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Happy with 4 x 2 week international breaks or time for club football first once again? Vote now

3 weeks ago
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International breaks, don’t you just love them…?

It is now the norm for international breaks to last two weeks with no proper (Premier League) football in between.

Only a few weeks after a Premier League season starts, we have an international break at the start of September, no club football for two weeks.

This is then repeated in October and November.

This is the norm now.

In and 85 day period, between 31 August and 25 November, Newcastle United only played eight games.

We then face 10 games (would be more if NUFC bothered with the League cup and/or Europe) in 41 days starting with Villa on Monday.

Looking ahead, there is then the next usual two week international break when we get to March.

How annoying do you find this?

At one time, there used to be 42 games in an English top tier season and international games were played midweek on  Wednesday.

Players would play for their clubs on a Saturday afternoon, go and join their international squads on the Saturday night, play on Wednesday and then back to play for the clubs on the following Saturday.

Instead now (I am happy to declare my position), we have all of these ridiculously long international get togethers, four different two week gaps with no proper (club) football and all for what? So you have loads of meaningless internationals with pretty much all decent teams guaranteed to qualify regardless because they have stretched/increased the finals tournaments.

All that disruption for exactly what?

Then forcing games to be crammed so tightly together in club football.

So as Newcastle fans what is your preference…?


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