Author Archives: Paul Brown

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.


Nations League comeback saves UFWC title for the Netherlands

The Netherlands staged a dramatic last-gasp fightback to retain the UFWC title and remain unofficial football world champions in this high-stakes match, which also saw the Dutch qualify for the Nations League Finals next summer. The Dutch were 2-0 down with just five minutes left on the clock, but late, late goals from Quincy Promes and Virgil Van Dijk stole a draw.


Netherlands beat official champs France to take unofficial title

The Netherlands beat official champions France to take the UFWC title and become Unofficial Football World Champions. A fairly comprehensive 2-0 win over a lacklustre French team provided the Dutch with their first UFWC win since 2014. The Netherlands have had a rough time in international football of late, but have historically enjoyed a lot of success in the UFWC. This was their 51st UFWC title match victory.


France defeat Germany to remain undisputed champions

France came from behind once again to retain the UFWC title and ensure they remain the undisputed official and unofficial football world champions. Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the last half hour for France against struggling Germany. Germany took the lead from a penalty awarded after Paul Pogba was caught in possession and Leroy Sane’s cross hit Presnel Kimpembe on the arm. Toni Kroos scored from the spot, just squeezing the ball under Hugo Lloris.