Wales: a UFWC history
It has been 32 years since Wales were crowned Unofficial Football World Champions last time and tonight (20/06/2021) "Cymru" will have the next chance to conquer the Unofficial World Championship Crown - enough reasons for our guest author Paul Godding to dive into Wales' exciting UFWC history!Read more
As the #COVID19 pandemic has brought international and club football to an (almost) worldwide stop in March 2020 first some national club competitions, then also UEFA Europa League and Champions League restarted and now finally also international matches are planned to be restarted with the 2nd edition of UEFA Nations League, a long and unexpected UFWC match break seems to be coming to an end - since the last UFWC match #964 was played 19th November 2019 and the next match #965 is scheduled for 4th November 2020 this is resulting in a gap of 290 days. But that will by no means be the longest gap in the UFWC’s long lineage.
As undisputed official FIFA and unofficial UFWC champions, France are on top of the football world. But next UFWC challengers Germany also have impressive FIFA and UFWC form. Like France, Germany have been undisputed champions on three occasions. They have won two more title matches than France and are ranked 7th in the all-time UFWC rankings. Ahead of the France v Germany match, let's look back at the challengers’ record in the Unofficial Football World Championships.
When France beat Croatia in the World Cup Final this summer Les Bleus became the undisputed official FIFA and unofficial UFWC football world champions. It was France’s 26th UFWC title match win, and it moved them into the all-time UFWC ranking top 10. And it was their third "undisputed" title win - a feat only Brazil, Germany and Italy have matched. France's long UFWC history goes back to 1927. As they begin their latest title reign, let's look back at that history.