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Liverpool Frustrated as Fulham Remain the Best Club Side in the World!

LILLE, FRANCE - MARCH 11:  Fernando Torres of Liverpool is challenges Adil Rami of Lille during the UEFA Europa League last 16, 1st leg match between Lille and  Liverpool on March 11, 2010 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Barney CorkhillSenior Writer INovember 22, 2008

Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defense today as newly crowned champions Fulham took on former champions Liverpool.

It was the first time Fulham had the chance to defend their status as the UWCC champions, but the odds were against them.

They came up against a Liverpool side in good league form, joint top of the table with Chelsea, and in the middle of their best ever start to a Premier League season. There was also the added obstacle of it being at Anfield.

Fulham, who won the title after shocking Liverpool's conquerors Tottenham last week, were certainly the underdogs.

But, at the end of the 90 minutes, they walked off the Anfield turf still UWCC champions.

In a frustrating match, neither side could break the deadlock as it finished 0-0. After an even first half, in which Robbie Keane missed the best chance, Liverpool pressed for the expected winner in the final 45 minutes.

But, despite efforts from the returning Fernando Torres and top-scorer Dirk Kuyt, no goal materialized.

On the bright side for Liverpool, Chelsea were also held to a goalless draw at home against Newcastle, so they haven't lost any ground on the other West London club.

The result is only the second 0-0 draw in UWCC history, and means that Liverpool have only won one of their three games as challengers for the crown.

Remarkably, 100 percent of people predicted that Liverpool would beat Fulham and be crowned as UWCC champions, so I have no-one to congratulate this week for getting it right!

 

History

Chelsea 4-0 Portsmouth

Stoke 0-2 Chelsea

CFR Cluj 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Middlesbrough 0-5 Chelsea

Chelsea 1-0 AS Roma

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (Liverpool become new champions)

Liverpool 1-0 Portsmouth

Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool (Tottenham become new champions)

Tottenham 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb

Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham

Tottenham 4-2 Liverpool

Fulham 2-1 Tottenham (Fulham become new champions)

Liverpool 0-0 Fulham

 

Fulham's second title defense comes next Saturday as they travel to Villa Park to take on Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa. It will be Villa's second shot at the UWCC crown, can they beat Fulham to become the greatest side in the world?!

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