NETHERLANDS vs ENGLAND, Amsterdam, 12/08/09
In one of the biggest Unofficial Football World Championship matches for several years, England will challenge the Netherlands for the UFWC title in Amsterdam in August.
The Netherlands are the current UFWC title holders, a 2-0 victory over Norway last week being their sixth consecutive successful UFWC title defence since taking the title from Sweden in November. The Dutch are currently ranked second in the world by FIFA, and were the first nation to qualify for World Cup 2010. They are ranked fifth in the UFWC all-time rankings, having won 37 title matches.
England have won a huge 74 UFWC title matches, and are ranked second in the UFWC rankings. But only one of those wins has come in the last 30 years – a 1-0 victory over Germany in 2000. However, England are playing well under coach Fabio Capello, like the Dutch enjoying a hundred-percent WC qualification campaign, and rising to sixth in the FIFA rankings.
Up for grabs is the UFWC’s CW Alcock Trophy. Officially the game is a friendly, but once again the UFWC title will add spice to the occasion.
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