- Bayern Munich seeking to win the Club World Cup for a second time
- Semi-final on 8 February 2021 towards Al Ahly or Al Duhail SC
- FIFA.com hears from the Bayern captain and Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper
Bayern Munich first received the FIFA Club World Cup™ in December 2013 as objectives from Dante and Thiago, neither of whom are nonetheless on the membership, gave the Reds a 2-0 win over Raja Casablanca within the closing.
Now, simply over seven years later, the document German champions are bidding to assert the crown as soon as once more. With The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, in addition to David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller, Bayern nonetheless have 4 key gamers of their aspect from that triumphant 2013 squad.
We chatted to Neuer lately concerning the upcoming event within the host nation of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
FIFA.com: Manuel Neuer, are you already trying ahead to taking part within the event in Qatar?
Manuel Neuer: I’m actually trying ahead to it as a result of we received a style for it the primary time and received it. That was simply earlier than Christmas and it was a nice solution to finish the 12 months. Now we’ve received the prospect to play two video games in Qatar. We’re decided to win our sixth title.
What reminiscences do you have got of the 2013 version?
Very constructive ones, as a result of we received. They weren’t straightforward video games, they had been comparatively tight. We needed to work laborious to win them, particularly within the closing. It was a massive aid afterwards. We had a lot of enjoyable after that sport.
You received the UEFA Champions League title for a second time with Bayern in 2020, following your first in 2013. Was that one thing particular?
It was a dream. We skilled great moments collectively as a group and as a membership in Lisbon. The format was totally different because of the coronavirus, so it was fairly particular. We grew nearer collectively as a group. It was a implausible feeling, together with for the gamers who had been a part of the aspect that beat Borussia Dortmund at Wembley [in 2013]. It was a dream to have the ability to repeat that.
That Champions League title was ‘only’ one among 5 Bayern received final season. And now you would choose up a historic sixth…
That’s clearly an extra motivation. We’re trying ahead to the Club World Cup. We’ve received a clear goal in thoughts and we need to obtain it in a constructive means.
In mid-December you had been named The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper. What does the award imply to you?
It’s one thing very particular for me personally, particularly at my age at 34. It’s not regular. Generally talking, as a goalkeeper you rely in your group-mates and the teaching employees in order that we play nicely and efficiently collectively. Therefore I’m very grateful to my group-mates that I used to be topped the world’s finest goalkeeper.
In the semi-finals of the Club World Cup you’ll play both Al Duhail (Qatar) or Al Ahly (Egypt)…
Right now we’re nonetheless specializing in the Bundesliga, however we’ll put together ourselves for that in good time. We already know Al Ahly. They’re the African Champions League winners, so it wouldn’t be an straightforward sport in any respect. The identical was true in 2013. It’s not very straightforward to play towards sides you don’t know very nicely.
The matches can be held in stadiums that can be used at Qatar 2022. Is there a particular form of pleasure in that?
It’s undoubtedly a first expertise so far as the World Cup is involved. We can get to know the stadiums upfront and share that information with our respective nationwide groups. I hope we’ll be capable to report again positively.
What have you learnt about Qatar generally? Bayern have held a number of coaching camps there prior to now.
The circumstances and the pitches are good, and the distances are brief between the lodge and the coaching complicated. That places the deal with soccer.