New Zealand says goodbye to the World Cup dream

New Zealand took the field last Tuesday – 16th June – against Costa Rica at the Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha, Qatar with the dream of going to the World Cup for the third time in their history – the second time in twelve years. Considering Costa Rica’s aging squad that started poorly in theContinue reading “New Zealand says goodbye to the World Cup dream”

New Zealand loses to Peru in a friendly match in preparation for the Intercontinental Playoff

Peru and New Zealand took to the field in Barcelona for a friendly match last Sunday – 5th June – to prepare for the intercontinental playoff. The Peru awaits the winner of Australia and United Arab Emirates and the All Whites will face Costa Rica. From the beginning of the match Peru showed superiority overContinue reading “New Zealand loses to Peru in a friendly match in preparation for the Intercontinental Playoff”

Ryan Thomas out of Intercontinental Playoff against Costa Rica

Ryan Thomas is one of the most talented players New Zealand has produced in the last decade, since 2018 he plays for Dutch giants PSV after a successful stint at PEC Zwolle. Even with a successful career in Dutch football the 27-year-old midfielder has suffered from major injuries that have prevented him from achieving goodContinue reading “Ryan Thomas out of Intercontinental Playoff against Costa Rica”

All Whites face Peru before World Cup’s Qualifiers battle

New Zealand confirmed their favoritism and went through the OFC Qualifiers winning all their matches. Now the challenge is the intercontinental playoff against Costa Rica in Qatar for a place in the World Cup. To prepare for the decisive duel against Costa Rica – which takes place on June 14th – the All Whites willContinue reading “All Whites face Peru before World Cup’s Qualifiers battle”

New Zealand or Solomon Islands: only one side keeps its World Cup’s dream alive

New Zealand and Solomon Islands take the field at Gran Hamad Stadium to play in the finals of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers – just as they did in 2017. On that occasion New Zealand beat the Bonitos in Auckland 6-1 and drew 2-2 at the Lawson Tama in Honiara – thus achieving qualification forContinue reading “New Zealand or Solomon Islands: only one side keeps its World Cup’s dream alive”

New Zealand beats Tahiti and advances to the WCQ Final

New Zealand and Tahiti played at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha to decide who would face the Solomon Islands in the final of the OFC World Cup qualifiers. New Zealand just missed the midfielder Marko Stamenic in their squad meaning the All Whites were virtually at full strength. Tahiti, meanwhile, had only one changeContinue reading “New Zealand beats Tahiti and advances to the WCQ Final”

New Zealand and Tahiti duel for a spot in the WCQ final

New Zealand and Tahiti meet again in a World Cup qualifying match for the first time in almost ten years. On that occasion, the All Whites beat the reigning continental champions 3-0. Alvin Tehau, Chris Wood, Teaonui Tehau and Tommy Smith are the only remnants of that game. The All Whites are on a highContinue reading “New Zealand and Tahiti duel for a spot in the WCQ final”

The OFC World Cup qualifiers’ semifinals are defined

The OFC World Cup qualifiers have reached their decisive stage. New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tahiti dream of a place in the intercontinental play-off against a team from CONCACAF – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. New Zealand and Tahiti will face each other at senior level forContinue reading “The OFC World Cup qualifiers’ semifinals are defined”

Alex Greive on a high note as New Zealand thrash New Caledonia in WCQ

Already qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament, New Zealand fielded an alternate starting eleven to face New Caledonia last Friday at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium. Despite the low expectations for this game, the All Whites put on a show on the field in front of an inoperative opponent. Alex Greive had a fantastic performanceContinue reading “Alex Greive on a high note as New Zealand thrash New Caledonia in WCQ”

Chris Wood makes history as New Zealand beats Fiji in the WCQ

New Zealand and Fiji clashed on Sunday in the second round of OFC World Cup qualifiers at the Qatar SC Stadium. The All Whites were overwhelming favorites for the match and made sure to show it on the pitch by dominating the actions from the first minute of the game. The first chance came withContinue reading “Chris Wood makes history as New Zealand beats Fiji in the WCQ”