Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Struggling Genoa looking for derby boost

04 January 2016, 19:11

Milan - Genoa host Sampdoria in the city derby hoping to show their current struggles are temporary as Serie A resumes on Tuesday following a two-week festive break.

Gian Piero Gasperini's men have slipped to 17th in Italy's top flight to sit just two points above third-from-bottom Frosinone after a run of disastrous results leading up to Christmas.

Also read: Courtois hopeful Chelsea can salvage season

Before then, Genoa had enjoyed a strong run which had left them firmly in the top half of the table and Colombian midfielder Tomas Rincon believes a win on Tuesday will show their league position is misleading.

"We've had a good rest over the festive break and we're determined to go out and show we don't deserve to be where we are in the table right now," Rincon told Sky Sport.

"The derby is a special game that is totally different from all the others, because there's only only thing that matters and that is victory."

Genoa's last win at home came against Sassuolo at the end of November and since then Gasperini's men have suffered home defeats to struggling Carpi and Bologna while conceding defeat at title challengers Inter Milan and Roma.

In the first Serie A game of 2016 and at the clubs' shared Luigi Ferraris stadium on Tuesday, sparks are expected to fly.

Sampdoria have endured struggles of their own, only ending a run of four defeats with a draw away to Lazio and a 2-0 home win over Palermo in the week before Christmas.

That mediocre run of results led some to question the club's decision to sack coach Walter Zenga at the start of November and replace him with ex-Fiorentina handler Vincenzo Montella.

'Recharge batteries'

Montella said the festive break has given him time to reflect on their strategy for the second half of the season, but admits Sampdoria won't be taking Genoa lightly.

"We had time during the holidays to recharge our batteries so we're looking for a positive start to the new year. Mentally, we're ready," Montella said.

"To win this game we'll need determination, but it won't be enough. We need to be lucid and have full respect for our opponents.

"Genoa are a top side and at the start of the season were one of the more complete squads in the league before they suffered due to a number of injuries."

While Genoa are hoping AC Milan striker Alessio Cerci will reply positively to their offer of a move to the club during the winter transfer market, Samp on Monday welcomed Argentinian midfielder Ricardo Alvarez on a six-month deal from Inter Milan following a loan spell with Sunderland in England's Premier League.

The remainder of the midweek fixtures will be held on Wednesday when Inter travel to Empoli looking to protect their one-point lead over Fiorentina, who are away to Palermo.

Napoli, who sit in third also one point off the pace, host Torino while champions Juventus, in fourth at three points behind Inter, host Verona.

Elsewhere, fifth-placed Roma are away at Chievo while AC Milan, in sixth at eight points behind Inter, are at home to Bologna.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...