Gino Pozzo and the Watford FC

Gino Pozzo seemed to be born for football. Gino’s story started in Italy, where he was related to previous Udinese Calcio football club presidents. But at the age of 18, Gino moved to the US. He earned a Master’s degree from Harvard and then got married. He then moved to Spain and lived in Barcelona for 20 years. 2013 is when he started to be more involved in his football club at Vicarage Road in London.

Gino’s father, Gianpaolo, bought the Udinese football club in 1986. For generations, the Pozzo family had been in the woodworking business. In 2008, they sold their woodworking business so they could focus more on their football clubs.

Gino seemed to be the reason for the club’s success. Because of Gino, the family bought Granada F.C in 2009. In two short years, Granada rose to Primera Liga for the first time in 35 years.

The family bought the Watford Club in 2012, which is when Gino relocated to London to be more involved in the club’s operations. It seems that the Pozzo’s plan was to be at Watford for a while.

Gino eventually sold the Granada F.C. to Jiang Lizhang for 37 Euros in 2016, saying he wanted to concentrate on the Udinese and the Watford club.

Recruiting and trading players is a main component of the Pozzo club ownership model. The media had many things to say about the signing on many players who were on international loans to other clubs. However, the recruiting and trading method seems to be very effective.

Pozzo is said to be at the Watford’s training ground almost every day. He was called “the best owner in the world” and ranked #4 on Talksport’s 2019 rankings of CEO football club owners.