German football star Podolski to open döner kebab shop in Cologne

Not only is Lukas Podolski a former World Cup football star, he will soon open up a döner kebab eatery in the west German city of Cologne.

German football star Podolski to open döner kebab shop in Cologne
Lukas Podolski. Photo: DPA.

On Saturday, in the city centre of Cologne, the 32-year-old will welcome guests to his eatery, ‘Mangal Döner,’ Podolski’s spokesman Sebastian Lange announced on Thursday.

There, fans will be able to meet the star personally in the afternoon, Lange added.

Podolski will manage the fast food shop together with two other co-partners.

But according to Lange, he’ll play an active role in the business similar to how he runs his ice cream shop, which he opened up also in Cologne last June.

Podolski keenly answers customers' questions at his ice cream shop and is involved “right up to the design of the ice cream sundaes,” Lange said.

The part-time restaurateur – who currently plays for Vissel Kobe, a professional Japanese football club – had for two years previously played for Turkish football club Galatasaray.

His time in Istanbul has given him a taste for things, Lange said. “In addition to the culture, he got to know many culinary specialities and likes them very much.”

Podolski was born in Poland and grew up in Cologne.

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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.