Chinese Super League: 30 foreigners locked out
Last Thursday at midnight in China, the government enforced a temporary travel ban on all foreign nationals from entering the country.
As a result, many people who work in the Chinese Super League are now locked out from China.
That includes Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho, who plays for Guangzhou Evergrande.
Austrian international forward Marko Arnautovic, who plays for Shanghai SIPG, is another who is locked out of China.
In total, France Football say that 30 players and coaches who work in the Chinese Super League are unable to return to the country.
Hulk & Oscar beat the ban by 11 minutes
However, some of the best players in the Chinese Super League managed to return before the travel ban took hold.
Shanghai SIPG managed to fly Oscar, Hulk and new signing Ricardo Lopes back into China just before it was too late. China Daily report:
Brazilian trio of Oscar, Hulk and newly signed left winger Ricardo Lopes all officially arrived in Shanghai at 11:49 pm on Friday-11 minutes before the start of the ban, which is designed to stop the flow of imported virus cases.
Flying on a luxury Bombardier private jet, the trio-worth 120 million euros ($134 million) in total transfer fees-landed at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport and are now observing a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
Hulk recently got married
As an aside, Brazilian striker Hulk recently got married.
In a subtle post on social media, Hulk revealed that he’s married Camila Angelo.
Camila Angelo is the niece of Hulk’s former wife, Iran Angelo.
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When will the Chinese Super League season start?
The 2020 Chinese Super League season was supposed to begin on February 22nd, however that start date was indefinitely suspended by Covid-19.
More recently, former Man United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who now plays for Shandong Luneng, became the first player in the CSL to have contracted the coronavirus.
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Yet, this week, many teams in the Chinese Super League began training again. Channel News Asia report:
Chinese football is inching towards a return to action, with teams resuming training this week.
Football has been put on hold throughout the region due to the pandemic, with Japan delaying the restart of its top flight to May 9.
But no matter the date, players and coaching staff are back on the training pitch in China after spending much of the year hunkered down overseas.
Fabio Cannavaro ends his quarantine
There’s no doubt that life is returning to normal in China, however.
Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, who is now the manager of Evergrande, showed that on Instagram last weekend as he went on a bike ride.