Road to Qatar 2020
Bayern's 2019/20 season can be summed up in one word: record-breaking. In the 56th season of the Bundesliga, Bayern set one record after another and wrote a new chapter in German footballing history by winning a second league, cup and UEFA Champions League treble after 2013, then adding the German and European Super Cups for good measure.
Bayern Munich have been setting the pace in German football for decades. They have the most ever league titles (30), cup wins (20) and European trophies. Yet despite this impressive array of statistics, this will only be their second ever appearance at a FIFA Club World Cup™. Back in 2013 when they were coached by Pep Guardiola, they won the tournament in Morocco. Prior to that, they twice won the Intercontinental Cup, in 1976 and 2001.
In November 2019, Hansi Flick took over the reins of a club that sat fourth in the Bundesliga, and propelled them on an incredible winning run. Bayern won all of their 11 Champions League matches – the first club ever to do so – scoring 43 goals and conceding just eight. They are also top of the league domestically once again this season, and have made it through to the Round of 16 of the Champions League undefeated.
What to expect
Last season’s Champions League win made it six for Bayern, after 1974, 1975, 1976 (when the tournament was called the European Cup), 2001 and 2013. Success breeds success, and they are looking to become only the second club to defend their Champions League title as well as adding a second FIFA Club World Cup title to their trophy cabinet.
4 — Four players – Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller – were in the side that won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013 and are still part of the current squad.