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Football coach Löw extends Germany reign until 2020

Germany's World Cup-winning coach Joachim Löw has extend his contract until 2020, the German FA (DFB) announced on Monday.

Football coach Löw extends Germany reign until 2020
Joachim Löw. Photo: DPA

The 56-year-old, who took charge in 2006, has penned a two-year extension to lead Germany's defence of the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and to the European Championships in 2020.

If Löw stays in office until 2020, his 14-year reign would make him the joint second-longest serving Germany coach, equal to Helmut Schoen (1964-78).

Having won a fourth World Cup in Brazil two years ago but lost to hosts France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals in July, one of Löw's goal is to win their first European crown since 1996.

“We have visions and things that we want to tackle, so the time of the extension was just right,” Löw told a press conference in Frankfurt.

“The goal is, of course, to repeat our success story in Rio and we want to be European champions, which is a big goal of mine. When the head and the heart both say 'yes' at the same time, then there is not much to think about.

“I feel the same motivation as I did at the beginning of my term at the DFB and I still feel their confidence.

“It's simply great fun to work with this team and these players.”

Löw, who took charge of the die Mannschaft after the 2006 World Cup following two years as assistant coach under Jurgen Klinsmann, will reportedly receive a pay rise to earn four million euros per year.

His old deal is believed to have earned him an annual salary of around three million euros.

“Löw is the best coach, that we in the DFB's executive committee can imagine,” said German FA president Reinhard Grindel.

“We have the same goal – we want to defend our World Cup title in Russia and, after we were so close to it in France this year, we want to try to be Europe champions in 2020.”

Grindel added that Löw's new deal was 'a reward' for the head coach's hard work, but the president wanted to get the contract signed before the German FA meets in Erfurt on November 3rd-4th.

Sepp Herberger holds the 28-year record for a Germany coach, from 1936-64, during which time he led West Germany to their first World Cup title in 1954.

Germany, who are top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group with three straight wins, play minnows San Marino away in their next qualifier on November 11th before facing Italy four days later in a friendly in Milan.

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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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