Serie A twice a week until August 2?

Serie A will resume from June 20, but the precise dates will be decided tomorrow, probably starting with outstanding Week 25 games, with an aim to conclude by August 2.

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed today that the Serie A and B seasons will resume from June 20, although the Coppa Italia semi-finals and Final should run from June 13-17.

The Lega Serie A will meet to set the fixture list on Friday and Sky Sport Italia suggest they’ll begin with the outstanding Week 25 matches, which were postponed when the coronavirus pandemic was still localised in a few northern regions.

Those fixtures are: Atalanta-Sassuolo, Verona-Cagliari, Inter-Sampdoria and Torino-Parma.

After that, in theory the plan would be to start the Week 27 games in a midweek round, June 23-24, including Atalanta-Lazio.

Week 28 would be on June 27-28, Week 29 on June 30-July 1, Week 30 on July 4-5, Week 31 on July 7-8, Week 32 on July 11-12, Week 33 on July 14-15, Week 34 on July 18-19, Week 35 on July 21-22, Week 36 on July 25-26, Week 37 on July 28-29 and the final round on August 1-2.

This would meet the UEFA deadline and allow Juventus, Napoli, Atalanta, Inter and Roma to take part in the Champions and Europa League from August 4.

Possible Serie A fixture list

Week 25 (June 20-21)

Atalanta-Sassuolo

Inter-Sampdoria

Torino-Parma

Verona-Cagliari

Week 27 (June 23-24)

Atalanta-Lazio

Bologna-Juventus

Fiorentina-Brescia

Genoa-Parma

Hellas Verona-Napoli

Inter-Sassuolo

Lecce-Milan

Roma-Sampdoria

Spal-Cagliari

Torino-Udinese

Week 28 (June 27-28)

Brescia-Genoa

Cagliari-Torino

Juventus-Lecce

Lazio-Fiorentina

Milan-Roma

Napoli-Spal

Parma-Inter

Sampdoria-Bologna

Sassuolo-Hellas Verona

Udinese-Atalanta

Week 29 (June 30-July 1)

Atalanta-Napoli

Bologna-Cagliari

Fiorentina-Sassuolo

Genoa-Juventus

Hellas Verona-Parma

Inter-Brescia

Lecce-Sampdoria

Roma-Udinese

Spal-Milan

Torino-Lazio

Week 30 (July 4-5)

Brescia-Hellas Verona

Cagliari-Atalanta

Inter-Bologna

Juventus-Torino

Lazio-Milan

Napoli-Roma

Parma-Fiorentina

Sampdoria-Spal

Sassuolo-Lecce

Udinese-Genoa

Week 31 (July 7-8)

Atalanta-Sampdoria

Bologna-Sassuolo

Fiorentina-Cagliari

Genoa-Napoli

Hellas Verona-Inter

Lecce-Lazio

Milan-Juventus

Roma-Parma

Spal-Udinese

Torino-Brescia

Week 32 (July 11-12)

Brescia-Roma

Cagliari-Lecce

Fiorentina-Hellas Verona

Genoa-Spal

Inter-Torino

Juventus-Atalanta

Lazio-Sassuolo

Napoli-Milan

Parma-Bologna

Udinese-Sampdoria

Week 33 (July 14-15)

Atalanta-Brescia

Bologna-Napoli

Lecce-Fiorentina

Milan-Parma

Roma-Hellas Verona

Sampdoria-Cagliari

Sassuolo-Juventus

Spal-Inter

Torino-Genoa

Udinese-Lazio

Week 34 (July 18-19)

Brescia-Spal

Cagliari-Sassuolo

Fiorentina-Torino

Genoa-Lecce

Hellas Verona-Atalanta

Juventus-Lazio

Milan-Bologna

Napoli-Udinese

Parma-Sampdoria

Roma-Inter

Week 35 (July 21-22)

Atalanta-Bologna

Inter-Fiorentina

Lazio-Cagliari

Lecce-Brescia

Parma-Napoli

Sampdoria-Genoa

Sassuolo-Milan

Spal-Roma

Torino-Hellas Verona

Udinese-Juventus

Week 36 (July 25-26)

Bologna-Lecce

Brescia-Parma

Cagliari-Udinese

Genoa-Inter

Hellas Verona-Lazio

Juventus-Sampdoria

Milan-Atalanta

Napoli-Sassuolo

Roma-Fiorentina

Spal-Torino

Week 37 (July 28-29)

Cagliari-Juventus

Fiorentina-Bologna

Hellas Verona-Spal

Inter-Napoli

Lazio-Brescia

Parma-Atalanta

Sampdoria-Milan

Sassuolo-Genoa

Torino-Roma

Udinese-Lecce

Week 38 (August 1-2)

Atalanta-Inter

Bologna-Torino

Brescia-Sampdoria

Genoa-Hellas Verona

Juventus-Roma

Lecce-Parma

Milan-Cagliari

Napoli-Lazio

Sassuolo-Udinese

Spal-Fiorentina

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Gravina: ‘Calcio brings hope to the country’

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said ‘the return of Calcio is a message of hope for the entire country,’ as the Coppa Italia is set for June 13, Serie A and B from June 20.

The announcement was made by Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora, while Lega Serie B President Mauro Balata released a statement confirming they too are ready to go from June 20.

“The return of Calcio represents a message of hope for the entire country,” said Football Federation chief Gravina.

“I am happy and satisfied with the outcome. It’s a success we share with the Minister for Sport Spadafora and all the Federation components. Our project is one of great responsibility, because it involves the entire professional football world in Italy, with Serie A, B, C and hopefully also women’s Serie A.”

Meetings will be held tomorrow to decide on the precise dates and which games will be played first.

There are several ‘games in hand’ to be caught up in Serie A from Week 25, as they were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic when it was still localised in only some regions.

It remains to be seen if those are played first or kept for later.

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Official: Coppa Italia June 13, Serie A 20

It’s now official, the Coppa Italia semi-finals will be played on June 13 and Serie A can resume from the weekend of June 20, confirmed Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora.

“It was a very useful meeting and, as we had said from the start, football was always going to resume when we had the conditions to ensure safety and the CTS gave the all-clear to the protocols,” said Spadafora.

“Italy is getting back on its feet and it is only right that football should do the same. The CTS agreed with the medical protocol, but confirmed the absolute necessity for a quarantine period if a player were to test positive.

“We also received guarantees the process of swabs for players must not affect or detract from the general population’s access to testing in any way.

“The FIGC also assured me that the Plan B (play-offs and play-outs) and Plan C (using the existing table) can be adopted in case of suspension. It is not up to me as Minister to decide, as that will be done by the FIGC.

“In the light of all those events, we can today say that the season can resume from June 20.”

However, Spadafora notes that won’t necessarily be the beginning of Calcio back in the country.

“I hope that from June 13 to 20 they can complete the Coppa Italia, as that would be a signal to the whole nation.”

The Coppa Italia is midway through the semi-finals, after first leg results Inter 0-1 Napoli and Milan 1-1 Juventus.

As for the quarantine, Sky Sport Italia reports the wording of the latest medical protocol leaves the door open for it to be re-evaluated if the overall pandemic curve continues to fall in the country.

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Roma told Bustos price

Nahuel Bastos’ agent has revealed that Talleres are prepared to sell the Roma target for €9m.

Roma are stepping up their pursuit of Bustos as a deal for Everton striker Moise Kean is threatening to prove too expensive.

“He is ready, Ignacio Campo told RomaPress.net.

“He is a top quality striker with very good technique, he’s fast. He’s the type of player that likes to play in big matches.

“Certainly [is Italy a welcome destination].”

Corriere dello Sport claimed Talleres were demanding 12m for the Argentine starlet, but Campo dropped a different figure.

“Yes,” he replied when asked whether the club had set an asking price. “$10m [€9m].”

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Roma eye Argentine pair?

Roma are reportedly eyeing up moves for Talleres striker Nahuel Bustos and River Plate defender Gonzalo Montiel.

Gianluca Petrachi looks to be on his way out of Roma, but Corriere dello Sport claims that has not stopped the sporting director from conducting some late business.

According to the newspaper, he is targeting Bustos as a ‘Plan B’ in the event a deal for Everton forward Moise Kean cannot be struck.

The 21-year-old has nine goals and four assists in 20 games for Talleres this season and will form part of Argentina’s Olympic football team next summer.

Likened to Inter sensation Lautaro Martinez for his ‘talent, quality and flair’ the centre-forward can also play out wide.

Petrachi is understood to have already opened talks for the player, who was recently the subject of an €8m bid from Atletico Mineiro.

Il Corriere specifies Talleres want €12m for their 80 percent share in the attacker – €4m less than the release clause in his contract, which expires in 2022.

Bustos could be joined at the Olimpico by Montiel, with Closs Continental claiming the Giallorossi are considering tabling €11m offer by the end of this week.

The 23-year-old, who is a right-back by trade, has two caps for Argentina at senior level.

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