El Gabas keen on winter break

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: El Gabas keen on winter break El Gabas keen on winter break

IF MOHAMED El Gabas had stayed in Belgium in the summer rather than moving to Swindon Town, the striker would be preparing to enjoy a well-earned week off.

Instead the Egyptian, who is playing for his future at the County Ground with his short-term deal due to expire on December 31, is about to experience English football’s hectic festive period for the first time.

The 26-year-old has mainly featured from the bench for Town since moving from Lierse, but believes players in this county would benefit from a short break over Christmas like the majority of leagues in mainland Europe.

“It’s only England who play at Christmas I think because in Belgium the next Saturday game is the last one,” he said. Not only in Belgium but also Holland and Germany and most of the competitions in Europe.

“Every year in Belgium we had at least a week or 10 days off and it was good. I think it’s very important, especially with the intensity of English football, for the players to have at least one week or two weeks off.”

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8:35am Sat 21 Dec 13

old town robin says...

You've already had your 10 days off sunshine, when we failed to make round 2 of the FA cup. Hard to take this interview serious when his game time doesn't even add up to 90 minutes in the league.
You've already had your 10 days off sunshine, when we failed to make round 2 of the FA cup. Hard to take this interview serious when his game time doesn't even add up to 90 minutes in the league. old town robin

8:47am Sat 21 Dec 13

LionelHutz says...

If a winter break is introduced to England, there's no way it will be over the festive period when traditionally lots of football is played and attendances are up. It will more likely be in mid January.
If a winter break is introduced to England, there's no way it will be over the festive period when traditionally lots of football is played and attendances are up. It will more likely be in mid January. LionelHutz

8:56am Sat 21 Dec 13

old town robin says...

LionelHutz wrote:
If a winter break is introduced to England, there's no way it will be over the festive period when traditionally lots of football is played and attendances are up. It will more likely be in mid January.
good point
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: If a winter break is introduced to England, there's no way it will be over the festive period when traditionally lots of football is played and attendances are up. It will more likely be in mid January.[/p][/quote]good point old town robin

10:35am Sat 21 Dec 13

ScottLeitch says...

Man up you get payed a lot of money to run around and kick a ball. I'm sick of hearing these football players moaning... if you don't like it asda's hiring.
Man up you get payed a lot of money to run around and kick a ball. I'm sick of hearing these football players moaning... if you don't like it asda's hiring. ScottLeitch

11:14am Sat 21 Dec 13

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

LionelHutz wrote:
If a winter break is introduced to England, there's no way it will be over the festive period when traditionally lots of football is played and attendances are up. It will more likely be in mid January.
Quite right LionelHutz, If you had a January Winter Break, the players would have a month off and the weather could be positively Spring-Like, and then when they returned in February the weather could turn into a near Ice-Age Condition and all games could be off for an entire month.
It would be a silly idea like all others that emanate from Europe.
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: If a winter break is introduced to England, there's no way it will be over the festive period when traditionally lots of football is played and attendances are up. It will more likely be in mid January.[/p][/quote]Quite right LionelHutz, If you had a January Winter Break, the players would have a month off and the weather could be positively Spring-Like, and then when they returned in February the weather could turn into a near Ice-Age Condition and all games could be off for an entire month. It would be a silly idea like all others that emanate from Europe. Old-Stager, Hilperton

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