Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini said he was ill before his side's Champions League round-of-16 second-leg clash in Valencia and that later tests showed he had contracted coronavirus.
The Serie A side are based in Bergamo, which has been the worst-hit region in terms of coronavirus deaths in Italy, and a leading doctor from the area said their first-leg match with Valencia at the San Siro stadium in Milan had accelerated the spread.
The funeral of Atalanta youth player Andrea Rinaldi originally set to take place on Thursday was postponed due to the threat of coronavirus.
The 19-year-old, was part of Atalanta's youth system and loan at Serie D side Legnano, passed away on Monday after suffering a brain aneurysm in training.
His death prompted tributes from all over the Italian football community and, due to the amount of people expected to attend the funeral, authorities in his hometown of Como have decided to postpone...
How Atalanta's feel-good Champions League story became a 'biological bomb' for coronavirus in Italy, Spain
At the end of their sensational and surreal Champions League elimination of Valencia in Spain on March 10, a 4-3 second-leg win (8-4 on aggregate) in an empty stadium Atalanta's players gathered in front of a TV camera, holding up a T-shirt with a dedication written across the chest. "Bergamo, this is for you," it read. "Móla mía."
Written in local dialect, that last phrase translates to "never give up". It could have been a fitting slogan for soccer's latest fairytale story. Atalanta,...
Sheffield United, RB Leipzig, Leicester, Atalanta: How the minnows manage to compete with soccer's elite
There are two primary truths in modern European soccer.
1. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. Of the 12 teams averaging at least two points per match in Europe's five biggest leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1) before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus, eight were enjoying at least a 58% possession rate in league play, and one of the four that wasn't (Red Bull Leipzig) was at 59% in Champions League play, which shows they were capable of dominating...