Category Archives: Match Previews

Austria vs Uruguay UFWC preview

Unofficial Football World Champions Uruguay travel to Austria on Wednesday for their latest defence of the UFWC title. Uruguay have been UFWC champions since October, when they took the title for Argentina. Austria haven’t been unofficial champions since 1968. Their last UFWC challenge was more than ten years ago, in October 2003. This World Cup warm-up friendly in Klagenfurt now attains much more significance as a UFWC title match.

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Jordan challenge unofficial champions

Unofficial Football World Champions Uruguay are set to play two of the most important matches in the nation’s proud history over the next few days, on Wednesdays 13 and 20 November. The two-time World Cup winners will be looking to retain the UFWC title and, even more importantly, qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The matches are the two legs of the CONMEBOL World Cup play-off, and the opponent is Jordan. The winner of the two-legged play-off will go to Brazil. The destination of the UFWC title is a little more complicated.

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Argentina without Messi for Peru match

It’s the penultimate matchday in the 2014 World Cup Qualification tournament, and both Argentina and Peru already know where they will be next summer. Argentina will be in Brazil, having qualified for the Finals courtesy of last month’s win over Paraguay. Peru, meanwhile, will have to watch the Finals at home on TV, having failed to qualify, and with no chance of even reaching the play-offs.

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Weakened Argentina face Paraguay

Unofficial champions Argentina take a weakened squad into this World Cup qualifier against Paraguay. Lionel Messi has been named in the squad, having recovered from a hamstring injury to score a brilliant hat-trick for Barcelona against Valencia. But La Albiceleste will be without the suspended Javier Mascherano, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Garay and Federico Fernandez.

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Can Italy become unofficial champions?

The UFWC resumes following a short summer break with a friendly match between Italy and current Unofficial Football World Champions Argentina. The match will be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Wednesday evening, and has been arranged in honour of Pope Francis, the Argentine pontiff. Both teams will have an audience with the Pope on Tuesday. Oddly, despite describing him as an avid football fan, the Vatican say there are no plans for the Pope to actually attend the match. Italy coach Cesare Prandelli – who had the initial idea for the match – has said that he will try to invite him, “if he has nothing else to do”.

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