Genoa Cricket and Football Club, commonly referred to as simply Genoa or the abbreviation Genoa CFC, is a professional football club based in the city of Genoa, Italy. Although the athletics and cricket club was founded in 1893 by Englishmen; the footballing section of the club was opened in 1897 by James Richardson Spensley making it the oldest of its kind still active in Italy.
During their long history, Genoa have won the Italian Football Championship nine times; the first of which was 1898 during the competition's inaugural season, the last time Genoa won the league was in 1923-24. It also won the Coppa Italia once. Historically, Genoa is the tenth most successful club in Italian football, however they are the fourth most successful in terms of championships won.
The club has played its home games at the 36,536 capacity Stadio Luigi Ferraris since 1911. Since 1946, the ground has been shared with local rivals Sampdoria. Genoa has often bounced between the top two divisions of Italian football; Serie A and Serie B since the 1960s. After a recent promotion, Genoa now plays again in Serie A for the first time since 1995.