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German press hails World Cup heroes

Germany's papers could scarcely hide their glee Sunday after their team's 4-0 rout of Argentina sent them into the World Cup semi-finals and got the whole nation dreaming of a fourth World Cup triumph.

German press hails World Cup heroes
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“1954, 1974, 1990 … ” ran the headline on Sunday’s Tagesspiegel daily, the dates of Germany’s three previous World Cup wins, the paper hoping 2010 would soon be added to the list.

“Thank you, you heroes,” screamed the Bild am Sonntag on its front page, with pictures of Argentina coach Diego Maradona “snivelling” and Chancellor Angela Merkel cheering her team on from the stands.

“1-0 Mueller, 2-0 Klose, 3-0 Friedrich, 4-0 Klose. Yes, you are our heroes. Yes, we’ll never forget you. Yes, we’re in the semi-finals,” added the paper. “Unbelievable, incredible. You just can’t put it into words. The football god is smiling on Germany. We beat Argentina 4-0, we’re in the World Cup semi-final and we’re playing the most beautiful football in the whole world.”

The Berliner Kurier told its readers: “Call your sons Jogi”, referring to

German coach Joachim Löw. “The sweetest win of all time. How come no one has come up to us yet and shouted ‘Wake up, eyes open, it was all a dream?”

After Maradona’s pre-match barbs at the German team, Bild could not resist a bit of gloating at his downfall. “Cry for me Argentina,” the paper said, with a picture of Löw looking at him as he cried on his daughter’s shoulder.

And it was not just the tabloids raving about the game. The usually reserved Welt am Sonntag wrote: “Ooh, that was gooooood!”, bringing the universal sound of the vuvuzela onto its front page.

Under the headline “Germany’s most beautiful tango,” the paper said: “The football world lies at Germany’s feet.”

With Argentina and Maradona dispatched, the papers looked forward to their team taking “revenge” on Spain for their defeat in the final of the 2008 European Championships.

“This Spanish team holds no fear for us,” Bild said confidently, after Spain’s stuttering performance in their 1-0 quarter-final win against Paraguay.

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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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