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Atalanta Qualify for UEFA Champions League


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The Serie A season has come to a close and Atalanta have finished in 3rd place. This is their highest ever finish in their 112 year history and will be their first time playing in the best European competition. In this world of modern football where money so often equals success, it is so nice to see a story like this. This isn't a wealthy owner coming in and taking a forgotten team to new heights. This is just a smart project and great coaching combining to overcome so many obstacles that small teams face. 

8 years ago they were in Serie B. 5 seasons ago they avoided relegation on the last day of the Serie A season. Historically a team that has finished in the lower half of the table, they have placed 4th, 7th and now 3rd in the last 3 seasons. They have done this while regularly selling many of their best young players: Kessie, Caldara, Conti, Gagliardini, Cristante, Spinazolla.

13 games unbeaten in the league to end the season with all of the pressure on their shoulders to achieve this historic result. Being able to overcome the disappointment of losing the Coppa Italia final, which would have been their first trophy in something like 6 decades! This fairy tale won't last forever. The economics of the sport will catch up to them eventually. But I am so happy for their supporters.

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