Unofficial Football World Champions
Revised and Updated Edition
by Paul Brown
Paperback: ISBN 9780956227096
“A fascinating history of football. Five stars.” – FourFourTwo
New revised and updated edition
Unofficial Football World Champions traces football’s alternative championships from the very first international match in 1872, involving legendary teams and footballing minnows, classic finals and forgotten friendlies, celebrated players and unsung heroes. It reveals international football’s real champions and offers up a fresh perspective on the greatest game in the world.
This new edition is expanded to include new matches, teams, players and statistics, including 879 UFWC title matches played between 1872 and 2014, and 48 unofficial football world champions.
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From the jacket:
“The Unofficial Football World Championships is probably the most exciting football competition on Earth. Its amazing story involves legendary teams and footballing minnows, classic finals and forgotten friendlies, celebrated players and unsung heroes. An alternative soccer history, Unofficial Football World Champions reveals international football’s real champions and offers up a fresh perspective on the greatest game in the world.”
“The UFWC title is decided on a ‘winner stays on’ basis, going back to the first ever international in 1872. Analysing classic title matches, from 1966 and all that to Zimbabwe 2-0 Angola in 2005, it becomes a fascinating history of football. *****” – FourFourTwo
“Written with no little humour and a keen eye for detail. This book is not only interesting for the journey it covers, but for the sense of enthusiasm and sheer fun that come through its pages.” – Football book Reviews
“Once you begin reading the book it’s easy to to lose yourself and before you know it you’ve travelled through 138 years of international football. A refreshing and informative, yet incredibly entertaining read.” – Chris Faulkner, Late Tackle
“Not only does ‘Unofficial Football World Champions’ present a version of how the game historically developed in an informative and entertaining fashion, it is one of the most well researched and written football books to be released in recent years. No ranking system is required to confirm that this essential and fascinating book won’t be bettered for a long time. And that is official.” – Chris Ledger, Obscure Music and Football
“It is a great read and one for any football fan. Brown’s writing style is one based on humour and that helps making a potentially dry factual book into one that is a compelling journey. We award this FIFA 5 stars!” – Stuart Fuller, The Ball Is Round
“Essential reading for anyone with an interest in international football. A history of football that doesn’t just celebrate the giants but offers a moment of often unwitting glory to any nation that plays the game.” – Andrew Coyle, STV Sport
A Japanese language edition of Unofficial Football World Champions was published in August 2011 by Asuka Shinsha. It features all of the content from the English edition in translation, plus extra content specially written for Japan. It’s available from all good bookshops in Japan, including Amazon.co.jp.
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