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Friday April 3 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Serie A 2001-02

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Serie A knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, 2001-02 edition!

Another bout of last round drama was in store for the 2001-02 season as three teams went into the final day with a chance of claiming the Scudetto. Juventus eventually came out on top, beating champions Roma and Inter to the trophy, the Old Lady’s first title since 1997-98.

But Chievo were arguably the story of the season, as the Flying Donkeys took Serie A by storm. They led the table for six rounds before falling away – but still claimed a creditable fifth place in their debut Serie A campaign.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Stars urged to cover Serie C wages

There are discussions for a ‘solidarity fund’ created from docking the wages of some Serie A and B players to help cover salaries of Serie C squads.

Calls are growing every day for professional football players to accept a pay cut and prevent non-playing staff from being furloughed or even sacked.

However, the Lega Serie C/Lega Pro would point out only a small percentage of professional football players are so rich as to afford such a luxury.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Serie A to resume in May?

Plans are taking shape for how to get Serie A going again in May or June, with blanket coronavirus tests for squads, quarantine periods for those coming from abroad and structured training.

The lockdown measures have been extended until April 13, including a new Government stipulation banning training in a facility for even professional athletes.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Coronavirus numbers stable in Italy

The number of deaths in Italy from coronavirus remains relatively stable, with 760 over the last 24 hours, reaching 13,915 in total.

Experts stated over the last few days that the country had reached the peak of this pandemic and was at a plateau, so the numbers of new cases, deaths and people going into intensive care are all stable or dropping.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Tommasi: 'Player wages not a priority'

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi insists cutting wages is “not a priority” right now, but rather a protocol for returning to duty and dealing with contracts if the season goes beyond June 30.

The Lega Serie A and AIC (Players’ Association) are discussing the idea of cutting salaries during the coronavirus lockdown, as Juventus and reportedly also Inter have already agreed to forego some of their wages.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Minister: 'Plan for Serie A in May'

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora announced there is “an extraordinary plan for sport to resume from May,” as Italy eye an easing of lockdown measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The lockdown has been extended to Easter Monday, April 13, with a new Government decree last night banning training in facilities even for professional athletes.

It does still fit in with FIGC President Gabriele Gravina’s comments that Serie A is hoping to resume from May 20.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Govt bans training until April 13

A new Government decree in Italy has banned training in sporting facilities for professionals until at least April 13 due to the coronavirus lockdown, effectively ending the debate between clubs.

Prime Minister Giovanni Conte confirmed the order in a press conference this evening and added a new point.

There will be no training in a sporting facility, even for professionals, until at least April 13.

It ends the discussion between clubs, the Lega Serie A and the Italian Players’ Association over when training should resume.

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Thursday April 2 2020
'Difficult to see Serie A resume before summer'

A leading epidemiologist running one of Italy’s coronavirus taskforces warns it is “difficult” to see sport resume in Italy before the summer, although self-isolation prevented “tens of thousands more deaths.”

The pandemic seems to have reached its peak already in Italy, with the number of new cases, deaths and intensive care requirements slowing down significantly over the last few days.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Gravina: 'Serie A targeting May 20'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has confirmed that “the idea is to restart Serie A on May 20 or early June. Scrapping the season would be a grave injustice.”

With the coronavirus pandemic in Italy showing signs of peaking, Gravina is confident football in Italy will resume sooner rather than later.

“The top priority is completing the season,” he told TMW Radio.

“The idea is to start from May 20 or early June, to end in July. There’s even been talk of August and September.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Juventus biggest agent fee spenders

Serie A clubs spent almost €200m on agent fees throughout 2019, with Juventus leading the way on €44.3m.

As per the FIGC’s website, agents received €187.8m from top-flight teams in Italy during the previous calendar year.

Juve spent the most, paying out €44.3m, followed by Inter (€31.8m), Roma (€23.2m) and Milan (19.6m).

Brescia did the least business with agents out of Serie A sides, handing over just €505,209.

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