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England Can Still Become the Unofficial Football World Champions

Although knocked out of the 2014 World Cup in the group stage, England can still win the Unofficial Football World Championship.

The idea [of the unofficial World Championship] stemmed originally from some Scotland fans and sections of the media jokingly asserting that as they beat England (who had won the 1966 World Cup) in a British Home Championship match on 15 April 1967 – England’s first loss after their FIFA World Cup victory – they were the “Unofficial World Champions”.

In 2003 freelance journalist Paul Brown defined the rules of the UFWC, traced its lineage and wrote an article in football magazine FourFourTwo. In 2011 Brown authored a book on the subject. Brown also created and maintains the championship’s website which tracks its progression.

The Unofficial Football World Championships is not sanctioned by FIFA, nor does it have any sort of official backing. The winner is awarded a virtual trophy – the CW Alcock Cup, named after him as he was a major instigator in the development of both international football in his role as FA secretary.

Tracing the lineage more recently, Spain held the title after beating the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup Final. Spain was then beaten by Argentina in a 2010 friendly, and then it passed to Japan, then North Korea which held on until 2013. It was then that Sweden beat North Korea in the 2013 Kings Cup, which in turn lost it back to Argentina in a friendly, which lost to Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier.

Finally, Costa Rica just beat Uruguay in their first game of the 2014 World Cup which brings us to the present.

So, if England can beat Costa Rica in their 3rd World Cup group game, they will be crowned the Unofficial Football World Champions.

Go England!

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