In 2022, for the first time, a football World Cup will take place in the middle of the season. An extremely tight schedule awaits the national players before the tournament in Qatar. Bayern star Manuel Neuer warns of overloading the players.

Many games before the World Cup: Tournament veteran Manuel Neuer from Bayern Munich sees the dangers of overload in the tight schedule of the national team before the Winter World Cup in Qatar. For the first time, the world champion is determined in the middle of the season. “I think the program is just very, very busy. There are only English weeks for the teams that play internationally,” said the 36-year-old goalkeeper from FC Bayern Munich, who has played in all World Cups and European Championships since 2010.

Full program: From the end of July to mid-November, the Bayern pros have 15 Bundesliga match days, six group games in the Champions League, two DFB Cup rounds and the Supercup against cup winners RB Leipzig at the start of the season on July 30th. Then there are two Nations League games with the national team at the end of September against Hungary and England.

Hoping for fitness: Neuer hopes that the high strain will not lead to failures at the World Cup. “It will be important for all teams that the players are also fit for the tournament,” said the 2014 world champion. Because: “The best thing about a World Cup is that the players that every football fan knows are there.”

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