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Liberal Löw okays booze and sex at Euro 2012

The Local · 6 Jun 2012, 11:43

Published: 06 Jun 2012 11:43 GMT+02:00

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Germany arrived at their Euro 2012 base near Gdansk, northern Poland, on Monday as one of the favourites to challenge reigning champions Spain.

But a successful campaign also means getting the details right, and team manager Oliver Bierhoff said the management was still mulling the extent of conjugal visits. "We haven't yet decided whether the women can stay overnight," he told Wednesday’s Bild newspaper.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and his team-mates will be grooming themselves for Sunday, though - the day after Germany's opening match against Portugal has been designated "love day," when players will be allowed a few hours to "relax" with their partners.

Perhaps to help the players score in the bedroom as well as on the pitch, Löw has expressly permitted alcohol in the German camp - though only in moderation. One beer or wine before bed is fine, since this is considered not to have any adverse medical effects. Löw is also not planning to have the hotel mini-bars cleared out – a common policy among national teams.

Löw is even planning to allow smoking. "I wouldn't ban anyone from smoking, except at meals and during a meeting," he told Bild, although he is on safe ground as the only occasional smoker in the German squad is reserve goalkeeper Tim Wiese.

But other rules are to be more draconian - players are only allowed out until 11pm, and they can't go anywhere further than one hour from the team hotel.

The players are lined up to take home record bonuses should they emerge triumphant from the tournament. The German Football Association (DFB) has announced that each player would receive €300,000 if they win the trophy, €150,000 for reaching the final, €100,000 for the semi-final, and €50,000 for the quarter-final.

But if they get knocked out in the group stage, the players will have to go home with their tails between their legs and their measly standard wages. But at least then they can have as much nookie as they want.

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12:49 June 6, 2012 by bobmarchiano
I think the boys should keep there tail between there legs while playing

AND will the couch be in the bedroom to see that only one beer or wine has been drank.

Smoking does he know the affect of smoking has on the lungs

I hope the thought of making 300,000 extra for winning the finals (which is ten years wages for some doctors I know in Germany) will keep them from .....

But it is only kicking a ball not at all like USA football where you need to be on top of your game.
13:43 June 6, 2012 by lordkorner
It never ceases to amaze me how 20th century this country is when it comes to smoking, be it the fact that a sportsperson such as Weise actually smokes, or the advertisement or the fact that they never managed to implement a smoking ban in public places....
15:00 June 6, 2012 by poppet
Gina-Lisa will be pleased...
20:11 June 6, 2012 by Englishted

Does top of your game mean on drugs?

American Football a game where men wrap up in cotton wool and don't use their feet or a ball .
20:29 June 6, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Löw is a smoker. Wasn`t he smoking like a Devil during the Germany-Argentina game back in the 06 WM? Or was it against Italy?

Anyway, I hope this slack routine works, if only for Schweini. After heart-breaking defeats against Spain and Chelsea, I think that he should be rewarded with an EM Cup this time around. Can`t stand Bayern-Mercenary FC, but I think that Basti deserves to win. He is a battler.


Yes, on top of your game in the NFL means on drugs: Vitamin `S` for the anabolic freakz.
22:03 June 6, 2012 by McM
Well just an outsider's opinion but I think the German coach and his team need to try anything they can after their pathetic track record in recent big events. One day it's pro Bayen,next it's pro sex. From the team I see listed it looks like more of the same. Too old too full of themselves and too much experience at loosing big matches.

Maybe I am misreading it but based on past performances it does not look pretty. One or two good games with B class teams, a sniff of a final and they will roll over again.
23:25 June 8, 2012 by yuri_nahl
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