Many kinds of sport are loved across the Europe, but football is one top. Countries as Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Germany are the leading football countries of the old continents and people of these countries cannot imagine their lives without the passion for football. However, the global pandemic has interrupted every little part of the usual life and destroyed many plans. The worldwide society of football was not an exception, as a result, many players got sick and the regular schedule of matches were cancelled from the amateur teams up to the main international leagues. How many restrictions have been applied and what could be the consequences?
The Season of 2020
When the coronavirus pandemic started to spread across the globe, many European football leagues started to close and indefinitely postpone any sporting events even if it supposed to be a small match. The leagues and teams have immediately started to test all players, coaches, and other stuff members, as a result, they found out many contagious people, so the game has stopped for a while in Europe. According to the statistics, the average age of professional players who got sick in Germany is 23.5. The average age of 25.5 was reported in France, 27.5 in Italy, 35.8 in England, and 36.7 in Spain. These numbers prove that young people can caught the virus easily and they are the main group of society who spread it.
If talking about the major European football leagues, the Spanish La Liga was affected the most as 32 people were infected there. One of the major club Real Madrid were placed on the total lockdown after some player were diagnosed with the virus. Another big loss for this club was the death of the former Real president Lorenzo Sanz caused by the virus. Barcelona is another big club of the La Liga and the main opponent of the Real Madrid. However, the Catalonian club also has suspended all trainings and matches and asked all their stuff to have a lockdown at home.
In second place, we have Serie A which recorded 19 cases. The English Premier League reported about 17 cases of infected individuals at clubs in the Premier League which subsequently influenced others, including team-mates, coaches, staff and so on. The German Bundesliga and the top 2 divisions in France which are Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 announced just a few cases so far. However, the end of pandemic is not in a forecast now.
Many cancelled matches when people are not buying tickets to watch a game caused huge financial deficit. According to the new analysis, it is estimated that coronavirus pandemic is likely to cost around 4 billion for the main European leagues by this moment. Every club is facing financial troubles as they do not get any income but must pay wages for players and stuff members. Everyone understood how bad the situation is when the president Daniel Levy who is leading one of the top English clubs Tottenham Hotspur reviled that the club has taken a loan of £175 million from the Bank of England in June.