22 Nov '11, 2am
North Korea crowned unofficial football world champions. Really.
(AFP) - North Korea's 1-0 win over Japan last week was not only a famous victory over their bitter rivals - it also made them the Unofficial Football World Champions, according to a tongue-in-cheek website. The www.ufwc.co.uk site contends that the world title won by Spain in 2010 passed unofficially to Argentina after a friendly win, and then to Japan after the Blue Samurai beat Lionel Messi's men in October last year. So when Pak Nam Chol buried his 50th-minute header at Pyongyang's bitterly cold Kim Il Sung Stadium last Tuesday, prompting rapturous celebrations, it was a goal that also put the secretive state unofficially on top of the world. 'Heads will shake and eyebrows will raise but, in beating former champions Japan 1-0 on Tuesday, North Korea won the UFWC title and took (virtual) possession of the CW Alcock Cup,' said a posting on the website.