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.
— Granada C.F. (@GranadaCdeF_en) May 23, 2015
— The1881Movement (@The1881_wfc) May 23, 2015
Forza @GranadaCdeF_en !!!
— john parslow (@hornetboy84) May 24, 2015
Big well done to @GranadaCdeF_en who have stayed up in La Liga!
— Pozzo Power (@Pozzo_Power) May 23, 2015
@GranadaCdeF_en congratulations a good end to the Pozzo season
— L Y N D H U R S T (@Lyndhurstfm) May 23, 2015
Granada survived relegation, a BIG congratulations to Pozzo. He’ll have Udinese in Serie A, Watford in EPL & Granada in La Liga next season.
— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) May 23, 2015
— Watford Focus (@watfordfocus) May 23, 2015
Well done!! @GranadaCdeF_en Delighted to see you stay up!!
— truehornet (@truehornet) May 23, 2015
— ⓉⓄⓂⓏⓎ (@Tomzy87) May 23, 2015
— Doug McCaffrey (@SemtexSports) May 23, 2015
Congratulations! @GranadaCdeF_en all 3 Pozzo teams in the top flight of their countries!
— Daniel Frost (@danielfrost1985) May 23, 2015
— Michael (@Michael_Hartt) May 23, 2015
— Matt Sherwood (@MattSherwood7) May 23, 2015
— Sean Fulton (@Seanf81) May 23, 2015
@GranadaCdeF_en well done. Great turn around in the last few weeks.
— Dave Bayliss (@DaveBayliss1) May 23, 2015