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
Founded 2004; 13 years ago (2004)
Ground Kiwitea Street
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Ivan Vuksich
Coach Ramon Tribulietx
League New Zealand Football Championship
2016-17 1st (Regular Season) 2nd (Playoffs)
Website Club website
Current season
The Auckland City team in 2011

Auckland City Football Club is an association football club based in Auckland, New Zealand. The club competes in the New Zealand Football Championship, which is the highest level of domestic football in the country.

History[edit]

Auckland City has won the regular season seven times, and the Grand Final six times. They represented the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in the OFC Champions League, which they won most recently in 2017 for the ninth time (seventh in a row). 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 are also the only team to win the continental treble three times.

Seasons[edit]

Season New Zealand Football Championship Finals series Top goalscorer Managers
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2004–05 1st 1st 21 14 4 3 53 24 46 Champions England Allan Jones
2005–06 1st 1st 21 16 0 5 63 28 48 Champions
2006–07 1st 3rd 21 12 6 3 50 30 42 Champions New Zealand Roger Wilkinson
New Zealand Paul Marshall
2007–08 1st 2nd 21 16 2 3 44 16 50 Preliminary Finals New Zealand Colin Tuaa
2008–09 1st 2nd 14 8 1 5 27 15 25 Champions New Zealand Paul Posa
2009–10 1st 1st 14 9 4 1 33 13 31 Semi-finals New Zealand Jason Hayne 7 New Zealand Paul Posa
2010–11 1st 2nd 14 9 3 2 29 12 30 Runners-up New Zealand Daniel Koprivcic 7 New Zealand Aaron McFarland
Spain Ramon Tribulietx
2011–12 1st 1st 14 11 3 0 43 11 36 Semi-finals Spain Manel Exposito 9 Spain Ramon Tribulietx
2012–13 1st 2nd 14 10 3 1 40 12 33 Runners-up Spain Manel Exposito 11
2013–14 1st 1st 14 10 3 1 40 12 33 Champions Argentina Emiliano Tade 17
2014–15 1st 1st 14 12 0 2 39 14 42 Champions Papua New Guinea David Browne 7
2015–16 1st 1st 14 12 2 0 43 12 38 Runners-up New Zealand Ryan De Vries 15
2016–17 1st 1st 18 11 3 4 35 15 36 Runners-up Argentina Emiliano Tade 12

Continental[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2005 OFC Club Championship Preliminary round American Samoa Manumea w/o w/o w/o
Group Stage Australia Sydney 2–3 3rd
French Polynesia A.S. Pirae 0–1
Papua New Guinea Sobou 6–1
2006 OFC Club Championship Group Stage Solomon Islands Marist Fire 2–3 1st
French Polynesia A.S. Pirae 1–0
Papua New Guinea Sobou 7–0
Semi Final Fiji Nokia Eagles 9–1
Final French Polynesia A.S. Pirae 3–1
2007 OFC Champions League Group Stage New Zealand Waitakere United 2–2 2–2 2nd
New Caledonia Mont-Dore 4–0 2–0
2007–08 OFC Champions League Group Stage New Zealand Waitakere United 0–1 1–1 2nd
French Polynesia A.S. Manu-Ura 6–0 1–0
2008–09 OFC Champions League Group Stage New Zealand Waitakere United 2–2 3–1 1st
Vanuatu Port Vila Sharks 8–1 2–0
Final Solomon Islands Koloale 2–2 7–2 9–4
2009–10 OFC Champions League Group Stage New Zealand Waitakere United 2–2 1–1 2nd
New Caledonia AS Magenta 2–1 1–1
French Polynesia A.S. Manu-Ura 5–0 2–0
2010–11 OFC Champions League Group Stage New Zealand Waitakere United 1–0 1–1 1st
New Caledonia AS Magenta 3–0 1–0
French Polynesia A.S. Tefana 5–0 1–1
Final Vanuatu Amicale 4–0 2–1 6–1
2011–12 OFC Champions League Group Stage Papua New Guinea Hekari United 2–0 1–1 1st
Solomon Islands Koloale 7–3 4–1
Vanuatu Amicale 3–2 0–1
Final French Polynesia A.S. Tefana 2–1 1–0 3–1
2012–13 OFC Champions League Group Stage New Zealand Waitakere United 0–1 3–1 2nd
French Polynesia A.S. Dragon 1–3 1–1
New Caledonia Mont-Dore 12–2 2–0
Semi Final Fiji Ba 6–1 1–0 7–1
Final Vanuatu Amicale 2–1
2013–14 OFC Champions League Group Stage Fiji Nadi 3–0 2nd
French Polynesia A.S. Dragon 3–0
Vanuatu Amicale 1–0
Semi Final French Polynesia A.S. Pirae 3–0 1–2 4–2
Final Vanuatu Amicale 2–1 1–1 3–2
2014–15 OFC Champions League Group Stage Fiji Suva 3–0 1st
Solomon Islands Western United 3–0
Vanuatu Amicale 3–0
Semi Final New Caledonia Gaïtcha FCN 1–0
Final New Zealand Team Wellington 1–1 (4–3 Pens.)
2016 OFC Champions League Group Stage Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers 2–1 1st
Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors 4–0
Vanuatu Amicale 3–1
Semi Final French Polynesia A.S. Tefana 4–2
Final New Zealand Team Wellington 3–0
2017 OFC Champions League Group Stage Papua New Guinea Lae City Dwellers 2–0 1st
Solomon Islands Western United 2–1
Vanuatu Malampa Revivors 11–0
Semi Final French Polynesia A.S. Tefana 2–0 2–0 4–0
Final New Zealand Team Wellington 3–0 2–0 5–0

FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

Year FIFA Club World Cup Top goalscorer Managers
Country. Pl. W D L GS GA Name
2006 Japan 2 0 0 2 0 5 5th - 0 England Allan Jones
2009 UAE 3 2 0 1 5 5 5th New Zealand Jason Hayne 2 New Zealand Paul Posa
2011 Japan 1 0 0 1 0 2 7th - 0 Spain Ramon Tribulietx
2012 Japan 1 0 0 1 0 1 7th - 0 Spain Ramon Tribulietx
2013 Morocco 1 0 0 1 1 2 7th Fiji Roy Krishna 1 Spain Ramon Tribulietx
2014 Morocco 4 1 2 1 3 3 3rd Three Players 1 Spain Ramon Tribulietx
2015 Japan 1 0 0 1 0 2 7th - 0 Spain Ramon Tribulietx
2016 Japan 1 0 0 1 1 2 7th South Korea Kim Dae-wook 1 Spain Ramon Tribulietx

2006[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[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[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[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[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[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[edit]

For the third time, 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 0–2.

2016[edit]

For the fourth time, Auckland City was paired against the Japanese J League Champions – represented by Kashima Antlers – in the opening play-off match of the tournament. Auckland City lost 1–2.

2017[edit]

Auckland City were paired against Al Jazira, the 2016–17 UAE Pro-League league winners in the opening play-off round of the competition.

Current players and staff[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 22 October 2017[4][5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Eñaut Zubikarai
2 New Zealand DF Liam Graham
3 Japan DF Takuya Iwata
4 Croatia MF Mario Bilen
5 Spain DF Ángel Berlanga (captain)
6 New Zealand MF Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi
7 New Zealand MF Cameron Howieson
8 Spain MF Albert Riera
9 England DF Darren White
10 New Zealand FW Ryan De Vries
11 Mexico MF Fabrizio Tavano
12 New Zealand FW Kris Bright
13 New Zealand DF Alfie Rogers
No. Position Player
14 New Zealand MF Dan Morgan
16 South Korea DF Kim Dae-wook
17 New Zealand MF Reid Drake
18 New Zealand GK Danyon Drake
19 Solomon Islands MF Micah Lea'alafa
20 Argentina FW Emiliano Tade
21 New Zealand DF Harry Edge
23 Serbia DF Marko Đorđević
New Zealand FW Callum McCowatt
New Zealand MF Owen Parker-Price
New Zealand DF Harshae Raniga
New Zealand GK Conor Tracey
New Zealand DF Dalton Wilkins

Coaching staff[edit]

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

Medical staff[edit]

Position Name
Physiotherapists New Zealand Matt Payne
Club Doctor New Zealand Dr. Craig Panther

Media staff[edit]

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

Managers[edit]


Honours[edit]

International[edit]

FIFA Club World Cup.svg FIFA Club World Cup

Bronze Medal (1): 2014.

Oceanian

Champions (9): 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
Champions (1): 2014.

National

Premiers (8): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17.
Champions (6): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015.
  • ASB Charity Cup
Champions (4): 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016-17.

Friendlies

Champions (1): 2017

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. ^ "Auckland sink Setif to book spot in semis". FIFA.com. FIFA. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "ISPS Handa Premiership squads announced". New Zealand Football. 18 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Premiership Team". Auckland City. Retrieved 22 October 2017. 

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