Author Archives: Paul Brown

About Paul Brown

Paul is a freelance journalist and author. He created the UFWC in 2003, and subsequently wrote the Unofficial Football World Champions book. He can be found on Twitter @paulbrownUK.

Bolivia double win over Nicaragua retains UFWC title

Unofficial football world champions Bolivia defeated challengers Nicaragua twice in back-to-back friendly matches to retain the UFWC title. However, in the second match La Verde were forced to fight back from two goals down in order to avoid one of the biggest shocks in UFWC history. Bolivia will attempt to defend the title in a World Cup qualifier against Peru.

Can Nicaragua’s no-stars become unofficial football world champions?

Nicaragua, who have no Premier League or European football stars and have never before competed in a UFWC title match, will have two chances to become Unofficial Football World Champions following the announcement of two back-to-back friendly matches against Bolivia on 2 and 7 June. Bolivia are the current UFWC title holders having defeated previous champions Argentina.

Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz
Bolivia take UFWC title from Argentina

Bolivia are the new unofficial football world champions following this fairly comfortable win over Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in La Paz. Juan Carlos Arce and Marcelo Martins Moreno scored the goals in Bolivia’s sixth all-time UFWC title match win, and their first since 1994.

Chile win China Cup and retain UFWC title

Chile retained the UFWC title and remain unofficial football world champions after this win over Iceland in the inaugural China Cup final. The four-team tournament, played at the Guangxi Sports Center in Nanning, had already seen China beat Croatia to finish in third place. Angelo Sagal’s first-half goal was enough to give Chile the win.