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For various reasons, I have not contributed to this thread for three years. Many thanks to those who have! These competitions are more difficult to keep track of now that FIFA have removed their previous results archive from their website, but as far as I can see the updates for all 28 competitions are as follows:
Men’s world championship In 2014-15, the title went from Germany to Argentina, then to Brazil, Colombia, Argentina (again), and Chile In 2015-16, the title went to Uruguay, Mexico and Chile again In 2016-17, the title went to Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile again, Argentina again and, currently, Bolivia.
Men’s world wooden sp00n This went to Chinese Taipei in Oct 2014, Brunei in Mar 2015 and Timor-Leste in Oct 2016.
Men’s European championship Germany lost the title to Poland in Oct 2014, and won it back in Sep 2015. In 2015-16, the title went to the Republic of Ireland, Poland again, and Holland. In 2016-17, Greece, Belarus, Bulgaria and Belarus (again) all held the title.
Men’s European wooden sp00n San Marino still hold the sp00n, having now broken the all-time world record for most consecutive failures to offload any continental sp00n
Men’s South American championship In the 2015 Copa America, the title went from Brazil to Colombia to Argentina to Chile (in line with the world championship). Uruguay then took the title, and took it into the 2016 Copa America, where it went to Venezuela, Argentina and Chile. Since then, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and (currently) Bolivia have all had the title.
Men’s South American wooden sp00n Paraguay took the sp00n from Peru in 2014, before offloading it to Brazil in 2015 – it was only the second time Brazil had ever held the sp00n (the first time being 1993). In 2015-16, the sp00n went through Venezuela to Uruguay. In 2016-17, Paraguay, Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina (again) and Brazil have all had the sp00n. In Argentina’s case, it was astonishingly enough the first time they’d held it since 1909!
Men’s African championship The title went from Ivory Coast to Cameroon and back to the Ivory Coast. In 2015-16, it went to Ghana, Ivory Coast, Rwanda and Morocco. In 2016-17, it went to Congo DR, Chana, Cameroon, Guinea and Algeria.
Men’s African wooden sp00n Having held the sp00n since 2011, Comoros offloaded it to Botswana in Mar 2016, only to get it back three days later. They finally lost it to Mauritius in Mar 2017, and it is now with the Seychelles.
Men’s Asian championship Qatar took the title into the 2015 Asian Cup, where it changed hands in all but one game. The UAE, Iran, Iraq and South Korea all had a turn, before champions Australia took the title forward. Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Iran all got their hands on the title in 2015-16, whilst Iraq, Saudi Arabia and, most recently, Australia did likewise in 2016-17.
Men’s Asian wooden sp00n Still contested in parallel to the world wooden sp00n, it is currently with Timor-Leste.
Men’s CONCACAF championship El Salvador, Panama and Mexico all took the title in the autumn of 2014. The USA took the title in Apr 2015, taking it into that year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. They lost to Jamaica in the semi-finals, whilst Mexico took the title in the final. Mexico have held it ever since, and are currently in the process of defending it in this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Men’s CONCACAF wooden sp00n Still with Anguilla, they have played seven internationals in the past three years, losing all of them with an aggregate score of 39-0.
Men’s Oceanian championship Still with New Zealand, who won the 2016 OFC Nations Cup in the process.
Men’s Oceanian wooden sp00n Tonga lost to the Cook Islands in August 2015 to take the sp00n, and they still have it today.
Women’s world championship France took the title from Germany in Oct 2014. They lost it to the USA in Mar 2015, and the Americans took the title through the entire 2015 World Cup, before losing to China in Dec 2015. France then retook the title just prior to the 2016 Olympics, during which the USA and Sweden got their hands on the title before Germany took the spoils in the final. In the space of a few days in March this year, Germany lost the title to the USA, who lost the title to England, who then lost it back to Germany.
Women’s world wooden sp00n Luxembourg offloaded the sp00n in July 2014 to Andorra, who still have it.
Women’s European championship As with the world title, France became champions in Oct 2014. They kept the continental title until June 2015, when it went back to Germany. The Germans lost to England at the 2015 World Cup, but took the title back off the English in March 2016. They still have it, and are now defending their European championship title in Euro 2017.
Women’s European wooden sp00n As with the world version, it resides in Andorra.
Women’s South American championship Ecuador lost to Colombia in Sep 2014. Colombia lost to Brazil in Jul 2015. Brazil have only defended it once since then, winning 6-0.
Women’s South American wooden sp00n Still with Peru, who have had four losses and a draw since 2014.
Women’s African championship Equatorial Guinea lost to South Africa in Oct 2015. In the African Nations Cup of 2016, the title went to Cameroon, then Nigeria.
Women’s African wooden sp00n Guinea-Bissau have not played since 2006.
Women’s Asian championship Since the summer of 2014, the title has gone from Japan to North Korea to Australia, then to Japan, North Korea and Australia again!
Women’s Asian wooden sp00n Since Guam beat Macau 11-0 in July 2014, Macau have only played one match, losing a rematch against Guam 5-0.
Women’s CONCACAF championship The utter regional dominance displayed by the USA has continued apace – winning all 19 of their matches in the last three years, scoring 99 goals and conceding three.
Women’s CONCACAF wooden sp00n Turks and Caicos haven’t played since May 2014.
Women’s Oceanian championship New Zealand have played four Oceanian matches in the last three years, winning all four with an aggregate score of 37-1.
Women’s Oceanian wooden sp00n American Samoa appear to be in something approaching permanent hibernation.
I’m not sure if anybody reads this forum anymore, as it seems to have been taken over by pointless non-UFWC related advertising. Nonetheless, here is the annual update for the 28 world and continental titles:
Men’s world championship In September 2017, Peru took the world title from Bolivia. Their run as champions then saw them through their remaining five World Cup qualifiers and all five pre-World Cup friendlies. However, they suffered a somewhat unlucky 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opening game of the finals. Denmark lasted until the round of 16, when they lost on penalties to Croatia. After seeing off Russia and England, Croatia then lost the title to France, who thus unified the official and unofficial world titles. They next face Germany in their first Nations League game in September.
Men’s world wooden sp00n Holders Timor-Leste participated in the CTFA International Tournament in Taipei last December, where, due to the eruption of a volcano delaying their opening game, they had to play three games in three days. Impressively, having lost the first two, they then beat the Philippines to offload the sp00n. Then, in March, the Philippines beat Fiji, thus seeing the sp00n leave Asia for the first time since 1976, and arrive in Oceania for the first time ever.
Men’s European championship A remarkable story here, as Luxembourg beat Belarus in August 2017 to take the title for the first time in their history. Even more sensationally, Luxembourg then managed to successfully defend the title with a 0-0 draw away to France! The result, of course, looks even more ridiculous in hindsight, with the French now world champions. A month later, though, Luxembourg did lose 8-0 to Sweden – the biggest defeat for the defending holders in any unofficial title match, in any continental match, in any continent, men or women, ever. Sweden then lost to Holland, who lost to England in a March 2018 friendly. England held their European crown with a draw against Italy, but lost to Belgium at the World Cup. Belgium then lost to France in the semi-final, so France hold both the unofficial world and European titles.
Men’s European wooden sp00n Another four comprehensive defeats for San Marino. They have now had 44 consecutive failures to offload the sp00n – the previous record in any continent was 34, held jointly by Ecuador (1938-49) and Nicaragua (1967-2002).
Men’s South American championship As with the world title, Peru took the title from Bolivia last August. However, once the World Cup qualifying matches were over, Peru concentrated on playing non-South American opposition, and have no further South American matches lined up at present.
Men’s South American wooden sp00n Brazil wasted no time in offloading their embarrassing sp00n to Ecuador. Like Peru, Ecuador have not faced South American opposition yet in 2018, and seemingly have no plans to do so.
Men’s African championship In 2017-18, the title went from Algeria to Libya, to Guinea, back to Libya, then to Congo DR, and finally to Tanzania. Tanzania’s first defence is due against Uganda in September in an African Nations Cup qualifier.
Men’s African wooden sp00n The Seychelles have now held the sp00n since April 2017. They have failed to offload it on nine occasions now, and look unlikely to stop the rot next time out, against Nigeria.
Men’s Asian championship A flurry of activity in late 2017 saw Australia lose the title to Japan, who then lost it to Saudi Arabia, before Oman took the title just before New Year. Oman have had three wins in 2018, but have no matches currently scheduled prior to the Asian Cup in January 2019.
Men’s Asian wooden sp00n This was run in parallel to the world wooden sp00n for many years until the Philippines beat Fiji in March 2018. Five days later, they were free of both sp00ns, as they beat Tajikistan as well.
Men’s CONCACAF championship Just a few days after I posted my 2017 update, Mexico were stunned by Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals. The Reggae Boyz lost to the USA in the final, but the Americans soon lost to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier – a costly defeat in more ways than one. Costa Rica later lost to Panama, who still hold the CONCACAF title.
Men’s CONCACAF wooden sp00n Anguilla haven’t played in the last year, but they do have a fixture lined up against Nicaragua in October, in the new CONCACAF Nations League.
Men’s Oceanian championship New Zealand have only played Oceanian opposition twice in the last year, both against the Solomon Islands, securing a win and a draw to retain the title.
Men’s Oceanian wooden sp00n Tonga have played four matches in the last 12 months, and lost them all.
Women’s world championship Shortly after last year’s post, Germany were shocked in the Euro 2017 quarter-finals by Denmark, who then lost to Holland in the final. The Dutch made four defences, before losing 2-0 in a friendly to Spain in January. The Spanish have looked good since, seeing off seven challenges without conceding a goal.
Women’s world wooden sp00n Andorra haven’t played since April 2017.
Women’s European championship This has gone in parallel to the world title throughout 2017-18. Spain are the holders.
Women’s European wooden sp00n This has gone in parallel to the world title throughout 2017-18. Andorra are the holders.
Women’s South American championship Brazil have played nine matches in the last year in this competition, seven of them Copa America Femenina matches. They won all nine with an aggregate score of 38-2.
Women’s South American wooden sp00n Peru played four times this season, all in the Copa America Femenina, and all without a win. They have now held the sp00n since 2006.
Women’s African championship Five wins out of five for Nigeria in 2017-18.
Women’s African wooden sp00n Guinea-Bissau have still not played since 2006.
Women’s Asian championship Australia extended their run of successful defences to 11, before losing 1-0 in the 2018 Women’s Asian Cup final to Japan. The two sides meet again in a friendly in early August.
Women’s Asian wooden sp00n Macau lost 3-0 to Singapore last August but haven’t played since.
Women’s CONCACAF championship The United States have had four more successful defences – two each against Canada and Mexico. In their current run as champions, which started in 2011, they have had 38 successful defences. The only longer runs in any continent are those of China (48 defences, 1989 to 2001) and the US themselves (50 defences, 2001 to 2010).
Women’s CONCACAF wooden sp00n Turks and Caicos came out of their three-year hibernation to play two matches against Barbados but, having lost 10-0 and 9-0, might have wished they hadn’t bothered.
Women’s Oceanian championship No action for New Zealand in this championship since January 2016.
Women’s Oceanian wooden sp00n Still no activity from American Samoa; however, they are due to play in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup qualifying tournament in late August. We shall see.
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Time again for the annual update for the 28 world and continental titles. Enjoy!
Men’s world championship The most prestigious of the 28 titles has been in the hands of three footballing superpowers in 2018-19. Official world champions France kept the unofficial title until November, when they lost 2-0 to the Netherlands (they had very nearly lost the title a month earlier to Iceland before two late goals saw them salvage a 2-2 draw). The Dutch then made a late comeback of their own against Germany to retain the title with another 2-2 draw. After an easy win over Belarus, the Netherlands lost the title, courtesy of a last-minute winning goal by…Germany (in a Euro 2020 qualifier). Easy wins over Belarus and Estonia have set up yet another Germany-Holland UFWC showdown in September.
Men’s world wooden sp00n Having arrived in Oceania for the first time ever in 2018, it looks like the world wooden sp00n may well stay there for a long time to come. Fiji offloaded the sp00n to New Caledonia in a friendly in March, and the sp00n then travelled to the Pacific Games tournament in Samoa in July. New Caledonia won their first match 5-0 against American Samoa, who thus took the sp00n before suffering further defeats of 9-0, 13-0 and 8-1. American Samoa are truly a deserving holder of the unofficial title of world’s worst team, and have no further matches scheduled at present.
Men’s European championship With France having unified the world and European titles during the 2018 World Cup, the two titles are still running concurrently.
Men’s European wooden sp00n As per last year’s update, San Marino are on a record-breaking run of ineptitude. Even the introduction of the UEFA Nations League, giving teams more matches against opponents of a similar level, has not helped San Marino, apart from giving them more matches overall, and thus more opportunities to lose. They have played 10 matches this season (including two each against Belarus, Luxembourg and Moldova); they have lost all 10 and failed to score a single goal. Their run of 54 unsuccessful offload attempts is now the longest run in the history of any of the 28 titles or sp00ns, overtaking the 50 successful defences of the women’s CONCACAF championship by the USA between 2001 and 2010.
Men’s South American championship Last autumn, Peru lost the title 2-0 in a friendly against Ecuador. Ecuador then took the title into this summer’s Copa America, and lost their opening game 4-0 to Uruguay. Uruguay were surprisingly beaten on penalties in the quarter-finals by Peru, who took the title all the way to the final, where they lost 3-1 to host nation Brazil. Embarrassingly for Brazil, it is the first time they have held the South American title since 2015 – every other team in South America has held it since then. Brazil are due to play Colombia in September.
Men’s South American wooden sp00n At least the Brazilians haven’t had the sp00n again this year. The aforementioned Ecuador-Peru friendly actually saw both the title and sp00n swap hands. Peru then beat Paraguay in a friendly in March. Paraguay then went to the Copa America and failed to win a match (although they still made the quarter-finals anyway, losing on penalties to Brazil). No further South American matches scheduled for Paraguay, though World Cup qualifying gets underway early in 2020.
Men’s African championship An epic season in the African championship saw the title change hands no fewer than eight times! In African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying, Tanzania lost to Cape Verde, but then won the return match four days later, before losing to Lesotho. In the space of a few days in June, the title went from Lesotho to Botswana to Zambia to Cameroon, who took the title into the AFCON finals in Egypt. Cameroon remained unbeaten through the group stage, but then lost 3-2 to Nigeria in the round of 16. Nigeria beat South Africa in the quarter-finals before losing to Algeria in the semis. Algeria took the title with a 1-0 win over Senegal in the final. Algeria are back in action in the autumn, taking on Zambia in their opening qualifier for the 2021 AFCON.
Men’s African wooden sp00n Ten matches for the Seychelles in 2018-19, resulting in two draws and eight defeats (and just three goals scored). They take on Rwanda in a preliminary qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in September.
Men’s Asian championship A series of unbeaten friendlies saw Oman take the title into the 2019 Asian Cup in January on a run of 11 successful defences. They then lost their Asian Cup opener, 2-1 to Uzbekistan, who were themselves beaten two games later by Japan. Wins over Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Iran saw Japan through to the final, where they were sensationally beaten 3-1 by Qatar. Since then, Qatar have concentrated on their guest appearance in the Copa America, but are back in Asian action in September when they take on Afghanistan in a World Cup qualifier. It will in fact be Afghanistan’s first ever appearance in any of the 28 titles/ sp00ns, and means that only five of the 211 FIFA-affiliated countries have never taken part in any of the 28 – they are Kosovo, South Sudan, Aruba, Dominica and Montserrat.
Men’s Asian wooden sp00n Last October, Tajikistan beat Nepal, who have failed in four matches since then to offload the sp00n. Their next attempt will be in a World Cup qualifier in September, against Kuwait.
Men’s CONCACAF championship There was only one championship match played between April 2018 and June 2019, and it saw Panama lose the title to Honduras, 1-0 in a friendly. Honduras then took the title into the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they lost their opener to Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz made the semi-finals, before losing to the United States, who in turn lost 1-0 in the final to Mexico. The two regional giants meet again in a friendly in September.
Men’s CONCACAF wooden sp00n Anguilla played three CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers last autumn, drawing one and losing two. They play Guatemala in their opening League C match in September.
Men’s Oceanian championship New Zealand have not played a full international against Oceanian opposition this last year (they sent an under-23 team to the Pacific Games).
Men’s Oceanian wooden sp00n Tonga weren’t in action until the Pacific Games in July. They played three full internationals and lost them all, scoring no goals and conceding 24. They also lost 13-0 to the New Zealand under-23 team, but that didn’t count for Oceanian wooden sp00n purposes. If American Samoa and Tonga play each other at some point (perhaps in the 2020 OFC Nations Cup, or 2022 World Cup qualifiers), then there is every chance that the world and Oceanian wooden sp00ns will be unified.
Women’s world championship Spain continued on an impressive run, extending their number of successful defences to 12 (including a fine 0-0 draw with Germany), before a narrow 1-0 defeat to the United States. The American defence began with draws against both Japan and England, costing them the SheBelieves Cup, but they have managed 14 consecutive wins since then, seven of which saw them defend the World Cup amidst unprecedented global interest in the women’s game. The last of them was just a few hours ago, comfortably beating Ireland 3-0. Next up are two matches against Portugal, and two against South Korea. If the Americans remain undefeated throughout (which is pretty likely), they will equal their own all-time record of 20 successful consecutive defences of the women’s UFWC title (set in 2004).
Women’s world wooden sp00n Andorra have played just once in the last two years – a 2-0 defeat to Luxembourg in November 2018. They have no further matches scheduled.
Women’s European championship Having lost their world title to the USA, Spain then surprisingly surrendered their European title to Poland. Five days later, the Poles in turn lost to Norway, who took the title to the Women’s World Cup. There was only one World Cup match where this title was on the line, and Norway lost it to France.
Women’s European wooden sp00n As always, this is running in parallel with the world sp00n, and Andorra are still the holders.
Women’s South American championship Brazil have not faced South American opposition in 2018-19.
Women’s South American wooden sp00n Just one match for Peru this season – a 3-0 friendly defeat to Argentina.
Women’s African championship The only action this season was in the Africa Women Cup of Nations, in Ghana last winter. Nigeria were shocked 1-0 in their opening game by South Africa, who subsequently won their group and beat Mali 2-0 in the semi-finals. In the final, they inevitably faced Nigeria once again, and this time the Super Falcons got their revenge, winning on penalties after a 0-0 draw. Later this month, they face Algeria in Olympic Games qualifying.
Women’s African wooden sp00n Guinea-Bissau have still not played since 2006.
Women’s Asian championship Having lost their title to Japan in April 2018, Australia took it back in August. They have only played one defence since then – an easy win over South Korea.
Women’s Asian wooden sp00n After a 5-0 loss to Guam and a 0-0 draw with Mongolia, Macau are still the Asian wooden sp00ners.
Women’s CONCACAF championship Another all-conquering year for the US. In the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October, they won all five matches, scoring 26 goals and conceding none. A further 3-0 friendly win over Mexico has brought their current run to 44 successful defences. The only longer runs in any continent are those of China (48 defences, 1989 to 2001) and the US themselves (50 defences, 2001 to 2010).
Women’s CONCACAF wooden sp00n No matches for Turks and Caicos this season.
Women’s Oceanian championship New Zealand returned to Oceanian action to contest the OFC Women’s Nations Cup, and underlined the ridiculous lack of competitiveness in the region. In the group stage, they won 11-0, 6-0 and 10-0. They then beat New Caledonia 8-0 in the semi-final, and Fiji 8-0 in the final. They have still held the title ever since Australia’s defection to Asia in 2006.
Women’s Oceanian wooden sp00n After seven years of inactivity from American Samoa, they have now played two tournaments in one year… but they still haven’t won a match. Their OFC Women’s Nations Cup qualifying campaign resulted in three defeats out of three, although only by 2-0, 1-0 and 2-0. Then, in the Pacific Games, they suffered three heavy defeats, but did manage a 0-0 draw with Samoa in between.