Where the coronavirus slowed down athletes and teams

Where the coronavirus slowed down athletes and teams

One of the most important messages of his career was not delivered to liverpool FC fans by megaphone from an open-top bus or over the stadium microphone. But in writing on the homepage of the club.

"If it’s a choice between fubball and the good of society, it’s not a contest. Really not," wrote the 52-year-old at the end of march, when the premier league had suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic – and the club’s first championship in more than 30 years was suddenly a long way off again. Slowed down by the virus: LFC is not alone in this in the world of sports.

FC liverpool: the championship and FC liverpool have been a difficult story for a very long time. For 30 years there was no more title for the fans to celebrate. Finally everything spoke for the reds. Jurgen klopp’s team had built up a 25-point lead over second place, and only two more wins were needed to make the triumph mathematically perfect. And then came corona.

1. FC saarbrucken: the four-league club had already knocked two bundesliga teams out of the DFB cup this season – most recently fortuna dusseldorf in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, it will be against bayer leverkusen. In the regional league, the traditional club is six points ahead of SV elversberg at the top and was fully on course for promotion to the third division. League. And then came corona.

BG gottingen: the basketball players started the season as relegation candidates and lost the first six games. In october, the club signed two americans to join the team – and got off to a flying start. Nine of the past eleven games were won, even the german champions bayern munchen went down in gottingen. The team from lower saxony is now level on points with a playoff place. But then came corona – and the americans left again.

BR volleys: two days before the end of the main round, the volleyball club from berlin was unassailable leader of the table. The team seemed well prepared for the playoffs, the german champions felt ready for the mission to defend their title. But without any playoff game the season was canceled. Because it came corona.

BVB handball women: the handball team from the fubball stronghold of dortmund has played the season of its life so far. After 17 victories in 18 games, they were well on the way to their first championship title. The premature termination of the season is a great cause for concern for all involved. "You’re playing an outstanding season, you’ve only lost one game, haven’t given up a point otherwise, and you get – nothing," complained board member andreas heiermann. Because it came corona.

Arminia bielefeld: promotion seemed a foregone conclusion. The east westphalians marched confidently through the second league season, keeping the top favorites from stuttgart and hamburg behind them. The return to the fubball bundesliga after eleven years is still possible if the season continues; a seven-point lead over third place is a good cushion. But the run is gone. For it came corona.

Leon draisaitl: long a sporting superstar in the USA, leon draisaitl is still only known to ice hockey fans in germany. The national player delivered the season of his life for the edmonton oilers, in only 14 of 70 games did he not have a direct share of the scoring and led the NHL scoring list with 110 points. Top scorer in the strongest ice hockey league in the world, no german has ever achieved this before. But then came corona.

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