DAZN to show Bayern's Club World Cup exploits in Germany
DAZN, the international over-the-top subscription platform, has secured broadcast rights in Germany to soccer’s upcoming Fifa Club World Cup, which will feature domestic giants and reigning European champions Bayern Munich.
The streaming service’s coverage of the competition, which will also include the champions of the five clubs from across Asia, Africa, North and South America, as well as Qatari club Al-Duhail SC as hosts, will begin from the semi-final stage.
DAZN will show live coverage of every game involving Uefa Champions League holders Bayern beginning with their semi-final match against either Al-Duhail or African Champions League winners Al Ahly Sports Club of Egypt on 8 February.
Depending on the result, DAZN will also show Bayern’s game in either the final or the third-place play-off three days later.
As things stand, five of the six participants are confirmed for the competition in Qatar, with North America’s Concacaf representatives UANL Tigres of Mexico and Asian Champions League winners Ulsan Hyundai joining Bayern, Al-Duhail and Al Ahly.
The Club World Cup is usually held at the end of the calendar year, but was delayed as a result of disruption to schedules caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with some continental club competitions that provide qualifiers for the event only concluding this month.
The winners of South America’s Copa Libertadores will be determined this Saturday as Palmeiras take on Santos in an all-Brazilian final, which DAZN will also be showing in Germany.
The platform’s first live match in the Club World Cup will be the semi-final match between either Palmeiras or Santos and Tigres or Ulsan on 7 February.
The Club World Cup was originally scheduled to feature seven teams with New Zealand’s Auckland City FC due to represent the Oceania region, but the club recently informed Fifa they would not be taking part.
From 2021, the tournament was to have been superseded by an expanded quadrennial 24-team competition, with the first edition in China, although this has been postponed indefinitely after the 2020 European Championships and Copa America were delayed by 12 months to June and July of next year.
Last year's edition also took place in Qatar, and was won by England's Liverpool.