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Women footballers heat up the pitch for calendar

Following a racy Playboy photo shoot by German football players ahead of the Women's World Cup this summer, twelve female footballers have gathered together for a sexy 2012 pin-up calendar.

Women footballers heat up the pitch for calendar
Photo: www.fussballerinnenkalender.de

While none of those pictured are professional footballers – very few female players are – they do take to the pitch for various regional teams. The women beat out 300 rivals to appear on the calendar, which was shot at Frankfurt’s Volksbank stadium.

Click here to see the calendar

The calendar’s creators say their main motivation was to promote women’s football, which gained a lot of publicity in Germany during the World Cup, despite the national team’s early exit from the tournament. “The calendar is meant to make women’s football more attractive, and help give it more media presence,” the calendar’s website declares.

The Playboy shoot created controversy ahead of the World Cup in Germany, but one of the players who appeared, midfielder Julia Simic, said it was about breaking down tomboy stereotypes about women footballers.

Click here for the national team’s Playboy pictures

“I think we’re well on our way to getting rid of that image,” she told the magazine. “More and more sweet, pretty girls are playing football.”

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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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