The next UFWC title match, on 3 September, will see current champs Spain take on Liechtenstein. Anything can happen over 90 minutes, but, let’s be honest, it would be the biggest shock in the 138-year history of the UFWC if Liechtenstein managed to beat the undisputed official and unofficial champions. Not that we won’t be watching with anticipation – we do love the sniff of a potential upset here at the UFWC.

But, assuming that Spain do manage to successfully retain the title, what happens next? The good news is that things get even more exciting. Spain’s next match, four days later, is a friendly against Argentina – currently managerless following the departure of Diego Maradona. Argentina are ranked third in the all-time UFWC rankings – the highest-ranked non-British team in the competition – but haven’t held the title since 1998. Can they halt Spain’s reign?

If Spain manage to see off Argentina, they’ll face Lithuania on 8 October. And if they survive that encounter, their next game sees them face all-time UFWC champions Scotland on 12 October. So that would be the current WC and UFWC champions versus the all-time UFWC champions. Quite a prospect.

Spain’s next match is against Portugal – another tempting match. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. What if lowly Liechtenstein manage to play the game of their lives and beat Spain? Well, they’d become the smallest nation ever to have held the UFWC title, and they’d make their first title defence against… Scotland.

So, whatever happens over the next couple of months, they look like being very exciting for UFWC watchers.

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.