What IS the winter break? Or the Winterpause as the Germans call it? It is pretty much exactly what it says: a kind of an extended coffee break for footballers between matches, a short sabbatical to recharge the batteries before getting back to the daily grind of winning games. Basically, the football stops because it gets really cold.
With average January temperatures below freezing across Germany, it makes sense to take a breather when snowballs are easier to kick than footballs, and to stage games might require ice skates rather than studs, not just for the players — undersoil heating in Germany’s stadia usually helps them out with that — but for fans hoping to see their heroes in action.