Tigres UANL will be the first Liga MX outfit to contest a FIFA Club World Cup final when they face European giants Bayern Munich in the final of the 2020 competition on Thursday.
What TV Channel is Bayern Munich-Tigres on?
FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will broadcast the maiden meeting between Bayern and Tigres from 1 p.m. ET. You can live stream the FIFA Club World Cup on fuboTV.
How to Watch Bayern Munich-Tigres UANL
When: Thursday, February 11
Where: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, FOX Deportes
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
One year after Liverpool were crowned champions in Qatar, UEFA Champions League titleholders Bayern Munich will look to ensure the Club World Cup remains in Europe. No other continent has won the title since 2012, and Tigres hope to become the first CONCACAF representative to lift the trophy.
Die Roten just so happened to ignite that seven-year streak in 2013, while Real Madrid (four) and Barcelona (one) accounted for five straight final triumphs (2014-18). Hansi Flick’s men travel to Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan with six wins from their last six games, though CONCACAF Champions League winners Tigres have also looked tough to beat with one loss in their last 10.
It will be a team effort that produces the champion in Doha, but that doesn’t detract from the fact two frontmen in particular will be viewed as game-changers in Thursday’s final. For Bayern, that man marvel is Robert Lewandowski, who bagged a brace in their 2-0 semi-final win over Al Ahly, featuring an opener showcasing every bit of his trademark composure:
The Poland talisman now has 29 goals (and counting) from just 27 appearances in all competitions this season, which includes a ridiculous return of 24 in only 19 Bundesliga outings.
As fate would have it, it’s a Frenchman who could hold the keys to the Club World Cup not returning to Europe’s shores this time around. Like Lewandowski, Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored each and all of Tigres’ goals at the competition thus far, the most recent being a 1-0 decider from the spot against Copa Libertadores winners Palmeiras:
Bayern will be unlike any challenge Tigres have faced in their recent history, although the Mexican underdogs will also present an unknown quantity for Flick’s men.
Jerome Boateng won’t be involved after he returned to Germany following the sudden death of his ex-girlfriend, Kasia Lenhardt, whom police suspect committed suicide, per Goal. Niklas Süle will likely deputise alongside David Alaba in defense in his absence.