Turkey 3-0 Hungary Istanbul, 12/09/07
Gokhan 68, Aurelio 72, Halil Altintop 90

Turkey are the new UFWC champions after a controversial win over Hungary. It was Turkey’s first ever UFWC title win. For the first 62 minutes, this was a dull – if bad-tempered – match, with few chances for either side. Then the game changed on referee Stuart Dougal’s decision to send off Hungary captain Zoltan Gera. Chasing a through ball, Gera appeared to be brought down inside the penalty area by Turkish keeper Arikan. But Dougal saw it as a dive, and showed Gera a second yellow then a red card.

Turkey quickly took advantage, and Gokhan of Besiktas broke the deadlock in the 68th minute. Hungary then suffered another blow, losing goalkeeper and star man Marton Fulop to injury. Within a minute substitute Janos Balogh was picking the ball out of the back of the net after Fenerbahce’s Mehmet Aurelio scored from a corner. Halil Altintop scored a third deep into injury time.

‘Turkey deserved the win and the three points,’ said coach Fatih Terim. Few Hungarians could agree, but Turks will be delighted with their first ever UFWC title, a remarkable statistic for a side ranked among the world’s top 20 or so footballing nations. Turkey will defend their new title against Moldova in Chisinau on 13 October.

Turkey: Arikan, Asik, Hamit Altintop, Cetin, Uzulmez, Aurelio, Tuncay Sanli, Gokhan, Gokdeniz (Halil Altintop 61), Ayhan (Ozkan 67), Nihat (Belozoglu 46).

Hungary: Fulop (Balogh 71), Juhasz, Szelesi, Vanczak, Csizmadia, Vasko, Vass, Gera, Dzsudzsak (Halmosi 82), Hajnal, Priskin (B. Toth 66).

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.