- Bayern Munich’s FIFA Membership World Cup marketing campaign begins on 8 February
- German giants will meet Al Duhail or Al Ahly within the semi-finals
- For coach Hansi Flick, successful in Qatar would cap a incredible season
A win on the FIFA Membership World Cup 2020™ would see Hans-Dieter Flick and Bayern Munich make historical past by changing into solely the second group after Barcelona (in 2009) to win all six home and worldwide titles up for grabs in a single season. And but regardless of the enormity of the event, the coach says that he doesn’t really feel underneath any explicit stress.
“It’s all the time the case at Bayern Munich that you simply wish to have probably the most profitable season potential,” mentioned Flick, “and after the treble, you’re clearly wanting on the FIFA Membership World Cup. We’re fairly merely motivated to win one thing else, so we’re all clearly actually wanting ahead to the Membership World Cup.”
The document German league winners will get their marketing campaign underneath approach on 8 February within the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Qatar. The draw that was made on Tuesday 19 January in Zurich pitted them towards whoever comes by way of the quarter-final between final season’s league champions within the host nation Al Duhail SC (Qatar) and the CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly SC (Egypt).
That will most likely be the icing on the cake, but it surely’s clearly going to be a problem. Everybody I’ve spoken to has mentioned that it’s a beautiful competitors, so we’re wanting ahead to the entire occasion and hoping that we are able to have a profitable event.
Flick has 4 gamers in his ranks who know what it takes to win the FIFA Club World Cup, with captain and present The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, FIFA World Cup™ winners Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng, and Austria’s David Alaba all a part of the profitable 2013 marketing campaign for the membership. Again then, Pep Guardiola was in cost when Bayern received the ultimate in Morocco 2-0 courtesy of targets from Thiago and Dante. In line with Flick, everybody had a optimistic expertise of that victorious event.
“All of them, together with Hermann Gerland, who was already on the teaching workers again then, mentioned that it fairly merely a beautiful occasion and that it’s enjoyable to participate in it, pure and easy. And if we are able to have the identical success that they did in 2013, then that can make it a complete lot of enjoyable and a singular occasion, which is precisely the sort of expertise we’re seeking to have this 12 months with the group.”
A Membership World Cup brings collectively not merely the very best groups in a specific continent, however the cream of membership soccer from all all over the world – one thing that the Bayern coach was fast to underline.
“I do know what it’s like from working with the nationwide group. At European Championships, or for us within the Champions League, you all the time play European groups. Developing towards South American, Asian or African sides is all the time a little bit bit completely different when it comes to the mentality of your opponents. On the one hand, as I’ve simply mentioned, it’s the mindset and the best way the gamers are arrange, however you additionally come throughout the occasional new idea as regards the best way you think about and finally play the sport.
“From that viewpoint, I’m actually wanting ahead to seeing and analysing what the event has to supply and perhaps selecting up some contemporary concepts. Because of this it’s all the time actually particular once you get a worldwide perspective on one thing and get to play towards the very best groups on the earth.”
As UEFA representatives, Bayern are robotically one of many event favourites. A glance again on the roll of honour reveals that golf equipment from the Outdated Continent have already loved an excessive amount of success. The final time a non-European facet got here out on high was all the best way again in 2012, when Corinthians from Brazil defeated Chelsea in Japan. Since then, Bayern (2013), Actual Madrid (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) Barcelona (2015) and Liverpool (2019) have all taken house the title, and Bayern will probably be hoping so as to add to that listing by successful the ultimate, to be held on 11 February in Schooling Metropolis Stadium.
“We’re hoping and aiming to win the event, however as is all the time the case, we mustn’t get forward of ourselves,” mentioned Flick. “First off, we wish to – and we have now to – win our semi-final. We’re clearly hopeful of creating it to the ultimate – it’s our purpose but it surely’s additionally our obligation to get that far. We’ll be doing every thing we are able to to arrange in one of the best ways potential to understand our ambitions. However at the beginning we have now to do our jobs, after which we are able to see whether or not we’ve earned ourselves a reward.”