Germany’s Löw ready to face heat in Brazil

Germany coach Joachim Löw said his side will need to adapt to hot and humid conditions against Ghana, USA and Portugal at the World Cup.

Germany's Löw ready to face heat in Brazil
Photo: DPA

Löw's Germany kick off their Brazil 2014 campaign in Group G against Portugal in Salvador on June 16 before facing Ghana's Black Stars in Fortaleza on June 21st then take on the USA in Recife five days later.

"In our preparations, we have to get used to the humidity and high temperatures," said Löw.

"I have already been to Fortaleza and Recife, where we will find difficult conditions to acclimatize to. We will have to adapt our preparations."

The Germans have yet to decide between using either Salvador or Sao Paulo as their World Cup base with the FIFA deadline set for December 18th.

Löw will lead a delegation from the German Football Federation (DFB) to visit both hotels over the weekend before flying home.

All three games will be played on Brazil's coast, with the games against Portugal and the USA kicking off at 1pm local time, with average daytime high temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) expected in both Salvador and Recife.

The Ghana game in Fortaleza on the north coast will be played in similar temperatures despite the 4pm local time kick-off.

"We have to accept the group as it is, we now know who and where we play and we can take the next step to work for the World Cup," said Löw.

The Recife clash against the USA pits Jurgen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to third at the 2006 World Cup, against Löw, who succeeded him as German head coach in 2006 having been his assistant at that year's World Cup.

"So, we will be meeting old friends," said Löw.

"It's already something special to have the USA in our group.

"Jurgen and I have had a very good and close relationship for a long time. We have always exchanged ideas on a regular basis, but that will certainly change before the World Cup match."

The draw also means Berlin-born half brothers Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and Germany centre-back will face each other at another World Cup.

They both played when Germany beat Ghana 1-0 at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in the group stages — the first time brothers had played on opposite teams at a World Cup.

"Brother, it's time again… that's how beautiful life is!" Schake's Kevin-Prince wrote on his Twitter account to Bayern Munich's Jerome.

Boateng will also be up against Schalke team-mate Jermaine Jones when the USA play Ghana in Natal on June 16th.

"I'm happy with that," Kevin-Prince Boateng told Sport Bild,

"You can see that dreams can come true. I am looking to another game against my brother at the World Cup. And also against my team-mate Jermaine Jones, he's simply great."

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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. 

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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.

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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.