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Covid-19: Genoa confirms 14 cases among players and staff
Covid-19: Genoa confirms 14 cases among players and staff

A total of fourteen between team members and staff of Serie A side CFC Genoa have tested positive for Covid-19, the club announced in a statement on Monday.

According to Italian soccer newspaper 'Gazzetta dello Sport', eleven out of fourteen positive cases are players, while three are members of the staff.

In a statement posted on their website, the club wrote: "The club has activated all the procedures according to the protocol and informed the authorities. The club will provide updates as the situation evolves."

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Andrea Pirlo is the new manager of Juventus
Andrea Pirlo is the new manager of Juventus
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Juventus announced Saturday Andrea Pirlo as their new coach just hours after sacking Maurizio Sarri following the club's Champions League elimination against Lyon. Pirlo played four seasons with the Turin team, winning four Italian league titles, one Italian Cup and two Italian Super Cups.

Pirlo was appointed manager of Juventus' Under-23 side a month ago but has now signed a two-year contract to coach the first team.

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Juventus beats Sampdoria to win their ninth consecutive Italian title
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Sampdoria
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Sampdoria Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Juventus 2:0 victory against Sampdoria guaranteed the ninth consecutive Serie A title for the Vecchia Signora. 2019-20 season title is the 36th for Juventus and the first for head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the match, with Bernardeschi scoring the second. Ronaldo also missed a penalty when the game was already 2:0 to Juventus.

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Italian Serie A targets mid-June return, pending government approval
San Paolo Stadium in a match between Napoli versus Crotone
San Paolo Stadium in a match between Napoli versus Crotone Credit: Gaetano Capaldo (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Italian soccer league, Serie A, plans to resume its 2019/2020 season on June 13th, if Italy's government allows it.

On a videoconference meeting this Wednesday, Serie A general assembly approved the date for resuming the season "in accordance with government decisions and medical protocols".

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Fiorentina confirm three players and three staff members have tested positive for Covid-19

Fiorentina, an Italian Serie A soccer club, announced today three players tested positive for Covid-19 as well as three members of the back-up staff.

The club says the six persons will remain in self-isolation, with first-team training activities hoped to resume this week for the rest of the squad.

Fiorentina became the second Serie A club to confirm a player has coronavirus after Torino announced a positive test yesterday.

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Italy's sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora believes Serie A clubs should be "thinking about next season"

After France, the Netherlands, and Belgium leagues called off their seasons, Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora stated: "These decisions could push Italy to follow this line, which would become a European line".

Spadafora also said "If the championship should ever resume, it will certainly be behind closed doors,"

Juventus soccer player Daniele Rugani tests positive for Covid-19

The centre-back player was tested positively for the coronavirus and stated that the is "fine". The Serie A started all by law required isolation procedures to further prevent the virus from spreading. This includes people who have come into contact with Daniele Rugani. This follows after all sporting events in Italy have been postponed until April.

Italy put on lockdown by prime minister

Following the spread of the coronavirus the prime minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte introduced a travel ban for the whole country. Together with this nonessential travel and all public gatherings are prohibited. Leaving the home is only allowed for essential work, family emergencies and health care situations. This includes the cancellation of all sporting events including the football Serie A.