Löw to experiment with squad before Euro 2012

Germany coach Joachim Löw said Sunday he will experiment with his first-choice team to build on his side's World Cup performance as the Germans look to win the European crown for the fourth time.

Löw to experiment with squad before Euro 2012
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With Euro 2012, to be hosted by the Ukraine and Poland, set to start in Warsaw on June 8 next year, Germany are 10 points clear at the top of their qualifying group and virtually assured a place.

Having finished third at last year’s World Cup in South Africa, Löw, who took charge in 2006, says he will use next season to find the perfect combinations in the build up to next year’s European championships.

“I will use the next six months to try and experiment,” he told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

“Of course, there is a proven core of players, but I do think there will be a lot of movement in the national side over the next year.”

Germany can complete their Euro 2012 qualification if they beat Austria in Gelsenkirchen on September 9.

The Germans also plan to play friendlies against the Ukraine, in Kiev on November 11, and Holland, in Hamburg on November 15, which Löw says he will use to test different combinations.

“I am not of the opinion that I need to know my strongest side a full six months before the European championships.

“On the contrary, I will probably use a totally different team against Holland than the one which will start Euro 2012.

“I only know that I need to have decided on my starting side four weeks before the tournament begins.”

Löw has an embarrassment of riches up front in with Mario Gomez scoring at will after 28 goals in 32 league games for Bayern last season, while Miroslav Klose is closing in on Gerd Müller’s all-time record of 68 goals for Germany.

Having spent much of last season on the bench at Bayern, Klose signed for Italian side Lazio last week and Löw praised the 33-year-old’s decision to move, having said he wants all his players to have regular football next season.

“It would not have been easy for Miro to sit on the bench for another season,” said Löw.

“Mario had a strong season at Bayern and with an eye on Euro 2012, it is important that Miroslav plays. It is a positive that he faces a new challenge with a new club and gets regular competitive games.”

With Germany currently playing with a lone striker, Löw has not ruled out the possibility of using both forwards in tandem.

“They are the best strikers Germany has, behind them I see no real alternatives,” said Löw.

“It is in my thoughts that they could even play together in the future and to play in another system.

“They are both prepared to play like that.”

Löw also said he is willing to look at where new Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes plays Germany captain Philipp Lahm next season before deciding whether his skipper plays on the left or right side of defence in the national side.

“I will be talking with Jupp Heynckes to see in position he plans on using Philipp,” said Löw.

“It is possible that I may base my decision on that.”

Löw said he had no news on when he will meet with former captain Michael Ballack to discuss whether the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder still has a role to play in the national side.

AFP/The Local

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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.

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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.