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How European football might look in post COVID-19 era

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Coronavirus is the word we hear the most nowadays, after all, it is the sole reason for the world to become absolutely standstill. In a matter of just a few weeks, the pathogen which originated from China spread to more than 190 countries in the world, killing more than 30,000 and infecting more than 600,000.

The virus which is officially called COVID-19 has affected almost all the sectors in the world as the entire focus is now shifted to the medical sector to save as many lives as possible at the time of a pandemic.

One of the most hard-hit industries amongst all is sports which revolve around live events and once they are not happening, pretty much nothing is happening.

Football covers the major chunk of the sports on the planet and within that, European football is arguably the most followed across the world.

With nearly all leagues in Europe coming to a halt, let’s take a look at how the football in the continent will look in the era of post-COVID-19.

Enjoying the real essence of football

Football’s connection with its fans is the relationship of pure love. It can bring ecstasy and turn it into complete agony in the space of a few minutes—a true resemblance of an emotional love story.

It is that reason which makes people spent their hard-earned money to watch their favourite superstars showcasing their talent in front of them.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, an American poet cartoonist, illustrator and screenwriter once said “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” and perhaps no one can explain this better than a hardcore fan of the sport who had weeks and months scheduled according to the football calendar.

It is the first time when the sports we love is completely stopped after World War II which highlights the very fact that we are truly facing a once in a generation event.

Therefore, once it will resume, we should all embrace the importance of the game and cherish every amazing moment we witnessed on the field of play.

Unusual transfer business

In club football, transfer business is one of the most pivotal act in running the overall structure where millions are spent in every transfer window to strengthen the squads.

One of the most important aspects which strengthen the club’s potential in the transfer markets is the gate money which contributed a significant chunk in the overall revenue of the respective entities.

With the world now in the grasp of Coronavirus, football in the presence of fans is looking a distant possibility.

Therefore, it is now becoming a reality which is accepted by everyone across the board that games in the near future can only resume behind the closed doors and in that case, clubs will take a serious financial hit.

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One of the repercussions of that jolt will be surely felt in the transfer market and maybe it is about the time when the original values of the players will reinstate which inflated incredibly after the departure of Neymar from Barcelona in 2017.

The new reality might force clubs to not only reconsider the market values of the players, but their wage offers might reduce significantly as well.

New possible league structures

In the post-COVID-19 era, we might be able to see a new structure of leagues to be played out in a manner to conclude their respective competitions.

So far, there is optimism that there will be enough time to conclude this season and start the next season in time where no significant changes will have to be applied due to Coronavirus.

That positivity is entirely based on models and predictions, something which can or not become a reality. In the worst-case scenario, we might see different kind of leagues in Europe where authorities will have to decide how they can come up with scenarios which can allow every team to succeed in a new structure.

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Coronavirus: LaLiga Fest raises €625k as Pique talks of ‘invincible’ unity

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LaLiga stars and musicians came together for LaLiga Fest on Saturday, where a huge sum was raised to buy medical equipment.

LaLiga Fest raised more than €625,000 on Saturday as Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique spoke of the need for unity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Where Saturday nights would normally consist of fixtures in Spain’s top flight, the live action was restricted to performances on an internet stream.

A host of LaLiga stars – including Pique – addressed supporters, while musicians performed at the online festival.

Fans were encouraged to donate to the Banco Santander Foundation, where the money would be used to buy medical equipment to combat COVID-19.

There have been over 72,000 confirmed cases of the virus in Spain, with close to 6,000 deaths.

The total raised ticked past €625,000 as the festival ended, although donations would continue to be welcomed until Sunday afternoon.

Barca’s Pique was the most high-profile star to address those watching, as he claimed players and supporters alike could be “invincible together”.

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“Without training, at home and trying to stay in shape, it is not easy,” the World Cup winner said. “We will get through it between all of us.

 

“It is a difficult situation, but doing something like what LaLiga is doing makes us feel proud of the players and the fans.

“It is something unique that means any LaLiga fan is able to contribute their grain of sand. I am very happy to be able to participate in such an initiative.

“There is rivalry when we are on the field of play, but when people need us, we are united.

“There will be a cost, it is difficult, we will have difficult times. Others will suffer it in person, but we have to make it through together. We are all invincible together.”

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Coronavirus: Ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Rustu Recber hospitalised with COVID-19

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Rustu Recber returned a positive coronavirus test and has been hospitalised in Turkey.

Turkey great Rustu Recber has been hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus, his wife Isil has revealed.

Goalkeeper Rustu spent much of his club career at Fenerbahce, including a loan stint with the Turkish Super Lig giants during a three-year stay at Barcelona.

A star of the 2002 World Cup, Rustu played just seven times for Barca – all within the 2003-04 season – but retired aged 39 in 2012 with 120 international caps to his name.

The 46-year-old’s wife Isil posted on her Instagram page on Saturday to inform fans of her husband’s diagnosis.

“I would like to give you more positive news while sharing the truth in the most transparent way, but I’m sorry to say that my husband Rustu is hospitalised with the diagnosis of COVID-19,” she wrote.

 

“We are shocked by the rapid symptoms that developed suddenly when everything was normal. These are critical and difficult times.

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“May Allah give emergency relief to all patients, including my dear husband.

“My only request is that people can be a little more conscientious and respectful in the process. In the tests we have done, my daughter and son were negative and only my husband was positive.

“For this reason, we are at home while he’s in hospital, and we are not allowed to see him. In fact, this is the most difficult part, not being able to be with him.

“Allah is great and is entrusted to him and the Turkish doctors. I hope this will pass.”

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Messi is Argentina’s ‘leader and protector’, says Tagliafico

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Argentina international Nicolas Tagliafico lauded Lionel Messi’s impact on the national team.

Lionel Messi is the “leader and protector” of Argentina, according to international team-mate Nicolas Tagliafico.

Messi, 32, has faced criticism for his performances for the national team as his wait for a first senior trophy at international level goes on.

But Ajax defender Tagliafico, a 25-time Argentina international, said the Barcelona star was key for his nation.

“Messi was released from the pressure to get results [at the 2019 Copa America, where Argentina finished third],” he told Ole.

“He more than anyone gets angry when he loses, but Messi became more aware that he has to enjoy the national team.

“I don’t know until when he will play, but it is not that he will have too many cups with the national team. He is at a stage where he wants to enjoy everything, training, games.

“He is the leader and protector of the team. That facet came out that we might not always see.”

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The Copa America was due to be played again this year, but has been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tagliafico said it was crucial for Argentina, who are unbeaten in seven games, to develop a strong foundation.

“We must find a very solid structure, not only for Leo, but also for the future, for what is to come,” he said.

“To be able to find a structure to grow. It is good to build a solid foundation and don’t build a base and then take it apart.

“If we can help Leo and Leo can help us, we will do much better. Everything is going to multiply. You have to create a structure and from there start to grow.”

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