Gino Pozzo, the owner of Watford, is one of the most talked about figures in the sporting world today. He is known for moving lower-division football clubs from the bottom positions to the top leagues in their respective countries. He was born in Italy to Gianpaolo and Giuliana Pozzo, who were passionate about sports. He was also related to the former presidents of Udinese Calcio Football Club through his mother and has since maintained the loyalty to the club to date. Gino moved to the United States at the age of 18 years for a Masters at Harvard University and later to Spain after getting married. He lived in Barcelona for 20 years with his family before moving to London in 2013 to focus on the day to day operations of Watford.
The Pozzo family purchased Watford in 2012 when the club was heavily indebted and struggling to get to the top from the Fourth Division. They were positive about the potential of the club and convinced that the club would move to the top. Gino was a fan of English football and considered it to be a completely different experience. The family was named in 2015 as the European Soccer’s Ascendant Family for being the first family to own football clubs in Italy, Spain, and England.
In 2015, the three football clubs owned by the Pozzo family were participating in the top competitions in their respective countries. Watford had successfully moved from the Fourth Division to the premier league four years later. In 2016, Gino Pozzo decided to sell his shares at the Granada FC, Italy based club, to Jiang Lizhang to concentrate more on Udinese and Watford. The football industry is worth much and running it requires investment motives as much as it does passion. The Pozzo family seems to be aware of this and continues to make more significant moves towards profitability.
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