As yesterday little San Marino and giants Italy met in the latest UFWC contest, our guest author Jonny Blair took some time (and effort!) to reflect on some relatively “smaller” countries who have contested, and even won the UFWC down the years!
Did you know that more countries have been UFWC champions than World Cup winners? And it’s by 40. Officially, 9 geographical countries have won the FIFA World Cup. 49 FIFA recognised countries have won the UFWC.Read More...
|ITALY||SINCE 07/09/2020||DEFEATED NETHERLANDS||12 times defended (11/06/2021)|
The Unofficial Football World Championships is an alternative international football tournament contested in a boxing-style title match format. Winners of UFWC title matches become title-holders, and Unofficial Football World Champions, and move up the rankings table. UFWC lineage stretches back to the very first international football match in 1872, 58 years before the World Cup. Read More…
* = won on penalties. + = click for match report.
Teams ranked by number of title matches won.
Complete UFWC rankings
For the 2nd time after 2007 Lithuania appeared in a UFWC title match, for the 2nd time they lost by 0-2 versus Italy. For Italy winning by 2-0 seems to becoming a common habit as this was the 5th time in a row that La Squadra Azzurra is achieving this result. But this is only part of the story – Italy conquered the UFWC title from the Netherlands 7th September 2020 and successfully defended the crown for 9 matches since then – an new record for the team!Read More...
As the #COVID19 pandemic has brought international and club football to an (almost) worldwide stop in March 2020 first some national club competitions, then also UEFA Europa League and Champions League restarted and now finally also international matches are planned to be restarted with the 2nd edition of UEFA Nations League, a long and unexpected UFWC match break seems to be coming to an end – since the last UFWC match #964 was played 19th November 2019 and the next match #965 is scheduled for 4th November 2020 this is resulting in a gap of 290 days. But that will by no means be the longest gap in the UFWC’s long lineage.Read More...