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.


UFWC at the World Cup: Latest Updates

Peru went into the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Unofficial Football World Champions. The first UFWC title match at Russia 2018 was Peru v Denmark at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk. Peru and Denmark are in World Cup Group C with France and Australia. Any of those sides could take the title during the group stage. If the title reaches the knock-out stage, any of 32 sides could win it, and a combined and undisputed unofficial and official UFWC and FIFA world champion will be crowned. You can find the latest updates here.


UFWC at the World Cup: Russia 2018 Preview

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia this week, and the UFWC title is up for grabs. Russia 2018 will be the 13th World Cup tournament that the Unofficial Football World Championships title has been contested at. This means there’s a good chance the UFWC and FIFA unofficial and official titles will be unified, which has happened at nine previous World Cups. So there are an exciting few weeks ahead, and this is your UFWC World Cup preview.


UFWC champions Peru beat Saudi Arabia in World Cup warm-up

Unofficial Football World Champions Peru continued their impressive form with this comfortable win over Saudi Arabia, in a World Cup warm-up that suggests La Blanquirroja are a team to watch, while Saudi’s Green Falcons will struggle at Russia 2018. This match saw the return of Peru captain and record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero, who netted twice in a 3-0 win. The next UFWC title match is another World Cup warm-up. Peru take on Sweden in Gothenburg on Saturday, 9 June.


Reigning UFWC champions Peru defeat all-time champs Scotland

Peru remain Unofficial Football World Champions following a 2-0 win over all-time top-ranked UFWC side Scotland in Lima. But the win wasn’t as straightforward as had been predicted, with an understrength Scotland team making things difficult for La Blanquirroja. Peru needed a first half penalty, converted by Christian Cueva, to take the lead. A second half goal from Jefferson Farfan made sure of the victory. The win for Peru means that the UFWC title will definitely be contested at the FIFA World Cup, as subsequent challengers have all qualified for Russia 2018.