Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the World Cup, stored (hopefully) safely in the trophy cabinet of the Real Federación Española de Fútbol, we can reflect on the excitement of the past few weeks, and look forward to the continuation of the UFWC.

After missing out in 2002 and 2006, UFWC fans finally got to see the unofficial title contested at the official tournament, although this year’s World Cup was hardly a classic. Would it be unfair of us to suggest that the presence of the UFWC title was just about the most interesting thing about South Africa 2010? It certainly livened things up.

There’s a quick review of the tournament here:
500 words on World Cup 2010.

No one who had been following the UFWC was surprised to see title holders the Netherlands progress efficiently, if unspectacularly, through the group stage, and then through the knock-out phase, maintaining the tournament’s only 100 percent record. In fact, the Dutch took the title all the way to the final, just as they’d done in 1978 – they’re the only team ever to manage this feat. But, just like in 1978, the Dutch couldn’t hold on. After a record-breaking run of 21 UFWC title wins, the Netherlands were beaten.

And it’s Spain who are the deserved new Unofficial Football World Champions, taking the UFWC title into a new era after almost 2 years of Dutch dominance. Can this excellent Spanish side put together a similarly impressive run? They’ll need 9 wins just to break into the UFWC all-time rankings top 10. (If they could match the Netherlands’s run of 21 victories they would move to 6th.) We’ll begin to find out when Spain’s defence of the UFWC title begins in less than a month, on 11 August, against Mexico.

In the meantime, there are other changes afoot here at the UFWC. For a start, one of the UFWC’s most famous title holders is about to disappear, with the country being dissolved. Figuratively, not literally we hope. But we’ll tell the whole story soon. Also, a FIFA reclassification of a couple of matches from the UFWC archives might have a considerable effect on the lineage of the competition. Again, stay tuned for more details.

We’ll also be rummaging through the history books to highlight more UFWC Classic Matches, and to welcome more star players into the UFWC Hall of Fame.

So while the World Cup is placed on hiatus for another four years, the UFWC rolls on as usual. We’re counting down the days until the next international cup final. Keep it here for full coverage of Mexico vs Spain, and a lot, lot more. You can keep up to date with new developments by following us on Twitter.

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.