Unofficial Football World Champions: Japanese edition

The Japanese edition of my book Unofficial Football World Champions was published this week by Asuka Shinsha. It’s available from all good bookshops, including, and there’s more information (in Japanese, obviously) at the Asuka Shinsha website.

The book traces football’s alternative championships from the very first international match in 1872 via more than 800 title matches, involving legendary teams and footballing minnows, classic finals and forgotten friendlies, celebrated players and unsung heroes.

As it happens, Japan are the current Unofficial Football World Champions, having taken the title from Argentina back in October. However, the Japanese play South Korea on Wednesday in the latest Unofficial Football World Championships (UFWC) title match. You can read more at the UFWC website.

The English edition of Unofficial Football World Champions was published in January, and is available in paperback from all good bookshops, including, and it’s also on Kindle. There’s more information about the English edition here.


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