Bulgaria sacks Matthäus for Euro 2012 failure

German football icon Lothar Matthäus was sacked as coach of Bulgaria on Monday following the national team's failure to qualify for Euro 2012.

Bulgaria sacks Matthäus for Euro 2012 failure
Photo: DPA

“There were many reasons to release Matthäus, not only the poor results in the last matches. Pressure and negativity had also piled up in the squad, so the change was necessary,” BFU president Borislav Mihaylov said.

The legendary German midfielder, 50, was the first foreigner to take over as coach of Bulgaria when he was appointed last September with a remit to qualify for Euro 2012.

However, Matthäus leaves with Bulgaria out of the running for a place in next year’s finals in Ukraine and Poland, having managed just one win and five points from seven games in qualifying Group G.

In a number of recent interviews, Matthäus had blamed poor discipline and lack of will to win among the players as the reasons for his team’s poor performances.

He had however hoped to renew his contract, which was due to expire in November, to lead Bulgaria in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.


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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.