France 1-3 Brazil: Oscar winning performance

Brazil Fan by Ricky Montalvo

Oscar, Luiz Gustavo and of course Neymar were all on target as Brazil won the first UFWC title match of 2015 to remain Unofficial Football World Champions. France scored first, and provided a dangerous challenge on their home turf, but few followers of the UFWC will have been surprised by this result, as Brazil’s impressive post-World Cup turnaround continued under the management of Dunga.

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Classic UFWC Title Match: Brazil vs France 1998

France vs Brazil by Sophie

Ahead of next month’s big Brazil versus France clash, we’re looking back at a classic UFWC title match involving the two teams. Brazil and France have met twice in the UFWC. The first occasion was in 1978, in Paris, where Brazil lost to an 86th-minute goal from Michel Platini. The second was in 1998, again in Paris. But while the first meeting had been a friendly match, the second was much more important – it was a World Cup Final.

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How Brazil went from World Cup zeros to UFWC heroes

Neymar Corner by Jose Martinez

The 2014 World Cup was supposed to be a celebration of Brazilian football, but it ended in tears for the host nation. That’s not to say it wasn’t a great tournament, with wonderful hosts. Observers suggested Brazil 2014 was the best World Cup since at least France 98, or perhaps even Italia 90. But Brazilian fans might not agree. Many had expected their team to become FIFA World Champions for the sixth time. That didn’t happen. But they did bounce back, from humiliation, disappointment and criticism, and by the end of 2014 Brazil were the UFWC Unofficial Football World Champions. How did they manage that?

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UFWC Review of the Year 2014

Photo by Paulisson Miura (Creative Commons)

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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Get the UFWC book for Christmas

New UFWC book

Christmas is fast approaching, and if you’re looking for a gift for a fellow football fan (or for yourself) make sure to grab the official UFWC book, Unofficial Football World Champions by Paul Brown, available now from all good book shops. Labelled ‘a fascinating history of football’ by FourFourTwo magazine in a five-star review, the 2014 edition is expanded to include new matches, teams, players and statistics. The book is available in paperback and as an ebook.

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