The Bundesliga should switch to a summer schedule ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, according to former German international Rudi Voller.
“The World Cup in Qatar has to take place in winter and it’s a chance for us to re-do our calendar,” Voller, the current sporting director of Bayer Leverkusentold Bild.
“The Bundesliga must run from February to end-November rather than from August to May as it currently does.
“Of the 34 match days of the current season, you’re ‘frozen’ during 20 of them.”
Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in 2022 ahead of Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said last week he “expects” the tournament in Qatar to be held in the winter months to avoid the soaring summer temperatures which could pose a health risk to the players.
Holger Hieronymus, managing director of the German football league (DFL), agreed that the switch to a summertime league was possible, but reliant on other countries agreeing to it.
“I think it’s feasible,” he said. “When we have the chance to improve something, we can at least discuss it, but such a reform cannot be decided by Germany alone.”