Preview: Club World Cup Final (Sunday)


BVB are in Morocco for tomorrow’s FIFA Club World Cup Final against Copa Libertadores champions Atlético Mineiro. Only Sven Bender and Samy Bourard are unavailable, with the former recovering from a knee injury and the latter not registered for the competition.

BVB and Mineiro were both formed 105 years ago and tomorrow is the first appearance in the Final for both clubs. Last years winners were Bayern Munich, meaning that Dortmund can ensure that clubs from the same nation win the trophy in consecutive years for the first time since 2006.

70_mineiroClube Atlético Mineiro lifted the 2014 Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history in August, with two-legged victory over fellow Brazilians Flamengo, drawing 2-2 at home before a 2-0 victory at the Maracaña.

Talismanic Guilherme is out of tomorrow’s match with a dislocated shoulder, with Ari and Renan Foguinho also looking to be unavailable with facial and knee injuries respectively. Bernard, widely-regarded as the side’s best player, is embroiled in a contract row with the club.

Mineiro were involved in the Copa do Brasil Final last month, losing 0-1 over two legs to Corinthians, and finished seventh in Campeonato Brasileiro, seventeen points behind winners São Paulo. They’ve only won two of their last eight matches in all competitions, including beating Wydad Casablanca in their Club World Cup Semi-Final with a late Lourival header at a corner the only goal of the game after the Moroccan club stood toe-to-toe with Mineiro for 85 minutes.

Atl. Mineiro: 3-1
Dortmund: 4-5
Draw (90′): 2-1

Tomorrow’s referee will be Hélton Samo Mário from Mozambique. In his five most recent matches, the 39 year-old official showed twelve yellow cards, no reds, and awarded two penalties. His rating for those games is a worryingly low 6.69.

The match will be decided on the night, with extra-time and penalties should they be required.