HUNGARY 3-2 GREECE Budapest, 24/05/2008
Amanatidis 45, Dzsudzsak 47, Juhasz 59, Vadocz 63, Liberopoulos 90

Greece threw away a half-time lead and conceded three goals within 16 second-half minutes to hand the UFWC championship title to Hungary. It was Hungary’s first victory against Greece since 1987, and sees the Magyars take back the title they last held in September 2007.

Greece, so strong in recent matches, looked poor against a revitalised Hungary, paying for the first time under Dutch coach Erwin Koeman, older brother of Ronald. But an opening goal came against the run of play, when a defensive mix-up allowed Ioannis Amanatidis to give Greece the lead right on the stroke of half time.

Whatever Koeman said during his half-time team talk certainly worked. Hungary hit Greece with a triple-whammy, with goals from Balazs Dzsudzak, Roland Juhasz and Krisztian Vadocz between the 47th and 63rd minutes.

Nikos Liberopoulos pulled back a consolation goal for Greece in the final minute.

So Hungary are the new UFWC champions. This was the Magyars’ 17th UFWC title victory. Hungary did not qualify for Euro 2008, but there is still a chance that the UFWC title will be there. Hungary’s next match is against Slavin Bilic’s highly-rated Croatia on 31 May.

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.

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