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Sunday March 22 2020
There's nothing quite like Calcio

Football Italia programmes on Channel 4 made Adam Summerton fall in love with Calcio and he remains enthralled by the unique madness that surrounds Serie A.

It’s the early to mid-nineties, a Sunday afternoon, I’m sat cross-legged with muddy knees in front of Mum & Dad’s small Hitachi TV – the smell of Sunday roast is drifting through the house. I’m just back from playing for my boys team and I’ve been drawn to the living room by a TV theme tune that provoked the same excited smile in me then, that it does even now.

“Campionato, di Calcio, Italiano…“ And then, what so many of us thought for years was “Go Lazio!” but was, in actual fact, “Golaco!”

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Saturday March 21 2020
'No fans at games until October'

An epidemiologist in the Italian task force warns “it’s probably going to be impossible for crowds to attend football games before October.”

The ambitions to get Serie A matches back on track for May 2 now seem increasingly unlikely, as another 793 people died over the last 24 hours in Italy.

“We need to be clear with people, but without terrorising them,” epidemiologist Pierluigi Lopalco told La Repubblica.

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Saturday March 21 2020
Farewell to the last master of football writing

Few might know him outside of Italy, but Andrea Tallarita explains why the late, great Gianni Mura was at the heart of the country's football culture.

Gianni Mura, the greatest Italian sports journalist of our times, started his long career at the age of 19. The Gazzetta dello Sport (la vecchia Gazza, as he would later refer to it) offered him a job in probation in 1964, fresh out of high school, and thereby formed a journalistic partnership that those who work in this trade now view as legendary.

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Saturday March 21 2020
Young: 'Dreaming of Inter, Ince and Wright'

Ashley Young describes wanting to replicate the “passion” of idols Ian Wright and Paul Ince, “reinventing” himself, dreaming of Serie A and becoming “part of Inter’s history.”

The full-back has made an immediate impact since his January move from Manchester United, including a goal against Lazio, and won over the fans.

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Saturday March 21 2020
Lombardy at coronavirus breaking point

The coronavirus pandemic continues to grow in Italy and the Lombardy region alone registered another 546 deaths over the last 24 hours.

The epicentre remains Lombardy, including Milan, Bergamo and Brescia as the hotbeds of the virus.

Over the last 24 hours, another 546 deaths have been registered in this region alone, taking the total count of fatalities in Lombardy to 3,905.

The other most disconcerting statistic is that another 3,251 people have tested positive since Friday in the region.

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Saturday March 21 2020
Lawyer: 'Who allowed Higuain to leave?'

A lawyer studying the Coronavirus pandemic and its implications can’t believe Juventus allowed Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira to leave.

Daniele Rugani was the first Serie A player to test positive and Blaise Matuidi has since followed, so 121 people connected to the club went into self-isolation.

It was meant to be for 14 days, but Higuain, Pjanic and Khedira left just seven days into their quarantine.

Juve insist they tested negative and their isolation was “voluntary,” so could be broken at any time.

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Saturday March 21 2020
Santos: 'Kaio Jorge, Soteldo and Verissimo talks'

Santos President Jose Carlos Peres confirmed negotiations with Juventus for Kaio Jorge, Inter and Everton for Yeferson Soteldo and Torino for Lucas Verissimo.

The Brazilian club patron touched base on several transfer stories we could see this summer.

“Football may have stopped for the Coronavirus pandemic, but the transfer market is carrying on as normal,” said Peres in an exclusive interview with Calciomercato.com.

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Saturday March 21 2020
Moratti company donates million in coronavirus fight

Saras, the oil company run by former Inter President Massimo Moratti, are donating €1m to hospitals in the Lombardy region fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“At this moment of collective emergency, the hospitals are the structures under the most strain and their role is fundamental in battling this virus,” said Moratti.

“We feel the need to give concrete support to the Lombardy regional assembly, one of the areas hardest hit, who are facing the situation with the spirit of responsibility, courage and dedication.”

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Saturday March 21 2020
Lazaro: 'I love Inter'

Inter loanee Valentino Lazaro says he “loves the club with all my heart” and that Romelu Lukaku is like “an older brother.”

Lazaro was signed by the Nerazzurri for €23m last summer from Hertha Berlin, but failed to settle in his first half-season at San Siro

The winger was then loaned out to Newcastle for the rest of the season in order to increase playing time.

The Austrian spoke to FCInterNews.It about his six months in Milan.

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Saturday March 21 2020
Coutinho Inter return forces Conte tactical reshuffle?

Inter could re-sign Philippe Coutinho on a two-year loan deal, which would force Antonio Conte to alternate his system, according to Tuttosport.

Martinez has been linked with a move to Barcelona for a number of months, with the player reportedly looking to play alongside Lionel Messi.

According to Tuttosport, Coutinho, who started his career in Europe with Inter a decade ago, could re-join the club.

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