Germany’s long winter break will be cut by more than two weeks next season, the German Football Federation (DFB) has confirmed.
German football traditionally enjoys a month-and-a half break during the winter, but the DFB said the changes, agreed with the German Football League (DFL), would benefit the national team as they prepare for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which kicks off on June 11, 2010.
“The solution found by the DFB und DFL is absolutely positive for the World Cup preparations of the national squad,” DFB general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach said.
The 2009-2010 Bundesliga season will start on August 7 and end on May 8, with a break from December 18 to January 15.
This season’s break begins in mid-December and play resumes on January 30.