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Drink, smoke, tweet, bring the WAGS... Germans can do as they please, says Low


PUBLISHED: 12:34, 6 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:58, 6 June 2012

Germany players will be allowed to drink, smoke, tweet and mix with their girlfriends at Euro 2012.

Boss Joachim Low appears to be taking a relaxed approach to his squad as they attempt to take home the trophy.

Despite the negative affects of tobacco, Low, a former smoker himself, said: ‘I would not ban it, expect for at meals or in team meetings.’


Beer we go: Philipp Lahm, pictured in October with his wife Claudia, and his team-mates will be allowed to drink, smoke and invite the WAGS to the Euros


However, back-up keeper Tim Wiese is thought to be the only smoker in the 23-man group.

According to German newspaper Bild, players and coaches will also be allowed to drink beer and wine, and trusted to moderate their own behaviour.

Team director Oliver Bierhoff confirmed that WAGs and children will be allowed to visit the team hotel on rest days after matches, but he added: ‘We have not yet decided if they are allowed to stay overnight.’


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Players will also be encouraged to spend time away from the hotel, but not for more than an hour at a time, and not after 11pm.

While some managers have considered banning their players from using social networks, Germany’s stars are allowed to use Facebook and twitter, as long as they do not reveal team secrets or criticise team-mates, opponents or referees.

Low’s strictest attempt to impose discipline appears to be in how the players dress, with each told each morning which uniform should be worn to what event.


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Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the national team at their Euro 2012 base in Gdansk on Wednesday, holding a brief address and dining with the players.

'She will visit this evening, she will arrive and we will greet her,' said team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

'She will address the team, dine with us and then depart again.'

Merkel is a fervent supporter of the team and has even visited the side in the changing rooms before.

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