Gino Pozzo is a passionate fan of football. Along with his parents, Gianpaolo and Giuliana Pozzo, he has owned three European clubs located in Spain, England, and Italy. The latest club he bought is the Watford Football Club.
He grew up in Udine, Italy. His mother is a relative of some of the Udinese Calcio Football Club’s former presidents. He traveled to the United States to earn his college education. This included attending Harvard University to earn a master’s degree. While in the United States he married a Catalan. It was for this reason that he moved to Spain and lived in Barcelona for 20 years. After buying Watford F.C., he moved to London along with his wife and three kids.
The Pozzo family bought its first football club in 1986. This was the Udinese club which was bought with the money earned from the family’s tool-making company. Gino Pozzo has a well-earned reputation as a forward-looking owner of football clubs.
Gino Pozzo got involved with the Udinese club in 1993. He is credited with turning the club around and helping to rise from Series B to the top football league in Italy, the Champions League. While living in Spain, he was instrumental in his family buying Granada F.C. When they bought this club it was €12 million in debt and playing in Spain’s Third Division. For the first time in 35 years, it was playing in the Primera Liga just two years later.
He bought Watford F.C. in 2012 when the club was deep in debt and playing in the Fourth Division. Gino Pozzo used his scouting-driven model to make this into a team that is now playing in the best sports league in the world, England’s Premier League.