Tottenham and Juventus reportedly interested in Podolski

Germany's Euro 2008 top scorer Lukas Podolski has revealed Juventus and Tottenham have contacted him and he is interested in joining either football clubs after sitting on the bench at Bayern Munich last season.

Tottenham and Juventus reportedly interested in Podolski
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Cologne tabloid Express on Wednesday reported English side Tottenham were ready to pay €20 million for “Poldi,” who has scored three goals for his country at the European football championships in Switzerland and Austria.

“I was informed of the interest of both of these clubs and I find it very interesting,” Poldolski told the paper.

Podolski, the best young player of the 2006 World Cup, joined Bayern Munich for €10 million two years ago, however he has not been able to get a regular first team place. Jürgen Klinsmann, who starts as coach of Bayern in July, launched Podolski’s international career while the player was still at second division Cologne.

But Podolski is doubtful for Thursday’s quarterfinal clash against Portugal after damaging his calf muscle, it was revealed on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old picked up the calf injury in Monday night’s 1-0 win over Austria, which put the Germans in the last eight as runners-up to Group B winners Croatia.

“Lukas has a problem with his calf and will not be involved in training today and we are hoping it will be right for the Portugal match,” said Löw. “We will, of course, be doing everything we can to get him back on the pitch, but there is a large question mark on his participation.”

Polish-born Podolski scored both goals in Germany’s opening group stage 2-0 win over Poland and then grabbed the consolation in his team’s 2-1 shock defeat by Croatia last week.

The Bayern Munich striker has played out of position so far in an attacking midfielder role, but Löw is set to name him alongside Miroslav Klose against Portugal as Mario Gomez has so far failed to impress at Euro 2008.

Löw admitted VfB Stuttgart striker Gomez – who was named Germany’s player of the year in 2007 – has not been up to scratch so far in the tournament. “He has not been playing to the same level as we saw him achieve last season,” said Löw. “But I am sure we will see his qualities later in the tournament.”


British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

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This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.