Auckland City FC

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Auckland City
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Full name Auckland City Football Club
Nickname(s) City, The Navy Blues, La Famiglia, The School of Astrophysics
Founded 2004; 11 years ago (2004)
Ground Kiwitea Street
Auckland,
New Zealand
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Ivan Vuksich
Coach Ramon Tribulietx
League ASB Premiership
2014–15 1st
Website Club home page

Auckland City Football Club is an association football club based in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. The club competes in the ASB Premiership (formerly known as the New Zealand Football Championship) which is the highest level of domestic football in the country.

Auckland City has won the regular season as well as the Grand Final six times. They represented the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in the OFC Champions League, which they won most recently in 2015 for the seventh time. With a third place in 2014 they also became the only OFC team to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. They're also the only team to win the continental treble three times.

Honours[edit]

Worldwide

Bronze Medal (1): 2014.

Continental

Champions (7): 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Champions (1): 2014.

National

Premiers (6): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15.
Champions (6): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015.

Rivalry[edit]

Auckland City FC's rival is cross-town team Waitakere United. It is the only city derby in the ASB Premiership and is known as the "Super City" derby. These games are fiercely contested, drawing crowds between 1,500 and 2,500. Their 2011 Grand Final clash was played in front of a crowd of 3,500.

FIFA Club World Cup Campaigns[edit]

2006 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

Auckland City lost their first game 2–0 to African Champions Al Ahly of Egypt on 10 December 2006. Five days later Auckland City played the Asian Champions, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea, in the fifth-place play-off. Auckland City, the only amateur side at the tournament, were defeated 0–3 and finished in sixth place.

2009 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates[edit]

Auckland City overcame local champions Al Ahli 2–0 in the opening play-off match with goals by Adam Dickinson and Chad Coombes. In their quarter final clash against CONCACAF Champions Atlante of Mexico the side lost 0–3.

The play-off for fifth and sixth place was described by coach Paul Posa as "the greatest night in the history of Auckland City Football Club" as the team defeated African Champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo 3–2. The goal scorers on this special occasion were Jason Hayne (2) and Riki van Steeden.

These historic victories were the first recorded by a New Zealand team at this prestigious tournament and indeed the first by an amateur side at this tournament. They were also the first time a senior men's representative team from New Zealand has recorded a victory at a FIFA World Finals competition.

2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

Auckland City played Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol in the opening play-off match of the tournament at Toyota Stadium. The final score was 0–2 with Auckland City unable to reproduce their heroics of 2009 in the United Arab Emirates.

2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

For the second year running Auckland City was paired against the Japanese J League Champions - represented by Sanfrecce Hiroshima - in the opening play-off match of the tournament. Auckland City lost 0–1.

2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco[edit]

Auckland City played Moroccan champions Raja Casablanca in the quarter-finals play-off on 11 December at Stade Adrar. The scores were tied 1–1 at 90 minutes with a second half Roy Krishna goal cancelling out a first half goal from Mouhcine Iajour. Abdelilah Hafidi then scored in the second minute of added time to give the Moroccan champions a 2–1 victory.[1]

2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco[edit]

Auckland City played Moroccan champions Moghreb Tétouan in a play-off for the quarter-finals on 10 December. The match finished goalless with Auckland winning 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out and qualifying for a quarter-finals against Sétif.[2] In the quarter-finals on 13 December Auckland City defeated ES Sétif 1–0 and advanced to the semi-finals for the first time. Auckland played San Lorenzo in the semis and lost 2–1. They finished their 2014 tournament with a 4–2 penalty win over Cruz Azul in the play-off for third and fourth after a 1–1 draw at full time.[3]

2015 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

Professional Club Matches[edit]

Auckland City FC has faced professional clubs from across the world and achieved respectable results. The following is a compilation of those results.

2005[edit]

OFC Club Championship Tahiti 2005
vs. Australia Sydney FC lost 2–3

2006[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006
vs. Egypt Al Ahly lost 0–2
vs. South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai lost 0–3

2009[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009
vs. United Arab Emirates Al Ahli won 2–0
vs. Mexico Atlante lost 0–3
vs. Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe won 3–2

2011[edit]

Friendly Matches
vs. Australia Central Coast Mariners won 3–1

FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011
vs. Japan Kashiwa Reysol lost 0–2

2012[edit]

Friendly Match
vs. Japan Matsumoto Yagama won 2–0

FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012
vs. Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima lost 0–1

2013[edit]

Friendly Matches
vs. New Zealand Wellington Phoenix won 1–0
vs. Spain Espanyol lost 0–1

FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013
vs. Morocco Raja Casablanca lost 1–2

2014[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014
vs. Morocco Moghreb Tétouan won 0–0 (4–3 pen.)
vs. Algeria Sétif won 1–0
vs. Argentina San Lorenzo lost 1–2 (aet)
vs. Mexico Cruz Azul won 1–1 (4–2 pen.)

National team friendlies[edit]

2009[edit]

vs. Kuwait Kuwait lost 0–2

2014[edit]

vs. Uzbekistan Uzbekistan draw 0–0
vs. Japan Japan lost 0–2

Current players and staff[edit]

2014-15 Season Team Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 New Zealand GK Tamati Williams
2 Serbia DF Marko Đorđević (on loan from Radnički 1923)
3 Japan DF Takuya Iwata
4 Croatia MF Mario Bilen
5 Spain DF Ángel Berlanga
6 England DF John Irving
7 New Zealand DF James Pritchett
8 New Zealand MF Colin Murphy
9 England DF Darren White
10 New Zealand FW Ryan De Vries
11 New Zealand MF Cameron Lindsay
12 New Zealand MF Adam McGeorge
13 Spain MF Iván Carril
14 Nigeria FW Sanni Issa
15 New Zealand MF Ivan Vicelich (Captain)
16 South Korea MF Kim Dae-wook
No. Position Player
17 Portugal FW João Moreira
18 England GK Louie Caunter
19 Papua New Guinea FW David Browne
20 Spain FW Óscar García
21 Japan DF Kohei Matsumoto
22 New Zealand DF Andrew Milne
23 New Zealand MF Sam Burfoot
24 New Zealand GK Jacob Spoonley
25 New Zealand MF Michael den Heijer
- New Zealand GK Danyon Drake
- New Zealand DF Simon Arms
- New Zealand MF Anthony Hobbs
- New Zealand MF Troy Phoa
- Japan MF Tajima Sho
- Spain FW Gustavo Souto

New Zealand National Team Caps[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Spain Ramon Tribulietx
Assistant Coach New Zealand Ryan Faithfull
New Zealand Carl Edwards
New Zealand Ivan Vicelich
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Simone Naddi

Medical staff[edit]

Position Name
Physiotherapist New Zealand Justin Lopes
New Zealand Matt Payne
Club Doctor New Zealand Dr Craig Panther

Media staff[edit]

Position Name
Media Manager Scotland Gordon Glen Watson
Photographer New Zealand Shane Wenzlick

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raja Casablanca 2-1 Auckland City". Goal.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moghreb 0 Auckland 0". Goal.com. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ FIFA.com. FIFA http://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/matches/round=259693/match=300298897/match-report.html?intcmp=fifacom_hp_module_news. Retrieved 13 December 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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