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New Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak has not only brought the world to a standstill, but also sporting events across the world have either been cancelled or suspended and that holds true for football matches also. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino is confident of coming back stronger.

"Football will come back, and when it does, we'll celebrate coming out of a nightmare together," he told Italian news agency ANSA.

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Milan: Juventus star Paulo Dybala revealed how he "struggled to breathe" after contracting coronavirus which has killed over 9,000 people in Italy.

The Argentine international announced last Saturday he was one of three Juventus players to catch the virus along with Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi, who both had no symptoms.

"I feel better now after some strong symptoms," the 26-year-old Dybala told JTV channel.

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Madrid: Spanish LaLiga was on Monday suspended indefinitely as the death toll in Spain kept on rising due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Monitoring Commission established by the current RFEF-LaLiga Coordination Agreement AGREES the suspension of professional football competitions until the authorities of the Government of Spain and the General Administration of the State consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk," a joint statement from La Liga and the Spanish football federation (RFEF) read.

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Thiruvananthapuram: As condolences poured in on the passing away of former India captain and coach Pradip Kumar Banerjee, two Kerala football legends recalled their association with him.

Banerjee breathed his last at a private hospital in Kolkata on Friday after a prolonged illness. He was 83.

Former India footballer and hugely popular coach T.K. Chathunni said that he considered himself fortunate for his association with Banerjee.

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Kolkata: Legendary footballer P.K. Banerjee died on Friday at a city hospital after battling a chest infection for a long time, family sources said. He was 83.

He was on ventilator support in the intensive care unit of Medica Superspecialty Hospital for more than two weeks. Banerjee, who was admitted in the hospital on March 2, breathed his last at 12:40pm, according to a family member.

A two-time Olympian and the only surviving goal-scorer of India's 1962 Asian Games gold medal winning team, Banerjee is survived by two daughters -- Paula and Pixie.

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In this file picture taken on December 3, 2019 Brazilian former footballer Juninho Paulista presents the Copa America trophy on the stage during the draw of the Copa America 2020 football tournament at the Convention Centre in Cartagena, Colombia

Buenos Aires: The Copa America, South America's regional international football competition, was on Tuesday postponed until the summer of 2021, said CONMEBOL.

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Shanghai: Chinese football club Wuhan Zall, whose home city is ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic, have landed in China after being stranded in Spain since late January -- and were immediately placed in two weeks' quarantine.

The Chinese Super League season has been indefinitely postponed because of the virus with Wuhan Zall exemplifying clubs' predicaments, enduring weeks of disruption and uncertainty.

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Lisbon: One of the hotels of Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has denied reports that it has been transformed into a location to help those affected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Spanish publication Marca has claimed that Ronaldo was ready to have one of his two hotels turned into hospitals to help combat the pandemic.

However, staff at Ronaldo's hotel in Lisbon, have said that they are not aware of any plans to transform its use on a temporary basis to treat those infected with the virus.

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Shanghai: Most Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs fled abroad when the deadly coronavirus hit the country but they are now rushing back again as it takes hold elsewhere.

The national side is still training in Dubai -- where many CSL teams also went in recent weeks -- but they too are now making hasty arrangements to get home as soon as possible.

Wuhan Zall, from the city at the epicentre of the outbreak, had been training in Spain since late January but left at the weekend because of the worsening situation in Europe, now the focal point of the pandemic.

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Madrid: FC Barcelona has decided that it will no longer hold training sessions for its first team squad due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus.

The club, on Friday, explained in a communique that "given the current situation and following the recommendations of the medical staff at the club, the first team has suspended all activity until further notice," reports Xinhua news agency.

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