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‘King’ Kahn puts personal development ahead of football

Former German goalkeeper and team captain Oliver Kahn said Saturday he wasn’t ready for a top coaching job in football but was rather concentrating on developing and educating himself.

'King' Kahn puts personal development ahead of football
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In an interview with daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Kahn said he would not even chase a position in the management of Germany’s national team for the time being.

Kahn, one of the most successful players of the modern era in Germany, said he was in a “development phase” at the moment which he expected to continue until 2012.

“I can’t at the moment imagine a future for myself as trainer or sports director,” he said. “For a start I have enough to do with business. Secondly I find it’s better to approach things slowly.

“I find myself at the moment in a development phase, as it were, to prepare myself for the future. You see it with (sacked Stuttgart coach) Markus Babbel, that in this business you get a new job quickly – but in the event you lose the new job even faster.”

Kahn has recently completed a management course at a private Austrian university.

He stressed that complete readiness was needed for the top jobs in professional football.

“Education is the foundation. An ex-sportsman has to understand, that in his career he can’t trade on his old merits.”

There has been talk of Kahn’s succeeding Oliver Bierhoff as the national team mangager – a largely administrative role distinct from the coaching role of coach and trainer Joachim Löw.

During his long career as a player, Kahn helped his teams win eight German championships, six German cups, the UEFA Cup in 1996, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup (both in 2001).

Personally he won four consecutive UEFA Best European Goalkeeper awards, two German Footballer of the Year trophies and the Golden Ball for his performance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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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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