Corona Covid 19 is wreaking havoc around the globe. Football was not spared as most of the leagues are stopped and the remaining ones are played in closed stadiums.
Premier League is expected to return in June and is also planning to start the next season in August.
Italy is the worst affected country in Europe and Serie A administration has pointed out that this season could be wiped out. In Spain, many La Liga clubs have placed their players and officials under isolation.
Many of our favorite players have been tested positive in the past weeks. Let us take a look at the current situation in the footballing world.
In Serie A, many players have tested positive for the virus. Juventus defender Daniele Rugani is one of the first players to contract the virus.
The rest of the squad including Cristiano Ronaldo has kept themselves in self-isolation and soon another player joined the chain. This time Blaise Matuidi caught the bug while he was in voluntary home isolation since March 11. Paulo Dybala has tweeted, he and his girlfriend have been tested positive and are under medication.
The following stars have been tested positive from various clubs:
Sampdoria: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonio La Gumina, Morten Thorsby, and Fabio Depaoli.
Fiorentina: Dusan Vlahovic, Patrick Cutrone and German Pezella.
Juventus: Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi, Paulo Dybala.
Verona: Mattia Zaccagni.
The league is suspended until April 3 as the whole country is facing hardships due to the outbreak.
Real Madrid is under lockdown after the club’s basketball player was tested positive for the disease. Since the basketball team shared facilities with the footballing stars, the Blancos team and staff are under quarantine.
Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay is the first La Liga player to contract the coronavirus. Center-back Eliaquim Mangala is another player from the Oranges to get the disease. Currently, five players in the team are tested as positive as of now.
Valencia: Ezequiel Garay, Eliaquim Mangala.
Espanyol: Wu Lei.
Furthermore, Espanyol has reported that six members of their first-team squad have caught the bug.
Football matches in Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are suspended until April 2 to stop the spread of the pandemic. The authorities are unsure about the future of this season and a decision may be taken on March 30.
Paderborn: Luca Kilian.
Hannover: Tim Hubers, Jannes Horn.
Frankfurt revealed that 2 of their players had tested positive and 23 people were tested for the virus.
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta was one of the first affected in the English footballing scene. Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi was one of the first players to be reported from England. Portsmouth is another club that is suffering from the pandemic.
Chelsea: Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Portsmouth: James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Sean Raggett, Haji Mnoga, Ross McCrorie.
McCrorie is on a season-long loan deal from Scottish side Rangers.
Marouane Fellaini is the latest player to join the list. He is currently playing for Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League. The former Manchester United and Everton midfielder is in quarantine wight now in a Chinese medical facility. The club management has revealed the player is not showing any signs of discomfort. Apart from these, many clubs are reporting positive cases in players and staff but are not revealing the names.
Amidst the terrifying news all over the world, many players and managers have started to show support. Stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have donated 1m Euros each to fight the outbreak. Another major contribution was from Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola who has given 1m Euros for the cause.
Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich have set up a fund called “We Kick Corona” and made a joint donation of 1m Euros. Robert Lewandowski also pledged a million Euros to the campaign this week.
We urge our readers and punters to stay indoors and join the war against this pandemic.
Last updated: 27 March 2020.