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2nd Leg – Team Wellington 0-2 Auckland City – An Analysis

All this week I have been running a poll on my Twitter page. I asked whether, after the 3-0 drubbing at Kiwitea Street the previous Sunday, anyone felt that Team Wellington could realistically overturn the deficit in the second leg. 100% of the votes said that wouldn’t be the case. Now it may not have been the most testing of polls – not many would have been rushing to their local TAB to put a bet on Wellington coming back from the dead – but it does show those folks who voted as very prophetic.
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1st Leg – Auckland City 3-0 Team Wellington – An Analysis

After all the build-up and expectation, the first leg of the Oceania Champions League Final 2017 is done and dusted. And a more one-sided affair it would be difficult to remember. The travelling Wellington fans will have left Kiwitea Street wondering what happened to their Stirling Sports Premiership winning side from weeks past. [Continue reading…]

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Where have all the Oceanians gone?

I wrote this article back in February 2016, regarding the lack of non-New Zealander representation from Oceania in the Hyundai A-League. Some is a little outdated now but still viable in the main. See what you think…

Since the Hyundai A-League began play in 2005, there has been a lot of “overseas” representation at clubs in both playing and coaching. Whilst the vast majority have naturally been from the two host nations – Australia and New Zealand – there has also been the standard smattering from Brazil and also other countries such as Japan, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Argentina, South Korea, South Africa, Scotland, France, Chile and England, to name but a few.

Despite this multi-national make-up of the A-League’s clubs, there is one group of players which has struggled to find representation… The doorstep nations of the South Pacific, for so many years qualifying opponents of the Socceroos, have seen a mere four players grace the A-League. Half of those have come from the Solomon Islands, one from Fiji and one from Papua New Guinea. So today I ask the question, why have more players from other Oceania nations not made the grade? [Continue reading…]

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