The Bundesliga is through the Corona virus shaken to its foundations.
But not only in that Bundesliga, but also Champions League, Europa League and the European Championship 2020 are from Corona virus affected. Worldwide, the sport has almost come to a standstill due to the rampant virus.
In order to curb the further spread, Corona virus in the Bundesliga be played behind closed gates. Then, however, the DFL decided that the game operations will be completely stopped for the time being.
Corona virus in the Bundesliga, Champions League and Europa League: All information in the news blog
The first players are infected and there is a hail of cancellations all over football in Europe. The EM 2020 has already been postponed.
What’s next with that Corona virus in Football? All information and current developments from the Bundesliga and the European Cup you can find out in our news blog.
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Thursday March 19th
7.49 p.m .: Neymar resists curfew
There is actually a curfew in France – but that doesn’t seem to interest Neymar. As French and Brazilian reports agree, the superstar traveled to his home country of Brazil.
17:14: Jovic breaks the quarantine rule
Ex-Bundesliga star Luka Jovic has disregarded the quarantine regulation. Since a Real Madrid basketball player was infected with the corona virus, the footballers were also sent to home quarantine for two weeks.
Ex-Frankfurt Luka Jovic seems to have cared less about this arrangement. Spanish and Serbian media report that the footballer is said to have celebrated his girlfriend’s birthday on the streets of Belgrade.
“We have filed criminal complaints against some well-known athletes, these people will have to answer in court when the time comes,” Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told the newspaper “Blic”.
2:07 p.m .: Premier League break until May
The English Premier League has just confirmed that the break there will be extended until May. Therefore, there are many indications that the Bundesliga and the European Cup competitions are also based on this requirement.
1:47 pm: FC Sion fires all players
Because the players of FC Sion did not want to accept an immense drop in salary, the clubs fired all the pros, reports the “Blick”. Accordingly, the players had received a letter from the club on Wednesday morning, asking if they agreed to start earning only the maximum unemployment insurance wage of around 12,000 euros due to the Corona crisis. The explosive: the players should have reacted to it by 12 noon on Wednesday.
Many professionals did not have the time to consult with their advisors. Other players did not want to accept the drop in salary. Thereupon the club terminated all players without notice.
9.40 a.m .: Gladbach stars waive part of the salary
The Borussia Mönchengladbach players are leading the way. In the Corona crisis, they forego part of their salary, reports the “Rheinische Post”. This saves Gladbach more than one million euros a month. This enables the association to secure the jobs of the other employees.
7.26 a.m .: Austria: Bundesliga break until May
The Austrian Bundesliga has now extended their break by a few weeks. As the league announced, no ball will roll there until May. Will the football upper house of the neighboring country become a role model for the German Bundesliga?
Wednesday, March 18
5:36 pm: Pregnant girlfriend infected by Juve-Star
Juve star Daniele Rugani’s girlfriend tested positive for Corona. Speaking to the Italian magazine “Chi”, Michela Persico said: “I hope that the coronavirus does not affect pregnancy. The doctors thought that it was not a problem, but I’m still terrified.”
15:35: Löw with serious allegations
At a DFB press conference on the corona virus, Joachim Löw attacked decision-makers indirectly, but unusually sharply: “The last few days have made me very thoughtful. The world has experienced a collective burnout. The pace that people have set in recent years has been hard to beat. Power, greed, profit were in the foreground, other things were only marginally interested. ”
12.09: Heidel has “problem with the mentality in Germany”
Christian Heidel has a “problem with the mentality in Germany” regarding the corona virus. The former S04 manager told “Sky” via video switch from Mallorca: “I see the pictures from Germany, the weather is nice, the beer gardens are full and the banks of the Rhine in Mainz are populated – and in the morning you queue up to buy toilet paper . “The Spaniards, now completely under forced quarantine, handle it very well, according to Heidel. “I have the feeling that the situation is better accepted here than in Germany.
10:21: Horst Heldt talks in rage
Horst Heldt, manager of 1. FC Köln, reacted with anger to Markus Söder’s demands for the Bundesliga professionals to waive their wages. Heldt calls the words of the Bavarian Prime Minister “populist shit terms” and curses: “I know that football professionals have a social conscience and think it is outrageous and presumptuous to question this publicly.”
8:02 a.m .: June threatens to become chaos month
The first course has been set to enable football to return after the coronavirus break. But June threatens to become Chaos Month after the postponement of the EM. DFL boss Christian Seifert already announces that “we are going to come up with very unusual match day arrangements to finish the championship”. This may include match days between Tuesday and Thursday in addition to weekend appointments. In between, Champions League and Europa League as well as DFB Cup have to be squeezed.
And all of this will most likely take place without a spectator. Seifert: “If someone says ghost games are out of the question, they no longer have to worry about whether we will play with 18 or 20 professional clubs in the future. Because then there will be no more 20 professional clubs. “
Tuesday March 17th
6:22 pm: Uefa sets incredible conditions
The postponement of the EM 2020 threatens the Uefa with enormous costs. But the association already has an idea of who should pay for it. You can read everything about Uefa’s gross claim here >>>
3.10 p.m .: EM postponed
As suspected, Uefa has now decided to postpone the EURO 2020. It is scheduled to take place from June 11 to July 11, 2021. The FIFA Club World Cup, which was planned for this period, is to be held in the summer of 2022, because the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will increase in winter.
11.09 a.m .: Hertha BSC in quarantine
There is a Corona case in the professional team of Hertha BSC! As the club announced on Tuesday morning, a player tested positive for Covid-19. The entire team is now in quarantine for 14 days.
“The player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks, which also excludes an individual training plan outside the home. We will now observe whether there are any more cases, because the return to team training depends on this, “said team doctor Dr. Uli Schleicher.
9.46 a.m .: Trainer pleads for termination – but Turkish league continues
Regardless of the escalation situation, the cancellation of almost all sporting events worldwide and the pleading of several responsible parties, the Turkish league is unable to interrupt the game. In front of 850 spectators there was a goalless draw in the Istanbul derby between Besiktas and Galatasaray. The topic was then only the continuation of the game, which also gala coach and legend Fatih Terim called shame. “Why is the life of my players not so important?” Terim swore after the game.
Besiktas trainer Sergen Yalcin, on the other hand, considers the worries about the rampant corona virus to be “a little exaggerated” – and also coughed up the reporter before this statement.
7.45 a.m .: UEFA decision is imminent
Good Morning! Important decisions in the Corona crisis are due again this Tuesday. After yesterday the DFL invited to the crisis summit, today the Uefa with its 55 member associations is holding a video conference. Maybe today the decision will be made to postpone the European Championship until winter or even into the next year – hosting it as planned this summer seems utopian.
Monday, March 16
10:49 pm: Söder with little understanding of the Bundesliga
With all the problems that currently exist, Markus Söder showed little understanding for the Bundesliga. “I think it would be okay if players who get very big salaries, to maintain the game operation towards their employer, their clubs, would be a little more reserved with the money,” said Bavaria’s Prime Minister of the “Bild”. He demanded solidarity from the players In terms of salaries, “everyone can make their contribution”.
10:02 p.m .: Crazy demand from FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona makes a crazy claim to the league association. As the Spanish newspaper “Sport” reports, the Catalans claim the championship title for themselves. If the league should be stopped, Barca wants to fight for the title at the Green Table. FC Barcelona are currently two points ahead of Real Madrid.
9:25 pm: No training at Bayern
FC Bayern Munich continues to stop team training. As the club announced, the Bayern professionals will complete an individual endurance session at home on Tuesday. This should be either a run or a unit on the spinning wheel.
8:53 p.m .: Schalke manager in blatant words: “is about existence”
FC Schalke 04 are afraid of its existence after the postponement of the Bundesliga matchday. The club commented on Monday. All statements here >>>
8:26 p.m .: 3rd league pauses longer
The DFB also met on Monday to find a decision for the 3rd division. The 20 clubs decided to extend the break. You can find out how the decision was made here >>>
8:02 pm: DAZN is in danger of collapse
Not only the Bundesliga clubs, but also the streaming service DAZN is suffering badly from the coronavirus crisis. Almost the entire portfolio of the provider is no longer available.
What effects the situation has on DAZN you can find out here >>>
7:28 p.m .: BVB Ultras with heartbreaking action
The Ultras from Borussia Dortmund have started a strong campaign. As of tomorrow, they want to help vulnerable people with purchases and other errands. Here you can find out more >>>
6:07 p.m .: What happens to the Bundesliga TV rights?
The starting shot for the application for the Bundesliga rights should actually start in March. In the coming months, the rights for the 2021/22 season should be reassigned until the 2024/25 season. But the corona virus has turned the Bundesliga upside down.
DFL boss Christian Seifert nevertheless assured that the documents had been sent to all applicants in good time. He also said: “At the moment we have plans to continue doing this.” However, he also says that it is currently not the most pressing question. But: “We have them on the screen.” Whether a decision will be made at the beginning of May or later is currently open.
Applicants like Sky, DAZN and Co. can therefore present their offers on schedule. Sky and DAZN currently hold the rights.
4:17 p.m .: Next decision at the end of March
Until the last week in March, those responsible now want to give themselves time and closely monitor the situation. Then there should be a new general meeting of the DFL.
“In the last week of March, a decision will be taken on how to proceed with a view to the game schedule. A new general meeting is planned, which will take into account UEFA’s decision to move the European Championship in addition to the general development “says the statement.
3.20 p.m .: DFL confirms longer season break
DFL managing director Christian Seifert has announced the first results, representing the participants of the crisis summit. As announced, the Bundesliga will also suspend the 27th matchday and pause until at least April 2 – Seifert is already showing considerable doubts that it will be possible to play again afterwards. In addition, all clubs should outline extreme scenarios of their profitability. Means: When does the doom threaten?
Seifert also made it clear: “No one in the 36 clubs loves ghost games, but for some clubs they are the only chance of survival. I ask the millions of fans for understanding that we have to think about it ”
2:25 pm: Results expected in the afternoon
In the afternoon, the first results of the crisis summit are expected to be announced. The first measures could already be announced at a press conference that has not yet been scheduled. For a final decision, however, the decision expected by Uefa on Tuesday regarding the EM must be awaited.
12:01: DFL crisis summit started
The crisis summit has now started at the Sheraton Hotel in Frankfurt, with participants from all 36 first and second division clubs. Advice is given on how to proceed. It seems hopeless that the (at least) two-week Bundesliga break offered by the DFL will be approved. It is already important for those responsible to develop scenarios for a (non-) continuation of the season. It seems clear: there will be losers. And quarrel.
9.10 a.m .: Coronavirus-infected professional breaks his silence
Timo Hübers was the first German professional to test positive for Corona. The Hannover 96 player now reports from domestic quarantine: “[Mir geht es] quite well according to the circumstances. Today I have mild flu symptoms, but nothing I’ve never experienced before in my life. Boredom is much worse. It’s day four of fourteen for me – and it’s quite difficult to get through the days. ”
Hübers also gives an insight into his soul life after the positive diagnosis: “At first it was really very surreal for me. Of course, a lot of the virus has been noticed through the media, but it still looked very far away. I didn’t really have the feeling that the virus had arrived in Germany – and suddenly you are in the middle of it. “
Sunday March 15th
6:22 pm: International match against Spain probably also canceled
Several media reports that the international match of the DFB team against Spain is canceled. The national team would have been in Madrid on 26 March.
“Officially, I have not yet received the report, but I am assuming it,” said DFB general secretary Friedrich Curtius in the sports show.
16:21: UEFA plans to relocate the EURO 2020
According to information from ZDF, the European football association UEFA will propose the transfer of the 2020 European Championship next Tuesday. The television broadcaster claims to have learned from associations that UEFA wants all those responsible to be moved.
As reported, there are two alternatives. The tournament should either be postponed to winter 2020 or even to summer 2021. UEFA meets on Tuesday and will provide information afterwards.
3.20 p.m .: DFL meets on Monday
A first decision or direction can be expected on Monday afternoon. Those responsible for the DFL and the clubs meet on Monday.
UEFA follows on Tuesday. Among other things, there is a discussion about a cancellation of the 2020 European Championship. A shift to 2021 currently seems the most realistic.
12:28 p.m .: Flaming Hoeneß speech
Uli Hoeneß just gave a flaming speech in the “Doppelpass” at Sport1. The president of FC Bayern Munich said: “Whether the Bundesliga is canceled an hour earlier or later is Kokolores. Wait and see! We have a situation in the world that has never happened before. The situation is on all over the world, even in Tanzania. That’s also a story: It doesn’t matter at the moment whether prices in the transfer market are falling or rising. We first have to see that society can get out of this crisis reasonably well. The rest is completely irrelevant at the moment! “
10.55 a.m .: Are things really going to continue in April?
According to the current plan, footballers in Europe will resume league operations in April. But how realistic is that anyway?
Journalist Guilem Ballague assesses the situation for the Spanish league and explains: “Nobody believes that this is realistic given the current status of the corona virus. The idea is that the game break will continue for months. ” More here >>>
22.07 clock: Messi calls for prudence
Many football professionals call their fans to prudence on social media. World footballer Lionel Messi also uses his reach to calm down.
“Health must always come first and you have to follow the instructions of health organizations and authorities. This is the only way we can fight it effectively, ”writes the superstar.
20:21: EM in winter?
As the British “Telegraph” reports, moving the EM to winter is a possible option. The European leagues would no longer have time pressure to end their season. On Tuesday, UEFA will discuss a possible postponement of the 2020 European Championship.
It currently seems unrealistic that the European Championship can start in Rome on June 12th. Another option would be to postpone the EM until the summer of 2021. However, the tournament would then collide with the newly introduced Club World Cup.
19:38: Kiel professional tested positive
As second division side Holstein Kiel announced on Saturday afternoon, professional Stefan Thesker has tested positive for the corona virus. As a result, the club quarantined the entire team and their families for 14 days.
4:42 pm: Football threatens chaos of appointments
What makes planning for international football so difficult at the moment is that the EM is supposed to take place in summer. The leagues therefore want to have stopped playing by mid-May. At the moment, however, this seems like an impossibility.
Means: When leagues, clubs and associations discuss continuing game play, the European Championship in summer is a huge factor. We will probably find out the outcome of those responsible in the coming week.
14:21: Bundesliga threatens loss of 750 million euros
If the Bundesliga season is canceled, the clubs face total damage of around 750 million euros. This was confirmed to the German press agency from league circles. The television money for the final nine match days alone is therefore 370 million euros. Added to this are additional income from sponsorship and entrance fees.
1:38 p.m .: Eberl: Monday is decided
Max Eberl considers the relocation of the 26th Bundesliga matchday to be completely correct. The sports director of Borussia Mönchengladbach: “I think that was the absolutely right decision. We are aware that there are now some infected players in the Bundesliga and the 2nd division that would have resulted in the cancellation of individual games it makes more sense in terms of competition to completely postpone the match day. For all of us, the entire league, this is a huge cut with far-reaching consequences. The DFL is working on various possible scenarios for a continuation of the season. We will all discuss this together Further advice and decision on Monday in Frankfurt. It is very important that we make good decisions for the future of football. “
11:54 am: Travel ban for Leipzig players
RB Leipzig also takes the corona virus seriously. Sports director Markus Krösche said that the club had given its players a catalog of measures. Accordingly, the RB Stars are prohibited from traveling abroad in the coming weeks. Players should also stay in Leipzig and avoid private visits as much as possible.
Saturday, March 14th, 9.09am: This is how it continues for the players
The Bundesliga players will stay with their teams for the time being. As FIFA announced yesterday, the clubs do not have to hand in their players for the upcoming international matches. Means: The professionals can continue training at their clubs.
At their clubs, players are currently taking strict precautions. For example, all clubs have prohibited direct contact with fans indefinitely (e.g. autographs or selfies). The players were also advised to receive as little visitors as possible in their free time.