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UFWC champs France prepare to face the Netherlands

Undisputed Official and Unofficial World Champions France aim to defend the UFWC title for a fifth time when they travel to De Kuip in Rotterdam to face a Netherlands side on mixed form, in the fifth round of Group Stage matches of the inaugural UEFA Nations League. Since failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Netherlands have found some success under Ronald Koeman, most notably a 3-0 thrashing of Germany earlier in the Group Stage. However, they have struggled to string together results, and the absences of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder in the national team mean that this is a Dutch side with a mammoth rebuild to undertake if they are to return to their former status as European supergiants.

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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.

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Future stars to look out for in the UFWC

Bolivia may be the current Unofficial Football World Champions after their surprise, yet superb and thoroughly deserved 2-0 win against Argentina in their World Cup Qualifying clash in La Paz, but they are likely to face strong competition from other nations who are starting to bring through the new generation of players that could lead them to glory in the future.

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