on 5 July 2006
If you're not already aware of the UFWC (check out the official website) it's a fantastic "unofficial" way of working out the international football champions using a boxing-style system. This is billed as an official guide to the UFWC, and it does exactly what it says on the cover. But by tracing the "unofficial" competition's match lineage back to 1872 it manages to uncover loads of matches, players, and bizarre incidents you've never heard of. That's what makes football brilliant - you think you've seen it all, then something else comes along to amaze you! Paul Brown wrote Balls: Tales from Football's Nether Regions, and this is written in the same humorous style. I read this after England got knocked out of the World Cup and it really cheered me up!