The defensive midfielder made nearly a hundred appearances for Sporting and whilst with them he spend six months on-loan at Olhanense, then in the Segunda Liga.
Whilst at Sevilla FC he was called up to the Portugal international squad and made one appearance against Italy in 2015.
Daniel Carriço said, “I am anxious that all this will pass so that we can all return to our lives and our routines, in my case to be able to travel to China and get to know the country, a new culture and to be able to do what I like most, which is playing football. I feel that the situation in China has stabilised and is now much more controlled. Little by little, the country is returning to normal. This pandemic has changed everyone’s life. The Chinese Super League hopes to start in May.”
Travelling in the other direction are former Olhanense favourites Rui Tavares and Miguel Teixeira, respectively goalkeeper coach and assistant coach of Sepahan, currently runner-up in the Iranian League.
Sepahan SC are based in Isfahan, the third largest city in Iran with a population of some two million. After 45 hours of travel, with stopovers in Qatar and London, they landed in Lisbon last weekend and travelled to Olhão, where their families live. The local council has provided a flat where they will be in quarantine for fourteen days before joining their loved ones.
As football clubs across Europe move to reduce or defer their footballers’ salaries it is obvious that there will be no easy solution to an issue that faces almost everyone; the need to save money during the corona-virus crisis. According to UEFA and taking the continent as a whole, football clubs pay out sixty-four percent of its revenue in wages and that was based on 2018 figures, which will certainly have risen.
Clubs at all levels are seeking new arrangements and it will require a great deal of goodwill and an understanding that no two situations are the same when dealing with governments, leagues, clubs and even individuals. Whilst there are many positive stories there are also examples of clubs being, at best, ham-fisted in their attempts to force through cuts.
Joaquim Evangelista, head of the Portuguese professional footballers’ union, while standing up for the rights of his members is realistic when it comes to what is likely to happen in the immediate future. “If cutting wages saves Portuguese football, we’re open to it,” he said, in an interview published last week in the Diário de Notícias. Evangelista says he is monitoring what is happening in other countries closely and revealed a broad working group has been set up in Portugal to define a national strategy to tackle the problem of how to keep football clubs afloat, involving the Portuguese Football Federation, the Liga, the players’ union, coaches and referees.
CD Aves, bottom of the Primeira Liga when games were suspended, has failed to pay their players and staff for the past four months. “After the regulatory deadlines, it is reported that the CD Aves has not fulfilled its obligation to demonstrate the absence of debts to players and coaches for the months of December 2019 and January and February 2020”, reads a note published on the Primeira Liga (LPFP) official website. The administration led by Chinese Wei Zhao justified the non-compliance of wages with the paralysis of economic activity in China due to the corona-virus pandemic.