Sunday 23 September 2018

What winter breaks look like in Europe’s major leagues

With the Premier League open to introducing a break, how does the rest of Europe do it?

The Premier League is considering having a winter break
The Premier League is considering having a winter break
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Premier League has said it is open to the idea of introducing a winter break.

Mid-season breaks are common in Europe’s other major leagues but the festive period is typically the busiest time of year for English teams.

Here, we take a look at when several European leagues had their breaks during the 2017-18 campaign.

LaLiga

Teams in the league: 20
Games per season: 38
Dates of break (including cup games): December 23-January 3
Days between league matches: 14

Spain had one of the shorter breaks this season, with just 11 days between the final game of the LaLiga season on December 23 and the last 16 of the Copa del Rey getting under way on January 3. LaLiga resumed three days later.

Bundesliga

Teams in the league: 18
Games per season: 34
Dates of break (including cup games): December 20-January 12
Days between league matches: 25

There were 22 days between the DFB Cup last-16 matches on December 20 and the resumption of the Bundesliga season but the break in Germany has been even longer in previous years – running from December 21 to January 20 last season.

Serie A

Teams in the league: 20
Games per season: 38
Dates of break (including cup games): January 6-January 21
Days between league matches: 15

Italy’s top-flight teams had their winter break after a busy festive schedule, which included games on December 23 and full programmes on the following two weekends.

Ligue 1

Teams in the league: 20
Games per season: 38
Dates of break (including cup games): December 20-January 6
Days between league matches: 22

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The Stade de France in the snow

French sides had 16 days off between their final league games of 2017 and their cup games on January 6.

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