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Italy’s Daniele De Rossi, 37, Hospitalized With Covid-19

Former Italy captain and the national team's technical coach Daniele De Rossi has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 during last month's World Cup qualifiers, Sky Italy reported on Friday.

The former AS Roma midfielder, who is fourth on Italy's all-time appearance list having played 117 times for the Azzurri, tested positive along with three other staff and several players in the national camp during the international break.

Sky reported De Rossi, 37, is under observation at the Roman Institute for Infectious Diseases as a precaution.

Here’s How Many Fans Will Be Allowed In Each Venue For This Summer’s Euro 2020

The following are the 12 host cities set to host Euro 2020 matches and their commitments for how many spectators will be allowed to attend after European soccer's governing body UEFA confirmed their plans on Friday.

Munich, Rome, Bilbao and Dublin have been given until April 19 to provide additional information.

London, England

* Venue: Wembley Stadium (Capacity: 90,000)

* Matches: Three group games, one last-16 game, both semi-finals and the final

UEFA Wants Fans At All 12 Venues For Euro 2020, Which Means 3 Host Cities Are Now In Doubt

UEFA's plans for Euro 2020 may have to be changed after two of the host venues, Dublin and Bilbao, were unable to commit to at least some fans being able to attend games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were also mixed signals over the chances for Rome's Olympic Stadium being open to supporters, as federations submitted plans to organisers UEFA ahead of its deadline later on Wednesday.

Chaos Looms Over World Cup Qualifiers With Clubs Refusing To Release Players

MANCHESTER - Next week's World Cup qualifying games in Europe and beyond are set to be heavily affected by clubs refusing to release players for international duty, COVID-19 quarantines and travel restrictions.

Inter Milan announced on Thursday that all of their players will be pulled out of international duty after two more positive COVID-19 cases at the club.

Former Captain Daniele De Rossi Joins Italy’s Coaching Staff

Former Italy captain Daniele De Rossi has joined Roberto Mancini's national team staff as technical coach, the Italian Federation said on Thursday.

Ex-Roma midfielder De Rossi is fourth on Italy’s all-time appearance list having played 117 times for the Azzurri, and takes up his first coaching role after retiring from playing last year when he left Boca Juniors.

New Netflix Film Dramatizes The Life And Career Of Roberto Baggio

For those of a certain vintage, this will be a wonderful trip down memory lane; for those whose fandom began in the 21st century, this should be an excellent introduction to the genius of one of Italy’s most celebrated footballers — on May 26, Baggio: The Divine Ponytail arrives on Netflix.

This biographical film from director Letizia Lamartire is billed as “a chronicle of the 22-year career of soccer star Roberto Baggio, including his difficult debut as a player and his deep rifts with some of his coaches.”

TikTok Becomes Global Sponsor Of Euro 2020

TikTok will be the global sponsor for the rescheduled Euro 2020 soccer tournament set to begin in June this year, the sport's European governing body UEFA announced on Thursday.

The popular Chinese short video app, the first digital entertainment platform to sponsor a major international tournament for UEFA, also has broadcast sponsorship rights as part of the deal.

UEFA Thinking About Using Only One Host Country For Euro 2020 Tournament

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin is weighing up whether to stage the European Championship in one country this year rather than across the continent as planned due to COVID-19 concerns.

However, UEFA responded by saying it was continuing to work on existing plans for 12 countries to host the tournament. The 24-nation event, a major revenue generator for European football's governing body and the national federations, was postponed by 12 months due to the pandemic.

Fate Of Euro 2020 Hangs On Vaccine Efforts

The fate of the rescheduled Euro 2020 soccer tournament will not be decided until March but organizers UEFA are hoping that vaccination efforts will allow them to stick to their original plan for June's pan-European tournament.

The 24-nation, month-long showpiece, a major revenue generator for the continent's soccer governing body UEFA and the national federations across Europe, was postponed by 12 months after last year's COVID-19 outbreak.