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Sunday March 22 2020
Coronavirus death toll in Italy at 5,476

The death toll in Italy for people who contracted Coronavirus is now 5,476, an increase of 651 over 24 hours, but there is hope they are over the peak and numbers are dropping.

Every day at 18.00 local time, the authorities give an update on the figures from the last 24 hours in the Peninsula.

On March 22, there are a total of 5,476 people who have died after contracting COVID-19, an increase of 651 since March 21.

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Sunday March 22 2020
Florenzi almost joined Atalanta

Roma captain Alessandro Florenzi joined Valencia on loan in January, but had been close to Atalanta, according to reports.

The Italy international requested a loan move in order to get more playing time in the run-up to Euro 2020, although contracting chicken pox and then seeing the Coronavirus shutdown has changed all those plans.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Florenzi had been a firm target for Atalanta, who felt he’d bring valuable experience to the side in their Champions League campaign.

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Sunday March 22 2020
Mancini: 'Different Italy at Euro 2021'

Roberto Mancini admits his Italy squad will inevitably change with the Euro 2020 delay to next year, hoping to reap the rewards of improvements to Nicolò Zaniolo, Federico Chiesa, Emerson Palmieri and more.

The tournament was due to kick off on June 12, but has been postponed to the summer of 2021, something that could well transform the Azzurri squad.

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Sunday March 22 2020
Coronavirus 'might've mutated' in Lombardy

Italy, and in particular Lombardy, has overtaken China as the country with the most Coronavirus deaths. “We don’t understand why it’s so aggressive. The virus might’ve mutated.”

The pandemic has ground Italy to a standstill with over 4,000 deaths and experts warn we have not yet even reached the peak in the Peninsula.

Over the last 48 hours, 1,420 people died in Italy after contracting COVID-19, the vast majority of them in the Lombardy region (3,095).

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Sunday March 22 2020
Cellino: 'Let Lazio have title, this is the plague'

Brescia President Massimo Cellino insists the 2019-20 Serie A season is over due to the Coronavirus. “If Lazio want the Scudetto, let them have it. This is the plague.”

The entire country is in shutdown, as last night the Government announced even more restrictive measures, shutting down all non-essential businesses to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

It has killed over 4,000 people in Italy, so Cellino hit out at those who want to resume training next week, above all Lazio and Napoli.

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BLOG ITALIA
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
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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BLOG ITALIA
Friday March 20 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Serie A 1999-00

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Serie A knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, 1999-00 season edition!

We’re looking back to the 1999-00 campaign and the heady days of the Seven Sisters.

Milan entered as champions having had Lazio push them all the way in 1998-99, and it took Le Aquile until just the following season to go one better, as they fought off Juventus to clinch the Scudetto.

Inter, Roma, Parma and Fiorentina were all fighting for glory, too, as Serie A reigned as the biggest and best league in the world.

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Friday March 20 2020
Napoli to make summer Castrovilli offer

Napoli are the latest club to be linked to Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli.

The Italian midfielder is having his breakout season in Serie A this year, and has made 24 appearances in the league for the Viola.

The 22-year-old only signed for the club last summer following a spell at Bari in Serie B.

La Gazzetta dello Sport that Napoli would like Castrovilli as part of their midfield for next season.

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