Across Spain, de-escalation from the COVID-19 pandemic has begun, with social and business activities starting to resume under careful health restrictions. But while thigs are going back to normals, significant levels of support are needed and football clubs have a key role to play.
According to Laliga newsletter, CA Osasuna and CF Fuenlabrada, are addressing this need with new social campaigns that aim to help their local communities, using their significant profile to make a difference.
The 42 clubs of LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank have all contributed to fighting the pandemic in the form of financial donations, offering physical resources to health services, sharing messages of support, providing entertaining content to fans and much more.
Going by the Director of Communication at CF Fuenlabrada, Álvaro de la Rosa “It’s a time of great uncertainty for these companies. To survive these recent weeks, many companies have reinvented themselves but did not have a way for people to know that they were operating despite the pandemic.”
“For example, we heard from one company that made bullfighter costumes. Given the situation, its production turned to making facemasks. But not even their clients were clear if they were open,” he said.
He added that, “The services sector and small businesses have the highest economic risks after this health crisis. We have received more than 60 requests, a very high number considering that the campaign was focused on the local area and not many businesses have been active.”
“Football can help people a lot and now is when they need us most. We owe a debt to our fans after all the support they have given us. We cannot fail them,” he said.
On the side of CA Osasuna has decided to support this initiative by creating 5,000 personalised facemasks bearing the colours, crest of the club, and delivered to local people with the greatest need.
According to information, the masks will be delivered to all club members over the age of 65, as well as the staff and residents of the San Jerónimo Estella residence and to Solera Asistencial, a collection of residences and occupational services for the elderly with which the club collaborates regularly. Delivery of the masks has been made mostly by post, accompanied by a letter in which the club conveys support to its older fans.
“Osasuna is a club that belongs to its members and we must be close to them, even more so in difficult situations. We wanted to help elderly fans to the best of our abilities, because they are the ones who are being punished most aggressively by this pandemic,” the said club President Luis Sabalza. “
By Etienne Mainimo
Spanish Laliga: Brice Eteki, a used substitute as his side, Granada drew 1-1 with Levante.
Cameroon International midfielder, Yan Brice Eteki was a used substitute as his side, Granada drew 1-1 with Levante on Sunday in a match day seven of the new Spanish Laliga season.
An early goal from Darwin Marchis at the 8th minute gave the home side, Granada the lead.
Visitors, Levante however found their way back into the game as Ruben Vezo scored the equalizing goal for the visitors at the 34th minute.
No side willing to give up the ghost, the game ended 1-1.
Cameroon international, Brice Eteki was brought in at the 80 th minute to replace Louis Milla. The draw for Granada puts them on 14 points at the six position of the Laliga table after seven playing days.
It should be noted that this was Yan Brice Eteki’s third league appearance of the new season.
Been called in the list of 32 summoned by Antonio Conceicao, he is one of those players who could be dropped and monitored for the future.
The indomitable lions of Cameroon will be involved in a double header against Mozambique in the AFCON qualifiers this month.
OFFICIAL: Atlético Madrid sign Luis Suárez
Barcelona have made official that Atlético and the Catalan side have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luis Suárez.
Suárez is staying in Spain. Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday evening that the club have reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid for the transfer of Luis Suárez.
After a summer full of speculation, the Uruguayan finally has his new team. Barcelona made it official on Wednesday evening. He has moved for 6 million in variables.
The striker has been linked with Ajax and Juventus in the window, but it is Atlético who have managed to sign him.
During his time at the club, Suárez played 283 matches for them and scored 197 goals.
Barcelona thanked the player in a statement on their website: “FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Luis Suárez for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.”
Atlético then shortly released their own statement saying: “Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona have reached an agreement over the transfer of Luis Suárez, subject to passing his medical and agreeing and formalising the Uruguayan’s contract with our club”.
Who will take Messi’s role at Barca?
Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé, and even Kylian Mbappé. There are several names linked with taking over from Leo Messi, but replacing the best player in the history of Barcelona is no easy task.
From Messi leaving to Messi staying there’s a lot of difference, a lot of changes to be made, a lot of history to go through. The possible exit of the Argentine star is the Barcelona fans’ worst nightmare.
According to what was published just a few days ago by ‘RAC1’, the Argentine forward has already reportedly told Ronald Koeman that he sees himself more out than in at Barcelona, adding that he doesn’t see his future at the Camp Nou clear at all.
A supposed outcome on the already famous meeting confirmed by Ramón Planes which has set of all the alarms, that has set off all the alarms, glimpsing in the horizon the possibility of seeing a Barcelona without its greatest referent, Leo Messi, the best player of all its history.
PSG, City, and Inter are the destinations that have been linked for the Barca forward to leave behind his unforgettable spell and start a new adventure far away from what has always been his home, from his team.
And the biggest concern now is finding the ideal replacement at Barca who for many is the best player in the world. Because, if Messi ends up leaving, who will replace a player like him?
¿Quién hará de Messi sin Leo?
‘Marca’ state Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé as the ones to take over from the Argentine star, but it is who will take Messi’s role at Barca that are greater words.
Amongst all the options the name Kylian Mbappé also appears, a player who is also followed with desire by Real Madrid and who could leave behind his successful spell at PSG, who he will play the final of the Champions League with in just 24 hours, to become the new Barcelona star.
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