Gino Pozzo was born with football in his blood. Both of his parents, Gianpaolo and Guiliana Pozzo, were passionate about the game. He grew up in Udine, Italy, and was a big fan of the Udinese Calcio football club. He is now the owner of England’s Watford Football Club and is often talked about in the newspapers.
After growing up in Italy, Gino Pozzo moved to the United States for his college education. He earned a master’s degree at Harvard University. He married a Catalan and moved to Barcelona, Spain. 20 years later he moved to London along with his wife and their three kids. This was in 2013, shortly after he had bought Watford Football Club.
His father had been the owner of the Udinese football club, buying them in 1986. His dad owned a tool-making company and used its profits to buy this football club. Gino Pozzo is also involved in real estate and financial mergers. The tool-making company was sold in 2008 so that he could give more of his focus to football.
Gino Pozzo says that managing a football club isn’t, however, his main activity. He really enjoys it, though, and wants to lead the club in the right way. He is seen as a very forward-looking owner who wants to see football succeed even more than it already does across Europe.
He created a scouting-driven model at Watford Football Club. This unique approach has very much paid off as he was able to completely turn the team around. Prior to this, he applied this model at the Udinese team and it was very successful. When his family bought Granada Football Club in 2009 this model also proved itself as the team went from the third division to the prestigious Primera Liga in just two years time.
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