In his second season with Genoa, and first with the club at the top flight, Coach Bronc experienced some ups and downs throughout the season with the Italian club. "We were unable to replicate our form from S18, but many factors played a role in that," said Coach Bronc in our interview. The first of those factors appeared to be a delayed start to the season, which resulted in playing catch-up without much time for practice. It wasn't made any easier for the veteran manager when an influx of inbound and outbound transfers required constant tinkering to the lineup. But when all was said and done, Genoa finished in 9th- enough to avoid relegation. "I think we were all glad to get to the finish line this season."

Arrivals: RB Ricardo Fiamozzi (65 ovr), CM Luca Rigoni (73), LM Gabriel Silva (70), RM Suso (75), RW Alessio Cerci (77), ST Tim Matavz (72)
Departures: GK Samir Ujkani (71), RB Issa Cissokho (77), RB Diogo Figueiras (77), CM Alberto Costa (77) LW Diego Perotti (79), ST Serge Gakpe (75)

It was a busy winter transfer period for Genoa. On the outbound was 6 members from the usual lineup of 18, including 4 vital starters. And unfortunately, their replacements weren't up to par. In attack, losing Perotti and Gakpe led to an immediate plight of goals. Alessio Cerci was a suitable fill-in for Perotti, but wasn't quite able to replicate the Argentine's performances. Alberto Costa, the S18 League B MVP, was a workhorse offensively and defensively, yet Blerim Dzemaili and newcomer Luca Rigoni weren't able to carry the load in the midfield. And on defense, losing both Figueiras and Cissokho wiped away Genoa's fullback depth and made it a glaring weakness, where Gabriel Silva was forced to fill-in for the final few matchweeks. Overall, the transfers led to a weakened Genoa squad, one that found goals difficult to come by and the club's from from S18 long gone.

League A
Genoa had some early success, most notably a 1-0 win over PSV Eindhoven, but later began to fall into mid-table obscurity. The transfer period then saw the team gradually slip farther down the table, and they narrowly avoided relegation with some crucial late-season points. "It was a rollercoaster type of season," said Coach Bronc. "We had some nice upsets, but also lost some games where we were favored to win." 12 different players scored a goal, and only two players scored more than 3. A recurring theme was substitutes coming up huge, earning some very important points in the dying minutes of matches over and over again.

Gold Cup
Placed in a group with the "Cup King," Genoa was still predicted to advance to the Gold Cup. Genoa took 2nd place in the group, but then were drawn to play in a Preliminary Round game, while also falling into the vaunted tough top half of the Gold Cup bracket. Genoa easily defeated Deportivo 3-0, but then a close game with Toulouse saw Genoa fall 0-1, ending their Cup hopes in the Round of 16. Despite the early exit, GK Mattia Perin still managed to win the Silver Glove and Silver Ball awards.

Following the season's end, Coach Bronc announced that it he would be leaving Genoa through a mutual decision with the club. "A lot of players exited during the season, and I no longer felt I had the talent in place to earn silverware going forward," said the manager. "I enjoyed my time here and we had some great play out on the pitch, including a 2nd place finish in League B last season, but I believe it's within my own interests and the club's interests to go our separate ways at this time." Bronc's future club appears to be up in the air, as clubs from all over Europe and even South America have contacted the 3-time League A title winner.