List of Football Players, Staff and Club managers hit by Coronavirus pandemic

  1. Daniele Rugani

Juventus’s Daniele Rugani became the first player in Serie A top flight to be contracted with Coronavirus disease also known as Covid-19.

Italian football club Juventus announced on Wednesday 12th March 2020 that Rugani had tested positive for the pandemic.

Daniele Rugani of Juventus FC is the first Coronavirus-COVID-19 positive Serie A footballer on March,11 2020 in Turin, Italy. The Juventus defender, “currently asymptomatic” as explained by the Juventus club with an “urgent communication” which appeared on the site at 11 pm, tested positive: from tomorrow Juventus will be in voluntary isolation, effectively stopping training at just under a week after the start of the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Lyon.. (Photo by Massimiliano Ferraro/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“The footballer Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” Juventus said in a club statement.

“Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including the census of those who have had contact with him.”

The 25-year old center-back went on his twitter account to encourage his followers to remain clam and that he is fine.

“You will have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I’m fine,” Rugani tweeted.

“I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us. #grazie.”

2. Blaise Matuidi

“Blaise Matuidi underwent tests which revealed he had Covid-19,” said a statement issued by Juventus on 18th March 2020.

“At first I didn’t really realise the seriousness of this illness,” said Matuidi on a video on Youtube.

“The disease has spread very quickly in Italy.  Everyone has to be aware that this can hit us all … we have to follow the medical advice.

TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 10: Juventus player Blaise Matuidi during a training session at JTC on March 10, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

“If you can stay at home, look after yourself and your loved ones. Also think of those who are suffering and those nurses and doctors who are looking after them.”

3. Paulo Dybala

On 21st, It was confirmed that Paulo Dybala and his wife had tested positive for Covid-19.

A statement on the Juventus website read: “Paulo Dybala has undergone medical tests that revealed a positive result for Coronavirus-Covid 19. He has been in voluntary home isolation since Wednesday, March 11.

“He will continue to be monitored, following the usual regime. He is well and is asymptomatic.”

TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 08: Paulo Dybala of Juventus celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale played behind closed doors at Allianz Stadium after the Italian Government has issued a list of new guidelines to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on March 8, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Paulo Dybala went on his twitter account to confirm that him and wife had both tested positive for Coronavirus. “Hi everyone, I just wanted to inform you that we have received the results for the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive”, Luckily, we are in perfect conditions. Thanks for your messages”, Dybala said.,” Dybala posted on Twitter

4. Manolo Gabbiadini, Sampdoria

Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini also tested positive for coronavirus, Sampdoria FC confirmed on 12th March.

UC Sampdoria announces that Manolo Gabbiadini has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19),” a club statement read.

“Gabbiadini has a slight fever but is otherwise fine. The club is activating all isolation procedures as set out by the authorities.”

GENOA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 03: Manolo Gabbiadini of UC Sampdoria penalty 2-2 during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and SSC Napoli at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on February 3, 2020 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

Following up with a post on Twitter, Gabbiadini wrote: “I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I want to thank you all for the many messages I’ve received. I also want to let you know that I’m fine, so don’t worry.

“Follow the rules, stay at home and everything will work out.”

4. Omar Colley, 5. Albin Ekdal, 6. Antonio La Gumina, 7. Morten Thorsby, 8. Fabio Depaoli-Sampdoria.

Following forward Manolo Gabbiadini’s positive test for Covid-19, Sampdoria came on 13th March to confirm that three of its players have also contracted the disease.

A statement on Sampdoria’s website read: “UC Sampdoria announces that, following Manolo Gabbiadini’s positive test for COVID-19, in light of mild symptoms, players Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby have received positive results, as has Dr Amedeo Baldari. They are all in good health and at home in Genoa.

STADIO GIUSEPPE FERRARIS, GENOVA, ITALY – 2019/12/18: Omar Colley of Uc Sampdoria during the Serie A match between Uc Sampdoria and Juventus Fc. Juventus Fc wins 2-1 over Uc Sampdoria. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Later on Fabio Depaoli said on his Instagram account that he had also contracted the coronavirus.

“Unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID-19. I want to reassure you that I’m fine,” the 22-year-old Depaoli wrote.

9. German Pezzella, 10. Patrick Cutrone, 11. Dusan Vlahovic- Fiorentina

On 15th March, Fiorentina confirmed the positive tests of Cutrone, German Pezzella, and club physio Stefano Danielli in a statement.

A statement said: ‘ACF Fiorentina announces that footballers Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli also underwent tests, as they were showing some symptoms. All three resulted positive and are in good health at their homes in Florence.

FLORENCE, ITALY – JANUARY 25: German Pezzella of ACF Fiorentina gestures during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Genoa CFC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 25, 2020 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Before that, On 13TH March, Fiorentina officially announced that 20-year-old Serbian striker Dušan Vlahović had tested positive for Coronavirus.

The club tweeted: “ACF Fiorentina can confirm that Dusan Vlahovic has tested positive for COVID-19. He is at home and currently does not have any symptoms”.


12. Callum Hudson-Odoi

England and Chelsea’s forward Callum Hudson-Odoi was confirmed to have been positive of Coronavirus pandemic.

“Hi guys, as you may be aware, I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I’ve recovered from,” Hudson-Odoi said on his social media channels.

“I’m following the health guidelines and self-isolating for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully be back on the pitch very soon. Take care.”

HULL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea FC controls the ball during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Chelsea at KCOM Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Hull, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

13. Marouane Fellaini-Shandong Luneng

Fellaini became the first football player in China to have contracted coronavirus. This was announced on 22nd March. The Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng announced on Sunday.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – DECEMBER 06: Marouane Fellaini #25 of Shandong Luneng Taishan kicks the ball during 2019 Chinese Football Association (CFA) Cup final match between Shanghai Greenland Shenhua and Shandong Luneng Taishan at Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium on December 6, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

14. Mikel Arteta-Arsenal manager

On 13th March, Arsenal confirmed that manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive for coronavirus.

“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening,” an Arsenal club statement read.

“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta during a training session at London Colney on March 10, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“We expect those who did not have close contact with Mikel to return to work in the coming days. In the meantime our Colney and Hale End training centres will undergo a deep clean and our other club sites are operating as normal.

“We will work with Public Health England on the next steps in regard to our facilities and staff, and with the Premier League, Football Association and relevant clubs around our forthcoming matches in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup.

“It is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates. We will update supporters who have tickets for forthcoming games with more information as soon as possible.

“We are now working to trace any other people who have had recent close contact with Mikel. We will let them know what has happened and they should follow the NHS guidance which is likely to recommend self-isolation.”

On addition to those already discussed, we have the following.

15. Mattia Zaccagni, Verona

16. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal

17. Luca Kilian, Paderborn

18. Timo Hubers, Hannover

19. Jannes Horn, Hannover

20. Hyun-Jun Suk, Troyes

21. Ezequiel Garay, Valencia

22. Eliaquim Mangala, Valencia

23.. James Bolton, Portsmouth

24. Andy Cannon, Portsmouth

25. Sean Raggett, Portsmouth

26. Haji Mnoga, Portsmouth

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