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Football chief wants to keep Löw

Germany football boss Theo Zwanziger insisted Saturday he wants Joachim Löw to remain as coach of the national side, despite contract negotiations being delayed until after the World Cup in South Africa.

Football chief wants to keep Löw
German national coach Joachim Löw. Photo: DPA

The extension of Löw’s contract, which is set to expire after June’s World Cup, had been declared a formality by both parties late last year before last Thursday’s surprise announcement that negotiations had been postponed.

But Zwanziger, the president of the German Football Federation (DFB), has made it clear he wants to keep Löw in charge after the World Cup and into the qualifiers for Euro 2012, the draw for which will be made in Warsaw on Sunday.

“I want to keep him on,” Zwanziger told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

“I will speak to Löw whether we have a successful World Cup campaign or not, he would always be my first point of contact.”

Löw is set to discover on Sunday who his side will need to beat to qualify for Euro 2012, which will be held in Poland and the Ukraine, but his main concern is with the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Löw’s coaching team, which includes team manager Oliver Bierhoff, are all chasing contract extensions, but Zwanziger says the fact the matter will be unresolved before Germany bid to win their fourth world title is irrelevant.

“The nation’s World Cup fate does not depend on whether the coach of the national team’s contract is running out going into the tournament,” said Zwanziger.

The DFB president revealed the negotiations had broken down because Bierhoff wanted both more money and influence over the way the federation is run.

“That was not feasible, I would have had to submit several proposals to change the federation’s constitution,” said Zwanziger.

“This extensive expansion of the constitution could not be merged with the DFB’s principals.

“The national team as a corporation with the DFB as an advisory council – that idea doesn’t work.”

Zwanziger said he will speak to Löw and Bierhoff in Warsaw this weekend as the DFB representatives attend the Euro 2012 draw and sees the issue being resolved amicably.

“I do not see that (the negotiation breakdown) as a breach of trust,” he said.

“We are friends, not enemies. We are working towards a common goal.”

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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. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

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.

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