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Rummenigge calls for no summer break

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is in favour of changing the Bundesliga calendar in order to prepare players for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The hope is that by playing through the summer months, players will get a small taste of the extreme temperatures the nation experiences in June and July.

“From May to August is when we do not play football in Germany, although these are the months with the best weather. A change could be an advantage to us,” the Bayern Munich chairman told Die-Welt.

Another possibility being discussed is moving the 2022 World Cup out of the summer months in order to avoid sweltering temperatures.

And Rummenigge would welcome a change in schedule to avoid the poor weather during the winter months.

“The football family is united. Either pausing in January and February or in October and November, I can see in this model as an opportunity for the Bundesliga,” he said.

“We would prefer to pause when the weather is bad here.”

Tue 16 April, 2013
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