Manchester United Crowned Champions – Without Even Playing

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Manchester United have yet again added another honorable silverware at Old Trafford following FIFA’s recognition of their 1999 World Cup win retrospectively through a ruling held on Friday.

The Intercontinental Cup, which used to be held during the period between 1960 and 2004, has officially been declared as World Cup championship by the council of the sport’s world governing body.

However, it was constantly hindered by mass disagreements and violence over the format, and disinterest from many European sides, as Liverpool and Bayern Munich, to name a couple, have all declined to appear for the final.

However, the achievements of the treble winning Red Devils have finally been the spotlight it deserves.

Back then, the Intercontinental Cup was held as a face-off between the champions of Europe and South America in order to determine the best club on the planet. Though British clubs had an unlucky run in the decorated event, with the trophy finally arriving in Britain in 1999 through the Mancunian giants.

United defeated Brazilian giants Palmeiras through a Roy Keane winner in Tokyo, 18 years prior to his official recognisation by the footballing committee. Then on, a Wayne Rooney strike would crown his side as the planet’s best yet again in 2008, under a different competition name.

Seems as if the Premier League giants have a lot of time and silverware in hand to be beaten as England’s best, even more so after their status of two time World Cup winners.


Written by Ashish Sreejith 

Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.


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