Thu 11 June 2020 | 17:19

Footballers Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

Here is a look at the list of soccer players who have tested positive for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made a great deal of vulnerability in world football.  The COVID-19 has constrained numerous clubs into lockdown over the world as the authorities hope to handle the infection and stop the illness spreading more. COVID-19 is affecting all sports, yet let's see which soccer players have tested positive for COVID-19: 


Date of birth: Jul 29, 1994 (25)

Place of birth: Sesto di Moriano

Citizenship: Italy

Position: Defender - Centre-Back

Italy has been one of the most influenced nations by COVID-19. On 11 March 2020, it was reported that Daniele Rugani tested positive for COVID-19, at the point being asymptomatic, in the midst of its pandemic in Italy. The player requested to be checked and, the following day, the test was positive, however, he previously had no fever, nor did he have or had a hack or something different. Daniele Rugani turned into the only footballer to test positive for the infection in Serie A at that time. Michela Persico once told Corriere Della Sera: " he recorded three mild fever lines, he was at a temperature of 37.5." but Juventus center back Daniele Rugani has said he has not had COVID-19 side effects in spite of having tested positive for the infection. On 16 April Juventus have announced the player Daniele Rugani has defeated COVID-19. The defender on Twitter to console his fans he was recuperating and in no peril stated: "You will have perused the news and that is the reason I need to console each one of the individuals who are stressing over me, I'm fine", he expressed. 

Blaise Matuidi

, Juventus


Date of birth: Apr 9, 1987 (33)

Place of birth: Toulouse  France

Citizenship: France

Position: Midfielder - Central Midfield


On 17 March 2020, Matuidi tested positive for COVID-19, in the midst of its global epidemic in Italy. Matuidi displayed no side effects recommending COVID-19 in addition to that he had been in self-isolation since his teammate tested positive for COVID-19, yet in spite of this, Matuidi's testing for COVID-19 brought positive back. He stated: "I am an asymptomatic infected of the COVID-19, mindful of the benefit of being an expert soccer player and as such profit by standard and incredible clinical checking. In the event that it wasn't, I likely could never have known." The player has given a transparent appraisal of the impacts of his COVID-19 diagnosis, uncovering that testing positive for the sickness made him insane. Notwithstanding the frightening essence of COVID-19, Serie A clubs as of late consented to play out the rest of the 2019/20 campaign. 

Paulo Dybala

, Juventus

Date of birth: Nov 15, 1993 (26)

Place of birth: Laguna Larga Argentina

Citizenship: Argentina

Position: Forward - Second Striker

On 21 March 2020, Dybala and his wife, Oriana Sabatini, tested positive for COVID-19, in the midst of its global epidemic in Italy. Dybala was the third Juventus footballer to have a confirmed instance of the infection following Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi. The Argentina striker presented on Instagram on confirming he and his better half Oriana Sabatini, an Argentine artist, entertainer, and model who is the niece of 1990 US Open title holder Gabriela Sabatini likewise have the infection yet stated they are in acceptable condition: "Hello everybody, I simply needed just to tell you that we have gotten the outcomes for the COVID-19 test, and both Oriana and I have tested positive," yet he communicated his assurance to play soccer. "To come clean with you, I never thought I was going to miss playing and working out that much, I think that I have to work, see my partners and companions, and at any rate, touching the ball since training at home isn't the equivalent all alone. On 6 April 2020, it was reported that Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has completely recouped from the COVID-19 and is not, at this point required to isolate in the wake of a hold up of over about a month and a half. The player posted a blissful photograph on Instagram, stating: "My face says everything, I'm at long last restored from COVID-19." As a feature of an exciting Scudetto race, Juventus were a point away from Lazio when the campaign was delayed.

Date of birth: Nov 7, 2000 (19)

Place of birth: London  England

Citizenship: England

Position: Forward - Left Winger

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was announced to have been a positive Covid-19 case. Hudson-Odoi was the first footballer in the Premier League to have a confirmed instance of the infection. The player stated: "I'm following the health rules and isolating. I want to see everyone soon and ideally be back on the pitch very soon. Take care." At that time The Blues halted their training program in light of the news, while the individuals who had close contact with the footballer were advised to self-isolate in accordance with the health rules of the British government. Later on, The 19 years old player said on his internet-based media channels: "Greetings guys, as you might know, I had the infection for the most recent few days, which I've recuperated from."

Date of birth: Oct 10, 1986 (33)

Place of birth: Rosario Argentina

Citizenship: Argentina

Position: Defender - Centre-Back

On 15 March 2020, Argentina and Valencia center-back Ezequiel Garay turned into the first La Liga player to declare a positive test for COVID-19. Valencia made an announcement on the ill players and staff individuals stating: "They're in their homes healthy and under safety measures. We are certain that with solidarity, positive feelings, and responsibility we will beat this global epidemic." Garay expressed: "Obviously my 2020 didn't begin well, I have tested positive for the COVID-19. I feel fine, and now everything I can do is to pay attention to the health specialists" 

Date of birth: Oct 24, 1992 (27)

Place of birth: Banjul The Gambia

Citizenship: The Gambia

Position: Defender - Centre-Back

Omar Colley is a Gambian soccer player who plays for Sampdoria. On 8 May 2020, he has tested positive for the COVID-19. "At present asymptomatic, they have been put in isolate and will be continually checked according to the protocol," the club said in an announcement. Anyway, on 15 March 2020 Colley reported through an Instagram video that his underlying test had been dubious on March 12. In the wake of having more tests, he and his family have now been cleared. "Much obliged to you for every one of your inquiries and messages. I and my family are free from any danger from the COVID-19. I need to express gratitude toward Sampdoria for the assistance and help they have given us, and we are sending our prayers to the individuals who are influenced by the infection." 

Albin Ekdal

, Sampdoria

Date of birth: Jul 28, 1989

Place of birth: Stockholm Sweden

Citizenship: Sweden

Position: Midfielder - Defensive Midfield

Albin Ekdal is a Swedish soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Sampdoria. The team, who declared a physician's approval a month ago after 5 footballers had recuperated, at that point, given their own update, affirming they had isolated 4 asymptomatic individuals from their side. On 13 March 2020, Albin Ekdal tested positive for COVID-19, in the midst of its pandemic in Italy. Along with him, Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina, and Morten Thorsby tested positive as well.

Date of birth: Jun 27, 1991 (28)

Place of birth: Bahia Blanca Argentina

Citizenship:  Argentina

Position: Defender - Centre-Back

German Alejo Pezzellais an Argentine soccer player who plays as a defender for Italian club Fiorentina, of which he is the skipper. On 14 March 2020, The Serie A team announced the statement proclaiming Pezzella tested positive for COVID-19: Fiorentina reports that German Pezzella experienced tests, as they were giving a few side effects, came about positive and are healthy at their homes in Florence. The player as of late made a full recuperation from COVID-19, having been diagnosed to have the infection in March. 

Date of birth: Jun 16, 1995 (24)

Place of birth: Cesena Italy

Citizenship: Italy

Position: Midfielder - Central

Mattia Zaccagni is an Italian soccer player who plays for Verona. On 17 March 2020, he tested positive for COVID-19. he portrayed his feeling while experiencing COVID-19. "I was alarmed from the outset, yet I feel great now and have continued workout." He was one of twelve cases of COVID-19 among Serie A footballers, despite the fact that Sampdoria and Fiorentina have implied there were more that decided not to be named because of security reasons. "I was terrified from the outset, yet in a specific way, I expected the test to return positive," Zaccagni revealed to Hellas Verona Channel. "I had those side effects for a few evenings heretofore, so a light fever, hard pain in my leg muscles that hurt even around evening time. Be that as it may, I am fine now and I've continued training." ON April 23, 2020, Hellas Verona have declared that midfielder Mattia Zaccagni has recouped from COVID-19. Hellas Verona FC reported that Mattia Zaccagni has completed one symptomatic test for the virus and the test was negative."

Date of birth: Sep 1, 1999 (20)

Place of birth: Dortmund Germany

Height: 1,92 m

Citizenship: Germany

Position: Defender - Centre-Back

Luca Jannis Kilian is a German soccer player who plays for the club SC Paderborn. On 13 March 2020, Kilian tested positive for COVID-19. The first Bundesliga footballer to test positive for COVID-19 said at that time he had been "truly frightened" as he experienced the infection. The first case of COVID19 in the German top-flight had missed 7 games since enduring a muscle injury in January however his side's last game was the March 6 defeat against FC Koln. He said: "It began on March 10 with a little aggravation in the throat. The day after I experienced a strong headache yet I continued training, on March 12 I had the main part of my hot flushes and after a day they were extremely hard. Fever and shudders. It was then I began being truly terrified. "It took 4 days for the fever to drop, and in the wake of that I felt better each day," he included. On March 2020 Paderborn's Luca Kilian turned into the first footballer on the planet to recuperate from the COVID-19.

Date of birth: Nov 22, 1987 (32)

Place of birth: Etterbeek  Belgium

Citizenship: Belgium

Position: Midfielder - Central Midfield

Marouane Fellaini is a Belgian soccer player who plays for Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan. On 22 March 2020, Marouane Fellaini tested positive for COVID-19 in the midst of its global epidemic in China. On APR 14, 2020 Belgian star Marouane Fellaini has been released from a clinic in China subsequent to fighting COVID-19 for 3 weeks in isolation. He expressed gratitude toward the clinical staff and his club for dealing with him during his medical clinic stay. 

"The opportunity has arrived for expressing gratitude in all seriousness, the staff of the emergency clinic, their nursing staff just as my Club and its clinical staff for taking such great consideration of me with so much benevolence and for guaranteeing my comfort while there," he wrote in an Instagram post. "The hardest part is behind me!" His club likewise confirmed his recuperation and discharge in an announcement. 

"Fellaini was tested and was considered to have recouped, and was released today," Shandong Luneng said in an announcement. 

After playing for Everton and Manchester United, the player moved to China in 2019 to join Shandong Luneng.

Date of birth: Feb 13, 1991 (29)

Place of birth: Colombes France

Citizenship: France

Position: Defender - Centre-Back

Eliaquim Hans Mangala is a French soccer player who plays as a defender for the France national team and La Liga side Valencia. He tested positive for COVID-19 infection during the COVID-19 global epidemic in Spain. Addressing L'équipe in the wake of contracting COVID-19, he gave an admonition to the remainder of the populace about the infection and took the paper through his suffering. He expressed: " At the club, we had to do tests. They are easy tests. I had zero side effects, I resembled typical. So on Sunday morning when the specialist revealed to me I had tested positive, I was stunned, at first I imagined that it was a joke. In any case, when he addressed me about isolating measures, for a time of two weeks, the way that I would need to quarantine myself from my kids, I comprehended that it was a big deal."

James Bolton




Date of birth: Aug 13, 1994 (25)

Place of birth: Stone England

Citizenship: England

Position: Defender - Right-Back


James William Bolton is an English soccer player who plays as a right-back for Portsmouth. On 21 March 2020, it was announced that Bolton had tested positive for COVID-19 during the 2020 global epidemic.

Every one of Portsmouth's footballers was tested after they had played Arsenal in the FA Cup. Gunners director, Mikel Arteta, tested positive later on. On 20 March 2020 chief executive Mark Catlin stated: "The second batch of results received by the club last night showed that James Bolton has the virus."

Date of birth: Feb 6, 1997 (23)

Place of birth: Braunschweig Germany

Citizenship: Germany

Position: Defender - Left-Back

Jannes-Kilian Horn is a German footballer who plays as a defender for Hannover 96, on loan from 1. FC Köln. On 15 August 2019, Horn joined Hannover 96 on a loan deal until the end of 2019–20 season. It was announced that Horn had tested positive for COVID-19 due to his contact with his brother Florian who is a physiotherapist at 3. Liga side Eintracht Braunschweig.

Date of birth: Jun 29, 1991 (28)

Place of birth: Chungju, Chungbuk  Korea, South

Citizenship: Korea, South

Position: Forward - Centre-Forward

Suk Hyun-Jun is a South Korean soccer player who plays as a forward for Troyes and the South Korea national side. On 13 March 2020, during the COVID-19 global epidemic, it was declared that Suk had tested positive for the COVID-19. Suk had not felt well for a couple of days, which was the reason he experienced the tests in any case, which have returned positive afterward. He was the primary soccer player whose case was reported in France.


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