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Gasperini Celebrates Atalanta's Historic Europa League Victory

Posted : 23 May 2024

Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini expressed immense pride in bringing the Europa League trophy to Italy after a 25-year drought, following his team's impressive 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the final. Gasperini highlighted the significance of this achievement for Italian football, marking Atalanta's second major trophy in their 117-year history, thanks to Ademola Lookman's stunning hat-trick in the Dublin final.


This victory made Atalanta the first Italian club to win the competition since Parma in 1999, back when it was known as the UEFA Cup. Gasperini remarked on the long-awaited triumph, noting that only Inter and Roma had reached the final over the past 25 years but failed to win. He emphasized that this win with Atalanta is a rare football fairy tale, demonstrating that meritocracy and innovative ideas still have a place in the sport, beyond the influence of larger clubs and the proposed super league.


Reflecting on the significance of this victory for Bergamo, a city deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Gasperini acknowledged the lasting impact of those challenging times. He praised the resilience of Bergamo's people, who faced a death rate five times higher than usual and severe economic hardship. Gasperini hoped that this triumph would bring some joy and a sense of pride to the community, offering a moment of happiness amid the lingering scars of the pandemic.


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