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Beckenbauer wants stinky boots for Brazil

Football legend Franz Beckenbauer is appealing to German soccer players to donate their old boots as part of a project to help disadvantaged children in the slums of Brazil. Mark Lovell reports.

Beckenbauer wants stinky boots for Brazil
Photo: www.laureus.de

Beckenbauer’s appeal aims to help develop the skills and fitness of disadvantaged children in the favelas, and provide more children with the opportunity to enjoy ‘the beautiful game.’ His ‘Football Boots for Rio’ initiative is supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Mercedes-Benz.

“I would greatly appreciate it if the German people would support me with a small gesture to show solidarity with underprivileged children in Rio’s favelas,” said Beckenbauer at press event in Stuttgart recently. “Help them to fulfil their dreams, and enable us to combat social problems through football.”

He said in many of the slums around Rio de Janeiro children play football with bare feet on rubble-strewn ground.

If the appeal is a success, a van full of old boots will be exchanged for one loaded with brand new football kit and equipment for the kids in Rio.

“The used shoes will be recycled,” said Bärbel Mees, a spokeswoman for Laureus.

“Due to developmental and ecological reasons, we have decided not to send the used shoes to Rio,” “Instead, we’ll replace them with new items.”

Beckenbauer and Brazilian World Cup winner Carlos Alberto will personally hand over the donation to a Laureus project in Rio.

You can send your unwanted boots to the following address until March 5th: Laureus

Balanstrasse 73, Haus 9

81541 Munich

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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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