FIFA Club World Cup 2020, played in 2021, has produced a shocking event: for the first time, Concacaf has a club in the final match, against never-missing UEFA champions. On Thursday, Tigres will try to enter soccer’s history being the first club ever outside from European confederation or South American CONMEBOL to win the title.
Tigres started their way beating Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai from South Korea 2-1, with a brace scored by André-Pierre Gignac. Then, the 35-year-old French star netted a penalty kick to give the first surprise, beating South American recently crowned champions Palmeiras, from Brazil. The last step is the most difficult one: Bayern Munich.
The Brazilian giants had won the Copa Libertadores less than two weeks ago against fellow Brazilian rivals Santos. In a very boring game, they won with a goal scored by Breno on the 99th minute. They flew from Brazil straight to Qatar to play the Club World Cup, and had their debut against Tigres. Now they will face African kings Al-Ahly, from Egypt, in the third-place match.
Now, do they get a prize for being in second place? Yes. Despite Tuca Ferreti, Gignac and the whole squad of Tigres dream in big, they arrive to the final match against their German rivals as huge underdogs. The second-placed will receive $4 million as a bonus prize, but the winner will be paid $5 million for conquering the Club World Cup.