Central United F.C.

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Central United FC
Central United Logo
Full name Central United FC
Nickname(s) Central
Founded 1962 as Central
Ground Kiwitea Street Stadium, Sandringham, Auckland,
New Zealand
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman New Zealand Ivan Vuksich
Manager England Jose Figueira
League Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier
2016 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier, 1st (Champions)

Central United Football Club (formed in 1962) is an amateur Association football (soccer) club based in Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand. They currently compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier.

The team was officially called Central until 1996, when it added "United" to its name.


The football club, formed by a group of young Croatian immigrants from Dalmatia, played initially in the lower division of the Northern League before rising to become one of New Zealand's top football clubs by the late 1990s.


Central United FC were the New Zealand champions in 1999, 2001 and were runner-up in 1998.

Central United FC also won the Chatham Cup in 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012 and were runners-up in 2000 and 2001.


Their home ground, Kiwitea Street Stadium, is located in the suburb of Sandringham.


First-team squad[edit]

As of 15 April 2016

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 Danyon Drake
2 New Zealand GK Matti Hamnett
3 Japan DF Takuya Iwata
4 Samoa DF Faitalia Hamilton-Pama
5 New Zealand DF Jacob Hall
6 New Zealand DF Scott Hilliar
7 Serbia DF Marko Đorđević
8 Spain DF Angel Berlanga
9 New Zealand DF Finn Cochran
10 New Zealand DF Dean Lausev (Captain)
99 New Zealand MF Reid Drake
No. Position Player
11 Samoa MF Joseph Dan-Tyrell
15 New Zealand MF Ollie Wright
34 Japan MF Kenta Nakashima
39 Samoa MF Seli Fuimaono
New Zealand MF James Hoyt
New Zealand MF Mario Ilich
New Zealand FW Maro Bonsu-Maro
Kosovo FW Regont Murati
France FW Vincent Pineau
Argentina FW Emiliano Tade
New Zealand FW Nicolas Zambrano

Notable former players[edit]

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