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How the football world has been affected by COVID-19

30 March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives all over the world in recent months and the world of football is no different.

The Premier League was suspended on March 13 with Serie A and La Liga suspended before, by now all major leagues across the globe have been postponed.

The virus has also affected this summer’s international tournaments, UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2020 Copa America, which have been postponed until Summer 2021

The pandemic has presented a unique challenge to football as training grounds shut and staff are asked to work from home if possible and of course players need to keep up their fitness.

The players at Olympique de Marseille have found a way of continuing their training while in isolation as they have been keeping fit from home during the quarantine with many players including Florian Thauvin, Kevin Strootman and Morgan Sanson taking to Instagram to share their home workout routines.

Meanwhile players who were suffering injuries continue their recoveries away from the training ground. Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko who underwent knee surgery in January was nearing a return to the side hopes that within a few weeks or months we can begin to return to normal routines soon.

Just like Moussa we all look forward to the end of the pandemic and a return to the norm, but how can we help speed up the process?

Chen Yansheng, president of RCD Espnayol who has been in China where the outbreak started, shared his advice on what we can do to help by following government advice and staying home.

While Flamengo pair Filipe Luís and Thiago Maia shared their advice on how to identify the symptoms and how we can best avoid the virus in order to keep ourselves and those that we come in contact with safe.

Many people have found themselves with a lot more time on their hands during quarantine, have a look how Paris Saint Germain’s stars Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Marco Veratti share what they’ve been getting up to on Instagram.

We hope everyone follows expert advice during this time to help limit the spread of the virus and look forward to the return of football across the world, until then check out content from your favourite clubs and players at Dugout.