New Zealand

FIFA Ranking : 78

It has been a long wait for whites. Their team last saw WC finals back in 1982 held in spain.New Zealand's first challenge in its qualifying campaign was the OFC Nations Cup. New Zealand won five out of the six games in the OFC Nations Cup with one loss to Fiji where Roy Krishna scored a double.
After winning the Oceania Qualification group, New Zealand needed to defeat the 5th placed AFC nation, Bahrain earned a place in this play-off after defeating Saudi Arabia on the away goals rule after drawing 2-2 in Riyadh.
New Zealand first went to Manama to play its away fixture against Bahrain, with the match ending 0-0.
On 14 November 2009, New Zealand qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after defeating Bahrain 1-0 in the second leg of their tie in front of a New Zealand record crowd in Wellington. New Zealand won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Rory Fallon in the 45th minute and a Mark Paston penalty save early in the second half.

The Manager


passion for football will serve All Whites manager Phil Warbrick well at next month's World Cup in South Africa.The former Onehunga High School first 11 captain will oversee the squad's preparation, with warm-up matches against Australia, Serbia and Slovenia before they head to the cup.


The Squad

Goalkeepers:

James Bannatyne (Team Wellington), Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix)

Defenders:

Andy Boyens (New York Red Bulls), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers), Winston Reid (FC Midtjylland), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City)

Midfielders:

Andy Barron (Team Wellington), Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix), Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Christie (FC Tampa Bay Rowdies), Aaron Clapham (Canterbury United), Simon Elliott (unattached), Michael McGlinchey (Motherwell), David Mulligan (unattached)

Forwards:

Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jets), Rory Fallon (Plymouth Argyle), Chris Killen (Middlesbrough), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United), Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion)

Man to watch:

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Shane Smeltz will be the player to watch in all whites side , Smeltz has won 30 caps and scored 16 times for his country . He has given a good performance for his club Gold Coast United too , scoring 19 from 26 matches so far .Smeltz scored nine goals on his Gold Coast United debut as Miron Bleiberg's men recorded a 12–1 victory in their inaugural outing, a friendly against Mudgeeraba SC.

FP Prediction:

They are placed in the group of defending champions Italy , Paraguay and Slovakia .Apparently an easy group but certainly not that easy for New Zealand , We at FP predict that it will be very difficult for them to qualify for round of 16 .
They are most likely to end their tournament in the group stages .
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