Palmeiras have won the 2020 Copa Libertadores and will now take part in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar.
Palmeiras Libertadores Win Completes Club World Cup Line-up
Second Libertadores Triumph For Palmeiras
Palmeiras overcame Santos in the final of the 2020 Copa Libertadores on Saturday night, securing their place in the delayed Club World Cup tournament set to start in the first week of February.
In a less than vintage final at the Maracanã, a 97th minute Breno Lopes header sealed the victory for Palmeiras.
The result completes the line-up for the Club World Cup tournament, which will begin on Thursday, February 4, 2020.
Six Clubs From Five Continents
After Auckland City pulled out of the tournament following a dispute with the New Zealand government over quarantine protocols, the Club World Cup will include the continental champions from all continents bar Oceania, plus the Qatari league champions.
Bayern Munich (Europe), Tigres UANL (North America), Al Ahly (Africa), Ulsan Hyundai (Asia), Palmeiras (South America) and Al-Duhail (Qatar) will compete in the knock-out tournament.
The first round of fixtures begins with Tigres vs Ulsan and Al-Duhail vs Al Ahly, with Bayern Munich and Palmeiras entering at the semi-final stage.
Bayern Munich will face the winner of Al-Duhail vs Al Ahly and recently crowned Copa Libertadores champions, Palmeiras will take on the victors of Tigres vs Ulsan.
The tournament will take place with supporters, but restrictions have been placed on who can attend.
Bayern Look to Repeat Success of 2013
Bayern Munich lifted the Club World Cup trophy in 2013 and Hansi Flick will look to win his sixth trophy since taking over in November 2019.
Europe and South America have for a long time had a stranglehold over the competition, with no side from any other confederation winning the tournament.
Palmeiras competed in the last edition of the Intercontinental Cup – a tournament pitting the best clubs from Europe and South America against each other.
The Verdão succumbed to Manchester United in the final of the competition but will be hoping to topple Bayern Munich and take the Club World Cup back to South America for only the fifth time.