The 2020 edition of the Club World Cup opened Thursday in Qatar, three months late, with the victory of the Monterrey Tigers (Mexico) over the South Koreans of Ulsan (2-1, doubled from the French Gignac). Behind this pompous name, a lame competition, umpteenth avatar of the Intercontinental Cup, which struggles to find its audience and which should not escape Bayern Munich.
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For FIFA, organizer of the event, it will be a test twenty months before the World Cup in Qatar. Two new stadiums host the matches in Doha and Ar-Rayyan, with a gauge of 13,000 spectators, all local, tested, masked and tracked. The sporting interest is more questionable and will never be able to compete with the European Superleague project currently under study. The confrontation of the champions of the six FIFA confederations (plus a team from the host country) is too unbalanced. And the gap is widening.
6/6 for Bayern?
Europe have won the last seven editions and have lost only one game since 2007. Oceania champions Auckland have given up coming due to the quarantine that would have awaited them on their return. South American champion Palmeiras arrives in Doha on the heels of his Copa Libertadores victory (and qualification).
These teams are struggling more and more to compete with the European champion, who only enters the competition at the semi-finals stage. Bayern Munich play this Friday in Berlin before joining Qatar. The Bavarians, who will face the winner of the match between Al-Duhail (Qatar) and Al-Ahly (Egypt) on February 8, have the opportunity to win a sixth trophy of the season. A perfect score only achieved by FC Barcelona in 2009.