When is a UFWC title match not a UFWC title match?
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After two weeks, 48 games, and 136(!) goals, only 16 of the 32 World Cup finalists remain in Brazil. The UFWC title is still in Brazil, too, and will remain in play right the way through to the final. That means the eventual World Cup winners will also be the Unofficial Football World Champions, and the official and unofficial titles will be unified. All 16 remaining teams have the chance to become football's undisputed champions. The current unofficial champions are Costa Rica, who now face Greece in the Round of 16, on Sunday, 29 June, at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
In case you didn’t already know, Croatia are the new Unofficial Football World Champions. It wasn’t a classic performance by any means in Nizhny Novgorod but Croatia did just enough to sneak past Denmark after a dramatic affair. That result bodes well for the European side as they seek a maiden World Cup trophy. It looked like the Danes were destined to win after Kasper Schmeichel saved Luka Modric’s penalty in extra-time but Croatia came out on top in the end. Their first title defence will now take place against Russia in Sochi on July 7th.
As the Men's UFWC is still paused until March 2019, the Women's UFWC (WUFWC) already kickstarted the new year 5 days ago and had the 2nd title match already yesterday! But wait - who is the current title holder? Who is the current challenger? What happened last year? Let's have a look... When 2018 started with its first WUFWC match on 20th January the odds seemed to be clear: title holders Netherlands faced challengers Spain in a international friendly.
Reigning UFWC Champions Angola won the COSAFA Castle Cup with a penalty shoot out victory in this final against Zambia. There were no goals in regulation time, although both sides had clear-cut scoring chances. So the final was decided on penalties, and Zambia's star player and technical director Kalusha Bwalya was the unlucky man who missed his kick, giving Angola a 5-4 victory. Angry Zambian fans rioted after the match in scenes which may have damaging implications for their national side. Angola now keep the COSAFA Cup trophy permanently, having completed a hat-trick of wins, after previously winning it in 1999 and 2001.