Genoa

The oldest club in Italy, Genoa are still called Genoa Cricket and Football Club although very little cricket takes place at Marassi. Genoa won all nine titles before 1924 but have since endured some bleak moments, such as relegation to Serie C in 1969-70 and demotion to the third tier in 2005 just after they seemed to have been promoted to Serie A. Things have been more stable of late and mid-table mediocrity must be a relief.

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7 Football Clubs With Interesting Links & Friendships

Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

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Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

7 Football Clubs With Interesting Links & Friendships

In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

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