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.


Mbappe rescues UFWC title for undisputed champs France

FIFA World Cup winners France staged a very late fightback to retain the UFWC title and remain undisputed official and unofficial football world champions in this 2-2 draw with Iceland. Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe was the hero, arriving from the bench with his side 2-0 down and half an hour left to play, only to make one and score one in a remarkable last-four-minute turnaround. Although France had most of the play in the first half, Iceland took the lead after 30 minutes when Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason side-footed home from the edge of the box.


France retain UFWC title against Netherlands

France beat the Netherlands in this UEFA Nations League match to retain the UFWC title and remain unofficial (and official) football world champions. France were again without injured captain Hugo Lloris. Alphonse Areola deputised in goal. And the Netherlands were without Wesley Sneijder, who played his last match for the Dutch on Thursday after announcing his retirement from international football. Kylian Mbappe gave France the lead in the 14th minute from close range. The Netherlands equalised midway through the second half when Ryan Babel finished a nice team move. But France regained the lead when Benjamin Mendy set up Olivier Giroud to score the winner.


Germany hold world champions France in UFWC clash

FIFA and UFWC World Champions France were held to a goalless draw by Germany in a match of few chances, which the Germans slightly shaded. This was the first match for both side in the new UEFA Nations League, involving all 55 UEFA member associations of UEFA, with the league phase running from September to November 2018 and the finals taking place in June 2019. France were without World Cup-lifting captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris due to injury. Fellow goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was also injured. Alphonse Areola made his international debut, and the PSG keeper produced a man of the match display.