Unofficial Football Champions Scotland to face Official Champions Italy
Newly-crowned UFWC Unofficial Football World Champions Scotland will play FIFA Official World Cup Champions Italy in Bari on Wednesday evening
[UKPRwire, Mon Mar 26 2007] Scotland's thrilling last-gasp international football victory over Georgia on Saturday means the Scots are now the current and all-time UFWC Unofficial Football World Champions. Scotland took the title from the Georgians, who had held it since defeating Uruguay in December. Scotland play Italy on Wednesday evening in a thrilling 'unofficial versus official' championships match.
The Unofficial Football World Championships is an exciting international football competition contested in a simple boxing-style title system. Winners of title matches become title holders, and move up the rankings. The UFWC title has been contested by almost 100 nations at more than 800 matches spanning over 130 years. UFWC history dates back to 1872, 58 years before the first World Cup.
The UFWC has an official website (http://www.ufwc.co.uk) and an official guide book (The Unofficial Football World Championships by Paul Brown, Tonto Sport, ISBN 0955218314), and is currently inviting fans to help choose a trophy and mascot.
'We're not trying to usurp FIFA or replace the World Cup,' says UFWC founder Paul Brown, 'but it's great fun, and fills the voids between official tournaments. It's also very exciting. Every UFWC title match is a cup final.'
Scotland are also the all-time champions, having won more UFWC title matches than any other nation, with England ranked second, ahead of the likes of Argentina, Brazil and Germany.
'Scotland top the all-time rankings because of the home nations' dominance of early international football,' says Paul Brown. 'Because UFWC lineage goes right back to the very beginning of football, Scotland and England were racking up ranking points before many other nations even knew what football was.'
The idea for an unofficial championship first arose in 1967 when Scottish fans claimed that, in beating official world champions England 3-2 at Wembley, Scotland had become unofficial world champions. The UFWC organisation was created in 2002, with researchers spending several months compiling its statistics.
The unique nature of the UFWC means that there have been many unlikely title holders, including Israel, Zimbabwe, Bolivia and the Dutch Antilles Islands.
Interest in Scotland's recent success has seen the UFWC featured by Sky Sports 'Soccer AM', BBC Radio Five Live 'Drive', The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Post, The Daily Record, The Guardian's 'Football Weekly', and widely on the internet.
Scotland will play Italy in Bari this Wednesday 28 March 2007. This potential 'unification' match between unofficial and official champions could see Italy crowned 'undisputed champions'.
Notes for editors:
The Unofficial Football World Championships
by Paul Brown
Published by Tonto Sport
Paperback, RRP £9.99