Gino Pozzo is well-known for taking lower-division football clubs and getting them into their country’s top leagues. One of his teams is Watford Football Club which is an English football team. Both his parents, Gianpaolo and Giuliana Pozzo, are passionate about football which rubbed off on him in a big way.
After completing secondary school in Udine, Italy, he moved to America for his college education. This included earning a master’s degree at Harvard University. He married a woman from Catalonia and moved to Spain. Gino Pozzo spent the next 20 years living in Barcelona. After purchasing Watford F.C., he relocated his family to London, England. He did so because he wanted to be involved in his club’s daily operations.
Gino Pozzo and his parents have owned three football clubs. The first of these was Udinese F.C., which his parents bought in 1986. They bought the Granada Football Club together in 2009. Gino Pozzo bought Watford F.C. in 2012.
Under the leadership of the Pozzo family, Udinese Football Club went from playing in the Serie B League to the Champions League in just three years. This was largely due to a scouting-driven model that Gino Pozzo developed. This model also worked at Granada F.C. which, in just two years, went from playing in Segunda B to the Primera Liga.
When Gino Pozzo bought the Watford Club it was heavily in debt and playing in England’s Fourth Division. Their best days had happened back in the 1980s. He chose to focus on this team and the Udinese one which meant that he sold Granada F.C. for €37 million. He has taken a long-term approach to Watford as it takes a great team to make it to the Premier League, arguably the best sports league in the world.