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Goalie Angerer reveals she is bisexual

While the subject of homosexuality remains taboo in men's football, Germany's veteran goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has revealed she is bisexual as she prepares to win a record third World Cup next year on home soil.

Goalie Angerer reveals she is bisexual
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The 32-year-old, who has won 94 caps for Germany and was part of the teams which won both the Women’s World Cup in China in 2007 and in the USA in 2003, told Die Zeit she has no preference when it comes to dating men or women.

“I am very open about this, because I am of the opinion there are nice guys and nice women,” said the Frankfurt goalkeeper. Besides, I find it totally silly to have a general definition.”

While homosexuality in men’s football is still a taboo subject, it is discussed far more openly in the women’s game.

Germany’s reserve goalkeeper Ursula Holl made no secret of her marriage to her girlfriend last summer.

Angerer’s revelations come two weeks after Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez told German magazine Bunte that being honest about their sexuality would improve gay players’ performance.

“They would play as if they had been liberated,” Gomez said. “Being gay should no longer be a taboo topic.”

Angerer’s coming-out may surprise some fans in football-mad Germany, but she told German daily Bild she had no problems revealing her bisexuality.

“I see no problem for me to come out of the closet,” she said, adding she had spent 14 years with the national side.

“This is nothing new for me, so I can deal with the issue in a totally relaxed manner.”

It is rare for any high-profile athlete to admit their sexual orientation, but Angerer says she did not have to pluck up any courage before her declaration.

“I do not know if you need a special kind of courage. I am someone who is generally opposed to stereotyped thinking,” she said.

But she refused to be drawn when asked about whom she is currently dating.

“That is not interesting to anyone,” she said.

Having guarded Germany’s goal for the last two successful World Cup campaigns, Angerer is looking to write her name in football history by winning a third world title.

The Women’s World Cup will be held in Germany from June 26 until July 17 2011.

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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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