Premier League set to introduce winter break

Saturday, 10 February 2018 09:13

The Premier League is considering introducing a winter break when the next television rights deal is agreed.

The top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain all take time out in mid-season.

The Football Association has previously said a winter break is not feasible until the end of the current deal in 2019

Talks have been ongoing for several months, and are understood to have been constructive.

A January break has been under discussion which, if agreed, would not impact on the traditional festive football schedule.

An announcement on the next Premier League TV rights is expected next week. The league is seeking an increase on the current £5.14bn deal which includes 168 live matches a season, with Sky holding five packages of games and BT two.

The prospect of a winter break is referenced in the tender documents that have been sent to broadcasters. The next TV deal will cover 2019-2022.

"The Premier League has been in discussions with the FA and EFL for several months regarding the challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break," the Premier League said in a statement.

"Provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution."




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'Liverpool made City ordinary' - Schmeichel

Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:27

The Reds ended Manchester City's 30- game unbeaten league run with a 4-3 win at Anfield on Sunday and that prompted the United legend to claim Liverpool made City looked "ordinary."

First half goal from Oxlade Chamberlain and three goals within nine minutes in the second half from Firmino, Mane and Salah respectively was enough to see off the City side, who had only dropped just four points in 22 games prior to the meeting.
Peter Schmeichel, who was a guest analyst for the Liverpool-Man city game on Supersports said Klopp should be proud of his players after the game claiming they made City looked "ordinary."
"They did fantastically well and they made man city looked ordinary," the former Man U goalkeeper said.
"That's something you (Klopp) should take great pride on."
The former Danish International lamented the three goals Liverpool conceded in the game, and said things were not looking to change soon.
He conceded that the 19-time English Champion were good enough to win the league but had doubt on their defence.
"The defending is awful. The goals they conceded and you can talk about it forever you know it's poor goal keeping....
"The defenders in front of him they aren't good enough if we talk winning the championship but this is what Liverpool as a football club should be aiming for.
"They are that bigger club that should be aiming for winning the premier league but with that defence they are not going to do it," Schmeichel added.
The win against Man City, saw Liverpool moved up to third in the league - three points above fifth-place team Tottenham - but 15 points behind table toppers, Manchester City.
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What he has done is beat people like Messi and Ronaldo, who are unbeatable in my head - Wenger

Wenger, Kane is absolutely amazing

Arsene Wenger has noted that given the competitive nature of the English Premier League, Kane has done something by beating the duo of Messi and Ronaldo to 2017 highest-scoring footballer.

The Tottenham striker finished 2017 with back-to-back hat-tricks against Burnley and Southampton, making it 39 Premier League goals to surpass Alan Shearer's previous record of 36 in a calendar year, set in 1995.

The Tottenham forward recorded 56 goals for club and country in 52 appearances this year - two more than Lionel Messi (54 in 64) and three ahead of Messi’sLa Liga counterpart and current Ballon D’or holder Cristiano Ronaldo (53 in 60).

And as a rival, the French man has nothing but to be full of praise for Kane who he described to have done ‘absolutely amazing.’

According to the Arsenal manager, he never thought Kane would have outscored the duo of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo considering the fact that the England man is playing in a tougher league.

"Yes there are. That is why I say that what he has achieved is absolutely amazing," Wenger, as quoted by FourFourTwo

"He has done it and would I have predicted it? I would modestly say no.

"What he has done is beat people like Messi and Ronaldo, who are unbeatable in my head, so what he has done, is absolutely fantastic."

Wenger has also shed light on some of the reasons why summer acquisition from Schalke 04 Sead Kolasinaic has been out of the starting X1.

According to Wenger, the emergence of Maitland Niles coupled with his preference to use the Bosnian international as more of a wing back as informed his decisions of dropping Kolasinaic from the starting X1.





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