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THE FOOTBALL MAGAZINE Issue Two, December 2014

Special Souvenir Issue

Ramon who? Auckland City’s coach steps out from beneath the radar

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STORY 5 FEATURE The Road to Morocco

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The man who always seems to be We record Auckland City’s two– there when football scores big. year campaign to qualify for the Go and see City! FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. A dozen more chances to see Windfall for clubs Auckland City live this summer. How City’s $3.22 million bounty helps New Zealand football. Around the Country

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Vicelich takes bronze

News from the regions.

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Ivan Vicelich lines up beside Sergio International Diary Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo to Our U–17s head to Samoa. take individual honours at the cup. Friends of Football

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COVER STORY The Quiet Achiever

What our group is all about, who we are and how you can join.

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Auckland City’s Spanish coach, Macular Degeneration Ramon Tribulietx, comes out from The test that could save your sight. under the radar as the world takes notice of his team’s success in Newmarket Park BBQ Morocco. A reunion at football’s former home.

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26 The Auckland City squad

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The men who took bronze.

Andrew Dewhurst’s final word.

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Not–so–sudden success for City Josh Easby Our original intention was to publish FANZ as a quarterly magazine — with, maybe, the occasional “special issue” if circumstances warranted it. We hardly expected to need such bonus publication within a week of launching the first issue! But Auckland City’s exploits at the FIFA Club World Cup took us, and the rest of the footballing world, by surprise with their amazing run of wins that landed them the bronze medal at the biggest club tournament in the world. In keeping with our aim of recognising excellence in our sport, Friends of Football decided we should produce this publication as a souvenir of a campaign that must rank close to the All Whites’ World Cup campaigns of 1982 and 2010 in terms of igniting the New Zealand public interest in football. The apparent suddenness of Auckland City’s success belies the long haul behind it. In fact, the first steps to taking

third place in Morocco were taken more than two years earlier when Auckland City began the qualifying process, with their first game of the 2012–13 ASB Premiership season. After 14 matches, City secured second place in the competition, ensuring qualification to the Oceania Football Confederation Champions’ League to be contested in 2014. The club then had to navigate its way through six matches (of which it won only three) to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. By the time the side lined up to play Mexican champions Cruz Azul for bronze medals and $3.22 million of prizemoney, it was City’s 24th match of a long campaign. It capped a period of intensive preparation when coach Ramon Tribulietx and his players trained 180 times in the last 200 days. So much for sudden success.

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New Zealand football owes much to Auckland City for giving the game a boost, especially ahead of a 2015 that will see our All Whites and Football Ferns go in search of World Cup success, and we’ll host the FIFA U–20 World Cup. About 113,000 people logged into the NZ Herald’s live blog covering the semi–final against Argentina’s San Lorenzo, making it one of the five most–read sports stories on the site in 2014. The team and coach became late entries to the Halberg Sports Awards, thanks to quick thinking by New Zealand Football, and Ivan Vicelich was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours. And half of City’s $3.22 million bounty will be shared with other clubs and NZF. The best way we can thank City is to get to one of their remaining games (see pages 34–35).

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MOROCCO A Special Tribute to Auckland City

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THE ROAD

A Auckland City's Manel Exposito celebrates his second goal with his fans during du the 2012–13 ASB Premiership Grand Final won 4–3 by Waitakere United in extra time at Fred Taylor Park Whenuapai.

STEP 1 – LOCAL QUALIFICATION AUCKLAND CITY took their first steps to the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup Finals on November 3, 2012, when they kicked off their ASB Premiership campaign with a 5–2 win against Canterbury United at Kiwitea Street. By March 2013, City had secured second position in the league, entitling them and champions Waitakere United to participate in the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League.

Team Pld Waitakere United 14 AUCKLAND CITY 14 Canterbury United 14 Hawke's Bay Utd 14 Team Wellington 14 Waikato FC 14 Otago United 14 YoungHeart Manawatu 14 6

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TO MOROCCO STEP 2 – OCEANIA TOURNAMENT Auckland City’s starting line–up against Amicale in their group match.

IN APRIL 2014, Auckland City headed for Fiji to take part in the OFC Champions League in which the winner would qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. Auckland City’s rivals in the OFC Champions League were qualifying teams from New Zealand (Waitakere United), Fiji, Tahiti, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga. The winners of the three tournament groups qualified for two– legged semi–finals, with the best–performing runner–up from the group (which was Auckland City).

Auckland City 3 Nadi (Fiji) 0

Game 1 Group B

Churchill Park, Lautoka. April 8, 2014 Scorers Auckland City: Joao Moreira (12‘), Dae Wook Kim (23’), Emiliano Tade (40’).

Dragon (Tahiti) 0 Auckland City 3

Game 2 Group B

Churchill Park, Lautoka. April 11, 2014 Scorers Auckland City: Dae Wook Kim (14’), Emiliano Tade (48’), João Moreira (59’).

Amicale (Vanuatu) 1 Auckland City 0

Game 3 Group B

Churchill Park, Lautoka. April 14, 2014 Scorers Amicale: Dominique Fred (45’+1).

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Auckland City 3 Pirae (Tahiti) 0

Semi–final 1st leg

Kiwitea Street, Auckland. April 26, 2014 Scorers Auckland City: Emiliano Tade (36’, 90’+3), João Moreira (68’).

Pirae (Tahiti) 2 Auckland City 1

Semi–final 2nd leg

Stade Pater Te Hono Nui, Pirae. May 3, 2014 Scorers Pirae: Jimmy Tepa (4’), Naea Bennett (40’). Auckland City: Emiliano Tade (36’, 90’+3), João Moreira (68’).

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Final 1st leg

Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila. May 10, 2014 Scorers Amicale: Dominique Fred (75’). Auckland City: Emiliano Tade (29’).

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Auckland City’s Dae Wook Kim celebrates his goal against Dragon (Tahiti). Photo: Shane Wenzlick, Phototek.

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FIFA CLUB WO REAL MADRID Europe

MOGHREB TÉTOUAN Host country qualifier

CRUZ AZUL North, Central & Caribbean

ES SÉTIF Africa

Past winners 2013: FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 2012: Corinthians (Brazil) 2011: FC Barcelona (Spain) 2010: FC Internazionalse (Italy) 2009: FC Barcelona (Spain) 2008: Manchester United (England) 2007: AC Milan (Italy) 2006: SC Internacional (Brazil) 2005: Sao Paulo (Brazil) 2000: Coringthians (Brazil)

SAN LORENZO South America

Since 2005, the FIFA Club World Cup has been staged as a tournament, featuring the representatives of football’s continents.

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RLD CUP 2014 The other qualifiers Real Madrid qualified for Morocco by beating Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon in May. Algeria’s ES Setif qualified for their first appearance at the Club World Cup by beating Congo DR’s Vita Club on away goals when drawing 3-3 in the CAF Champions League Final. Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers qualified by beating Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal 1-0 on aggregate in the 2014 Asian FC

Champions League. Mexican club Cruz Azul beat Toluca in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League to make their first appearance at the world finals. Argentina’s San Lorenzo defeated Paraguay’s Nacional in the 2014 Copa Libertadores final, enabling them to make their debut at the finals. Moghreb Tetouan won the Moroccan League title to qualify as the host nation’s representative.

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THE FINALS PLAY–OFF FOR QUARTER FINALS MOGHREB TÉTOUAN

AUCKLAND CITY

12 Mohamed El Yousfi 3 Mohamed Abarhoun (c) 5 Serigne Fall 6 Mehdi Khallati 8 Noussair El Maimouni (off 98’) 9 Mouhssine Iajour (off 46’) 17 Mohammed Faouzi (off 94’) 19 Zouheir Naim 20 Ahmed Jahouh 24 Abdelmaoula El Hardoumi 26 Abdeladim Khadrouf

1 Tamati Williams 3 Takuya Iwata 4 Mario Bilen 5 Angel Berlanga 6 John Irving 8 Tim Payne 10 Ryan De Vries 15 Ivan Vicelich (c) 17 Marko Dordevic 20 Emiliano Tade (off 68’) 25 Fabrizio Tavano (off 107’)

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SUBSTITUTES El Assimi Baba Alla Youssef Bouchatta Zaid Krouch (on 46’) El Mehdi Azim Anas Lamrabat Bilal Zarouh Abdessamad Rafik Said Grada (on 98’) Anouar Hadouir Hamza El Moussaoui Salman Ouald El Haj (on 94’)

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SUBSTITUTES Lewis Caunter Jacob Spoonley Simon Arms James Pritchett Darren White (on 68’) Cameron Lindsay Sanna Issa (on 107’) David Browne Andrew Milne Sam Burfoot Joao Moreira (injured) Dae Wook Kim (injured)

OFFICIALS Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA). Assistant referees: Leonel Leal (CRC), Gerson Lopez (GUA). Fourth official: Pedro Proenca (POR). 12

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Moghreb Tétouan 0 Auckland City 0 Auckland won 4–3 on penalties, after extra time. Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, Rabat. December 10, 2014 Attendance: 35,247

GOALSCORERS

THE OPPOSITION

PENALTY SHOOT OUT Jahouh Saved Payne GOAL Krouch GOAL Irving GOAL Fall GOAL White GOAL Naim GOAL Bilen Saved Khallati Post Issa GOAL

Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan had to wait 90 years before celebrating their maiden Moroccan national league title, which came in 2012 and was repeated in 2013, earning qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup. Founded in 1922 by a group of Atletico Madrid supporters residing in the northern Moroccan city of Tetouan, the club competed in the Spanish league during the 1950s. Star players were Zouheir Naim, who top–scored in the Moroccan league last season, “The team has achieved its objectives in qualifying national team defender Mohamed Abarhoun for the competition. Some people are comparing us and midfielder Ahmed Jahouh. to Raja (Morocco’s representative at the 213 cup), but they have a lot more experience than us at this level. We’ll see what destiny has in store for us in the opening match.” — Moghreb Tétouan coach Aziz El TEMPERATURE 140 Amri. m/s

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“We want to be a little bit more competitive than last year and then who knows,. We know how good we are, we know where we’re coming from and I think we’re pretty sure what we have to do to be competitive and then life will tell after that.” — Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx.

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HUMIDITY

MATCH STATISTICS Moghreb Tétouan

Auckland City

54%

POSSESSION

46%

9 4 5

GOAL ATTEMPTS

9 5 4

ON TARGET

“Penalties are always a bit of a lottery, but if you OFF TARGET look at the match as a whole, then we deserved CORNERS to win. I’m proud of the players. They pressed well 2 4 and played aggressively. It’s without a doubt the FREE KICKS 18 20 biggest moment of my career. Beating the Moroccan SAVES 1 1 champions here in front of a crowd like this — it doesn’t get much better than that. The players are obviously exhausted and now we need to recover as quickly as possible and prepare for the next game. Then we’ll do it all again and give it everything we’ve Moghreb Tétouan coach Aziz El Amri resigned got.” — Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx. from his role three days after match.

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THE FINALS QUARTER FINAL ES SÉTIF

AUCKLAND CITY

1 Sofiane Khedairia 4 Said Arroussi 6 Amine Megateli 8 Ahmed Gasmi (off 65’) 9 Mohamed Benyettou 18 Lyes Boukria 20 Farid Mellouli (c) 25 El Hedi Belameiri (off 69’) 26 Mohamed Lagraa 29 Toufik Zerara 30 Eudes Dagoulou (off 46’)

1 Tamati Williams 3 Takuya Iwata 4 Mario Bilen 5 Angel Berlanga 6 John Irving 8 Tim Payne 10 Ryan De Vries (off 90’+1) 15 Ivan Vicelich (c) 17 Marko Dordevic 20 Emiliano Tade 25 Fabrizio Tavano (off 86’)

SUBSTITUTES Sofiane Younes (on 69’) Akram Djahnit (on 46’) Sid Lamri Mohamed Rait Benjamin Ze Ondo Abdelmalik Ziaya (on 65’) Issam Baouz Omar Saadoune Zahir Nemdil Abderaouf Belhani Sofiane Bouchar Ilias Korbiaa

SUBSTITUTES Lewis Caunter Jacob Spoonley Simon Arms James Pritchett Darren White (on 90’+1) Cameron Lindsay Sanna Issa (on 86’) David Browne Andrew Milne Sam Burfoot Joao Moreira (injured) Dae Wook Kim (injured)

3 10 13 16 17 19 21 22 23 24 35 91

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OFFICIALS Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR). Assistant referees: Bertino Miranda (POR), Jose Trigo (POR). Fourth official: Walter Lopez (GUA). 14

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ES Sétif 0 Auckland City 1 Auckland City: Irving (52’) Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, Rabat. December 13, 2014 Attendance: 22,153

WINNING GOAL

THE OPPOSITION

Centre back John Irving went forward for a corner early in the second half. The cross fell among a cluster of players but Irving reacted quickest, poking it past a defender and slotting it inside the near post, past Khedairia’s outstretched fingertips.

Entente Sportive de Sétif are the only Algerian team to have won the Afro–Asian Club Championship and the Arab Champions League. ES Sétif’s historic triumph in the CAF Champions League, their first victory in the competition, was the first by an Algerian club since 1988. Teams overhauled by ES Sétif in the league were Coton Sport (Cameroon), Esperance (Tunisia), Al–Ahly “The team that dominates possession in midfield Benghazi (Libya), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia), four–times is likely to win — that’s what we noticed in the champions TP Mazembe and Congolese site AS game between Auckland and Moghreb Tétouan. Vita Club in a two–legged final. As African champions, we need to avoid making any silly mistakes to reach the last four, which is our main goal here, in our first appearance.” — ES Sétif TEMPERATURE 160 midfielder Mohamed Lagraa.

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“We’ve got to recover as best we can from a tough first game that took a lot out of us. Sétif play in a similar style to Tétouan; they’re technically very strong and perhaps a little more defensively focused. We’ll prepare with those things in mind and hopefully we’ll be able to put in another good performance.” — Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx.

AFTER “Auckland are a very well organised side defensively and were always a threat on the break, but we just simply didn’t play well enough today and we’re obviously disappointed because of that.” — ES Sétif coach Kheireddine Madoui.

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MATCH STATISTICS ES Sétif

Auckland City

60%

POSSESSION

40%

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GOAL ATTEMPTS

11 5 6

7 16 1

CORNERS

ON TARGET OFF TARGET

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“I’m really proud of my players. To put in a performance like that against the winners of the African Champions League, after a really tough 120 minutes in our first game, is just unbelievable. We’ve played two games and not conceded a goal yet, and Auckland City are only the third club to score at now we’re in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup.” three different FIFA Club World Cups — they join Barcelona (Spain) and Monterrey (Mexico). — Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx.

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THE FINALS SEMI FINAL SAN LORENZO

AUCKLAND CITY

12 Sebastian Torrico 3 Mario Yepes 5 Juan Mercier (c) 7 Julio Buffarin 8 Enzo Kalinsk (off 77’) 9 Martin Cauteruccio 11 Pablo Barrientos 14 Walter Kannemann 20 Nestor Ortigoza (off 109’) 21 Emmanuel Mas 30 Gonzalo Veron (off 68’)

1 Tamati Williams 3 Takuya Iwata 4 Mario Bilen 5 Angel Berlanga 6 John Irving 8 Tim Payne 10 Ryan De Vries (off 90’+1) 15 Ivan Vicelich (c) 17 Marko Dordevic (off 96’) 20 Emiliano Tade (off 90’+3) 25 Fabrizio Tavano (off 100’)

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SUBSTITUTES Leonardo Franco Mauro Cetto Leandro Romagnoli (on 68’) Ramiro Arias Hector Villalba Nicolas Blandi Juan Cavallaro Mauro Matos (on 77’) Matias Catalan Fabricio Fontannini Facundo Quignon (on 109’) Jose Devechi

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SUBSTITUTES Lewis Caunter Jacob Spoonley Simon Arms James Pritchett Darren White (on 90’+1) Cameron Lindsay Sanna Issa (on 96’) David Browne (on 90’+3) Andrew Milne Sam Burfoot (on 100’) Joao Moreira (injured) Dae Wook Kim (injured)

OFFICIALS Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS). Assistant referees: Matthew Cream (AUS), Paul Cetrangolo (AUS). Fourth official: Noumandiez Doue (CIV). 16

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San Lorenzo 2 Auckland City 1 (AET) San Lorenzo: Barrientos (45’+2), Matos (93’). Auckland: Berlanga (67’). Le Grand Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech. December 17, 2014 Attendance: 18,458

WINNING GOAL

THE OPPOSITION

San Lorenzo are the fourth most successful side in Argentina, with 15 league championship wins. El Ciclón, as they are known, have also won three international trophies. Founded in 1908, the Buenos Aires club had long wanted to win South America’s top club prize, the Copa Libertadores. After winning the 2013 Torneo Inicial under Juan Antonio Pizzi, coach Edgardo Bauza was hired with the brief of winning the cup. Success has ““The Club World Cup is a tournament you really prompted persistent reports that Bauza will soon want to play in, and just being here is going to take land a South American national team job. our levels of concentration and motivation up a level. I hope we can reach the final because there’s a lot at stake and because we’re representing CONMEBOL, a confederation with a great history behind it.” — San TEMPERATURE 160 Lorenzo coach Edgardo Bauza. San Lorenzo substitute Mauro Matos (32) scored the winner three minutes into extra time. Auckland City defender John Irving tried to clear a ball from the penalty box but his mishit clearance fell to Matos who finished well from 15 metres, giving goalkeeper Takati Williams no chance.

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CONDITIONS

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“I’ve got no idea how they play. All I know is that they’re on another level ... Who knows what might happen? I’m sure our coach will pass all the information on, just as he did against Sétif.” — Auckland City defender John Irving.

HUMIDITY

MATCH STATISTICS San Lorenzo

Auckland City

AFTER

43%

POSSESSION

57%

“We were very anxious. We knew that we were favourites and the onus was on us to live up to that out on the pitch. There were a lot of nerves.” — San Lorenzo goalscorer Mauro Matos.

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GOAL ATTEMPTS

OFF TARGET

7 4 3

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CORNERS

2

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“We’re the moral victors. We had the chance to win FREE KICKS 28 28 the game in normal time. My players are obviously devastated because we came so close to winning. SAVES 1 5 We’re very proud of the way we played today and we’ll remember it for a long time. We were brave, had a lot of possession against the South American champions, and showed that we can compete at this th high level and play good football.” — Auckland City Angel Berlanga’s 64 minute booking was his second for the tournament, meaning he was coach Ramon Tribulietx. automatically suspended for the next match.

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THE FINALS RD

PLAY–OFF FOR 3 PLACE CRUZ AZUL

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1 Jose Corona 3 Francisco Rodriguez 4 Julio Cesar Domingues 6 Gerardo Torrado (c) 33 Mauro Formica 8 Marco Fabian (off 85’) 11 Joao Rojas 15 Gerardo Flores 18 Ismael Valadez 19 Alejandro Vela 21 Xavier Baez (off 46’)

24 Jacob Spoonley 3 Takuya Iwata 4 Mario Bilen 9 Darren White 6 John Irving 8 Tim Payne 10 Ryan De Vries 15 Ivan Vicelich (c) (off 80’) 23 Sam Burfoot (off 57’) 20 Emiliano Tade (off 90’+1) 25 Fabrizio Tavano

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SUBSTITUTES Fausto Pinto Alejandro Castro Pablo Barrera Hugo Pavone (on 85’) ChristianGimenez (on 46’) Guillermo Allison Rogelio Chav Emanuel Loeschbor Pablo Torres Anibal Zurdo Yosgart Gutierrez Hernan Bernadello

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SUBSTITUTES Lewis Caunter Jacob Spoonley Simon Arms James Pritchett (on 90’+1) Angel Berlanga (suspended) Cameron Lindsay (on 80’) Sanna Issa (on 57’) David Browne Andrew Milne Marko Dordevic (injured) Joao Moreira (injured) Dae Wook Kim (injured)

OFFICIALS Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR). Assistant referees: Bertino Miranda (POR), Jose Trigo (POR). Fourth official: Enrique Osses (CHI). 18

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Cruz Azul 1 Auckland City 1 Cruz Azul: Rojas (57’). Auckland: De Vries (45’+2). City win 4–2 on pens. Le Grand Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech. December 20, 2014 Attendance: 38,345

GOALSCORERS

THE OPPOSITION

PENALTY SHOOT OUT Payne GOAL Gimenez GOAL Irving Bar Formica Miss White GOAL Rodriguez GOAL Pritchett GOAL Valadez Saved Issa GOAL

Cruz Azul have played in eight CONCACAF Champions League finals since the tournament began in 1962. Including their 2014 success, the Mexicans have won the competition six times, more than any other club. Since the format of the competition changed in 2008, Cruz Azul have reached three of the six finals. The team provided the core of the Mexico team that won gold at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 and the side arrived in Morocco confident it “We want to go into the game with a strong will would perform well. to win as it’s a very important match for us.” — Cruz Azul coach Luis Fernando Tena.

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CONDITIONS

““My team have performed exceptionally well regardless of whether we win the last game or not. We’ve had a fantastic tournament. Naturally the players are very tired as they’ve been taken to extra time twice now. In any case, we can be very proud of what we’ve shown in this competition, and we’ve got to build on that. Hopefully this will be the start of a long and successful journey for Auckland City.”.” — Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx.

AFTER “I was impressed by the physical and mental strength of the Auckland City players, who’ve had to play one game after another. They’re exceptional players and I’d be happy to have them in my team. I’d like to congratulate our opponents for taking third place because they thoroughly deserve it.“ — Cruz Azul coach Luis Fernando Tena.

200 8 m/s 56%

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MATCH STATISTICS Cruz Azul

Auckland City

55%

POSSESSION

45%

13 8 5

GOAL ATTEMPTS

7 4 3

5 8 3

CORNERS

ON TARGET OFF TARGET

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“I’m the happiest man in the world because we’ve overcome every hurdle. Half of my players are amateurs but we haven’t lost a single match (in This game was Auckland City’s 12th at a FIFA Club normal time) here. We deserve to finish where we World Cup tournament, equalling the record held by Al Ahly of Egypt. have.” — Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx. 19

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THE FINALS RANKINGS & PRIZEMONEY 1 Real Madrid (Spain) 2 San Lorenzo (Argentina)

US$5.0 million US$4.0 million

3 Auckland City (New Zealand) 4 Cruz Azul (Mexico) 5 ES Sétif (Algeria) 6 Western Sydney Wanderers (Australia) 7 Moghreb Tétouan (Morocco)

US$2.5 million US$2.0 million US$1.5 million US$1.0 million US$0.5 million

Windfall for New Zealand clubs New Zealand’s ASB Premiership clubs will receive an unexpected but welcome cash windfall from Auckland City’s success in Morocco. Under an agreement between clubs, they’ll each receive six–figure sums. By finishing third at the FIFA Club World Cup, Auckland City receive prizemoney of US$2.5 million — that converts to about NZ$3.22 million. “We have an agreement in New Zealand that the participant at the FIFA Club World Cup splits half of any prizemoney with our national federation, New Zealand Football, and the other clubs in the ASB Premiership,” explained City chairman Ivan Vuksich. That opens the way for Wellington Phoenix, Wanderers SC, WaiBOP United, Waitakere United, Canterbury United, Southern United, Hawke’s Bay United and Team Wellington 20

to share the spoils of Auckland City’s success. The half of the prizemoney not destined for NZ Football and other clubs will cover the costs of Auckland City’s participation, and provide a share to be split with the players, all of whom are essentially amateurs. Most had to take time off work to travel to Morocco. Such was their commitment to the cause, the players trained 180 times in the 200 days leading up to the tournament. Meanwhile, the club’s efforts in Morocco didn’t come cheap. Vuksich told reporters that participation in the Oceania

Champions League cost the club about $100,000 and it then spent about $150,000 preparing for the tournament in Morocco. Costs included a training camp in Dubai and a friendly match, drawn 0–0 with Uzbekistan in the lead–up to the tournament. The club also incurred airfares and travel costs associated with the official cup draw, team workshop and inspection visits required prior to the tournament. Outgoings rose further when the team continued to remain in the tournament, incurring extra accommodation costs and re– arranged airfares home. FANZ: THE FOOTBALL MAGAZINE


From left, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Ivan Vicelich. Photo courtesy of FIFA.com.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS Gold Ball

Silver Ball

Bronze Ball

Sergio Ramos

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ivan Vicelich

Defender, 28 Real Madrid

Forward, 29 Real Madrid

Defender or midfielder, 38 Auckland City

Ramos, who joined Real Madrid in 2005 in a €27 million transfer from Sevilla, scored in the semi– final and final of the tournament to help his team win the cup. He has played 124 times for Spain, winning a FIFA World Cup winner’s medal in 2010 and European championships in 2008 and 2012.

Ronaldo became the world’s most expensive footballer when Manchester United sold him to Real Madrid in 2009 €94 million. He has made 118 appearances for Portugal and won the Ballon d’Or (European Footballer of the Year) in 2009 and 2013, and was judged FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009.

Vicelich has represented New Zealand 88 times in full internationals, more than any other player. Individual awards include NZ international Player of the Year 2002, Oceania Footballer of the Year 2009 and Friends of Football’s Medal of Excellence 2014. He’s played more than 120 games for Auckland City.

"This has been the most important year of my life not just professionally but from a personal level. I became a father and I have won four titles with Real (Copa del Rey, Champions League, European Super Cup, Club World Cup) this year."

“We have a spirit that can take us to more titles. It would be a dream that 2015 is better than 2014. It’s possible to achieve because we’re in with a shout in every competition. We will go until the death to secure every title we can.”

“We wanted to show the world that we could compete against the best, and we managed it. We did ourselves proud in each match, which is really important for a team from New Zealand. ... Nobody thought we'd get this far.”

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The quiet achiever with big ambitions RAMON TRIBULIETX has been the quiet achiever of New Zealand football since first arriving in Auckland in 2008. The Spaniard arrived at Auckland City as an assistant coach, with friend Xavi Roca, a right back who had spent 11 years with FC Barcelona making four first team appearances before leaving for Villarreal and then Espanyol with whom he played in Spain’s top league, the Primera Liga. The pair were attracted by the chance to try their luck with an ambitious club keen to learn to play a different style of football, based around passing and possession. Tribulietx’s arrival at the club was low key. Most of the publicity was around Roca’s signing and the club’s other big capture that year — defender Ivan Vicelich who had returned to New Zealand after eight seasons in Holland. While Roca returned to Europe for his own coaching career (he is currently Director of Football for Cypriot First Division club AEK Larnaca FC), Tribulietx has remained, spending eight months of the year in New Zealand.

The rest of the time, he usuallly heads back to Spain where he was born in Barcelona on September 20, 1972. There, he grew up watching FC Barcelona, his father being a season ticket holder for 12 years. Tribulietx played in the Spanish second division, a skillful player but not destined for greatness. Instead, he looked to coaching for his future in football. Having gained a degree in Physical Education and Sport in 1998, he got the chance to become assistant coach at Spanish Segunda Division B club UE Sant Andreu in 2005 at the age of 33. From there he took on a similar role with UE Fijueres and UE Castelldefels, clubs from his native Catalonia. In 2008, he made his first foray to New Zealand where he became assistant coach at Auckland City. Tribulietx gained his Oceania Football Confederation B Licence for coaching in his first year in this country. The following year, as Paul Posa’s assistant, Tribulietx had

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his first taste of success on the world stage when Auckland surprised at the FIFA Club World Cup, landing 5th place. When Posa stepped down from the head coaching role, Tribulietx co–coached City with Aaron McFarland, again winning the Oceania Champions League. The Spaniard has since had sole charge of the team and led the club to three successive Oceania Champions League titles. Last season he engineered the club’s clean sweep of domestic honours, taking the ASB Charity Cup, ASB Minor Premiership and ASB Premiership titles. In December, he took Auckland City to Morocco for the club’s sixth appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup, emboldened by the experience gained at previous tournaments and armed with game plans to play a type of football that would starve opponents of possession. “I believe in this style of play. It’s what I was brought up with and have preached all my life,” he told reporters. “We’ve been working for years 23


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to show people that we can keep possession of the ball, even if we are a team from New Zealand.” Says City captain Ivan Vicelich: “Ramon has implemented a great style of football and what it’s meant to us is that we have competed on the world stage. We’ve had possession, we haven’t just hung on to the game, and we’ve come away with some very credible results; we’ve beaten champions of continents ... it’s unheard of.” So what happens next for Tribulietx, and will his success in Morocco inevitably mean he’ll be lost to New Zealand? Auckland City chairman Ivan Vuksich is philosophical. “The world now knows how good he is and I think we’ll have trouble holding on to him. If he stays till the end of the season I’ll be delighted,” he said. Missing out on the All Whites coaching job appears to have shut the door on more international exposure from a New Zealand base. Asked by the NZ Herald’s Chris Rattue about the national job, the Spaniard diplomatically said Ramon Tribulietx might be dining at the top table of world football it wasn’t the time to discuss that. as a coach — but he’s still willing (and able) to pull on the boots for “They have a new coach who a game at local level. deserves the chance to develop Last season, as a 41–year–old, the Auckland City coach turned out in whatever he wants to develop,” midfield for Northern League Second Division side Warkworth. he said of Anthony Hudson. He was persuaded to play by Warkworth coach Paul Gothard, his Meanwhile, Tribulietx makes friend and All Whites goalkeeping coach. no secret of his ambitions. Gothard was Auckland City’s goalkeeper when Tribulietx first arrived “I’d like to take my career from Spain. forward, I’m not going to deny After Auckland City’s success in Morocco, Gothard Tweeted his friend: that. If it’s going to happen, it’ll “Can Warkworth afford to have you back?” happen.” Above: Tribulietx shows his style for Warkworth against Papakura City But he won’t forget the in the Northern League. opportunity given him by an Auckland City eager to learn a new playing style. “I am very, very grateful to this club. They gave me an unbelievable opportunity and trusted my ideas and will be in my heart for the rest of my life.” FANZ: THE FOOTBALL MAGAZINE


“The world now knows how good he is and I think we’ll have trouble holding on to him. If he stays till the end of the season I’ll be delighted.” — Ivan Vuksich, Auckland City chairman

Out from under the radar In the space of a fortnight, Ramon Tribulietx went from relative anonymity to a national hero, While organisers of the prestigious Halberg Sports Awards hurriedly added him to the list of nominees for Coach of the Year, our media tried to find out more about the coach who had managed to stay beneath the nation’s radar for so long. Has any other coach at this level got a shorter Wikipedia entry (a mere four sentences, even after Auckland’s successs in Morocco)? With the man himself spending Christmas in Spain, there’s still much to know about the nation’s newest hero. But here are a few clues to what makes him tick. Technical advice Tribulietx has acquired a reputation for using video and intensive study of opponents to

get the best from his teams. As well as Auckland City, he’s also worked as a Technical Advisor to the Canadian Women’s National Team for the 2012 London Olympics, and to the New Zealand squad at the 2011 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Mexico. Childhood hero Thanks to an interview by the NZ Herald’s Chris Rattue, we know Tribulietx grew up admiring a German midfielder who played

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for Barcelona, Bernd Schuster. “He could play everything — short passing, an unbelievable long ball.” Late starter Tribulietx didn’t play his first game of competitive football till the age of 7, but went on to become what he describes as a “deep lying No 10”. The ball is everything Tribulietx says every part of every training session must require work with the ball. 25


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Defender Angel Berlanga (opposite) joined Auckland City in 2010, having played his previous football for CF Rayo Majadahonda, a Spanish club based in Madrid. Apart from a brief spell in the Indian i–League with Goa, Berlanga has been a key part of the City defence, and this was his fourth FIFA Club World Cup campaign with the club, having been to Japan (2011, 2012) and Morocco (2013).

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Defender John Irving (left) was a youth player with English Premier League club Everton, and represented England at U–16 level. He joined Auckland City in 2013 and went to the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. At the 2014 tournament, he scored a memorable goal that won the quarter–final against ES Sétif. He was Auckland City’s Player of the Year for 2014.

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Striker Ryan De Vries (right) celebrates a goal during the OFC President’s Cup in November with strike partner Emiliano Tade (20). Born in Cape Town, De Vries left South Africa for New Zealand where he now qualifies to play for the national side after three seasons with Waitakere United before joining Auckland City. In Morocco, he scored the crucial goal against Cruz Azul in the play–off for third place.

10 Ryan De Vries New Zealand Forward

11 Cameron Lindsay New Zealand Midfielder

13 João Moreira Portugal Forward

14 Sanni Issi Nigeria Forward

15 Ivan Vicelich New Zealand Defender/midfielder

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Midfielder Lindsay Cameron (right) is one of six All Whites in the Auckland City squad, and has represented his country at U–17, U–20 and U–23 levels, with one full international. Other City All Whites are Tamati Williams, Jacob Spoonley, Tim Payne, James Pritchett and Ivan Vicelich, New Zealand’s most capped international player.

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Auckland’s Sam Burfoot tangles with Team Wellington’s Henry Fa’arodo and Luis Corrales during the ASB Charity Cup 2014. Burfoot was Auckland City’s Young Player of the Year in 2014.

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18 Lewis Caunter England Goalkeeper

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Forward Fabrizio Tovana (25) left his native Mexico for New Zealand as a 12–year–old when his journalist father emigrated. Tovana left home at 15 in search of professional football and in the decade since he has played for Italian clubs Vicenza Calcio, Carpi Calcio and Pisa Calcio as well as Mexican outfit Santos Laguna. “Moving to another country on your own when you’re 15 is not very easy at all, but my dream since I was a kid was to make it as a professional footballer.”

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EVER–PRESENT ARTHUR: Top, Arthur in the squad photograph for New Zealand’s 1973 World Cup campaign. Above left, Arthur with members of the 1982 World Cup Finals squad at a team reunion. Above, right, Arthur waves the big stick at Auckland City’s Mario Bilen (left) and Ivan Vicelich during a recovery sessionat the FIFA Club World Cup, Morocco. Left, Arthur and City celebrate winning the ASB Premiership. FANZ: THE FOOTBALL MAGAZINE


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urely no New Zealand football figure has been in the right place at the right time as often — or as effectively — as Arthur Egan.

Since his first official role in football as the collator of weekend results for the Auckland Football Association in 1956, Egan has been central to many of the country’s most successful team efforts. In 1973, he was the team liaison officer for the All Whites, gaining vital experience for his role as team manager for the national squad that went to the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain. When Auckland City formed in 2004, he joined the club as its property steward — and is the longest–serving staff member at the club. He has been a key part of City’s FIFA Club World Cup campaigns in Japan 2006, UAE in 2009, Japan again in 2011 and 2012 and Morocco 2013 and 2014. In 2007 he filled a similar role with the NZ side to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Korea. For his half century of commitment to the game, Egan is a Life Member of New Zealand Football and of the Auckland Football Federation. When receiving his NZF Life Membership in 2007, Egan said he had never gone in search of honours or to make money from football. “I have had a wonderful 50 years. I have never got into a fight with anyone,” he said. John Adshead, coach of the 1982 All Whites, once wrote of Egan: “Occasionally in life you strike a bit of luck, but very rarely do you find a gem that turns into something special. That was the case for me and the NZFA when we ‘found’ Arthur. “Some people called him the kit man ... but they would be wrong, very wrong. He was much more than that. When you talk human resource management he was a genius, he kept our sanity and spirit together.” OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF FRIENDS OF FOOTBALL

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South Island lands two titles A “STRINGENT DEBRIEF” after losing the grand final a year agp was instrumental in the Nelson Marlborough Falcons securing this season’s ASB Youth League, says victorious coach Mark Johnston. Johnston said the Falcons results speak for themselves Meanwhile, Mainlaind Pride applied the lessons learned in in that aspect. I think we’ve won back–to–back ASB Women’s this campaign — only their third improved in the areas we had to League titles, beating the NZ and it’s all fallen into place.” season in the league. Development squad 3–1 in the Going into the final round Grand Final in Christchurch. “We had a very stringent debrief after losing that final of games in December, the Coach Gareth Turnbull said: comprehensively to Auckland South Islanders trailed on goal “We’re over the moon, we’ve just difference to arch rivals Waitakere had a big release of emotion, it’s City,” Johnston said. “As a coaching staff and with United. Waitakere could only a lot of work to put in and with a the players we reflected on some manage a 2–2 draw while the new group it’s very special. demolished Team areas we needed to improve and Falcons “Last year was very special, but in the short three months we’ve Wellington to take the league to do it in front of the community had this time around we’ve been which this season was played as here who have supported us so able to implement a lot of those a combined North Island/South much the last three years — they Island competition, decided on a are a great crowd — to be able things. “I guess you could say the full round robin of fixtures. to do it in front of them is huge.”

FOOTBALL LOSES THREE STALWARTS New Zealand football lost three stalwarts over Christmas with the deaths of a former All White, a pioneering broadcaster and a leading club administrator. Friends of Football sends their condolences to the friends and families of: Colin Latimour (68) died suddenly on Christmas Eve. Colin played 20 times for New Zealand, including the 1973 World Cup qualifying campaign, and was a key defender in the Eastern Suburbs national league side of the early 1970s. Trevor Rigby (83), who also died on Christmas Eve, was one of football’s early commentators, calling the action from many a game in Wellington. He was one of five life members of the NZ Football Media Association. Ian Paton (74) died on December 20 at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland. He was a former chairman of Manurewa AFC and a life member at Papakura City. Ian was also a life member of Counties– Manukau Football Association. 36

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INTERNATIONAL DIARY How to follow our national teams THE FOOTBALL O MAGAZINE GAZINE JANUARY 2015: The New Zealand U–17 squad heads to Samoa to take part in the Oceania Football Confederation U–17 tournament that kicks off on January 13 and culminates in the final at Pago Park Soccer Stadium on January 26. New Zealand will play in Group A against Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. Group B involves Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and American Samoa. Goalkeepers Reuben Clark (Onehunga Sports/Auckland Football), Michael Woud (Waitakere City/ Northern Football). Defenders Sione Fa’apoi (Fencibles Utd AFC/Auckland Football), Luke Johnson (Hamilton Wanderers/ WaiBOP Football), Ben Mata (Onehunga Sports/Auckland Football), Jack-Henry Sinclair (Three Kings Utd/Central Football), Liam Williams (WaiBOP Utd/WaiBOP Football), Sam Wilson (Wellington Phoenix/Mainland Football). Midfielders Oliver Ceci (Queenstown Rovers/Football South), Billy Jones (Onehunga Sports/ Auckland Football), Daniel Lough (Birkenhead Utd AFC/ Northern Football), Louie Mills (Birkenhead Utd AFC/Northern Football), Sarpreet Singh (Onehunga Sports/Auckland Football). Forwards Jack Anderson (East Coast

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FRIENDS Our aims & purpose Friends of Football is an independent group of people with a common interest in sharing their love of the ‘beautiful game’ and its rich and proud history as the globe’s most popular team sport. We’re passionate about protecting and promoting the positive aspects of the game to others — young and old — and the benefits it provides to the wider community. Our Vision We’ll create opportunities for people to share their love of football without boundaries of age, colour/ethnicity, gender or status. Our Mission  To promote the positive aspects of football as widely as possible, particularly among young people.  To foster fellowship and a love for the game among friends spanning all spheres of football — playing, administering, officiating or supporting — from the cradle to the grave. Our Goals/Objectives  To promote and enhance the profile of football through our membership. 38

 To acknowledge and salute those who have made a significant contribution to NZ Football  To encourage greater publicity and promotion for football at all levels and to support national men’s women’s and junior teams both at home and abroad  To foster social and business networking opportunities between members.

HOW TO JOIN US it costs just $25 a year to be a member of Friends of Football. To join, write to FoF, PO Box 9076, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, or email details to Barbara Cox at b_cox@xtra.co.nz. Send cheque to Friends of Football or pay direct to our bank account, providing your surname as reference. Bank BNZ Dominion Road — 02 0144 0285148 00.

 To generate the same passion and zeal for our national teams playing at home similar to cricket’s ‘Beige Brigade’ and the Phoenix ‘Yellow Fever.’  To develop a ‘home’ for football memorabilia which could, in time, become a showpiece for local and international visitors.  To provide a means to be able to offer talented juniors the opportunity to train and trial with a professional club in New Zealand or abroad.  To inspire talented young Kiwi male and female footballers through a connection with the game’s sporting icons. Football’s Heritage We believe the heritage of our game should be nurtured and preserved, to recognise those who have contributed in the past and to inspire those in the future. Our Celebration of Excellence tonight is part of our effort to add to football’s heritage. FANZ: THE FOOTBALL MAGAZINE


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The committee of Friends of Football. From left: Earle Thomas, Josh Easby, Armin Lindenberg (secretary), Sam Malcolmson, John Morris (chair), Brian Turner (founder), Barbara Cox (treasurer), Mark Burgess, Andrew Dewhurst. Photo: Shane Wenzlick.

Our committee John Morris, ONZM Chair A member of the Blockhouse Bay side which won the National League–Chatham Cup double in 1970, goalkeeper Morris represented New Zealand from 1970–73 and was Auckland Player of the Year 1977. He gained NZFA Regional and NZFA Staff Coach certification, coaching school, regional and National League teams. He was NZ Football chair (2002–08) and was a member of FIFA’s Technical Committee. After 20 years as Headmaster at Auckland Grammar School, he now works as an education consultant here and overseas. Armin Lindenberg Secretary During 18 years as a newspaper journalist, Lindenberg covered

the 1981–82 World Cup campaign and two Olympic Games, winning NZ Sports Writer and Sports Journalist of the Year awards. The last 25 years, he has worked as a communications consultant, specialising in media relations, corporate and stakeholder communication. He is a Life Member of Eastern Suburbs AFC and of the NZ Sports Journalists Association, and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand.

in New Zealand. She is currently CEO of the Bill McKinlay Park Trust and chairperson of University–Mt Wellington AFC .

Brian Turner Founder Debuting as a 16–year–old, Turner played 102 times for New Zealand, including 59 full internationals, between 1967 and 1982, and in three World Cup campaigns. He played professionally for Chelsea, Portsmouth and Brentford and was three times NZ Year Player Dr Barbara Cox, MBE of the Year, and three times Treasurer A former captain of both New Auckland Player of the Year. As an assistant coach or Zealand and Auckland Football representative teams. She has manager, he took part in two coached and administrated World Cup campaigns, and was football at all levels of the game coach Ricki Herbert's assistant and has written extensively on with the undefeated All Whites the history of the women’s game squad at the 2010 finals in South

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Africa. the national U23 team. He was admitted to football's In the 1990s, Burgess served Hall of Fame in 1995. on the national council of New Zealand Soccer (now NZF). Sam Malcolmson Committee Member Andrew Dewhurst A member of the 1982 All Whites Committee Member who qualified for the World Cup Andrew began broadcasting finals in Spain, Malcolmson with The Radio Network in continues his involvement in Wellington in the 1990’s before football through media work moving to Auckland as one of the and coaching school football in original hosts on Radio Sport. Auckland. Now director of his own He’s coached at senior level and media and PR company Gracie been an administrator, utilising Productions, Andrew splits his business skills gained with sports time between broadcasting companies such as Adidas, New with SKY Television as football Balance, Umbro and Starter. and tennis commentator and managing sports clients such as Mark Burgess the SKYCITY Breakers, Triathlon Committee Member New Zealand, Basketball New A dual New Zealand Zealand and Badminton New international, Burgess played Zealand. 50 cricket tests for his country He played football at National and played once for the New League (briefly) and Northern Zealand football team (against League level. Manchester United). As a youngster, he was New Earle Thomas Zealand Football Player of the Committee Member Year in 1965, and represented Thomas played 49 times for

New Zealand between 1967– 80, scoring 19 goals, and he captained the All Whites 1975– 76. For his club Mt Wellington, he scored 99 goals in 187 games. He has held senior management roles with sportsgoods firms Spalding, Top Flite and Calloway. He’s now a director of a sports importing business, and still coaches junior football. Josh Easby Committee Member Cambridge–based Easby has written about football for 40 years, editing books, match programmes, websites and since 1997, the daily email newsletter There’s Only One Arthur Bottom for fans of English League Two club York City (of which he is a former director). He's on the committee at Cambridge FC where he coaches women’s football. He's the owner of book publishing company Hurricane Press and he’s deputy chair of Radio New Zealand.

LUNCH WITH WAIBOP UNITED Friends of Football aims to host a growing number of events.

EVENT: Friends of Football lunch & match VENUE: John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge DATE:

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Check our website for details of upcoming events or better still, become a member

Last summer, Friends of Football staged their inaugural Waikato luncheon with long–time All White Brian Turner guest speaking at a lunch before WaiBOP United’s ASB Premiership game against

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champions Auckland City. In January, we’ll hold our second lunch in

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THE 30–SECOND TEST THAT COULD SAVE YOUR SIGHT Former All Whites coach Allan Jones has been campaigning to raise awareness within the football community of a condition that puts your sight at risk.

THE TEST

Amsler Grid The Amsler Grid (above) is a useful tool to detect vision problems resulting from damage to the macula (the central part of the retina). How to do it: 1. Cover one eye, then focus on the dot in the centre. 2. Do any of the lines look wavy, blurred or distorted? 3. Are there any missing areas or dark areas in the grid? 4. Don't forget to test both eyes. 5. If you see wavy, broken or distorted lines, or blurred or missing areas of vision, you may be displaying the symptoms of Macular Degeneration. Contact your doctor or optometrist immediately.

Having worked as an ambassador for the charity Macular Degeneration NZ, Jones has been actively encouraging football players and supporters to take a simple test to check whether they’re at risk. The test has appeared in every issue of WaiBOP United’s matchday magazine, The Range, as the ASB Premiership franchise has backed Jones’ campaign. Magular Degeneration causes progressive loss of central vision but the peripheral vision is not affected. It is the leading cause of severe vision loss. One in seven people over the age of 50 years is affected in some way and the incidence increases with age.

The macula is the central part of the retina, the light–sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The retina processes all visual images. It is responsible for your ability to read, recognise faces, drive and see colours clearly. Macular Degeneration is thought to be caused by genetic and environmental factors. People over the age of 50 years are at risk. If you smoke or have a family history of Macular Degeneration, your risk of developing the disease is much greater. For more information we encourage everyone to visit www.mdnz.org.nz.

A DAY AT THE RACES WILL HELP EVENT: Macular Degeneration NZ Raceday VENUE: Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland DATE:

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Football supporters are invited to join a raceday group organised by Allan Jones and Friends of Football. You can either book an individual seat in the Guineas Room for $140 or participate in a Friends of Football table at a cost of $125. Your ticket gets you parking, drinks on arrival, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and an open bar. For more details contact Friends of Football secretary Armin Lindenberg (arminlindenberg@xtra.co.nz).

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Newmarket Park 2014

A TIME TO REMEMBER THE PARK EVENT: Friends of Football BBQ VENUE: Newmarket Park, Auckland DATE:

Sunday March 15, 2015

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Noon till the memories run out ...

If you have fond memories of football at Newmarket Park, come to our family BBQ to meet the fans, players and coaches who helped create so many of the memories in Enzo Giordani’s feature story. Bring your old match programmes, photographs and tales of afternoons on the terraces, and prepare to reminisce. Friends of Football are organising the BBQ — just bring your own sausages and steak! We’ll bring a few footballs along too. The Park deserves to host at least one more kickabout ...

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$6.76 million project brings people back Rehabilitation work ... early 2011

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The rebirth of a park — how it looked during the transformation. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

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fter 30 years as an eyesore, Newmarket Park has been rehabilitatated into a lush, family–friendly park. In 2010, the Auckland Council began a $6.76 million programme that’s now hailed as an environmental triumph. The works, which took about 30 months, required the stablising of a 350–metre slop to stop subsidence, removing landfill material and improving drainage at the 6 hectare site. The council planted 10,000 native trees, installed tables and seats and created a pond with a footbridge. On July 15, 2011, Newmarket Park was re–opened to start its new life as an urban space, offering somewhere to relax or play for thousands of families . Opening the park, Waitemata Local Board chair Shale Chambers said welcoming children and families back into the space was a powerful testament to the success of the project.

2012 “An attractive environmental haven to enjoy.” Photo: Auckland Council

"A number of risks and dangers have been fixed to make the park fit for public use. Additional restoration work also gives people an attractive environmental haven to enjoy," he said. "As growth in our region puts more and more pressure on available recreational space, this is a fantastic result for all Aucklanders." These days, you can wander around the park, and watch youngsters play in green space

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that’s becoming more scarce as Auckland continues to grow in population. It provides a chance for children to run free ... and let their imagination roam. A couple of woollen jumpers on the ground to provide a makeshift goal ... a ball to kick around ... And on the gentle breeze wafting across the park, you might just imagine the roar of a packed Newmarket Park of years past ... 43


GET OFF THE GRASS The final word from Sky Sport commentator Andrew Dewhurst Auckland City’s amazing run at the recent FIFA Club World Cup yet again puts Football and its unrivalled reach firmly in the spotlight all the way down here in little old New Zealand. Those inside the game appreciate just how incredible an achievement this is, and yet in the same breath (and without wanting to diminish the 3rd place finish by the Navy Blues in Morocco), some of us may not be totally surprised at Auckland City’s capacity to stand tall on such a high pedestal. They are and always have been a brilliantly organized and resourced club. Based largely on the winter club of Central United, Auckland City has a passionate and loyal following and is run in a professional way by an amateur and largely volunteer team led by chairman Ivan Vuksich. They are brilliantly coached by

Ramon Tribulietx with a squad built around a healthy supply of imports and a core of strong New Zealand talent. For those outside the game though the FIFA Club World Cup should highlight (again) the global reach and influence of the game — something untouched by any other sporting code or event. And it is of this that the government and funding agencies should take note when they consider how best to promote our beautiful country and foster international trade and tourism relationships. Sink all the taxpayer money you like into failed sailing ventures, build as many oval ball shaped

structures as you can, thrash as many minnows as you can find in one–off rugby encounters and lay out the red carpet from here to Hollywood and back but remember this: Nothing on this earth speaks louder than football, and in Ramon Tribulietx, Ivan Vicelich and the Auckland City Football Club, no voice was louder in 2014. No performance generated more coverage with our key or prospective trading partners, no story captured the attention like the Navy Blues did in one magical week in December. And of that, our entire country should be truly proud.

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