POZZO FACTFILE

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Born: Udine, 1941 (Age 72) An am­a­teur foot­baller in his youth, Pozzo made his for­tune sell­ing power tools and ac­ces­sories, build­ing up the fam­ily com­pany be­fore even­tu­ally sell­ing his brand

– Freud – to Ger­man gi­ant Bosch in 2009. Later mar­ried tex­tile heiress Gi­u­liana Linda, the daugh­ter of a for­mer Udi­nese owner, and in 1986 Pozzo bought the club him­self. The club were then emerg­ing from a cor­rup­tion scan­dal and fac­ing rel­e­ga­tion to Serie B. Pozzo helped sta­bilise them and pre­vent their reg­u­lar bob­bing be­tween the top two tiers of Ital­ian foot­ball. How­ever, since pro­mo­tion to Serie A

in 1995, the Zebri­tos have never suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion and have reg­u­larly qual­i­fied for the UEFA Cup and Cham­pi­ons League. In 2009, with the help of son Gino, Pozzo ac­quired Span­ish third-tier club Granada. His back­ing and in­no­va­tive use of loan play­ers helped them reach La Liga thanks

to con­sec­u­tive pro­mo­tions. And in June 2012 – again with help fr om Gino – Pozzo added Wat­ford to his sta­ble, reach­ing the Cham­pi­onship play-offs in his first sea­son.

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