Gino Pozzo is said to come from a family with “football in their genetics.” Pozzo is the current owner of Watford FC, a perennial contender in England’s Premier League. He purchased the club in 2012 when the team was struggling. He rehabilitated the Watford program to make it a thriving athletic club that has gained legions of fans. Watford sored to be ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation just four years after the Pozzo purchase.
Gino Pozzo was born in Italy to businessman Giampaolo Polo and his wife Giuliana. A passionate soccer fan, Giampaolo purchased the Udinese Calico club in 1986. This was also a troubled team at the time. It had been recently demoted to a minor league. Giampaolo was able to bring the team back to compete in Italy’s Series A level.
Gino Pozzo grew up in a family that was not only passionate about football but steeped in all aspects of the sport, especially the business end. Upon turning 18, Gino opted to attend Harvard University in the United States where he earned a master’s degree. He met a woman from Catalan, Carla, and he moved to Spain where they lived in Barcelona for the next 20 years.
His location in Spain made it possible for Gino Pozzo to become deeply involved in another family football club purchase, Granada FC, which his father acquired in 2009. Once again, the Pozzo family worked its magic with a club that had fallen on hard times. After breathing new life into Granada FC, the club was sold to Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang in 2016.
Thus, when it was announced that Gino Pozzo would be purchasing Watford FC, local fans were hopeful the Pozzo magical touch would work on this club which had entered a dark era after years of previous glory. Those hopes were well-founded as Watford FC continues to thrive today.