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Bayern beat Bremen for German Cup

Franck Ribery grabbed one of the goals as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich stayed on course for the treble with a 4-0 win over 10-man Werder Bremen in the German Cup final in Berlin on Saturday.

Bayern beat Bremen for German Cup
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Ribery scored his first goal for nearly two months after a difficult few weeks for the 27-year-old, who is due to hear on Tuesday if he is banned for next Saturday’s Champions League final against Inter Milan.

The French international has kept a low profile since being questioned by police over his involvement in the under-age call-girl scandal, which has

rocked his national team.

And he was handed a three-match ban by UEFA for being sent off in the

Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Lyon, which looks set to keep him out of the Champions League showpiece in Madrid.

Ribery’s appeal will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

on Tuesday.

“The result shows how important this game was to us,” said Bayern defender

Philipp Lahm. “We still have business to attend to, but we certainly want to win the treble, that was clear to see today.”

Having won the Bundesliga last weekend with a 3-1 against Hertha Berlin, Bayern were back at the capital city’s Olympic Stadium for the second phase of their treble quest and Louis van Gaal’s claimed their 15th German Cup crown.

After Dutch winger Arjen Robben hit a first-half penalty, Croatia striker Ivica Olic stabbed home the second before Ribery hit the third to settle the tie, before Bremen captain Torsten Frings was sent off on 77 minutes.

Having earlier been heavily fouled by Frings, Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger had the last laugh with the final goal to seal the rout on 83 minutes.

Robben, who has scored 23 goals this season including 16 in the Bundesliga, nearly opened the scoring after three minutes when he smashed in a long-range shot and Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese just managed to tip the ball over the bar.

But Bremen attacked on eight minutes when Claudio Pizarro beat the Munich defence before Frings fully tested goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt.

Bayern captain Mark van Bommel earned himself a yellow card after just 11 minutes when he scythed down Tim Borowski, sending the midfielder tumbling to the sodden turf in a wave of spray after heavy rain in the German capital.

The opening was played at a frantic pace and having gone close twice, Robben opened the scoring on 35 minutes when Germany defender Per Mertesacker handled the ball and the Dutchman planted his penalty kick in the bottom right-hand corner.

Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf switched attacking midfielder Aaron Hunt for striker Hugo Almeida immediately after the break, and he created two chances in the first two minutes of the second-half.

But Bayern put one hand on the cup on 51 minutes when Olic stabbed home his shot after Mertesacker headed on to Munich’s Daniel van Buyten, whose pass to Olic was drilled into the back of the net.

Ribery made sure of the league and cup double when he took a pass from Van Bommel and, having gone one-on-one with Wiese, drilled his shot past the Bremen goalkeeper into the empty net.

Frings was shown a second yellow card after he clattered Germany midfielder Schweinsteiger to earn the red on 77 minutes. Schweinsteiger had the last laugh when he controlled a chip and slid his shot around Wiese for the fourth on 83 minutes.

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EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches

The German Bundesliga kicks off on Friday evening with a match in Mönchengladbach. Here's a run-down of the Covid rules for football fans itching to join the crowds at the stadium.

EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches
Crowds cheer at a match between FC Kaiserslautern and Borussia Mönchengladbach, on August 9th, 2021. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach

All eyes will be on Mönchengladbach this evening as the Bundesliga season kicks off with a match against reigning champions Bayern Munich – and this time, a crowd will be present in the stadium.

READ ALSO: German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

With several states liberalising their rules for public gatherings in recent months, many football fans are looking forward to enjoying a lively atmosphere at football matches once more. 

There’s just one problem: there are different rules for different stadiums. Here’s what you need to know about the Covid rules before you book your ticket for any of the upcoming fixtures. 

How many fans are allowed in the stadiums? 

According to a recent decision by the federal and state governments, football stadiums around the country are allowed to fill half of their seats and sell up to 25,000 tickets to fans. 

Of course, how much this limit affects the overall atmosphere – and the football clubs’ bottoms lines – depends on the capacity of the stadium. In Borussia Dortmund this weekend, the full 25,000 tickets have been sold – but that only equates to 30 percent of the stadium’s full capacity.

READ ALSO: German football: Which Bundesliga club should I support?

Meanwhile, in the stadium owned by Berlin’s FC Union, selling just 11,000 tickets is enough to fill half of the available seats. 

What do I need to show to get in? 

That really depends on the stadium in question, although in general anyone over the age of six will need to show a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovery – the so-called ‘3G’ rule – to enter the grounds. But other clubs, such as FC Cologne, have decided to only permit people who are vaccinated or recovered to attend matches from August 28th onwards – with exceptions for people who can’t get vaccinated, like children and pregnant woman.

At Mönchengladbach’s Borussia Park stadium, however, unvaccinated fans can enter with a negative test, though visitors who’ve stayed in a high-risk or virus variant area over the past two weeks will be unable to enter – along with people who’ve had recent contact with someone who has Covid. 


If you want to see action like this at FC Cologne’s stadium, you’ll need to get your Covid jabs sorted first. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund has taken a middle ground. While the 3G rule applies in principle, only 1,000 of the available 25,000 tickets will be sold to people who are providing a negative test. The remaining 24,000 seats will only be available for those who are vaccinated against – or recently recovered from – Covid. 

If you’re not vaccinated and are keen to see a match, it’s worth checking on your local club’s website beforehand or sending them an email to double-check whether you will be allowed in. 

What else do I need to know about? 

You’ll need to bring a FPP2 mask with you to matches to wear in your seat and while heading to the bathroom or bar, and also observe social distancing rules – meaning staying 1.5 metres apart from your fellow fans.

In most states, you’ll also need to provide your contact details, which will be saved by the club and potentially passed on to local health authorities in order to monitor a potential Covid outbreak. 

Will these rules continue throughout the season?

That’s still an open question. If infection rates in Germany continue to rise or high-profile superspreading events occur at future matches, the government could potentially crack down further on sports events in autumn.

This could involve limiting the seat numbers even further, or (more controversially), introducing a ‘vaccinated-only’ rule for entering stadiums. 

READ ALSO: Should Germany bring in Covid restrictions for unvaccinated people only?

A recent outbreak of Covid in the Mainz football team has also dampened celebrations slightly in the run-up to the start of the Bundesliga – leaving club owners urgently calling for both fans and footballers to get vaccinated. 

Speaking to WDR ahead of the season’s start, FC Cologne’s managing director Alexander Wehrle said widespread vaccination was the best route back to normality – a message reiterated by Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann. 

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