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- 05/08/09--05:43: _West Germany vs Net...
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- 10/23/09--09:08: _Italy vs West Germa...
- 07/29/10--12:18: _Germany vs Sweden 1942
- 07/30/10--07:00: _UFWC Top Goalscorer...
- 02/23/11--04:30: _Switzerland vs Germ...
- 07/12/11--00:45: _UFWC spin-offs upda...
- 10/14/11--01:00: _The biggest ever UF...
- 06/29/12--04:47: _UFWC at the Europea...
- 01/14/13--05:12: _UFWC spin-offs upda...
- 03/17/14--02:00: _UFWC Top 50 Goals P...
- 04/15/14--08:30: _UFWC World Cup Clas...
- 05/12/14--02:48: _UFWC World Cup Clas...
- 05/15/14--02:30: _World Cup Classics:...
- 07/09/14--15:59: _Netherlands 0-0 Arg...
- 07/13/14--15:59: _Germany 1-0 Argenti...
- 07/16/14--01:40: _Following the UFWC ...
- 08/27/14--08:08: _Germany vs Argentin...
- 09/03/14--13:48: _Germany 2-4 Argenti...
- 12/15/14--10:11: _UFWC Review of the ...
- 05/08/09--05:43: West Germany vs Netherlands 1974
- 06/14/09--01:08: England vs Germany 2000
- 10/23/09--09:08: Italy vs West Germany 1982
- 07/29/10--12:18: Germany vs Sweden 1942
- 07/30/10--07:00: UFWC Top Goalscorers – 2010 Update
- 02/23/11--04:30: Switzerland vs Germany 1941
- 07/12/11--00:45: UFWC spin-offs update: part 2
- 10/14/11--01:00: The biggest ever UFWC title match wins
- 06/29/12--04:47: UFWC at the European Championship Final
- 01/14/13--05:12: UFWC spin-offs update 2013
- 03/17/14--02:00: UFWC Top 50 Goals Part 1: 1948-1979
- 04/15/14--08:30: UFWC World Cup Classics: England vs West Germany, 1966
- 05/12/14--02:48: UFWC World Cup Classics: West Germany vs Netherlands, 1974
- 05/15/14--02:30: World Cup Classics: West Germany vs Argentina, 1986
- 07/09/14--15:59: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (Arg win 4-2 on pens)
- 07/13/14--15:59: Germany 1-0 Argentina, FIFA and UFWC titles unified
- 07/16/14--01:40: Following the UFWC at the World Cup
- 08/27/14--08:08: Germany vs Argentina: World Cup Final rematch
- 09/03/14--13:48: Germany 2-4 Argentina: WC champions lose UFWC title
- 12/15/14--10:11: UFWC Review of the Year 2014
West Germany 2-1 Netherlands, 7 July 1974 World Cup final, Olympiastadion, Munich Scorers: Breitner (pen), Muller (West Germany), Neeskens (pen) (Netherlands) Euro champions West Germany took on UFWC champions the Netherlands in this World Cup final. While the brilliant Dutch practised free-flowing total football, the formidable Germans favoured a more guarded mobile sweeper system. Hosts [...]
Ahead of the Netherlands vs England game, we look at the last time England won the UFWC title. England 1-0 Germany, 17 June 2000 European Championships, Stad du Pays, Charleroi, Belgium Scorer: Shearer (England) How the mighty had fallen. Previously regarded as the greatest team in the world, by 2000 England had not held the [...]
Italy will have another chance to become undisputed official and unofficial champions on 14 November when they take on current title holders the Netherlands. Ahead of that match we look at the first time Italy were crowned undisputed champions. ITALY 3-1 WEST GERMANY, 11 July 1982 World Cup final, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid, Spain Scorers: [...]
CLASSIC UFWC TITLE MATCH: Germany 2-3 Sweden, 20 September 1942 Friendly, Olympiastadion, Berlin Scorers: Lehner, Klingler (Germany); Nyberg, Carlsson, Martensson (Sweden) After losing 2-1 to Switzerland on Hitler’s birthday a furious Nazi regime warned its players that if they played badly they would be dropped from the squad and sent to the Eastern Front, where [...]
Around three years’ ago, I did some research into the UFWC’s all-time top goalscorers. In the wake of the Netherlands’ recent record-breaking run as UFWC champions, I have done some further research to see if any current Netherlands players have broken into the upper echelons of the list. The outcome is that despite the Netherlands [...]
CLASSIC TITLE MATCH: Switzerland 2-1 Germany 20 April 1941 Friendly, Stade de Swiss, Berne Scorers: Monnard, Amadò (Switzerland); Hahnemann (Germany) During the Second World War, the German side played scores of international matches against occupied and neutral countries. For Nazi Germany, football was an important propaganda tool, used to demonstrate Nazi superiority and boost citizens’ [...]
Following yesterday’s first part, Peter Waring continues his round-up of UFWC spin-off competitions, today covering women’s national teams: Women’s world championship. The United States were on a long run as champions before a sensational defeat to Mexico in November 2010. Canada then took up the reins, before the United States reclaimed the title in January. [...]
Japan’s 8-0 win over Tajikistan this week was the biggest UFWC title match win for more than 20 years. Mike Havenaar, Shinji Okazaki, and Shinji Kagawa scored two goals each, and Yuichi Komano and Kengo Nakamura also netted in the huge win that saw Japan retain the UFWC title. It wasn’t Japan’s biggest ever win [...]
The UFWC title will not be up for grabs during Sunday’s UEFA Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy, with the current Unofficial Football World Champions being the very un-European North Korea. However, the title has been contested at four previous European Championship finals, including matches involving this year’s finalists. The first occasion was in [...]
Ahead of the North Korea vs Sweden UFWC title match, we’re taking one of our regular looks at the main UFWC “spin-offs” – the unofficial continental titles, the wooden spoons, and the women’s titles – as tracked over at the UFWC forum. Europe Disappointingly, the unofficial European title didn’t find its way to Euro 2012 [...]
Many of the UFWC goals scored in the past 65 years or so can be viewed online. Watching the goals provides further proof of the brilliance of the UFWC – the competition has provided more than its fair share of special goals. I have chosen my favourite 50 goals from those I have seen, in chronological order, with my top ten highlighted along the way. Some of these goals are famous; however, many are not, and they are a treat for all UFWC fans. The numbers in brackets after the description correspond to the approximate time in the video that the goal appears – in each case start a few seconds earlier to enjoy the goal in all its glory.
1966 and all that was the scene of England’s greatest football achievement. West Germany had beaten the USSR 2-1 at the semi-final stage to take the UFWC title. England then saw off Portugal by the same scoreline to set up an epic encounter. For the final, 93,000 spectators crammed into Wembley Stadium, and an estimated 400 million people tuned in on TV. Then it was game on as England and West Germany contested both the World Cup and the Unofficial Football World Championships.
Euro champions West Germany took on UFWC champions the Netherlands in this 1974 World Cup climax. The Netherlands had entered the tournament unbeaten in 14 UFWC matches, and retained the title all the way to the final. The Dutch were all about total football – pioneered by coach Rinus Michels, and personified by captain Johan Cruyff. While the Dutch practised free-flowing total football, the formidable Germans favoured a more guarded mobile sweeper system. Hosts West Germany also had the crowd on their side.
Tumultuous earthquakes killed 20,000 people in Mexico in the run-up to the 1986 World Cup tournament, but the magnificent Azteca remained standing, and the football went ahead. West Germany took the UFWC title into the tournament, but lost it to Denmark in the opening round. The title was then passed to Spain, then Belgium, and then Argentina over the course of a week. Argentina reached the final largely courtesy of Diego Maradona’s brilliance and cheek, famously seeing off England in the quarter-finals with an assist from the ‘hand of god’, and then beating Belgium in the semis. West Germany got a chance to regain the World Cup and the UFWC after beating hosts Mexico on penalties, and then knocking out an excellent French team with a 2-0 win.
Another 0-0 draw after extra-time and another penalty shoot-out, but a different result as the Netherlands lost the UFWC title and crashed out of the World Cup, with Argentina becoming the new Unofficial Football World Champions and claiming a place in the World Cup Final. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero was the hero, saving shoot-out kicks from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to give his side victory. Argentina will play Germany on Sunday with the official FIFA and unofficial UFWC titles both at stake.
A wonderful goal by wunderkind Mario Goetze secured Germany their fourth World Cup title. In defeating Argentina, the Germans also took the UFWC title and became Unofficial Football World Champions. Having unified the FIFA and UFWC titles, Germany can claim to be the 'undisputed' champions. This was the fourth successive UFWC title match to go to extra time, but unlike the previous three it didn't go to penalties. Substitute Goetze's 113th minute strike was all that was required to win the game, as a fantastic World Cup came to an end.
During the past month or so, over the course of the World Cup, the UFWC trophy has changed hands four times. Along the way I've managed to watch the drama unfold from three different continents as a nomadic football fan. Starting off in Hong Kong, where I watched the World Cup get underway, I then flew to London for the first weekend of the World Cup before watching the rest of it in South America. The adventure began in the first weekend of the World Cup, when Uruguay's surprise defeat to Costa Rica gave the Ticos the UFWC title, which they managed to take all the way to the quarter finals.
Less than two months after the World Cup Final, where Germany defeated Argentina to become official FIFA and unofficial UFWC champions, the two sides come together for a rematch. This friendly, at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, was arranged back in March, long before the World Cup took place in Brazil. The coincidental rematch gives Argentina the chance to gain some form of revenge. Although the FIFA title will remain with Germany for the next four years, the UFWC title is up for grabs as the winner-stays-on alternative football competition continues.
Less than two months after losing the World Cup Final to Germany, Argentina gained some form of revenge with an impressive victory over the official world champions. New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria was the star man, creating three and scoring another in a rampant display. Germany attempted a comeback, but looked a shadow of the team that won the World Cup. Although Germany will retain the FIFA title for the next four years, they are swiftly deprived of the UFWC title. A 59th UFWC title match win makes Argentina the new Unofficial Football World Champions.
15 title matches, 32 goals, six champions - that's a summary of the Unofficial Football World Championships in 2014. In contrast to 2013, this year the UFWC was mostly dominated by some of international football's biggest names, as the unofficial title was contested at the official World Cup, culminating in the creation of an 'undisputed' football world champion. But that undisputed championship didn't last long, as the official and unofficial titles were separated by a resurgent football nation. And there were plenty of other surprises along the way.