World Cup defeat costs Germany place at 2012 Olympics

Germany's shock defeat to Japan in the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup has also cost them a place at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as they miss out behind Sweden and France.

World Cup defeat costs Germany place at 2012 Olympics
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Hosts and defending champions Germany crashed out of the women’s World Cup on Saturday when they were floored by an extra-time goal from Japan who will now meet Sweden in the semi-final in Frankfurt on Wednesday.

Having won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Germany’s defeat to Japan has also cost them a ticket to the London Olympics.

Sweden’s 3-1 win over Australia in Sunday’s quarter-final at the women’s World Cup means they join France and Japan in the last four.

The Swedes and French now qualify to compete at the women’s football tournament for London 2012 as the best two European teams from the women’s World Cup while England, who lost to France, qualify automatically as the hosts.

But Germany coach Silvia Neid said the Germans’ absence from London will give them more time to prepare for Euro 2013 to be held by Sweden.

“This means that we are now have one and a half years time to prepare for the European Championship in 2013,” said Neid, with Germany as defending European champions.

“Our aim has to be to reach the European Championships and the fact that we

won’t be at the Olympics won’t harm the development of women’s football here.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday made a show support for Neid and the players despite their premature exit from the tournament.

“I called Silvia Neid and thanked her and the team for all the joy they’ve given us,” she told the weekly Sport Bild. “I’m extremely sorry for the players and the entire staff that that it wasn’t enough in the end.”

But Merkel said she was confident Germany’s women footballers would bounce back.

“That’s how it is in sport, after a period of hopefully not too long disappointment, new goals will be set. And we fans will support them just the same as before,” she said.

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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.

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.