English contingent.
They disagreed, as did several other prominent clubs such as Milan and Firenze. The following season the federation reversed the decision and Genoa was rebuilt with players such as Luigi Ferraris and some from Switzerland, such as Daniel Hug who came from FC Basel; the rebuilding of the squad saw the creation of a new ground in the Marassi area of Genoa, when built it had a capacity of 25,000 and was comparable to British stadiums of the time. With the introduction of the Italian national football team, Genoa played an important part, with the likes of Renzo De Vecchi. Englishman William Garbutt was brought in as head coach to help revive the club, he was dubbed "Mister" by