Between March 22 and 31, club football will take a break as international football makes its return, with qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar becoming the priority.
It’s not coming as a surprise, as the international fixtures have been known for a while, but they could cause complications in this strange season, still impacted so much by the coronavirus pandemic.
The new strains of the virus that originated in Brazil and South Africa have forced European states, Spain included, to impose a mandatory 10-day quarantine for anyone arriving from countries where there are a lot of cases of these new strains.
So far, people arriving from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Tanzania have had their entries to Spain conditioned by a quarantine.
The situation is likely to affect football. Brazil play both Colombia and Argentina on March 25 and 31. Venezuela play Peru as well. Those fixtures will involved players from LaLiga Santander.
Casemiro, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, Marcelo, Felipe, Renan Lodi are all likely to be called up by Brazil. Lionel Messi, Lucas Ocampos, Angel Correa, Papu Gomez, and others could be included by Argentina, while there are Colombian, Venezuelan, and Peruvian players in Spain’s top tier as well.
A ministerial order
An order on March 3 established the conditions for people coming into Spain from A number of countries, Brazil, South Africa, Colombia, and Peru included.
It will come into effect at 00:00 on March 8 and will be in force for 14 days. That means, in principle, it could end at midnight on March 21.
Some clubs in England have made their stance clear, and won’t allow some of their players – those who have to quarantine upon their return – to depart for their respective national teams.
Changes in Asia
FIFA have already had to modify the schedule in Asia due to restrictions on travel. Now, only three games will be played in March, with the rest set for between May 31 and June 15.