Handball! Neuer blows whistle on wax double

Madame Tussauds' hottest new effigy was unveiled to the public in Berlin on Tuesday, costing a euro for each of the 150,000 hairs on keeper Manuel Neuer's head. Pity about the handball goal frame though…

"That looks dangerous," the 28-year-old national goalie said as he confronted the steely gaze of his Doppelgänger at a preview Monday, before adding, "That's a hundred percent Manuel Neuer!"

Clearly impressed by the likeness of the 1.93 metre wax figure, he took the space-saving switch of smaller handball for soccer goalposts in his stride: "Also a good sport. My dad used to play handball."

Commissioned last August, 20 experts at the London-based waxwork museum took four months to complete the €200,000 likeness.

Three sculptors flew in to measure up the Germany and Bayern FC goalie and take more than 150 photos of his head and body from all angles. Neuer was also encouraged to just be himself during the sitting, since the effigies are also supposed to capture personality and character traits.

The Bavarian swept to international stardom with Germany's World Cup victory in Brazil last summer, also being nominated as the tournament's best keeper.
Neuer is in good company in the Berlin branch of the wax museum, which also exhibits figures of fellow international stars past and present, including former Germany goalie Oliver Kahn, captain Jürgen Klinsmann, and midfielder Mesut Özil.


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.

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.