International fixtures appear to be piling up and the on-field minutes seem to be adding up for individual players as well. Will Xavi play 90 minutes or 180 against Scotland? He is capable of doing that, you know. But how much will the domestic leagues be disrupted over the next year?
Here are the FIFA fixtures:
11-15 November International match days
08-18 December FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011
21 January – 12 February Africa Cup of Nations 2012
29 February Friendly match day
23 April Play-Off (AFC v CAF)
01-05 June International match days
08-12 June International match days
08 June – 01 July UEFA EURO 2012 Poland/Ukraine
15 August Friendly match day
07-11 September International match days
12-16 October International match days
14 November Friendly match day
Early in 2013 is another Africa Cup of Nations (the 2012 version is in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon and the 2013 version in South Africa), but I haven’t included 2013 dates because the full schedule doesn’t appear to be out. From now until December 2012, there are 3 sets of matchday during the season and a few matchdays in June after the domestic season is over. Barça is also affected by the Club World Cup in December, but that’s a different ball of wax.
I also like the Friday/Tuesday thing they’ve got going on and I think that further reduces the load on the clubs by giving some recuperation time one the players are back. What are your thoughts on this? Is it too much time away from the clubs? Not enough? And what about the Friday-Tuesday thing? Is that better or worse?