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How Brazil went from World Cup zeros to UFWC heroes

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

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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Turkey 0-4 Brazil: Two-goal Neymar retains UFWC title

Unofficial football world champions Brazil cruised past challengers Turkey with another fantastic post-World Cup performance of the type that was sorely lacking during the official tournament. Turkish fans sang the name of two-goal man of the match Neymar, and booed and whistled their own team, such was the gulf in class on show. It took Brazil 20 minutes to open the scoring, with Neymar beating the Turkey defence to latch onto a long ball and slip it past keeper Volkan Demirel. That was Neymar’s 41st goal for his country, at just 22 years of age.

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Brazil 4-0 Japan: Neymar masterclass for UFWC champions

A brilliant four-goal performance from captain Neymar Jr helped Brazil move another step away from their World Cup embarrassment as they retained the UFWC title with a thoroughly impressive win over Japan. The best efforts of the challengers were simply no match for a fluid, fast-breaking Brazilian side. Dunga’s Seleção look a completely revived team following the disappointments of the summer, and can deservedly claim to be Unofficial Football World Champions.

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Argentina 0-2 Brazil: World Cup flops are UFWC champions

Brazil may have failed in their attempt to become official world champions this year, but they can now claim to be unofficial champions, after defeating Argentina 2-0 in China. This was a much more confident Brazil side than the one that flopped as host nation at the World Cup. Led by the brilliance of Neymar, and with two goals from new striker Diego Tardelli, the Seleção are the new UFWC champions. This so-called friendly match was the latest Superclásico de las Américas derby between Argentina and Brazil, this one played more than 10,000 miles away from South America in Beijing. The stunning Beijing National Stadium, or Bird’s Nest, was built for the 2008 Olympic Games.

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