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Sam’s Winter Break Makes Sense

10:03 am, Friday, December 21st, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

The Premier League in England, is a unique football league and is certainly the very best league in the world, there’s little doubt about that.

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Barclay’s Premier League - the most popular sports league in the world

The games are beamed around the world and the Manchester United – Arsenal game earlier in the season had a worldwide television audience that was over 1B.

But it’s also unique in England that we have a flurry of games over the Christmas period, and indeed years ago the teams used to actually play on Christmas Day itself.

Sam talked about the traditional Christmas fixture list in England today, to the Newcastle Journal:

“We do play an incredible amount of games in a short period of time, which is unique in world football and it is extremely demanding. But I can’t call for a cut in the number of Christmas games because it is traditional. Some things should be kept traditional in football and this is one of them.”

“ It is a very busy period, but it is also very popular and we have to get on with it the best we can. You could reduce the number of games by one, but I don’t want to see this tradition ended, even if other leagues in Europe probably think we’re mad the amount of football we play.”

“What would be far better, for me, would be to get the Christmas period over and done with and then have a two-week break in January to allow the players, and everyone else involved in a football club, to recover from the grueling schedule. That makes sense to me, but it is something I’ve argued for a long time.”

Sam makes an excellent point about the two week break. That would do wonders for the English clubs, and since it would come in the transfer period it could also allow the teams’ managements to concentrate on any transfer dealings. It would also give players time to recover from any injuries they had picked up.

It would be a kind of level set in mid-season. It makes an awful lot of sense to us, and we think it’s just got to come. We hope it’s sooner rather than later.

What do you think?

Let us know – comments are always very welcome on our site.



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 big pea ov the weab // Dec 21, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    if that is the case at least we wont have to wate as long for the football to start again in summer good idea lets get a petion going

  • 2 George // Dec 21, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Winter break, dont make me laugh. How many other workers get to ply their trades when it suits them, how many of us can say sorry its too cold can we do it in a month.
    For gods sake these over paid pansys should hang their heads in shame.
    Apart from that, we are told we have global warming. We are told our winters are getting warmer, so why the need for a winter break.
    Too all those that worked very hard in all weather, tell the players and management to stop moaning and get on with it.

  • 3 Alex Brett // Dec 21, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    That is a good idea, to have a winter break and being in the transfer window would be ideal it would give signings a chance to meet the squad etc!!

    I say bring it on, but i hate at weekends when we dont play!!!

  • 4 wsq // Dec 21, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    that’s a good idea!

  • 5 Leo // Dec 21, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    i am not in favour of it, the only way i would embrace it would be if it were during the transfer window, which would mean that there is atleast lots of football stories and signing etc to talk about and think about

  • 6 Dinko // Dec 21, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    ACN is in january so winter break would be good to save clubs of playing without some african players. And there is some of them in every club.




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