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Schweinsteiger: golden generation needs title

As Germany prepares for Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash against Italy, midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Germany need a title to crown the rise of their current golden generation.

Schweinsteiger: golden generation needs title
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The Italians have a phenomenal record against Germany and Schweinsteiger’s team are bidding to beat Italy for the first time at a major tournament at the eighth attempt in the Warsaw semi-final.

Germany take on the Italians for a place in Sunday’s final against Spain with Joachim Löw’s team looking to end their 16-year wait for a major title.

In losing the Euro 2008 final to Spain and finishing third at the last two World Cups, the Germans have regularly come tantalisingly close to success in the past six years.

Having made his debut before the failed Euro 2004 campaign, Schweinsteiger said he has enjoyed being part of Germany’s rise under head coach Joachim Löw with the team currently on a 15-match winning streak in competitive games.

“Since 2005, we have just kept going up and up, we can be happy to have such a good national team,” said the 27-year-old Schweinsteiger, who has made 94 appearances for Germany.

“We don’t have the crown yet, but it is getting closer and closer.

“It’s fun to be part of the squad, because it is not just about the players, it is the whole team spirit.

“There is a healthy mixture of players here, it is very relaxed and very focused on the football.”

Since succeeding Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach after the 2006 World Cup, Germany boss Löw said a lot of work has gone into strengthening the national team.

Under the German Football Federation’s director of sport Matthias Sammer, a philosophy of attacking football and solid defence has been implemented in Germany’s junior teams which is consistent up until the senior side.

Löw said a lot of credit deserves to go to the Bundesliga clubs with a strong academy system now bearing fruit ripe for the national side.

“There are a lot of people who are responsible, a lot of work has been done in the academies,” said Löw, who was Klinsmann’s assistant at the 2006 World Cup.

“It is much better than it was ten years ago, back then it was all about conditioning and strength, but now we have learned to be more technical.

“What we have also done with the national team is to embed our philosophy into the players and say this is the type of football we want to play.

“We then look for the right kind of players with the right kind of culture.

“We have developed a fantastic crop of players who can play at a high level.

“From that point of view it is like a product of many institutions, the German Football Federations and the clubs.”

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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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