For the 2020 Asian Football Federation Champions League (ACL) champion Ulsan Hyundai, the FIFA Club World Cup, which will be held next month in Qatar, is a pleasant’bonus game’.
He has already earned 4 million dollars (approximately 4.4 billion won) in winning the ACL, and the participation in this competition alone will give him an additional $1 million (1.1 billion won) participation allowance. However, what is more exciting than this is the’real sword fight’ with the world’s strongest players. By competing with world-class teams that cannot be easily met, players can gain tremendous experiences that cannot be counted with money. Although the high mountains of Europe and South America are difficult to overcome, this is the reason why we can go out with joy. This competition is also the debut stage of director Hong Myung-bo, who took the Ulsan baton on the 24th of last month. Director Hong is also an opportunity to compete with Kang-ho and unfold his possibilities to fans.
The draw of this club World Cup was decided at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland on the 20th. Oceania representative Auckland City (New Zealand) was unable to attend due to the New Zealand authorities’ quarantine regulations related to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). Ulsan will play their first match against Mexico’s Tigres UANL on February 4th.
Tigres is the emerging powerhouse of Mexican professional football, who won the Liga MX five times in the 2010s alone, defeating LA FC of the United States in the CONCACAF Champions League final.
Former French national striker Andre Pierre Gignac (36) and Mexico national team centre-back Dijego Reyes (29) are the strongest teams from each country. From the first match, Asia’s representative Ulsan is struggling with Mexican soccer, which has flexible skills, with pride. Only by winning the first game can the K-League team created by Pohang in 2009 compete for the highest performance (third place) in this tournament.
If you defeat the North and Central American representative, you will face the South American champion. On the 31st, Brigil teams Santos and Paumeiras will play the Copa Libertadores final, and the winner of this match will go to the Club World Cup quarterfinals. Both teams are prestigious not only in South America, but also in the world soccer world, and it is a tough match for Ulsan no matter who the opponent is. However, it is also a special opponent who can gain a lot by confrontation alone.
Bayern Munich (Germany), the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League winner, can only be met in the finals. Munich will compete in the first match of the tournament in the quarter-finals between the winners of the host country’s league champion Al Duhail and the champions of the African Football Federation (CAF) Champions League Al Ahli (Egypt).
Reporter Pilwoong Seo
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