"That the derby is a question of nerve, tactics and strategy we already knew, but frankly we could never expect that it could turn into an scene of espionage. Like Rambo hidden among the branches on the hill, Luca De Pra, Genoa goalkeeping coach and man of noble soccer ancestry, failed to overcome Sampdoria's intelligence and counterintelligence operations."
-- A statement from
Sampdoria's official web site makes light of Luca De Pra, a Genoa staff coach, getting caught spying on Sampdoria's practice ahead of the Genoa derby. De Pra, the grandson of Genoa
goalkeeping legend Giovanni De Pra, hid in the bushes at Sampdoria's training ground Bogliasco on Friday wearing army fatigues. (Reuters)