5 facts & figures on the final against Tigres UANL
On Thursday evening (19:00 CET), in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, FC Bayern will battle Tigres UANL for the trophy and their sixth title within a year. With a win, FCB would equal the record set by Barcelona in 2009, when they became the only club team to win the historic six-pack of titles. fcbayern.com has compiled a list of other important facts and figures concerning the clash with the Tigers:
1. Flawless Bayern record
Bayern have won all three of their previous FIFA Club World Cup outings, scoring at least two goals per game and conceding none. Should Manuel Neuer keep a clean sheet in Thursday's final, the men from Munich would also equal Barcelona's record of four consecutive clean sheets at the 2011 and 2015 championships.
2. Double first
For the Reds, it'll be the first competitive match against a team from Mexico in the club's history, just as the Mexicans will be playing a European club in a competitive match for the first time.
3. Europeans are favourites
Bayern won the FIFA Club World Cup back in 2013. Since that triumph, not a single European team has been beaten in the competition. The last defeat for a UEFA representative came in 2012, when Chelsea lost 1-0 to Corinthians in the final. Tigres, on the other hand, pulled off a first by becoming the first CONCACAF team to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.
4. Bayern dominating the European stage
FC Bayern have been victorious in 18 of their past 19 European matches - the only exception being the 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid on Matchday 5 of the 2020/21 Champions League group stage. The Reds have also won their past seven competitive matches on neutral ground. Before the semi-final against Al Ahly, these were two DFB Cup finals in Berlin (2019, 2020), three games on the way to the 2020 Champions League title in Lisbon and the 2020 UEFA Super Cup in Budapest.
5. Flick's incredible record
Against Tigres UANL, Hansi Flick could win what will already be his sixth title in his 68th competitive match as Bayern head coach. That would not only mean an average of just eleven games per title, but also that he would have won more trophies than he's suffered defeats with the record champions (five).
We took a closer look at Bayern's opponents in the final, Tigres UANL: