Bundesliga may switch to summer and avoid mud
Published: 09 Apr 2013 16:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Apr 2013 16:17 GMT+02:00
The sight of muddy German footballers running around in the rain could be over, as organizers are seriously considering swapping the season so they play in the summer and break in the winter when it's cold and wet.
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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and also chairman of the European Club Association, said on Tuesday the new model would see the season start in spring and finish before Christmas.
The fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held during the winter due to weather conditions could present the perfect opportunity for the Europeans to switch their seasons around.
"The football family is united: [the World Cup in Qatar] will be played either in January and February or in October and November," Rummenigge told Die Welt newspaper.
"I see a chance for the Bundesliga in this model." The summer break would be abolished and matches would be more likely to be held in the sun than the snow.
"We don't play football in Germany from May until August, although the best weather is to be found in these months," he said. "Perhaps we should rather take a break when the weather is bad here. That could be an advantage."
Germany trainer Joachim Löw has already said he would be in favour of such a change - bringing Germany into line with the Norwegian league which plays from March until November.