FC Bayern Munich will play the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar in February 2021

Dhe Club World Cup of the International Football Association Fifa will be held in Qatar in the first two weeks of February. According to the world association Fifa, the tournament will now take place from February 1st to 11th for the second time after 2019 in the country of the World Cup host 2022. Bayern Munich will intervene in the semi-finals on February 8th as the winner of the European Champions League. The U-17 and U-20 World Championships for juniors in India and Costa Rica planned for January, February and March have been canceled by Fifa.

Munich’s participation in the Club World Cup will have an impact on the Bundesliga calendar: taking into account travel dates, at least the game at Hertha BSC on the 20th matchday is likely to be postponed. If Bayern reach the final, the game against Arminia Bielefeld on the following day will probably have to be postponed.

In a press release published on the club’s website, the CEO of FC Bayern, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, thanked “Fifa and its President Gianni Infantino that it is possible to play for this title even in times of Corona”. FC Bayern Munich is sponsored by the state-owned airline Qatar Airways. Should FC Bayern win the tournament, it would be the sixth of six possible titles in a season.


Controversy about hosting the World Cup: Qatar is repeatedly criticized for the exploitation of workers.
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Meanwhile, the human rights organization Amnesty International published another report on the situation of foreign workers around two years before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Although the situation has improved, one problem is still the “poor implementation and enforcement of other reforms”. Thousands of employees are thus at the mercy of unscrupulous employers, and abuses often go unpunished. After sustained international criticism, Qatar had decided on reforms in the wake of ten years of preparations for the World Cup, which also included hosting the Club World Cup.

These include dismantling the kafala system, by which foreign employees are bound to a local guarantor, and the introduction of a minimum wage. For example, foreign workers should now be able to decide for themselves about their departure. Employers continue to retaliate against foreign workers, according to the Amnesty report. This would have no legal consequences. Wages are also supposed to be paid late or not at all.

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