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German line-up mole leaves Löw fuming

Germany coach Joachim Löw is said to be fuming after a "mole" in the German camp again leaked their starting line-up at Euro 2012.

German line-up mole leaves Löw fuming
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Löw sprung a surprise for Friday’s quarter-final by dropping Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Müller for the Germans’ 4-2 quarter-final win over Greece at Arena Gdasnk, but the news was reported earlier that afternoon.

“I can’t say exactly from where this [leak] has come,” admitted Löw ahead of his team’s semi-final against England or Italy in Warsaw on Thursday.

“The players talk to their agents, perhaps it comes from there.

“They phone home and talk with friends, either because they are happy or disappointed.

“I am certain it doesn’t come from the players. These are other channels, but they are unidentifiable.

“It is not good when the cards are on the table so early.”

Team line-ups are normally only released just prior to kick-off, but Löw’s formation was reported much earlier by several German media outlets with the news that Miroslav Klose, Andre Schürrle and Marco Reus would all start.

After the latest leak, midfielder Schürrle revealed the national coach was fuming.

“It is certainly regrettable,” said the 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder.

“The head coach has spoken to us about this leak and he is, of course, far from happy.

“I am sure it is someone outside the team, I can’t imagine it would be anyone inside.”

The team was branded “unstoppable” by a delighted German press on Saturday after victory over Greece put them just a match away from reaching a second successive Euro final, four years after being beaten by Spain.

“No-one else will stop us!” the online edition of the Bild tabloid said on its home page, adding: “And especially not the English or Italians.”

Germany won the match, in Gdansk, 4-2 with goals from captain Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus, outclassing their opponents to set up a tie with either England or Italy, who play on Sunday.

Bild gave its best marks to Mesut Özil, whom, it assessed, “finally showed his world class” by being “part of the build-up to every German goal”.

“Germany blows up the Greek fortress,” said kicker.de. The sports site said that the 15th win in 15 games for Germany was “a world record”.

The light-hearted sports site 11Freunde (11 Friends) went for political humour, given Germany’s insistence that Greece instigates tough public sector cuts to offset crippling debt and a potentially wider Eurozone crisis.

11Freunde headlined is page with “Finally Greece out of the Euro”, as did the daily paper Tagesspiegel: “Germany kicks Greece out of the Euro.”

The Bild website for its part wrote that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was at the game, could celebrate “Greece’s sporting bankruptcy”.

The more seriously-minded Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised Löw’s audacious gamble of leaving Lukas Podolski, Thomas Müller and Mario Gomez on the bench to make way for Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle and the 34-year-old Miroslav Klose.

“German rotation crowned a success. Coach Löw shows courage not seen for years and it pays off,” the paper said in its online edition.

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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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