Waitakere United

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Waitakere United
Logo
Full name Waitakere United
Founded 2004
Ground Fred Taylor Park,
Waitakere City, New Zealand
Ground Capacity 4,000 [1]
Chairman New Zealand Peter Bult
Manager England Paul Temple
League ASB Premiership
2013–14 4th
Current season

Waitakere United is a football (soccer) club based in Waitakere City, New Zealand. They are one of the franchises in the ASB Premiership. They play their home games at Fred Taylor Park in Kumeu.

History[edit]

Waitakere United was formed as a special franchise club in 2004 to play in the New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC), New Zealand's top domestic football competition. The team represents 12 member clubs from Mt Albert to the Kaipara.

In the inaugural season (2004–05) of the NZFC, Waitakere United finished runners-up to champions Auckland City FC but they followed up with a very disappointing 6th place in the next season. In the following season, however, Waitakere finished as NZFC premiers but lost in the grand final once again to Auckland City FC 3-2.

Due to the withdrawal of Vanuatu's Port Vila Sharks, Waitakere was given a berth in the inaugural OFC Champions League, for 2007, as NZFC premiers. They finished atop their group, edging out Auckland City and New Caledonia's AS Mont-Dore. They went on to defeat Ba F.C. of Fiji in the final, becoming the first OFC-League champions. Commins Menapi scored a crucial away goal that proved the difference as the tie finished 2-2 in aggregate. Taking this championship qualified United to compete in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where they lost in the 'play-in' match to Sepahan F.C. 1-3.

Waitakere United defended their championship in capturing the 2007–08 OFC Champions League, defeating Kossa FC in the final 6-3 in goal aggregate. During this season, Douglas Field was under extensive renovation forcing Waitakere United to play most of their home fixtures at Fred Taylor Park in Whenuapai.

Waitakere have a notable rivalry with neighbours Auckland City.

Current squad[edit]

As of February 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Danny Robinson
3 New Zealand DF Alec Solomons
4 New Zealand DF Timothy Myers
5 Republic of Ireland DF Brian Shelley
6 New Zealand MF Adam McGeorge
7 Scotland MF Jordan Lowdon
8 New Zealand MF Chad Coombes
9 Scotland FW Sam French
10 Australia FW Richard Cardozo
11 New Zealand DF Ian Hogg
12 New Zealand MF Sam Matthews
13 Thailand MF Sansern Limwatthana
No. Position Player
14 Ukraine MF Maksim Manko
15 Thailand MF Baramee Limwatthana
16 New Zealand DF Tristan Prattley
17 New Zealand MF Jake Butler (captain)
18 New Zealand DF Jack Caunter
19 New Zealand FW Dylan Stansfield
20 New Zealand DF Jarrod Young
21 New Zealand MF Allan Pearce
22 New Zealand GK Adam McDonald
23 New Zealand MF Jack Hobson-McVeigh
26 New Zealand DF Harshae Raniga
27 New Zealand FW Ahmad Al-Shamsi

Staff[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Managers[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup History[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup History
Year Round Score Result Scorers
2007 Play-off New ZealandWaitakere United 1 – 3 Sepahan F.C.Iran Loss Aghili Goal 74' (o.g.)
2008 Play-off New ZealandWaitakere United 1 – 2 Adelaide United Australia Loss Seaman Goal 34'

Honours[edit]

Performance in OFC competitions[edit]

Best: Champions in 2007 and 2008
2007: Champions
2008: Champions
2009: 2° in Group A
2010: Finalist
2011: 2° in Group B
2012: 2° in Group A
2013: Finalist

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