Wuhan soccer team returns home after being stranded nearly four months - Sports Illustrated

Wuhan Soccer Team Returns to Coronavirus Epicenter

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The soccer team based in the epicenter if the coronavirus pandemic non China is back home after it left for a preseason tour and was stranded nearly four months. Wuhan Zall returned home this weekend after the government lifted the last restrictions on movement in the city where the COVID-19 outbreak emerged late last year. The nearly 50 member squad had been gone since Jan. 2, when the team left to begin training for the Chinese league season. The team’s preseason started in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, nearly 620 miles from Wuhan. Almost 20 days later the team was told it would be allowed to return due to the outbreak. Wuhan Zall arrived in southern Spain in late January. Their presence near the city of Málaga scared local residents during the outbreak. When Spain was put into a state of emergency the team left for China. The team went to the nearby city of Foshan after the quarantine was over, and it finally returned to Wuhan Saturday.