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Where Have Those Summer Breaks From Soccer Gone?

Remember the good old days when there was a summer break of a month or two between the end of the English football season and the start of the new one? For me, the summer break was synonymous with following cricket matches, Wimbledon and monotonous days of no soccer news on Sky Sports News for what seemed like weeks.

This summer, however, it’s been the opposite. The Premier League season ended on May 8. The FA Cup Final was on May 15. On May 22, we saw the Champions League Final featuring Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. Then there were the playoff finals at Wembley which took us up til May 30. Then, we were able to watch the friendlies featuring the World Cup teams before the tournament began on June 11. After the World Cup ended on July 11, we only had to wait three days until the first Premier League team kicked off their US tour when Bolton Wanderers played Charlotte Eagles.

Yes, I love soccer just as much as many of you do. But it’s important to have a break. This summer, due to the World Cup, the break was thrown completely out of the window. Next summer will be the next opportunity for a break. But then during the following summer, Euro 2012 will run from June 8 to July 1 – which is then followed by the 2012 Summer Olympics scheduled for July 27 to August 12.

Personally, I’m not burned out yet on soccer although it has been a challenging summer. I’m trying to pace myself to get ready for the new Premier League season.┬áBut what about you? Are you feeing the burnout? Do you miss those summer breaks which were free of soccer? Share your feedback in the comments section below.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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