Fulham Still The Best Team In The World After Third Successive Draw

Barney Corkhill@@BarneyCorkhillSenior Writer IDecember 6, 2008

Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today, as resilient champions Fulham, the billionaires of Manchester City at Craven Cottage.

Since winning the UWCC title from Tottenham, Fulham have yet to win. Despite this, they were still champions going into this game.

Lying in the top half of the table, Fulham were feeling confident going into this game, where they took on the underachieving Manchester City. Fulham had the second best home record in the Premier League, while City had struggled on their travels so far.

At the end of the 90 minutes, however, both sides shared the points as it finished 1-1.

It looked like it would be Manchester City's day early on when Benjani headed in Pablo Zabaleta's cross inside the first five minutes. Stephen Ireland could have, and perhaps should have, made it 2-0 for the Robinho-less City.

Fulham started to press more and more and, after a few good chances and a strong penalty appeal, they finally got the break-through as Jimmy Bullard started and finished a lovely move, Fulham's first goal as defending UWCC champions.

As the match went on, Fulham looked the most likely to score, putting huge pressure on towards the end of the match, but it finished 1-1, perhaps a bit harshly on the London club.

The result is the third draw in a row in UWCC history, and only the fourth overall. It was Manchester City's second crack at the title, the first coming in a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, but once again they fell short.

64 percent of the 25 voters on the poll correctly said that Manchester City wouldn't beat Fulham, so well done to them! Once again, I got it wrong, which makes five matches in a row!



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

Aston Villa 0-0 Fulham

Fulham 1-1 Manchester City


Fulham's next title defence comes next Saturday as they travel to Stoke. Could Rory Delap's long throw help Stoke overcome Fulham and give them the title of the greatest club side in the world?!