Professor devises Germany’s World Cup-winning formula

A physics professor from Dortmund has devised a formula that explains why Germany will definitely win the football World Cup in South Africa this summer.

Professor devises Germany's World Cup-winning formula
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“Whoever Joachim Löw takes with him, we will win the title this year, not only because a super-fit team will turn up on June 11,” Professor Metin Tolan told the news agency DDP on Saturday. Tolan’s total confidence is based on a formula he describes in his book The Physics of Football.

According to Tolan’s analysis, Germany reached an average 3.7th place in previous World Cups. “On top of this, we always had a particularly strong team every four to five years,” he added.

“According to my initial formula, we should have become world champions in 1970, 1986 and 2006, but in fact we became champions in 1974 and 1990.” This led to Tolan’s conclusion, “The mathematical formula of sine and cosine always predicts a World Cup victory four years too early. That is why winning the title this year is inevitable.”

Tolan also had valuable advice for the German players in free-kick situations: “To achieve success – in other words, to score a goal – my calculations say the free-kick-takers must strike the ball at a point 70 percent from its centre. Most professionals achieve this through constant training,” said the 44-year-old Stuttgart fan, who is donating the income from his book to physics scholarships at Dortmund’s technical university.

The professor scoffed at recent surveys that predicted that Germany would not get beyond the quarter finals, pointing out that Jürgen Klinsmann’s team in the 2006 World Cup were also heavily criticized before the tournament. Tolan said that those criticisms were more justified than those of the current team, but “the result was, we played a very good World Cup,” he said.

Löw named a preliminary squad of 27 players on Thursday, four of whom must still be eliminated.

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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. 

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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.