The Pozzo family connection runs deep, between Watford, Udinese and Granada. All three will play top-flight football next season.

Since the takeover of Watford back in 2012, when Gino Pozzo arrived with hopes of steering the club to the Premier League, many fans looked towards a club the Italian had helped save from extinction – La Liga side Granada CF – who had climbed from the Spanish third-tier to the top-flight in consecutive seasons, as an example of what they might expect.

The family who run Italian side Udinese, had certainly made a superb impact in Spanish football, and after their arrival at Vicarage Road, so blossomed a relationship between three clubs in three countries, with fans soon becoming conscious that success for one, helps towards the success of all three.

Of course, Watford have now achieved the dream of a return to the English top-flight, via automatic promotion from the Championship, which was greeted positively by their ‘brothers’ in Spain at Granada.

On Saturday and on the final day of the season in La Liga, all eyes turned to Nuevo Los Cármenes, with Granada needing to avoid defeat and for results elsewhere to be favourable, in their bid to avoid relegation.

After a tense encounter and a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid for Granada, news of results elsewhere began to filter in. Deportivo La Coruña had drawn away at Barcelona, so they were safe. Eibar had cruised to victory against Córdoba, whilst Almeria went down 2-3 at home against Valencia.

However, Granada had also survived. The Rojiblancos will now play their fifth consecutive campaign in La Liga, next season. At the final whistle, fans and players celebrated in unison, with a mass pitch invasion. Relief and joy, amidst the euphoric scenes.

In England, Watford supporters were also delighted for their Spanish ‘brothers’, given Granada’s survival meant that along with their own team and Udinese, the Pozzo family could now boast three top-flight sides, in three of Europe’s strongest leagues – the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.

Here’s a selection of congratulatory messages from Watford fans, which were received by the official English language Twitter account of Granada CF – @GranadaCdeF_en – which is also managed by HITC Sport’s La Liga correspondent, Heath Chesters.

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