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Football coach Löw reportedly set to continue with new contract

Germany coach Joachim Löw will be handed a new contract as a reward for guiding the national football team to the World Cup semi-finals, the Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

Football coach Löw reportedly set to continue with new contract
Photo: DPA

The 50-year-old has been out of contract since June 30. Since replacing Jürgen Klinsmann as coach after the 2006 World Cup, he has taken Germany to the Euro 2008 final and this year’s World Cup semi-final. Both times his side was beaten by Spain.

Although initial talks broke down earlier this year over financial disagreements and also Löw’s desire to have more control over the Under-21 side, German Football Federation (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger is expected to rubberstamp the new agreement on July 30 at an executive committee meeting, according to Bild.

The new contract will see Löw – who has the best overall record for a German manager of 38 wins in 55 matches – take charge till Euro 2012.

“A four-year contract was never a topic, that was also Joachim Löw’s philosophy,” Zwanziger told Bild. “Long-term commitments aren’t so good, also because of economic reasons. It’s reasonable to think from tournament to tournament.”

Löw is still to hold talks with his backroom staff and general manager Oliver Bierhoff to see if they are satisfied with the offer on their return to Germany following the third place match against Uruguay in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Löw’s confirmation in the post will come as a huge blow to DFB technical director Matthias Sammer, who was being touted as a possible alternative to Löw and also vehemently opposed the German coach having more responsibility for the Under-21 side.

Sammer, who guided the Under-21 side to European glory last year with a side including Mesut Özil, Manuel Neuer and Sami Khedira, does not enjoy good relations with Bierhoff and has stayed away from South Africa during the finals.

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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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