The year 2020 was to be that of the Tokyo Olympics and the Eurocup, but it has ended up devastated by one word: coronavirus. Everything has been blown up, and what were once distant concepts like “pandemic”, “antibodies”, “immunity” or “quarantine” have come to occupy the talks that previously dominatedCristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Sergio Ramos, he Barça, he Real Madrid

Football has taken a back seat, but it is still a subject that everyone knows how to talk about (or boasts about). This premise has made the biologist and researcher Julián Cerón Madrigal unite the two ideas in the book ‘Coronavirus Ratics: COVID-19 explained with football‘, an example of how to disseminate scientific data in a language accessible to the general public.

Always a passionate soccer fan, this Murcian scientist with more than 25 years of experience in the field of biomedical research (he works in the genetics, therapy and diseases program at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute) He decided to write articles about what he was experiencing, mixing it with football anecdotes, while helping in the fight against the pandemic.

“These articles satisfied a need, both for the writer and the reader, to know what was happening and what was going to happen,” he explains in the introduction to the text, which he has self-published, where he already makes a first analogy with football. “In week seven I made a hint of withdrawal, but They sprayed me miracle in the band and I went back to the field. In week twelve, I threw myself to the ground exaggerating the discomfort to get out of a game that has left us exhausted“, he sums up, about” a historical, scientific, and football story of three months of confinement that nobody had ever imagined. “

The fusion between two radically different worlds comes from the same prologue, divided into two: the first written by Carlos Pedrós-Alió, research professor at the CSIC at the National Center for Biotechnology, scientific disseminator and writer, and the second for Ibrahim Afellay, former Barcelona player whose last team was the PSV Eindhoven until last season.

The virus, the Greece of Charisteas; the masks, Oblak

In twelve chapters, one per week that he was writing, Cerón explains the evolution of the pandemic from the point where it is discovered in a totally unexpected way, just like the Greece led by Angelos Charisteas won the 2004 Eurocup, going through the importance of the tests, which reviews through Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the “antigen Materazzi“or the rapid tests, where he faces Neymar with Dembélé until reaching the new normal (as difficult as “playing in the fog”) and what we do not know: Sergio Ramos Y Gerard Piqué.

As a sample of the style of the book, a comparison made in the first chapter through two references in their fields, Alexander Fleming Y Johan Cruyff: one discovered how to fight bacteria using penicillin and the other discovered 3-4-3 to end bad football.

This type of anecdotes and comparisons make ‘Raticos de coronavirus’, heir to both’Football rats‘which the author had previously written, an entertaining and above all instructive reading, in which terms that until not long ago were locked up in a laboratory, as the old Italian teams did, land on a much more common field for the large population with the catenaccio.

The book is available on Amazon, at only 0.99 euros in its eBook version and 8.55 euros in its printed version in soft cover.

Cover of ‘Raticos de coronavirus’, by Julián Cerón Madrigal
Julián Cerón Madrigal