Have you wondered why the Bundesliga winter break is shorter than the previous years? Here's the explanation.
|FC Köln's Leonardo Bittencourt on the training pitch.|
This year, the second half of the Bundesliga will kick off on January 12 which is earlier than in the previous seasons. But why? The German League Association states that there are several reasons.
First of all, the 2017-18 season started later due to the FIFA Confederations Cup. Another reason is that the season will end earlier this year so teams that have qualified for the World Cup can begin their preparations for the tournament in Russia in time.
Finally, to make life easier for the travelling fans, the German League Association has decided that there must only be two Bundesliga rounds with midweek matches.
However, several of the Bundesliga clubs have made it clear that they are not exactly delighted with the shorter winter break. As Augsburg general manager Stefan Reuter told Süddeutsche Zeitung:
"You can definitely not prepare as well as you could if you had a longer break."
Eight Bundesliga teams have decided to prepare for the second half of the season in Germany, and hence they don't have to worry about spending time on travelling abroad. Below, you can see in which countries the teams are staying at the moment.
Where the Bundesliga teams are preparing for the second half of the season:
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1. FSV Mainz 05
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Schalke 04
SV Werder Bremen
FC Bayern München