Unofficial Football World Champions Paperback – Nov 8 2010
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About the Author
Paul Brown is a writer from the North East of England. He writes primarily about football, and has written for FourFourTwo, When Saturday Comes, The Guardian and many other publications and websites. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Though it didn't exist, when Scotland beat England in 1967, they claimed the title of UFWC. Years later, this prompted a trawl through the records from the first ever International match between England and Scotland in 1872 to determine which country could lay claim to that title. Though that game was a draw, the next one was won by England who were given the title of Unofficial World Champions. Since then, the title has been contested a further 907 times with Uruguay the current holders (though the statistics here are as of 1.1.2014).
Paul Brown's excellent book gives a match report on 120 of the more interesting 'finals' to have taken place, followed by a few more statistical pages, and it all makes interesting reading. Not only did England play two games on the same day back in 1892, it has contested the 'final' only four times this century, the same number as that football hotbed, Tajikistan. In fact England hasn't held the trophy, the CW Alcock Cup, since 1975. And that cup is the only photo you'll find here. Actually, it's not even a photo; it's a drawing.
Forget the over-hyped and mostly tedious World Cup itself. It's intriguing to read that the likes of San Marino, Liechtenstein, Chinese Taipei and Guam have all been in the 'final' and, unlike that tournament where the 'big boys' are favoured so it's only them that have a chance of winning, all those teams can become the UFWC.
If you have an interest in unusual football books, this is one to add to your list.