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Unofficial Football World Championships

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    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.

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    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.

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  • 12/15/14--10:11: UFWC Review of the Year 2014
  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  • 12/15/14--10:11: UFWC Review of the Year 2014
  • 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.

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  • 08/14/18--01:00: Germany: a UFWC history
  • As undisputed official FIFA and unofficial UFWC champions, France are on top of the football world. But next UFWC challengers Germany also have impressive FIFA and UFWC form. Like France, Germany have been undisputed champions on three occasions. They have won two more title matches than France and are ranked 7th in the all-time UFWC rankings. Ahead of the France v Germany match, let's look back at the challengers’ record in the Unofficial Football World Championships.

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    FIFA and UFWC World Champions France were held to a goalless draw by Germany in a match of few chances, which the Germans slightly shaded. This was the first match for both side in the new UEFA Nations League, involving all 55 UEFA member associations of UEFA, with the league phase running from September to November 2018 and the finals taking place in June 2019. France were without World Cup-lifting captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris due to injury. Fellow goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was also injured. Alphonse Areola made his international debut, and the PSG keeper produced a man of the match display.

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    France came from behind once again to retain the UFWC title and ensure they remain the undisputed official and unofficial football world champions. Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the last half hour for France against struggling Germany. Germany took the lead from a penalty awarded after Paul Pogba was caught in possession and Leroy Sane's cross hit Presnel Kimpembe on the arm. Toni Kroos scored from the spot, just squeezing the ball under Hugo Lloris.

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    The Netherlands staged a dramatic last-gasp fightback to retain the UFWC title and remain unofficial football world champions in this high-stakes match, which also saw the Dutch qualify for the Nations League Finals next summer. The Dutch were 2-0 down with just five minutes left on the clock, but late, late goals from Quincy Promes and Virgil Van Dijk stole a draw and meant the UFWC champs secured the top spot in Nations League Group A1.

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