EURO 2012


Liberal Löw okays booze and sex at Euro 2012

German coach Joachim Löw has set out refreshingly old-fashioned laws for his squad during the European Championships - a beer before bed is fine, wives and girlfriends are allowed into the hotel and even cigarettes are okay.

Liberal Löw okays booze and sex at Euro 2012
German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger relaxing. Photo: DPA

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.

The Local/AFP/bk

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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.