Although the FIFA Club World Cup can be considered somewhat an unnecessary tournament and one that can cause problems during the middle of a European football season, it is another trophy to try and add to the collection.
Of course, FC Bayern Munich are set to return to the tournament after managing to win last season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
The competition is set to take place in Qatar in the coming days, despite the Bundesliga being in full swing. However, the tournament could come as a good way of avenging their shock defeat in the DFB-Pokal Round 2 to minnows Holstein Kiel; something that would have shocked those betting on the football club with the best Swiss bookmaker available to them.
Winning the competition would give them the right to call themselves the best football team in the world and world champions, whilst it would also be the sixth title that Die Roten would have won inside 12 months if they are able to lift it – something that only FC Barcelona have managed to do in regards to other European teams.
With Bayern Munich having already won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and DFL Supercup in the last year, the FIFA World Club Cup would just be the icing – or cherry – on the cake.
And, it seems Hans-Dieter Flick is taking the competition seriously, as he has named a 23-man squad that is bursting to the brim with superstar talent for their trip to Qatar over the next few days.
The squad features players such as Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Switzerland international David Alaba, Alphonso Davies and Manuel Neuer, thus clearly showing the intent that FC Bayern Munich have on winning this competition.
This is the squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Alexander Nübel, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann
Defenders: Niklas Süle, Benjamin Pavard, Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng, Bouna Sarr, Lucas Hernandez, David Alaba
Midfielders: Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Marc Roca, Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala
Forwards: Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski, Leroy Sane, Douglas Costa, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Alphonso Davies, Thomas Müller
FC Bayern will start their FIFA Club World Cup tournament in the semi-finals as a result of being crowned European winners and will face either Al-Duhail from Qatar or Al Ahly of Egypt. Should they advance to the final, they could meet either Palmeiras, Tigres or Ulsan Hyundai, depending on how that bracket of the draw plays out.
Flick’s side have history in this tournament, with Neuer, Boateng, Alaba, Muller and Martinez all having won the competition back in 2013 after defeating Raja Casablanca in Morocco.