German women have World Cup in their sights

After getting their hands on the world cup in 2003 and 2007, the German women’s national team are trying to make it three out of the last four this summer in Canada.

German women have World Cup in their sights
Germany are among the favourites. Photo: DPA archive

But if the Frauschaft (the female version of the national Mannschaft) are to lay their hands on the coveted prize, they will have to negotiate an extra round – an extra 8 teams have been added to this year’s tournament, meaning that it will include a round of 16.

Germany’s tournament kicks off in Ottowa on June 7th against the Ivory Coast. Matches against Norway and Thailand will follow on June 11th and 15th.

The women could keep another hot summer for German sport going, after Frankfurt took home the Champions League crown in a final against Paris earlier this month.

Coach Silvia Neid believes that while Germany are among the favourites, competition is fiercer than ever before.

“If we win our group we’ll face the third team in a group with the USA, Sweden, Nigeria and Australia – it could get pretty tricky then,” said Neid.

The national coach said that any one of host Canada, title holder Japan, two time champion the USA, Brazil, Sweden, France or Norway stood a chance.

“Of course we belong in this group [of potential winners] too. But we’ll need a lot of patience. The little details and form on the day will be decisive,” said Neid.

One complication of the tournament is that it will be played on artificial turf, a fact that has not gone down well with the competitors, 50 of whom brought a case against world football body FIFA in a Toronto court. Due to limited chances of success the case was withdrawn.

“Artificial turf is totally new territory,” said Neid. “We’ve noticed that you can’t play so much on the run, but have to pass much more to feet.”

“We need to get used to it – not only because the ball rolls more quickly on it, but also because it is more strenuous on the body,” said defender Saskia Bartusiak.

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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.