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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,...

European football mulls July, August restart; stopping leagues 'last resort'

Julien Laurens explains why Belgium ending their season due to the coronavirus could impact other league decisions.
Jon Champion spells out reasons why clubs and the Premier League want to complete the season.
Jon Champion delves into Juventus' wishes to not accept the title should the Serie A season be cancelled.

European football, currently at a standstill because of the coronavirus, is focusing on a restart in July and August with clubs and leagues being told that stopping competitions should "really be the last resort."

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UEFA, the European Club Association and the European Leagues umbrella group sent a joint...