Ain the afternoon Mainz against Augsburg in the wet and cold Mainz stadium, in the evening Germany against France in the desert. Two candles are already burning on the advent wreath. According to the “Sport Bild”, an adventurous plan for 2022 is being discussed in the Bundesliga, according to which, from the period of the World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar, Germany could be played again – but only in part. The table would be distorted for weeks, there is no confirmation for the idea.
"It is possible that there will be rounds of the Bundesliga teams parallel to the World Cup. We will work out how they could be in the next few weeks, ”said Werder Bremen's sporting director Frank Baumann of the magazine. The 44-year-old sits on the DFL Football Commission, which is intensely concerned with the difficult schedule for the 2022/23 season. According to dpa information, match days during the Qatar finals are highly unlikely. The framework calendar will probably not be approved by the German Football Association (DFB) until the end of 2021.
England's second division may play through
Until then, speculations and ideas are likely to come to the public again and again. The "Sport Bild" writes of two to three game days that could be organized during the World Cup. The clubs that have no or hardly any national players would play against each other. The clubs with too many professionals who are still absent or have just come home would play catch-up games. Similar considerations are being made for the second division, officially according to DFL boss Christian Seifert.
"In England the 2nd league may even play through during the World Cup," said Seifert of the "Bild am Sonntag". Implementation in the second-highest division would be significantly easier than in the Bundesliga.
Women's football knows the scenario
There was a comparable situation in the past in women's football: the American professional league WPSL had continued to play with all teams during the 2015 World Cup in Canada as well as last summer in France, although more than 50 national players of the later world champion each United States and other teams at the World Cup. The WPSL even saw the World Cup taking place at the same time as advertising for the local league. The World Cup games had focused on women's football and increased the desire for the live experience. This assessment was confirmed by some remarkable numbers of viewers.
Similarly, the second Bundesliga, but also some first division clubs could benefit from the lower climes if the top clubs like Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund did not attract the majority of the attention.
Bundesliga would lack dozens of players
In the last World Cup quarter-finals in Russia in 2018, twelve Bundesliga professionals were still active after the German national team, including top performers from their clubs such as Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg) and Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach). Before the DFB-Elf won the title in Brazil in 2014, 24 Bundesliga players played in the quarter-finals, even FSV Mainz 05 played a key player for Colombia in Junior Diaz.
Given FIFA's habits, the World Cup quarter-finals will probably be played on the third weekend in Advent in less than two years, the semi-finals the following week. The date for the final on December 18, the fourth Advent, has already been set. The FIFA regulations would have to be changed so that national players who played in the preliminary round could still intervene in league operations during the World Cup. The period for national players has so far included the entire World Cup. In addition, the world association should be anything but happy when there is competition for their own World Cup games.
The discussion about the long compulsory break for the clubs is the second big factor for 2022, in which solutions have to be found. "We will definitely not send our players on vacation for ten weeks unless they are at the World Cup. It is conceivable that they have a week or two to regenerate, ”said Baumann. The national teams, for their part, complain about the extremely short preparation time before the tournament. The Bundesliga should be played until November 13th before the first game in Qatar on November 21st.
"We have to get creative there, even tackle certain things in advance in the international matches. So the preparation time for the coaches, but also the organization in Qatar will be very different, ”said DFB director Oliver Bierhoff. A week to import it is not enough, of course. And in conversation with the coaches it becomes clear again and again that the preparation time for a tournament is extremely important, because in the short short international trips during the season you hardly have time to study anything. On the other hand, all teams have to live with it. It will be a disadvantage for the coaches, but you have no competitive disadvantage because all nations have to live with it. ”
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