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”

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”

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands vie for a place in the WCQ final

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have a recent history of meeting in tournament semifinals. In 2016, the teams met in the semifinals of the OFC Nations Cup. Papua New Guinea won 2-1 and advanced to the final of the tournament. The following year, they faced each other in Port Moresby worth a place inContinue reading “Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands vie for a place in 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”

Papua New Guinea defeats Fiji and qualifies for WCQ semifinals

Fiji and Papua New Guinea met at Grand Hamad Stadium to duel for a place in the semifinals of the World Cup Qualifiers. The Kapuls needed only a draw, while the Bula Boys needed to win to advance. In the eighth minute a good play by Roy Krishna and Ashnil Raju left Sairusi Nalaubu inContinue reading “Papua New Guinea defeats Fiji and qualifies for WCQ semifinals”

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”

Preview: OFC World Cup Qualifiers – Round 2

The second matchday of OFC World Cup Qualifiers begins today with two clashes from Group B, as both matches of Group A were cancelled due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Cook Islands and Vanuatu delegations. NEW ZEALAND VS FIJI New Zealand and Fiji will meet for the first time since 2017. The All Whites haveContinue reading “Preview: OFC World Cup Qualifiers – Round 2”

Cook Islands and Vanuatu out of FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Vanuatu and the Cook Islands are out of the World Cup qualifiers. According to local resources, both sides had a large number of positive cases of COVID-19 in their squads which forced them to leave the tournament. It was reported by Vanuatu Football Federation that the vast majority of their players and officials have testedContinue reading “Cook Islands and Vanuatu out of FIFA World Cup qualifiers”