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New Zealand national football team

New Zealand
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) All Whites
Association New Zealand Football (NZF)
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Anthony Hudson
Captain Winston Reid
Most caps Ivan Vicelich (88)
Top scorer Vaughan Coveny (28)
Home stadium Westpac Stadium (Wellington)
FIFA code NZL
FIFA ranking
Current 148 Decrease 12 (1 October 2015)
Highest 47 (August 2002)
Lowest 156 (September 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 70 (8 July 2015)
Highest 39 (June 1983)
Lowest 95 (September 1997,
February 1998)
First international
 New Zealand 3–1 Australia 
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
 New Zealand 13–0 Fiji 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 1–10 Australia 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1982)
Best result Group stage, 1982, 2010
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1973)
Best result Champions, 1973, 1998, 2002, 2008
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1999)
Best result Group stage, 1999, 2003, 2009

The New Zealand national football team represents New Zealand in international football. The team is controlled by the governing body for football in New Zealand New Zealand Football (NZF), which is currently a member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The team's official nickname is the All Whites, being one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

New Zealand is a four-time OFC champion. The team represented New Zealand at the FIFA World Cup tournaments in 1982 and 2010, and the FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments in 1999, 2003 and 2009.

Because most New Zealand football clubs are semi-professional rather than fully professional, most top New Zealand footballers play abroad for clubs in Europe, the United States, Canada and in the Australian A-League.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Recent success 1.2
    • Supporters 1.3
    • Rivalries 1.4
  • Coaching staff 2
  • Players 3
    • Current squad 3.1
    • Recent call-ups 3.2
  • Results and fixtures 4
    • 2014 4.1
    • 2015 4.2
    • 2016 4.3
  • Records 5
    • Most capped 5.1
    • Highest goal-scorer 5.2
    • Notable players 5.3
  • Competitive record 6
    • FIFA World Cup 6.1
    • FIFA Confederations Cup 6.2
    • OFC Nations Cup 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

Early years

New Zealand's first international football match was played in Dunedin at the old Caledonian Ground on 23 July 1904 against a team representing New South Wales. New Zealand lost by the game's only goal, but drew with the same team 3–3 in a game at Athletic Park, Wellington seven days later. The following year the team played a Wellington representative side on 10 June before embarking on a tour of Australia, during which they played eleven representative sides, including three "test matches" against New South Wales. Of these three matches they won one, lost one, and drew one.

A New Zealand national team did not play again until 1921, when New Zealand played three official full internationals against Australia, played at Carisbrook in Dunedin, Athletic Park in Wellington, and Auckland Domain. The results were two 3–1 wins to New Zealand and a 1–1 draw in Wellington.[1]

Recent success

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

Despite its large player numbers, football in New Zealand struggles to compete with other sports such as rugby union, cricket and rugby league, 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 FC, which competes in the Australian A-League.

Since the 1990s, United States college soccer has played a significant role in the development of New Zealand players. This influence began when former Scotland international Bobby Clark returned to the U.S. after his 1994–96 stint as New Zealand head coach to take the head coaching job at Stanford University (he now holds the same position at Notre Dame). Clark began recruiting in New Zealand, and former New Zealand national players Ryan Nelsen and Simon Elliott played for him at Stanford. The trend that Clark started has continued to the present; more than two dozen New Zealanders are now playing for NCAA Division I men's programs in the U.S.[2] A common next step in these players' career paths is a stint in Major League Soccer; ESPNsoccernet journalist Brent Latham speculated in a March 2010 story that New Zealand's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad could have more MLS players than the U.S. squad.[2][3] However, Latham's speculation did not prove true, as only one MLS player made the New Zealand squad for the World Cup.

New Zealand formerly competed against Australia for top honours in the OFC. However, after Australia left to join the AFC in 2006, New Zealand were left as the only seeded team in the OFC.

New Zealand qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup though exited the competition after the first round despite being the only team not to lose a game during the tournament.[4] The tournament also featured one of New Zealand's most notable results, a 1–1 draw with the then world champions Italy.

Supporters

The supporters of the New Zealand national team are known as the 'White Noise', a play on the All Whites nickname.[5]

Rivalries

New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbors Australia.[6] The two teams' history dates back to 1922, where they first met in both their international debuts. The rivalry between the Socceroos (Australia) and the All Whites (New Zealand) is part of a wider friendly rivalry between the geographical neighbours Australia and New Zealand, which applies not only to sport but to the culture of the two countries. The rivalry was intensified when Australia and New Zealand were both members of the OFC, regularly competing in OFC Nations Cup finals and in FIFA World Cup qualifications, where only one team from the OFC progressed to the World Cup. Since Australia left the OFC to join the AFC in 2006, competition between the two teams has been less frequent. However, the rivalry between the two teams is still strong, with the occasional match receiving much media and public attention.[7] The rivalry extends to club football, with New Zealand's only fully professional team, the Wellington Phoenix, playing in the Australian A-League.

Coaching staff

[8]
Position Name
Head Coach Anthony Hudson
Assistant Coach Alex Armstrong
Assistant Coach Darren Bazeley
Technical Director Rob Sherman
Goalkeeping Coach Paul Gothard
Manager Rob Pickstock
Performance Analyst Jase Kim
Sports Scientist Aidan Wivell
Doctor Mark Fulcher
Physiotherapist Roland Jeffery
Massage Therapist Mark Palmer

Players

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see New Zealand national team players.

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly against Myanmar on 7 September 2015.[9]

Caps and goals updated as of 31 March 2015 after the game against Myanmar.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Max Crocombe (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 0 0 Oxford United
25 1GK Stefan Marinovic (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 2 0 Unterhaching
2 2DF Winston Reid (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 19 1 West Ham United
3 2DF Tom Doyle (1992-06-30) 30 June 1992 2 0 Wellington Phoenix
4 2DF Themistoklis Tzimopoulos (1985-11-20) 20 November 1985 2 0 PAS Giannina
5 2DF Michael Boxall (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 13 0 SuperSport United
17 2DF Sam Brotherton (1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 0 0 Wisconsin University
19 2DF Harshae Raniga (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 1 0 Onehunga Sports
26 2DF Liam Higgins (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 1 0 Team Wellington
6 3MF Bill Tuiloma (1995-03-23) 23 March 1995 8 0 Strasbourg
8 3MF Michael McGlinchey (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 31 4 Wellington Phoenix
10 3MF Clayton Lewis (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 2 0 Auckland City
21 3MF Moses Dyer (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 2 0 Onehunga Sports
24 3MF Tim Payne (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 14 2 Portland Timbers 2
27 3MF Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 0 0 Auckland City
7 4FW Kosta Barbarouses (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 29 2 Melbourne Victory
9 4FW Shane Smeltz (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 51 24 Sydney FC
11 4FW Marco Rojas (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 22 1 Thun
18 4FW Jeremy Brockie (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 47 1 SuperSport United
22 4FW Logan Rogerson (1998-05-28) 28 May 1998 0 0 Wellington Phoenix
23 4FW Alex Rufer (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 1 0 Wellington Phoenix

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to represent New Zealand in the last 12 months:
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jake Gleeson Injured (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 8 0 Portland Timbers 2 v.  Thailand, 18 November 2014
GK Oli Sail (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 0 0 Wellington Phoenix II v.  Thailand, 18 November 2014
DF Storm Roux (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 7 0 Central Coast Mariners v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
DF Deklan Wynne (1995-03-20) 20 March 1995 3 0 Whitecaps FC 2 v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
DF Louis Fenton Injured (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 2 0 Wellington Phoenix v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
DF Adam Mitchell (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 0 0 Central United v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
DF Tommy Smith (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 29 2 Ipswich Town v.  Thailand, 18 November 2014
DF James Musa (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 1 0 Saint Louis v.  Thailand, 18 November 2014
MF Cameron Howieson (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 9 0 St. Mirren v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
MF Ryan Thomas Injured (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 4 0 Zwolle v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
MF Benjamin van den Broek (1987-09-21) 21 September 1987 1 0 Barrow v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
MF Sam Burfoot (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 0 0 Auckland City v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
MF Dan Keat (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 7 0 Falkenberg v.  Thailand, 18 November 2014
FW Chris Wood (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 39 13 Leeds United v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
FW Tyler Boyd (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 5 0 Vitória de Guimarães v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
FW Joel Stevens (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 3 0 Wellington Phoenix v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
FW Ryan De Vries (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991 1 0 Auckland City v.  South Korea, 31 March 2015
FW Kayne Vincent (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 1 0 Port v.  Thailand, 18 November 2014

: Injured.
RET: Retired from international football.

Results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's 1922–69 results page, 1970–99 results page and 2000–present results page.

2014

2015

2016

Records

Most capped

# Name Career Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Ivan Vicelich 1995–2013 88 6 vs.  Uruguay
25 June 1995
vs.  Mexico
13 November 2013
2 Simon Elliott 1995–2011 69 6 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  Mexico
1 June 2011
3 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 64 28 vs.  Fiji
7 June 1992
vs.  Brazil
4 June 2006
4 Ricki Herbert 1980–1989 61 7 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Israel
9 April 1989
5 Chris Jackson 1995–2003 60 10 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  France
22 June 2003
6 Brian Turner 1967–1982 59 21 vs.  Australia
5 November 1967
vs.  Brazil
23 June 1982
7 Duncan Cole 1978–1988 58 4 vs.  Singapore
1 October 1978
vs.  Israel
27 March 1988
Steve Sumner 1976–1988 22 vs.  Burma  Myanmar
13 September 1976
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988
9 Chris Zoricich 1988–2003 57 1 vs.  Israel
23 March 1988
vs.  France
22 June 2003
10 Ceri Evans 1980–1993 56 2 vs.  Kuwait
16 October 1980
vs.  Australia
6 June 1993
Leo Bertos 2003–2013 56 0 vs.  Iran
13 October 2003
vs.  Mexico
13 November 2013
12 Michael McGarry 1986–1997 54 12 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Australia
6 July 1997
13 Adrian Elrick 1975–1984 53 1 vs.  China PR
26 July 1975
vs.  Bahrain
24 April 1984
14 Shane Smeltz 2003– 51 24 vs.  United States
8 June 2003
vs.  Myanmar
7 September 2015

Highest goal-scorer

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.
# Name Career Goals Caps First cap Most recent cap
1 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 28 64 vs.  Fiji
7 June 1992
vs.  Brazil
4 June 2006
2 Shane Smeltz 2003– 24 51 vs.  United States
8 June 2003
vs.  Myanmar
7 September 2015
3 Steve Sumner 1976–1988 22 58 vs.  Burma/ Myanmar
13 September 1976
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988
4 Brian Turner 1967–1982 21 59 vs.  Australia
5 November 1967
vs.  Brazil
23 June 1982
5 Jock Newall 1951–1952 17 10 vs.  New Caledonia
19 September 1951
vs.  New Caledonia
28 September 1952
6 Keith Nelson 1977–1983 16 20 vs.  New Caledonia
5 March 1977
vs.  Ghana
7 June 1983
Chris Killen 2000–2013 16 48 vs.  Tahiti
19 June 2000
vs.  Saudi Arabia
5 September 2013
8 Grant Turner 1980–1988 15 42 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Israel
27 March 1988
9 Chris Wood 2009– 13 38 vs.  Tanzania
3 June 2009
vs.  South Korea
31 March 2015
10 Darren McClennan 1986–1997 12 43 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Papua New Guinea
11 June 1997
Michael McGarry 1986–1997 54 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Australia
6 July 1997
Wynton Rufer 1980–1997 23 vs.  Kuwait
16 October 1980
vs.  Australia
28 June 1997
13 Steve Wooddin 1980–1984 11 24 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Fiji
20 October 1984
14 Roy Coxon 1951–1952 10 8 vs.  New Caledonia
19 September 1951
vs.  Tahiti
28 September 1952
Chris Jackson 1995–2003 60 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  France
22 June 2003
Dave Taylor 1967–1981 47 vs.  South Vietnam
10 November 1967
vs.  Japan
12 September 1981
Colin Walker 1984–1988 15 vs.  Fiji
18 October 1984
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988

Notable players

Players who have achieved one or more of the following: Fifty or more A-international caps for New Zealand, induction into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, receipt of an international award for football, represented more than one country at international level.

1 At least 50 A-international caps; 2 Inductee to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame; 3 Oceania footballer of the year; 4 Represented more than one country at international level

Competitive record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

As of Myanmar v New Zealand, 7 September 2015
Pld W D L GF GA GD
361 148 65 148 644 569 +75

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not participate
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 6
1974 6 0 3 3 5 12
1978 4 2 1 1 14 4
1982 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 15 9 5 1 44 10
1986 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 13 7
1990 6 3 1 2 13 8
1994 6 3 1 2 15 5
1998 6 3 0 3 13 6
2002 6 4 0 2 20 7
2006 5 3 0 2 17 5
2010 Group stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 8 6 1 1 15 5
2014 Did not qualify 11 8 1 2 24 13
2018 To be determined
2022
Total Group stage 2/22 6 0 3 3 4 14 81 44 14 23 193 88

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1992 No OFC representative invited
1995
1997 Did not qualify
1999 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 6
2001 Did not qualify
2003 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 11
2005 Did not qualify
2009 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 7
2013 Did not qualify
2017 To be determined
2021
Total Group stage 3/11 9 0 1 8 2 24

OFC Nations Cup

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1973 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 4
1980 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 7 8
1996 Third place 3rd 2 0 1 1 0 3
1998 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 1
2000 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 3
2002 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 23 2
2004 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 17 5
2008 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5
2012 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 8 7
2016 Qualified
Total 4 titles 9/9 39 28 3 8 100 38

See also

General

List of New Zealand international footballers

Squads

References

  1. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. pp. 143–144.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Latham's piece directly states; "From his post across the Pacific Ocean, Ricki Herbert may have a more profound interest in labor peace in America [referring to a possible MLS player strike that was averted days after the piece] than anyone in the history of New Zealand, because when his team kicks off the World Cup against Slovakia on 15 June, the All-Whites' lineup could feature even more MLS players than [U.S. national coach Bob] Bradley's."
  4. ^
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  8. ^ http://www.nzfootball.co.nz/all-whites-depart-for-korea-test/
  9. ^ http://www.nzfootball.co.nz/all-whites-named-for-myanmar/
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External links

  • New Zealand Football
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