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Löw: I’m favouring the Bavarians

German national football coach Joachim Löw said Sunday he will rely more on Bayern Munich players than those from champions Dortmund for Euro 2012 - because the Bavarians have more international experience.

Löw: I'm favouring the Bavarians
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Dortmund beat Bayern twice in a row to take the Bundesliga title and the German DFB Cup, while Bayern completed their misery a week later by failing to beat Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 19.

But Löw is discounting that and says experience outside Germany is what counts.

“The Dortmund players are very, very strong nationally. They are coming up. But they are not as internationally tested as the Bavarians,” he said in an interview on Sunday, before leaving on Monday for the team’s training camp in Gdansk.

Germany’s first game in the European Championship is against Portugal next Saturday, and Löw plans to only start those with international experience.

“[The European Championships] have a different level,” he said. “With all due respect, we are not playing against Hoffenheim, Nuremberg etc. We are playing against the top 10 in the world – against Spain, the current World and European champions. That’s the highest level.”

Löw’s national squad includes four players from Dortmund, but eight from Bayern Munich, by far the largest representation of any Bundesliga team.

Not everyone is so happy with the Bayern players. Midfield legend Lothar Matthäus criticized the team in an interview on Tuesday with sports website eurosport.yahoo.de..

“The Bayern team is composed of too many players who are out for themselves, as opposed to Dortmund players who play more like a team,” Matthäus said.

DPA/The Local/mw

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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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