Kiel handballers triumph in Champions League

What the Germans failed to achieve in football was won by the country’s handball stars when THW Kiel won the Champions League final in a dramatic game against Spain.

Kiel handballers triumph in Champions League
Photo: DPA

The northern German team beat BM Atletico Madrid on Sunday in a sold out stadium in Cologne 26:21, thanks to a spectacular game from its French goalie, Thierry Omeyer.

The Kiel team has already won the German championship and the DHB Cup, the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper reported on Monday.

The triple win this year marks the second time since 2007 that the Kiel team has won all three competitions.

Dominant Kiel won all 32 games it played in the Bundesliga.

Kim Andersson, the Swedish national team player, was Kiel’s best player on Sunday with seven goals before a crowd of 20,000.

“That was maybe the best Kiel team of all time. It was a super game and we’re simply overjoyed,” said team captain Marcus Ahlm.

Although handball is a popular sport in Germany, it still falls far short of support when compared to football, which dominates sports fans and coverage.

But while Borussia Dortmund won both the German football championship and the Cup they didn’t make it to the finals of the football Champions League, which was lost by Bayern Munich to England’s Chelsea.

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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.