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New Zealand
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) All Whites
Association New Zealand Football
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Ricki Herbert
Captain Ryan Nelsen
Most caps Ivan Vicelich (65) 1
Top scorer Vaughan Coveny (28)
Home stadium Westpac Stadium, Wellington
FIFA code NZL
FIFA ranking 79
Highest FIFA ranking 47 (August 2002)
Lowest FIFA ranking 156 (September 2007)
Elo ranking 74
Highest Elo ranking 39 (June 1983)
Lowest Elo ranking 95 (September 1997,
February 1998)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
New Zealand New Zealand 3 - 1 Australia Australia
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
New Zealand New Zealand 13 - 0 Fiji Fiji
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
Biggest defeat
New Zealand New Zealand 0 - 10 Australia Australia
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1982)
Best result Round 1, 1982
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1973)
Best result Champions, 1973, 1998, 2002 and 2008
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1999)
Best result Round 1, 1999, 2003 and 2009

The New Zealand national football team, nicknamed the All Whites, is the national association football team of New Zealand and is controlled by New Zealand Football.

It played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and on 14 November 2009 qualified for the 2010 finals. Because of the lack of a high-quality domestic league, most talented New Zealand footballers play their trade in the higher-class leagues of Europe or the United States, or in the Australian A-League.

New Zealand formerly battled Australia for top honours in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). This is no longer the case as Australia now play in the Asian Football Confederation, leaving New Zealand as the only seeded team left in OFC. New Zealand have won the OFC Nations Cup four times, in 1973, 1998, 2002 and 2008. The white strip was originally based on the colour of England's strip and name is in contrast with the New Zealand national rugby union team, known as the All Blacks.

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Development

Despite its large player numbers, New Zealand football struggles to compete with other sports such as rugby union, rugby league and cricket, financially and for media exposure. The performance of the national team is further hindered by a relatively young semi-professional domestic league, the New Zealand Football Championship having been established in 2004. New Zealand has one professional team, Wellington Phoenix, who compete in the Australian A-League.

The best known current players are Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen, former Roda JC defender Ivan Vicelich, Gold Coast United striker Shane Smeltz, Middlesbrough striker Chris Killen and Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Fallon. Several young players have shown promise in breaking through into the senior side, including Tampere United midfielder Chris James, North Queensland Fury midfielder Jeremy Brockie, and West Bromwich Albion striker Chris Wood.

Major tournament participation

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Confederations Cup

New Zealand has competed in three Confederations Cups, in Mexico 1999, France 2003 and South Africa 2009. In each of these tournaments, the All Whites failed to progress past the first round. At the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup New Zealand gained their first point at a FIFA tournament with a draw against Iraq. New Zealand has scored a total of two goals in the tournaments and has gained one point.

Previous Squads

1999

New Zealand made their first appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico, in 1999. New Zealand qualified for the competition by defeating Australia 1-0 in the 1998 OFC Nations Cup. New Zealand were drawn into Group B with World Cup winners Brazil, USA, and Germany. New Zealand failed to win a match and their only goal was against USA through Chris Zoricich in the 93rd minute.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
 United States 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Germany 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0

2003

New Zealand made their second appearance in the Confederations Cup in France, in 2003. New Zealand qualified after defeating Australia in the 2002 OFC Nations Cup final through a 78th minute goal from captain Ryan Nelsen. New Zealand was drawn into Group A with hosts France, Colombia, and Japan. New Zealand lost their first match against Japan 3-0. New Zealand scored their only goal of the competition in a loss against Colombia when Raf de Gregorio got the ball past Oscar Cordoba. New Zealand then suffered their largest loss of the competition against France 5-0.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
 Colombia 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Japan 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 11 -10 0

2009

New Zealand made their third appearance in the Confederations Cup in South Africa, in 2009. New Zealand qualified through winning the 2008 OFC Nations Cup. New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz played a large part in New Zealand winning the OFC Nations Cup by scoring eight goals, winning the competition's Golden Boot award. Smeltz scored in five of New Zealand's six matches. New Zealand were drawn in Group A in South Africa along with UEFA Euro 2008 champions and world number one Spain, hosts South Africa, and 2007 AFC Asian Cup winners Iraq. New Zealand played three friendly matches leading up to the competition which included a 4-3 loss to Italy where they led the match on three occasions through goals from Shane Smeltz and Chris Killen. New Zealand's first match against Spain didn't start well as Liverpool FC striker Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick within the first 20 minutes. Torres went on to win the Man of the Match award. Goals from Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas and Valencia FC striker David Villa completed Spain's 5-0 win over New Zealand. New Zealand lost their second match against South Africa 2-0 with man of the match Bernard Parker scoring a double. New Zealand drew their final match against Iraq 0-0, which gained New Zealand their first ever point in a major FIFA competition.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9
 South Africa 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Iraq 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 2
 New Zealand 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1

World Cup

Previous Squads

1982

New Zealand has competed in one FIFA World Cup, in Spain, in 1982. They qualified for this tournament through a long process, winning the Oceania Qualification group then playing in a five-team round-robin tournament against teams from Asia. This tournament resulted in China and New Zealand being tied for a qualification place. A sudden-death play-off in Singapore led to New Zealand qualifying for the tournament.

In Spain, New Zealand played three matches, against Brazil, the Soviet Union, and Scotland. New Zealand lost all three games, with scores of 0–4, 0–3, and 2–5 respectively.

2010

New Zealand has qualified for its second World Cup, to be held in South Africa, in 2010. The draw, held on 4 December 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa, saw New Zealand grouped with defending champions Italy. Paraguay and Slovakia are the other teams in Group F. They are regarded as rank outsiders to win the tournament with some bookmakers offering odds of 3000-1.[1] Their first match will be against Slovakia on 15 June 2010 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. New Zealand announced that they will be playing Mexico on 3 March 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, USA. Coach Ricki Herbert stated that he belived that the warm up match is ideal for the 2010 World Cup campaign. "They are quite similar to Paraguay but I think the important thing for us, logistically and geographically, was to get a country that had a little bit more easier access," Herbert said. [2]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Paraguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 June 2010
13:30
New Zealand New Zealand v Slovakia Slovakia Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg

20 June 2010
16:00
Italy  v  New Zealand Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

24 June 2010
16:00
Paraguay  v  New Zealand Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Qualification

New Zealand's first challenge in their qualifying campaign was the OFC Nations Cup. New Zealand won five out of the six games in the OFC Nations Cup with one loss to Fiji where Roy Krishna scored a double.[3]

After winning the Oceania Qualification group, they needed to defeat the 5th placed AFC nation, Bahrain. Bahrain had earlier defeated Saudi Arabia on the away goals rule after drawing 2-2 in Riyadh to earn a place in this play-off.

New Zealand first went to Manama to play their away fixture against Bahrain, with the match ending 0-0.

On 14 November 2009, New Zealand qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after defeating Bahrain 1-0 in the second leg of their tie in front of a New Zealand record crowd in Wellington, thanks to a goal from Rory Fallon in the 45th minute and a Mark Paston penalty save early in the second half.[4]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 New Zealand 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
 New Caledonia 6 2 2 2 12 10 +2 8
 Fiji 6 2 1 3 8 11 −3 7
 Vanuatu 6 1 1 4 5 13 −8 4
  Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Vanuatu
Fiji  3 – 3 0 – 2 2 – 0
New Caledonia  4 – 0 1 – 3 3 – 0
New Zealand  0 – 2 3 – 0 4 – 1
Vanuatu  2 – 1 1 – 1 1 – 2
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Bahrain  0–1  New Zealand 0–0 0–1

OFC Nations Cup

New Zealand have competed in every OFC Nations Cup since the tournament was established in 1973, when New Zealand both hosted and won the competition. The All Whites have won the Nations Cup four times, including the most recent tournament (2008 OFC Nations Cup).

Overall Record

FIFA

Year Tournament Result Pld Pts W D L GF GA
Spain 1982 World Cup Round 1 3 0 0 0 3 2 12
Mexico 1999 Confederations Cup Round 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 6
France 2003 Confederations Cup Round 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 11
South Africa 2009 Confederations Cup Round 1 3 1 0 1 2 0 7
South Africa 2010 World Cup

OFC

Year Tournament Result Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 OFC Nations Cup Winner 5 4 1 0 13 4
France 1980 OFC Nations Cup Round 1 3 1 0 2 7 8
1996 OFC Nations Cup Third Place (shared) 2 0 1 1 0 3
Australia 1998 OFC Nations Cup Winner 4 4 0 0 11 1
French Polynesia 2000 OFC Nations Cup Runner Up 4 3 0 1 6 3
New Zealand 2002 OFC Nations Cup Winner 5 5 0 0 23 2
Australia 2004 OFC Nations Cup Third Place 5 3 0 2 17 5
2008 OFC Nations Cup Winner 6 5 0 1 14 5

Match competition record

Type Played Win Draw Loss Goals For Goals Against Differential
Internationals Only 309 132 49 124 582 492 +90
All 531 211 84 236 976 999 -23

Recent Matches

Competition Date Opponents H / A Result* Scorers Referee Attendance
Friendly match 28 March 2009 Thailand Thailand A 1 – 3 Bright Goal
Friendly match 31 March 2009 Thailand Thailand 'A' A 2 – 2 Nelsen GoalGoal
Friendly match 3 June 2009 Tanzania Tanzania A 1 – 2 Smeltz Goal
Friendly match 6 June 2009 Botswana Botswana A 0 – 0
Friendly match 10 June 2009 Italy Italy N 3 – 4 Smeltz Goal 13', Killen Goal 42' Goal 57' (pen) 10,000
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 17 June 2009 Spain Spain N 0 – 5 Benin Coffi Codjia 21,649
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 17 June 2009 South Africa South Africa N 0 – 2 Mexico Benito Archundia 36,598
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 20 June 2009 Iraq Iraq N 0 – 0 England Howard Webb 23,295
Friendly match 9 September 2009 Jordan Jordan A 3 – 1 Smeltz Goal 17' Goal 65', Fallon Goal 42'
2010 World Cup qualification 10 October 2009 Bahrain Bahrain A 0 – 0 Hungary Viktor Kassai 37,000
2010 World Cup qualification 14 November 2009 Bahrain Bahrain H 1 – 0 Fallon Goal 45' Uruguay Jorge Larrionda 35,194[5]
Friendly match 3 March 2010 Mexico Mexico N 0 – 2 United States Jair Marrufo 90,526
Friendly match 24 May 2010 Australia Australia A
Friendly match 29 May 2010 Serbia Serbia A
Friendly match 4 June 2010 Slovenia Slovenia A
2010 FIFA World Cup 15 June 2010 Slovakia Slovakia N
2010 FIFA World Cup 20 June 2010 Italy Italy N
2010 FIFA World Cup 24 June 2010 Paraguay Paraguay N

* New Zealand score given first

Players

Current squad

The following players were named in the 18-man squad on February 9 for the International friendly match against Mexico on the 3 March 2010. [6]

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Glen Moss 19 January 1983 (1983-01-19) (age 27) 15 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
2 DF Ben Sigmund 3 February 1981 (1981-02-03) (age 29) 13 1 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
3 DF Tony Lochhead 12 January 1982 (1982-01-12) (age 28) 27 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
4 DF Tommy Smith 31 March 1990 (1990-03-31) (age 19) 1 0 England Brentford FC
5 DF Steven Old 17 February 1986 (1986-02-17) (age 24) 17 1 Scotland Kilmarnock F.C.
6 MF Jason Hayne 8 July 1986 (1986-07-08) (age 23) 0 0 New Zealand Auckland City FC
7 MF Simon Elliott 10 June 1974 (1974-06-10) (age 35) 60 6 United States San Jose Earthquakes
8 MF Tim Brown (Captain) 6 March 1981 (1981-03-06) (age 29) 24 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
9 FW Shane Smeltz 29 September 1981 (1981-09-29) (age 28) 27 15 Australia Gold Coast United
10 FW Chris Killen 8 October 1981 (1981-10-08) (age 28) 30 10 England Middlesbrough
11 MF Leo Bertos 20 December 1981 (1981-12-20) (age 28) 31 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
12 MF Michael McGlinchey 7 January 1987 (1987-01-07) (age 23) 4 0 Scotland Motherwell F.C.
13 FW Chris Wood 7 December 1991 (1991-12-07) (age 18) 6 0 England West Bromwich Albion
14 FW Rory Fallon 20 March 1982 (1982-03-20) (age 27) 4 2 England Plymouth Argyle
15 MF Andrew Barron 24 December 1980 (1980-12-24) (age 29) 11 1 New Zealand Team Wellington
16 DF Andrew Boyens 18 September 1983 (1983-09-18) (age 26) 14 0 United States Red Bull New York
17 MF Chad Coombes 9 September 1983 (1983-09-09) (age 26) 1 0 New Zealand Auckland City FC
18 GK James Bannatyne 30 June 1975 (1975-06-30) (age 34) 3 0 New Zealand Team Wellington


Caps and goals accurate up to and including the friendly match against Mexico on 3 March 2010, and only include appearances in official matches.[7][8]

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the All Whites squad in the last 2 years:

Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mark Paston 13 December 1976 (1976-12-13) (age 33) 20 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v. Bahrain, 14 November 2009 (2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification)
DF Aaron Scott 19 July 1986 (1986-07-19) (age 23) 4 0 New Zealand Waitakere United v. Bahrain, 14 November 2009 (2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification)
DF Ivan Vicelich 3 September 1976 (1976-09-03) (age 33) 65 6 New Zealand Auckland City v. Bahrain, 14 November 2009 (2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification)
DF Ryan Nelsen 18 October 1977 (1977-10-18) (age 32) 38 6 England Blackburn Rovers v. Bahrain, 14 November 2009 (2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification)
DF David Mulligan 24 March 1982 (1982-03-24) (age 27) 25 3 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v. Bahrain, 14 November 2009 (2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification)
DF Christian Bouckenooghe 7 February 1977 (1977-02-07) (age 33) 34 1 Belgium K.S.V. Roeselare v. Thailand, 28 March 2009 (Friendly)
DF Duncan Oughton 14 June 1977 (1977-06-14) (age 32) 25 2 United States Columbus Crew v. South Africa, 17 June 2009 (2009 FIFA Confederations Cup)
MF Chris James 4 June 1987 (1987-06-04) (age 22) 12 0 Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi v. South Africa, 17 June 2009 (2009 FIFA Confederations Cup)
FW Jarrod Smith 20 June 1986 (1986-06-20) (age 23) 12 0 Free Agent v. Botswana, 7 June 2009 (Friendly)
FW Kris Bright 9 May 1986 (1986-05-09) (age 23) 4 1 England Shrewsbury Town Reserves v. Fiji, (2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification)

Caps and goals accurate as of 11 October 2009, and only include appearances in official matches.[7][8]

Technical Staff

  • New Zealand Ricki Herbert: Head Coach
  • New Zealand Brian Turner: Assistant Coach
  • New Zealand Clint Gosling: Goalkeeping Coach
  • Argentina Raul Blanco: Technical Advisor
  • New Zealand Phil Warbrick: Team Manager
  • New Zealand Celeste Geertsema: Team Doctor
  • New Zealand Roland Jeffery: Physiotherapist
  • New Zealand Wade Irvine: Massage Therapist
  • Scotland Kenny McMillan: Sports Scientist
  • New Zealand Jamie Scott: Media Officer

Notable players

The following is a list of notable players who have achieved more than 50 A-international caps for New Zealand, been inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame, received an international award or represented more than one country at international level.

Australia vs New Zealand friendly match at Craven Cottage, London 9 June 2005

Player drain to other countries

Dual nationality representatives

The following player(s) were eligible to play for New Zealand but chose to play for another nation:

Dual nationality age group representatives

The following players have played age group international football and are eligible to play for either New Zealand or another country but have not been capped by either country's senior national team:

Managers

Name Period country
Ken Armstrong 1957-1964 England *New Zealand
Ljubiša Broćić 1965-1966 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Juan Schwanner 1967-1968 Hungary *Chile
Ljubiša Broćić 1969 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Barrie Truman 1970-1976 New Zealand
Wally Hughes 1977-1978 New Zealand
John Adshead 1979-1982 England
Allan Jones 1983-1984 New Zealand
Kevin Fallon 1985-1988 England
John Adshead 1989 England
Ian Marshall 1990-1993 Scotland
Bobby Clark 1994-1995 Scotland
Keith Pritchett 1996-1997 England
Joe McGrath 1997-1998 Republic of Ireland
Ken Dugdale 1998-2002 New Zealand
Mick Waitt 2002-2004 England
Ricki Herbert 2005- New Zealand

Honours

FIFA World Cup

  • Group Stage:
  • Qualified:
    • 2010 (round reached in competition yet to be determined)

FIFA Confederations Cup

OFC Nations Cup

Other Titles

Records

Largest wins

# Score Opponent Competition Date
1 13-0 Fiji 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification 16 August 1981
2 10-0 Tahiti 2004 OFC Nations Cup 4 June 2004
3 9-1 Papua New Guinea 2002 OFC Nations Cup 7 July 2002
4 8-1 Vanuatu 1998 OFC Nations Cup 28 September 2002

The 13-0 win against Fiji was, at the time, a record score for a FIFA World Cup qualification match.

Notes

1  A-Internationals only. The record for all appearances for the New Zealand national team including matches against club and invitational sides is held by Steve Sumner (105).

References

See also

External links

Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
Oceanian Champions
1973 (First title)
Succeeded by
1980 Australia 
Preceded by
1996 Australia 
Oceanian Champions
1998 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2000 Australia 
Preceded by
2000 Australia 
Oceanian Champions
2002 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2004 Australia 
Preceded by
2004 Australia 
Oceanian Champions
2008 (Fourth title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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