Greek football in the age of coronavirus



The return of football is a sign that society is progressing towards the "new normal".

It will also bring back an element of life that people in Greece and around the world love.

The first step was welcoming back players and staff on Monday to their club's respective training centres. No training was done, however everyone underwent a coronavirus test.

From Tuesday training will recommence, however it will be done solo and will focus on the player's individual technique. In essence, there will be no physical contact between players and based on protocol, the groups will be small, consisting of six to eight players.

PAOK: The players and staff of PAOK went to a dedicated testing collection centre on Monday. Head coach of PAOK, Abel Ferreira has already drawn up the groups for the training sessions, which are scheduled to start on Wednesday, after the results come back.

Olympiacos: In addition to the players and staff of Olympiacos, those related to the first team, were also tested for the virus. From Tuesday morning the trainings will start, which will be conducted in three groups.

Panathinaikos: The players, coaches and employees of Panathinaikos reunited at the team's base in Koropi after two months, and were all tested for the coronavirus. Training will most likely recommence on Wednesday, if all the players and staff are given the green light.

AEK: Before entering AEK's training centre in Spata, all team members underwent testing. The results are expected to return by Tuesday afternoon, so training can start on Wednesday in small groups of five.

Greek football is making small steps to return to normalcy after the lockdown, however it is still unclear when games will resume.