Maracana Stadium in Rio becomes Corona Hospital

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The corona virus has now reached South America. There are soccer clubs there now their stadiums are made available to relieve hospitals across the country. An overview of the current developments.

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The Bundesliga paused, the sport stopped. The reason is the corona virus, the spread of which is to be contained by this drastic measure. The news blog contains all the important information about the latest developments. Large messages are handled separately.

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March 22, 10:00 pm: Real wins official FIFA 20 tournament in quarantine

Spanish soccer record champion Real Madrid has won the official FIFA 20 tournament of the Spanish soccer league for a good cause. In the “La Liga Challenge”, in which donations of more than 140,000 euros were collected in the fight against the corona virus, one player per club competed against the league competitors in a knockout system.

In the final, Spanish real professional Marco Asensio triumphed 4-2 against Aitor Ruibal from CD Leganes. The offline encounters were broadcast on the Twitch channel of the streamer “Ibai”, and viewers had the opportunity to donate money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). Sergi Roberto should have picked up the controller for FC Barcelona. However, the Catalans withdrew their participation because Barca is sponsored by game manufacturer Konami with the competitor product eFootball PES 2020.

Playing in the league is currently suspended. It is unclear whether things will continue in early April. Spain is currently suffering particularly badly from the consequences of the corona virus. The royal had quarantined their entire soccer team with national team player Toni Kroos on March 12 after a positive test for the coronavirus at a club’s basketball player.

March 22, 10:00 pm: Brazil’s football clubs provide stadiums to fight coronavirus

The top Brazilian clubs have made their football stadiums available in the fight against the corona pandemic. The places are to serve as field hospitals and thus relieve hospitals across the country. More than half of the first division clubs joined the campaign to help especially in the heavily populated cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The legendary Maracana, home of Meister and Libertadores Cup champion CR Flamengo, was also handed over to the health authorities. “Let us take care of our older people, help those who need it the most,” wrote club president Rodolfo Landim in a message to the fans. There are currently 1128 confirmed coronavirus cases and 18 deaths in Brazil.

March 22, 6:00 p.m .: Majority of US athletes are apparently for Olympic postponement

Nearly three-quarters of the 300 US athletes who took part in a survey by the USOPC Olympic and Paralympic Committee are clearly in favor of moving the Tokyo Summer Olympics (July 24th to August 9th) due to the coronavirus pandemic . This was reported by the newspaper “USA Today” on Sunday.

Overall, 70 percent of the athletes were in favor of a postponement. 23 percent said it would depend on the consequences of such a move. Almost a quarter would like a decision by April 15 at the latest, and 18 percent would have preferred an immediate decision.

March 22, 5:10 p.m .: No departure: Lothar Matthäus is stuck with his family in Dubai

Record international Lothar Matthäus is stuck in Dubai due to the corona pandemic. The 59-year-old does not come here with his family for the time being. I can no longer enter Budapest – although I have been my main residence there for 16 years, “said Matthäus of the evening newspaper (Monday edition). The government has closed the borders “for everyone who does not have a Hungarian passport”.

A return to Germany is complicated because Matthäus’ wife comes from Russia. “It is difficult for her to enter Germany at the moment because she does not have an EU ID,” said Matthäus.

He also called for solidarity from the professionals and those responsible. “If not now in this global crisis – when then? If they can’t do it for the benefit of the clubs and to save jobs for the employees, then you can forget about football, alas, the whole football system,” said Matthäus.

March 22, 9:25 am: German Robin Gosens in Bergamo: “Hope that we can be a terrible role model”

Football professional Robin Gosens from the Italian first division club Atalanta Bergamo is suffering from the dramatic conditions in northern Italy due to the corona virus. “The pictures speak for themselves. It is impossible to beat sadness what is happening here,” said the 25-year-old in a video slot in the ZDF’s current sports studio.

Gosens is in quarantine at home in Bergamo and feels “Helplessness. I and my girlfriend would like to do everything we can to intervene or help. Unfortunately, this is not possible,” said the full-back trust the experts who do an amazing job. “

The bad situation in Italy should, according to Gosens, be a warning to the rest of the world. “I hope I pray that we can be a terrible role model for all other countries,” said the professional from Emmerich, who keeps himself fit with exercises in the backyard.

Gosens admitted that he initially underestimated the situation. “It makes me deeply sad. We pray that the situation will improve soon.”

March 22, 7:06 am: Despite the corona virus – over 50,000 Japanese pilgrims to the Olympic flame

Regardless of the spread of the corona virus, more than 50,000 Japanese gathered for the Olympic Fire on Saturday. The flame was presented in a golden cauldron at Sendai station in Miyagi Prefecture, the queue was 500 meters long. Many visitors wore face masks and waited for hours to see it.

The fire had arrived at Matsushima Air Base in Miyagi on Friday. Due to the pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided not to have a lavish party.

The conditions in Sendai apparently caused concerns among the organizers. As more people came than expected, local media reports are considering stopping the presentation.

On March 26, a torch relay across the country began for several months before the Olympic flame was lit on the opening day of the games (July 24). The Japanese organizers pointed out that larger viewer participation would be avoided in order to reduce the risk of infection. Should large crowds nevertheless form on the route, the torch relay will be canceled as it was when it started in Greece.

March 21, 10:35 p.m .: Ex-Real President dies of virus

Lorenzo Sanz, the former president of Real Madrid, the Spanish football record champion, died at the age of 76 as a result of a corona infection. This was announced by his son Lorenzo Sanz Jr. on Saturday evening in a communiqué. In addition to the infection with the new virus, Sanz also had kidney disease, the treating doctors announced on request. Nothing was initially communicated about the cause of death.

Sanz had tested positive for the new Sars-CoV-2 virus a few days ago and had been in the intensive care unit of Madrid’s Jiménez Díaz hospital since Tuesday. The Spanish professional league expressed condolences to the bereaved.

“My father recently died. He didn’t deserve such an end,” Sanz’s eldest son wrote in his media release. “One of the best, bravest, and hard-working people I’ve seen in my life comes from us. His family and Real Madrid were his life,” he added.

Sanz was head of the royal between 1995 and 2000. During this time, Real won the Champions League twice (1998 and 2000) and a league title (1997).

March 21, 10:20 pm: Milan legend among those affected

Milan legend Paolo Maldini has been tested positive for the corona virus. Infections were reported to the club’s 51-year-old technical director and his 18-year-old son, Daniel Maldini, who recently made his Serie A debut, reported AC Milan. Both have been in quarantine for two weeks and are now being isolated until they are cured. Maldini had won the National Cup and the Champions League five times with Milan.

March 21, 8:15 p.m .: Juve-Star has the corona virus

Argentine soccer star Paulo Dybala has tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus. The 26-year-old confirmed this from Italian record champions Juventus Turin on social networks. His girlfriend Oriana Sabatini was also infected with the virus. “Fortunately we are doing very well,” wrote Dybala, who also thanked the fans for the numerous messages.

Dybala is the third Juve professional after defender Daniele Rugani and world champion Blaise Matuidi who has tested positive. The situation in Italy is particularly dramatic, more than 50,000 people have already been infected, and almost 5,000 have died. According to the positive results at Rugani, the entire team had been sent to quarantine.

Most recently, however, Rio world champion Sami Khedira, Dybala’s compatriot Gonzalo Higuain and Bosnian Miralem Pjanic left Turin after they had tested negative and received the club’s permission.

March 21, 6.30 p.m .: Another Frankfurt player infected

A second player from the Bundesliga soccer club Eintracht Frankfurt has tested positive for the corona virus. The club announced this on Saturday evening and, like in the first case of Hessen on Thursday, did not name the professional concerned. After the first positive case became known, the entire team as well as the staff and some employees from the team environment were subjected to the tests.

To date, 24 tests have been evaluated, 23 of them negative. “The further results will follow in the coming days,” said Eintracht on Twitter.

It is the fourth confirmed case in the Bundesliga. Previously, defender Luca Kilian from SC Paderborn and a professional from Hertha BSC had been caught. The Berliners also did not disclose the name of the person concerned.

March 21, 5:45 pm: Next Bayern star donates one million euros

Football star Robert Lewandowski joined his team-mates Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich from the German record champions Bayern Munich and together with his wife also donated one million euros to cope with the corona crisis. “We are all aware of the difficult situation around us. Today we all play in a team. Let us be strong in this fight. If we can help someone, let us do it,” Sport Bild quoted the couple.

On Friday Goretzka and Kimmich launched the “We Kick Corona” campaign and donated one million euros to help them get started. The purpose of the internet campaign is to help charitable, social or medical institutions that are dependent on immediate help due to the pandemic. After just a few hours, the international players Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Jonas Hector, Lukas Klostermann, Julian Brandt, Nadiem Amiri and Thilo Kehrer joined the initiative.

It was initially unclear whether Lewandowski’s donation would also benefit this project.

March 21, 10:57 am: Marathon superstar Kipchoge in domestic isolation

Olympic marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge has become isolated in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. British broadcaster BBC released a video explaining the runner has been isolated for three days. As the 35-year-old Kenyan world record holder (2:01:39 hours) reported, he broke off the training camp in Cape Tagat and returned to his family in Eldoret. Kipchoge was the first runner in 1: 59: 40.2 hours in Vienna last October to remain under the two-hour mark, but was accompanied by 41 pace-makers, which is why the time could not be officially recognized as a record.

“It is really hard to train alone because I appreciate the teamwork that is in everyone’s interest and that helps me a lot,” said Kipchoge, who actually wanted to start as the defending champion at the London Marathon on April 26th. However, the race was postponed to October due to the coronavirus crisis. In summer, he is aiming for his second Olympic victory at the Tokyo Olympics.

March 21, 9:25 am: Ter Stegen: A goalkeeper in the home office

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is currently suffering from the curfew in Spain. “I’m a goalkeeper in the home office. Even if that sounds strange in my job,” said the 27-year-old at “Bild live”.

So that he, his wife Daniela and the almost three-month-old son Ben do not experience a camp freak, they would have to “animate each other,” reveals ter Stegen: “There are new challenges every day on the Internet. My wife is working on a project that they will end we want to make the best of it. “

He has to keep himself as fit as possible. “As athletes, we have a duty to continue working on our physical strength,” said the former Gladbach goalkeeper: “I am busy all day trying to get the best out of us.” Ter Stegen was given fitness plans and information from FC Barcelona.

March 21, 8:26 am: Federer appeal: “Hope everyone takes it seriously”

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer (38) spoke up in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus and asked people in an internet post to behave correctly. “We have to take it incredibly seriously,” said the currently injured professional in a video message on Instagram.

The Swiss Federal Councilor Alain Berset had previously launched a social media campaign on Friday. Under the hashtag # soschützenwiruns, Berset had addressed the questions “How can you help?”, “What can you do? You can pass it on” to Federer, the former Miss Switzerland Christa Rigozzi and the rapper Stress with the invitation, then to three Pass on celebrities.

“We have to fight this virus, and it is more important than ever that we all help each other,” said Federer. In a video with snowy mountains in the background, the father of four appealed: “Two meters away, don’t shake hands. I too am staying at home all the time. We don’t want to end up in quarantine so we can’t get out. So I hope everyone really takes it seriously. “

March 20, 11 a.m .: Legend Uwe Seeler is missing football

Football idol Uwe Seeler lacks his favorite hobby in the corona crisis. “I miss football very much,” said the 83-year-old to the Bild newspaper: “I’m also very concerned about the continued existence of the clubs. I think everyone should be willing to compromise and, if necessary, put a little bit behind.”

Even the national team’s honorary captain can’t be beaten. In his house in Schleswig-Holstein, Seeler distributes boredom with reading, telephoning and watching TV. “I spend my time like so many others who are at home. And my wife Ilka makes sure that I don’t go crazy here.”

From time to time his wife chases him into the garden, Seeler said with a smile: “She thinks I know my way around with a lawn under my feet.”

March 20, 10 a.m .: England coach Southgate appeals to the population

English football coach Gareth Southgate has urged his country to stick together. “Take care of each other. Please don’t suffer alone,” Southgate wrote in an open letter published online by the English Football Association on Friday. “Remember that our great country has mastered these enormous challenges before,” Southgate wrote, “and together we can do it again.”

Football is now unimportant, emphasized the 49-year-old with a view to canceled friendlies and the European Championship, which has now been postponed to 2021. Now is “definitely not the moment when we are the center of attention,” said Southgate. “The heroes will be the men and women who continue to work tirelessly in our hospitals and doctor’s offices to look after our friends and families.” That is “more important than everything we do on the court.”

March 20, 7 a.m .: Olympic fire arrived in Japan

The Olympic Fire arrived in Japan on Friday. The flame was brought to the northern Matsushima Air Base by plane. Because of the corona crisis, only a few dozen officials and guests were present. Meanwhile, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, remained confident that the Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo from July 24th to August 9th, as planned, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

At the moment, it was “premature” to make a decision to postpone the games, Bach told the New York Times. “Of course we think about different scenarios, but unlike many other sports organizations or professional leagues, we are still four and a half months away from the games,” he said.

March 20, 1 a.m .: Further corona cases with NBA teams: Theis’ Celtics also affected

The number of coronavirus cases is increasing in the NBA. On Thursday (local time) positive tests at the Boston Celtics by international Daniel Theis, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers were announced.

Boston’s Marcus Smart made his infection public even after his club had previously given no name. He is fine and has no symptoms. The club from California did not say who was tested positively by the Lakers. Superstar LeBron James is under contract with the Lakers. The team did not reveal whether the 76ers were basketball professionals from the NBA, coaches or other employees.

This means that at least ten professionals in the NBA who tested positive for the corona virus are known, including superstar Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets. The first player who tested positive was the Frenchman Rudy Gobert from Utah Jazz. As a result, the season had been interrupted indefinitely last week.

March 20, 12:30 am: First Corona case in the NFL: Saints trainer tested positive

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints was the first actor in the NFL to make a positive test for the corona virus public. He is in self-isolation and is doing well, the 56-year-old told US sports broadcaster ESPN on Thursday.

“I’m lucky enough to be a minority that, unlike others, has no serious side effects. I’m lucky,” said the American football coach, appealing to the sanity of others. “Young people feel like they can handle it well, but they could transfer that to someone who can’t handle it so well.” It is “important that we all do our part”.

March 19, 10:07 pm Frankfurt player has coronavirus team in quarantine

A player from Bundesliga soccer club Eintracht Frankfurt has tested positive for the corona virus. The club announced this on Thursday evening, but did not name the professional concerned. “The entire team as well as the staff and some employees from the team environment will be subjected to a test shortly”.

The Frankfurt player, who complained of malaise and the typical symptoms of illness, is the third confirmed case in the Bundesliga. Eintracht trainer Adi Hütter has arranged individual training to minimize the risk of infection. “It was probably only a matter of time, unfortunately. But we will survive this difficult situation,” said sporting director Fredi Bobic: “It can affect everyone. And therefore in this context it is very clear to everyone: everyone has to take responsibility and to Stay at home.”

March 19, 9:18 pm: Fifa opens video archive for fans

The world association Fifa wants to offer the fans some distraction in the football-free time and opens its video archive. A total of 30 “unforgettable” World Cup matches by men and women, according to Fifa, can be seen in full length for the first time on, the Fifa YouTube channel and the Chinese service Weibo from Saturday. The world association explained the idea that many fans were isolated at home because of the corona pandemic. Spectators can chat with each other during the games and vote for their best moment on social media. There will also be documentaries and interviews with famous players and coaches.

March 19, 6:43 pm: PSG striker Cavani wants to help his home country in a corona crisis

Uruguayan football professional Edinson Cavani wants to help his hometown Salto in the Corona crisis. “We hope that there will be a solution and that things will be all right,” said the Paris Saint-Germain striker after arriving in Uruguay on Canal 4. “We are trying to be there and, if necessary, to help.”

March 19, 6:25 pm: World Champion Khedira probably no longer in quarantine

World champion Sami Khedira is apparently no longer in quarantine with Italian football champions Juventus Turin and has probably already left the city. The “Gazzetta dello Sport” reports. His teammates Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain are said to have left. After a positive corona test with Juve defender Daniele Rugani last week, the entire team should have been isolated for 14 days.

Hertha: investment freeze and company vacation in Corona crisis

March 19: 5:43 pm: Investment freeze and company holidays at Hertha

Football Bundesliga club Hertha BSC is taking several financial measures in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. In addition to a travel and contact freeze there is also an “investment and spending freeze”, CFO Ingo Schiller reported in an interview on the club’s website. For the Berliners, company holidays were ordered up to and including April 3. “Even if we do not have to announce any redundancies at the present time, we are considering measures such as short-time work,” said Schiller.

March 19, 4:37 pm: Neymar returns to Brazil for coronavirus

Football star Neymar has withdrawn from France to Brazil. This was reported by the sports portal “Globoesporte”, citing the agency that advises the offensive player from Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team. According to the report, Neymar stays in Mangaratiba in the state of Rio de Janeiro for a few days, where he owns a house, but he will also travel to Guaruja in the neighboring state of Sao Paulo. The 28-year-old comes not far from there from Praia Grande. His agency didn’t want to talk about Neymar’s exact whereabouts, but confirmed that he was in Brazil.

March 19, 4 p.m .: Turkish Süper Lig ceases to play

The Turkish Super Lig also stops playing due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We made the decision to suspend the soccer, basketball and volleyball championships,” said Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu on Thursday after meeting with the heads of the associations concerned. The length of the break is still unclear, the sports newspaper Fanatik writes of a one-month break.

The Süper Lig had played as one of the last European football leagues so far, the game day last weekend had been held in camera. The pressure on the league had recently grown significantly. Nigeria’s football star John Obi Mikel, for example, had prematurely terminated his first-division contract with Trabzonspor after he raised concerns in social media that the league would continue to play despite the health risks.

March 19, 2:27 pm: Premier League extends game break – new hope for Klopp

Over a billion euros is at stake – and the Premier League therefore sees no other choice: The richest league in the world with the designated champions FC Liverpool at the top extends the season “indefinitely”, “King” Jürgen Klopp is allowed to one Hoping for a coronation in summer.

The season interrupted due to the corona pandemic should be brought to an end under all circumstances – “indefinitely”, no matter how long it may take. The league announced after a conference on Thursday.

In a first step, the current mandatory break, initially scheduled for April 3, was extended to at least April 30. “We will consider all available options to resume the season if the conditions permit,” said a joint statement by the Premier League, the FA, the Players Association (PFA) and other groups.

This is good news for Klopp. His Reds lead the table confidently, Liverpool are only two wins out of the remaining nine games for the first championship since 1990. Recently, calls within the league had been made to cancel the season – and to declare it null and void. Klopp must have felt like announcing theft.

But it is not the affection for Liverpool that brought the football home country to this decision – as everywhere, it is about the money. In the event of a termination, the Premier League would lose between 1.15 and 1.25 billion euros, more than any other football league, according to calculations by the auditing and consulting firm KPMG.

How exactly it could go on in England – for Liverpool, the city derby at Everton is on the next match day – remained initially open. Nevertheless, the decision of the Glitter League could also be exemplary for the Bundesliga. However, the decision has a certain scope: Many player contracts end on June 30, the coming transfer period should therefore also be postponed. FIFA would be asked here again.

March 19, 11:35 am: Herthas Darida: “You are our heroes”

Football professional Vladimir Darida from Bundesliga club Hertha BSC spoke up in the coronavirus crisis with a message from home quarantine. According to the positive results of a player, the team, coach and functional team are currently at home for two weeks. “Special thanks to the hospital staff, you are our heroes, you do an outstanding job!” Said the 29-year-old midfielder in a video that the club broadcast on Thursday. The Czech also addressed the rest of the population: “Stay at home as possible, be considerate. We can do it together.”

March 19, 11:15 a.m .: HSV trainer Dieter Hecking becomes a gardener

Mow the lawn, water the flowers, sow vegetables: In times of the corona crisis, coach Dieter Hecking (55) becomes a gardener. “There is plenty to do in the garden. My wife is looking forward to my help, the weather is supposed to be nice,” said the coach of the second division soccer team Hamburger SV to Hamburger Morgenpost: “I am scheduled there.”

Because of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Hecking, like other trainers, sent his team to the “home office” first. By Tuesday all training sessions at the Hanseatic League have been canceled, the players keep fit with individual plans at home.

March 19, 11 a.m .: SC Magdeburg sends players in short-time work

Handball Bundesliga club SC Magdeburg will also apply for state help for its players due to the coronavirus pandemic. Professionals and employees should receive short-time benefits, said managing director Marc-Henrik Schmedt in the “Magdeburger Volksstimme” (Thursday). This is intended to alleviate the financial problems expected from the season break. “And since we, like every other GmbH, also have to pay our social security contributions and taxes, it is completely legitimate that we now take advantage of this help,” said Schmedt. The Bundesliga is initially interrupted until April 23.

March 19, 10:45 a.m .: No further corona case at SC Paderborn

At SC Paderborn, after defender Luca Kilian, no other player or official has been tested positive for the corona virus. “We are very relieved because the tension was very high among everyone involved,” said Managing Director Sport Martin Przondziono in a club announcement on Thursday. “We will now explore when and in what form we can return to a training company.” According to the test result of the 20-year-old Kilian on March 13, 45 players and members of the functional team of the bottom of the Bundesliga table were tested for the new virus.

March 19, 7:30 a.m .: Ribery Club AC Florenz reports ten coronavirus cases – and donates

The Italian first division football team AC Florenz, headed by former Bayern star Franck Ribery, reports ten Corona cases. As owner Rocco Commisso said, three people from the Fiorentina area were in the hospital. The infected also include the players Patrick Cutrone, German Pezzella and Dusan Vlahovic. “The situation is getting worse,” said Commisso at Sky Italia.

The club has since launched a fundraiser to support the city’s hospitals. So far, more than 400,000 euros have been raised, Ribery alone contributed with 50,000 euros. Northern Italy is the worst region in Europe affected by the corona virus.

March 19, 5:30 a.m .: Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton calls for hand washing

Unlike many of his professional colleagues, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is often looking for direct contact with his fans, who he says are very important to him. That is why he does not abandon his followers even in the corona virus crisis and gives little instructions via Instagram on how to wash hands properly.

“I know that the corona virus can make people nervous, but I want you all to stay calm, not to panic, be friendly, and help people who need help,” Hamilton writes in a video that shows him at a sink .

He urges his fans not to forget “that hand washing is the most important thing at the moment to protect you and others”. A short visual tutorial on how to wash your hands follows: “No small trickle, soap yourself for at least 20 seconds and turn off the water while doing so.”

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