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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Daniele Rugani

Rome: Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A giants have confirmed. According to the club, the 25-year-old Italy international currently has no symptoms of the disease.

"The footballer, Daniele Rugani has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic," read a statement.

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


London: Arsenal's game at Manchester City on Wednesday was postponed after players from the London club were put into quarantine, making it the first Premier League football fixture to be called off because of coronavirus.

Arsenal said players and four staff had been isolated at their homes after coming into contact with the owner of Greek club Olympiakos, Vangelis Marinakis, who has since tested positive for COVID-19.


Auncion: Brazilian football great Ronaldinho will remain in pre-trial detention in Paraguay after being refused bail or house arrest on accusations of entering the country with a fake passport.

A court rejected a request for conditional release for the 39-year-old World Cup winner and his brother, who were spending a fifth day in a police cell in Asuncion, said prosecutor Osmar Legal.