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The Chinese Super League team from the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Wuhan , made an emotional return to the city after more than three months away from their families.

Wuhan Zall F.C. players have experienced a tumultuous 104 days on the track, including being trapped in Spain, since the city was sealed off in January when the virus killed and infected thousands of them.

Nearly 50 members of the squad had been away since the 2nd January when the team left to start training for the Chinese league season, which was due to start in February but was ultimately suspended.

Wuhan Zall started its pre-season in Guangzhou(Chinese City), which is about 1,000 kilometers from Wuhan. After 20 days they were told that they can’t return back to their city because of the Coronavirus epidemic. Wuhan ended its 76-day lock-down in early April, allowing people to leave for destinations across China.

Not a single player was tested positive in Spain, but their head coach said at the time that one of them lost a family member back home because of the virus. On 1st March, the team went to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid to watch the Spanish league “El Clasico” between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The team is going to resume their training on Wednesday, after spending some time with their families.

On 14th March the team left Spain for Germany, the day the Spanish government declared a state of emergency and said the entire nation would have to abide by lockdown measures to try to contain the spread of the virus.

Wuhan was still sealed off so the squad, through a prolonged transit in Germany, flew to China’s southern city of Shenzhen on March 16. They went into three weeks of quarantine, followed by training in the nearby city of Foshan, before taking a high-speed train from Guangzhou to Wuhan on Saturday evening.


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