The director of the intensive care unit at Bergamo's Pope Giovanni Hospital XXIII has said Atalanta's Champions League clash with Valencia worked as an accelerator for the coronavirus that has devastated the region.
Coronavirus has been catastrophic in Italy, where 7,503 people -- the most of any country in the world -- have died after being infected as of Wednesday. The 3,434 deaths suffered in Spain is second only to Italy in terms of worldwide fatalities.
UEFA are considering staging the Champions League semifinals and final over two weekends in Istanbul in a bid to ensure that the 2019-20 competition reaches a conclusion amid the global coronavirus crisis, sources have told ESPN.
The fate of this season's Champions League and Europa League, as well as the staging of Euro 2020, will be discussed during a video conference of the 55 European football associations on Tuesday.
Atalanta aren't a black swan. Yes, their rise to the Champions League quarterfinals and another top-four finish in Serie A is an unforeseen event, but it's not clear at all that it will have a major effect on football.
Atalanta are one of those giant hornets with improbably cartoonish large bodies and small, flimsy wings. You'd think they'd be too big to fly, with those teeny wings, but they sure as heck do. And, yes, they also sting: early and often.
The team known prosaically as "La Dea"...
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Atalanta's glorious procession through their maiden Champions League campaign continued apace on Tuesday night as...