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SBD Global/April 11, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

German Football League 'Openly' Discusses Elimination Of Bundesliga Summer Break

German Football League (DFL) Managing Dir Andreas Rettig said the elimination of the Bundesliga's summer break is being "very openly discussed" at the DFL, according to the SID. Rettig said, "At the end, it also depends on FIFA's decision in the debate to reschedule the World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter. If it happens, it would have a big impact on the discussions." Bayern Munich Exec-Chair Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who is also the European Club Association chair, "could also imagine to change the season schedule." He said, "The football family is in agreement: Either we play in January and February, or we play in October and November. I see a chance for the Bundesliga with this model." Rummenigge added: "From May until August, we don't play football in Germany despite having the best weather in those months. Maybe we should have a break when the weather is bad. It could be an advantage" (SID, 4/9).
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