New Zealand international signs with Barnsley

New Zealand goalkeeper Jamie Searle will play for Barnsley next season. He was attached to Swansea’s U-23 team after a spell with Aston Villa’s U-23 – team where he got his first chance to play in Europe. The goalkeeper, who is only 21-years old, has signed a two-year contract and is expected to compete withContinue reading “New Zealand international signs with Barnsley”

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”

OFC Champions League is Back!

After three years of inactivity, the largest club competition in the South Pacific is back. The OFC Champions League will begin in June with a new format with fewer matches and less travel because of flight restrictions imposed after the Covid-19 pandemic. The champions and runners-up of the major national leagues – except New ZealandContinue reading “OFC Champions League is Back!”

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”

Alden Suri scores first goal as senior player in New Zealand

On Friday – 8th April – Alden Suri made his debut for Petone FC in the Central League. This Thursday – 14th April – Alden Suri returned to the field for Petone FC against Napier City Rovers in the fourth round of the New Zealand Central League – the most important football league of theContinue reading “Alden Suri scores first goal as senior player in New Zealand”

Batram Suri’s son Alden debuts at senior level in New Zealand

Alden Suri as well as Raphael Lea’i and Leon Kofana was on a scholarship at Scotts College in Wellington some years back. Unlike the other two Solomon Islands national team members, Suri continued to pursue his career in New Zealand. The son of Solomon Islands football legend Batram Suri was one of 21 Solomon IslandsContinue reading “Batram Suri’s son Alden debuts at senior level in New Zealand”

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”