- Bayern trying to win second FIFA Club World Cup title
- 2019/20 an astonishing season for the Bavarians
- Five titles in six months
A simplified description of Bayern Munich’s 2019/20 season reads as follows: data, data and extra data. The Bavarians set benchmark after benchmark in the course of the 56th Bundesliga marketing campaign and topped the season with a historic achievement by successful a treble comprised of Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League trophies for the second time after first doing so 2013. Not solely that, they went on to add two extra items of silverware to their assortment with home and European Supercups.
Bayern are aiming to flip that quintuple right into a sextuple originally of February on the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™. We have a look again on an unbelievable year for the file German champions.
Hansi Flick takes cost
Bayern’s course was arguably set after they appointed Hans-Dieter ‘Hansi’ Flick as head coach. Prior to that the 55-year-outdated had been assistant to Niko Kovac, who was dismissed following a 5-1 defeat away to Eintracht Frankfurt at the beginning of November 2019.
Seven months after Flick took the reins, Bayern lifted the league title for an eighth successive year, sealing the championship with a win away to Werder Bremen on Matchday 32 with two video games to spare.
Flick has led his aspect to victory in 88 per cent of all Bundesliga matches contested since his appointment (21 of 24), giving him one of the best successful ratio of any coach in the league’s historical past.
Robert Lewandowski hit 34 objectives to end as Bundesliga prime scorer for a fifth time, all in the final seven seasons. Gerd Muller is the one different participant ever to have earned the highest scorer’s accolade on no less than 5 events, doing so seven instances.
The DFB-Pokal got here subsequent, with Bayern beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at the beginning of July to carry the trophy for the twentieth time. David Alaba gave Bayern the lead with a direct free-kick earlier than Serge Gnabry doubled their benefit shortly afterwards. Manuel Neuer teed up Lewandowski to make it 3-0 with a protracted-vary strike, and though Sven Bender pulled a purpose again for Leverkusen with a header from a nook, Lewandowski put the end result past all doubt with a late fourth.
UEFA Champions League
Flick’s aspect had a flawless file in Europe in 2019/20, successful all 11 of their video games and scoring 43 objectives whereas conceding simply eight – an unprecedented achievement in the competitors’s historical past. The finals match in Lisbon was successfully a victory parade for Bayern, who humiliated Barcelona with a historic 8-2 thrashing in the quarter-finals earlier than defeating Paris Saint-Germain in 1-0 in the ultimate.
Kingsley Coman grew to become often called Bayern’s ‘Mr. Lisbon’ after the Frenchman scored a 59th-minute header from Joshua Kimmich’s cross in a tough-fought title-decider on 23 August 2020. Manuel Neuer subsequently made some spectacular saves to protect his aspect’s lead and assist seal the membership’s sixth European triumph.
“They had an unfair advantage: Manuel was in top form and has elevated goalkeeping to a new level,” stated then PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel afterwards of the Bayern captain’s efficiency. The victory was the German aspect’s twenty first consecutive win in all competitions.
After a brief summer season break, Bayern gained their subsequent title in their first aggressive outing of the brand new season by beating league runners-up Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in Munich to seal their eighth German Supercup triumph. Corentin Tolisso put the hosts forward early on in a recreation performed behind closed doorways, earlier than Thomas Muller prolonged their lead simply after the half-hour mark. However, Julian Brandt pulled a purpose again for Dortmund shortly earlier than the interval and Dortmund’s star striker Erling Haaland equalised early in the second half.
Yet Bayern emerged victorious as soon as once more thanks to Kimmich’s 82nd-minute winner, the Germany worldwide scoring as he fell to the bottom to guarantee his aspect earned their subsequent trophy on the expense of their lengthy-standing rivals.
The Champions League holders ultimately acquired the higher of their UEFA Europa League counterparts Sevilla in further time of an intense and onerous-fought European Supercup. Substitute Javi Martinez scored the winner in the primary half of additional time to hand Bayern a 2-1 victory.
“I always try to give 100 per cent and give everything I’ve got whenever I play for Bayern ,” stated Martinez afterwards. “I showed that today. I always want to help the team, and I did so with a goal today. It’s a dream.” Lucas Ocampos had initially put Sevilla forward with a twelfth-minute penalty, which Leon Goretzka later cancelled out.
Incidentally, Martinez additionally scored the successful purpose in Bayern’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the 2013 European Supercup.
The Best 2020
The Best FIFA Football Awards™ had been additionally dominated by Bayern – or no less than the boys’s prizes had been. Lewandowski and Neuer respectively picked up The Best Men’s Player and The Best Men’s Goalkeeper honours, whereas Flick was in the ultimate three for The Best Men’s Coach.
Furthermore, in Lewandowski, Thiago (now of Liverpool), Alphonso Davies and Kimmich, 4 Bayern gamers had been included in the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World11.
FIFA Club World Cup
The Club World Cup Qatar 2020 will happen from 1-11 February 2021 in Doha, the place Bayern are aiming to take possession of the crown for the primary time since 2013. European golf equipment have had that honour 12 instances because the inaugural competitors in 2000, whereas groups from South America have executed so on 4 events. Which confederation will win it for the final time in its present format?
The last can be held on the Education City Stadium on 11 February. The full match schedule is on the market for obtain right here. The draw to decide the match pairings will happen on 19 January 2021 at 16:00 CET in Zurich.