Auckland City FC

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Auckland City
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Full nameAuckland City Football Club
Nickname(s)City, The Navy Blues
Short nameACFC
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)[1]
GroundKiwitea Street
Capacity3,500
Coordinates36°53′51″S 174°44′13″E / 36.89750°S 174.73694°E / -36.89750; 174.73694Coordinates: 36°53′51″S 174°44′13″E / 36.89750°S 174.73694°E / -36.89750; 174.73694
ChairmanIvan Vuksich
ManagerJosé Figueira
LeagueNew Zealand Football Championship
2018–191st (regular season), semi-finals (playoffs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Auckland City Football Club is a New Zealand professional football club based in the suburb of Sandringham in Auckland, New Zealand. They currently compete in the ISPS Handa Premiership, the highest level of domestic football in New Zealand.[1] Auckland City have established themselves as a major force in both New Zealand and Oceania, having won seven league titles and nine OFC Champions League titles since their foundation.[1][2]

Formed in 2004 following the inception of the New Zealand Football Championship, a brand new top level of domestic football in New Zealand, Auckland City currently play their home matches at Kiwitea Street in Sandringham, New Zealand;[3] the club is the most successful in Oceania history, having won seven consecutive OFC Champions League titles between 2011 and 2017 - the most consecutive continental titles of any football team in history.[4] This has resulted in Auckland becoming a regular fixture at the FIFA Club World Cup, famously achieving a third-placed finish in the 2014 edition.[5][6] Auckland City's youth team currently plays in the National Youth League, being the most successful team in the competition with six titles.[7]

Auckland City's regular kit colours are faintly striped royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks; the current crest, in use since the club's inception, features the Sky Tower, an iconic Auckland landmark. The club has a strong Croatian influence, being strongly associated with and playing at the same stadium as Central United (formed in 1962 by Dalmatian immigrants);

History[edit]

The Auckland City team in 2011

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.

In 2017, Auckland City were invited to play in the Lunar New Year Cup, a friendly tournament hosted in Hong Kong.[8] Auckland City defeated South Korean champions FC Seoul in the semifinal, before defeating Hong Kong side Kitchee in the final to lift the trophy.[9] Auckland City were again invited for the 2019 edition, falling to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng 2-1.[10]

Following the conclusion of the 2018–19 season, in which Auckland City won all but one game in their undefeated season but fell short in both the OFC Champions League and the league playoffs, long-term manager Ramon Tribulietx brought his association with the club to an end and was replaced by Team Wellington coach José Figueira ahead of the 2019–20 season.[11][12]

FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

2009

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 AFC Champions League winners TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo 3–2; the goal scorers on this special occasion were Jason Hayne with two and Riki van Steeden.

These historic victories were the first recorded by a New Zealand team at the Club World Cup, and the first by an amateur side at this tournament; this was also the first time that a senior men's representative team from New Zealand has recorded a victory in a world FIFA competition.

2014

Auckland City played Moroccan league 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-final clash against AFC Champions League winners ES Sétif.[13] Auckland City defeated ES Sétif 1–0, courtesy of a John Irving goal, and advanced to the semi-finals for the first time ever.

Auckland played Copa Libertadores champions San Lorenzo in the semifinals, but lost 2–1. A shock seemed possible when a second-half goal from Ángel Berlanga cancelled out Pablo Barrientos' first-half strike for San Lorenzo, but substitute Mauro Matos netted San Lorenzo's winner in extra time.[5]

They finished the tournament with a historic 4-2 penalty shootout win over CONCACAF Champions League winners Cruz Azul in the third-place playoff after a 1–1 draw at full time, with substitute Sanni Issa scoring the ultimate penalty just days after signing for the club;[14][15] the result gained the side worldwide acclaim, as the team of part-timers and amateurs defied all expectations in the competition. Club stalwart and defender Ivan Vicelich came third in the Golden Ball award for best player at the tournament, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid.[16]

Current players and staff[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 16 February 2019[17]

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
5 Spain DF Ángel Berlanga (captain)
6 Vanuatu DF Brian Kaltak
7 New Zealand MF Cameron Howieson
8 Spain MF Albert Riera
12 New Zealand FW Dylan Manickum
14 New Zealand DF Jordan Vale
16 Iraq MF Yousif Ali Al-Khalisy
17 New Zealand MF Reid Drake
19 Papua New Guinea FW David Browne
21 Cook Islands FW Maro Bonsu-Maro
No. Position Player
22 Colombia FW Omar Guardiola
23 New Zealand DF Alfie Rogers
24 New Zealand GK Cameron Brown
25 New Zealand DF Josh Jones
26 New Zealand DF Jackson Woods
New Zealand GK Conor Tracey
New Zealand FW Myer Bevan
New Zealand DF Andrew Blake
New Zealand DF Adam Mitchell
New Zealand MF Mario Ilich

Youth squad[edit]

Auckland City's youth squad currently competes in the National Youth League, and are the current champions, as well as the most successful side in the competition's history with six titles,[18] they are managed by Camilo Speranza.[19]

As of 20 November 2018

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 Cameron Brown
2 New Zealand DF Nathan Lobo
3 New Zealand DF Jackson Woods
4 New Zealand DF Robert Tipelu
5 New Zealand DF Dhanush Chandra
7 New Zealand FW Justin Bailey
8 New Zealand MF Oscar Spragg
9 New Zealand FW Thomas Drillien
11 New Zealand FW James Green
12 New Zealand MF Aidan Carey
13 New Zealand DF Josh Jones (Captain)
16 New Zealand FW Mohammed Shah
17 New Zealand MF Matthew Ellis
No. Position Player
19 New Zealand MF Brad Wilson
21 New Zealand MF Callum McNeill
24 New Zealand GK Gareth Lewis
25 New Zealand FW Otto Ingham
New Zealand GK Sam Bottomley
New Zealand MF Micaiah Papa
New Zealand MF Brad Thomas
New Zealand MF Ricardo Yugovich
New Zealand MF Laith Al-Kalisy
New Zealand MF Daniel Thibaud

Coaching staff[edit]

Position
Manager England Jose Figueira
Assistant Manager New Zealand Ivan Vicelich
Team Manager Solomon Islands David Firisua
Assistant Team Manager New Zealand Keith Coton
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Simone Naddi
Fitness Coach Spain Adria Casals
Technical Analyst Spain Pol Fosch
Youth Manager Vacant

Medical staff[edit]

Position Name
Physiotherapist New Zealand Matt Payne
Club Doctor New Zealand Craig Panther
Massage Therapist New Zealand Natalia Kozinska

Managers[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

The following players gained international caps for their respective countries. Players listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Auckland City.

Stadium[edit]

Kiwitea Street in 2011

Freyberg Field, then a public park, was made available for use as a football field in 1965 for tenants Central United. Following intense development on what became affectionately known as Kiwitea Street, the field quickly became one of the best playing surfaces in New Zealand, and was made available to Auckland City following their foundation in 2004. Since then, the amenities at Kiwitea Street have been overhauled, including a new clubrooms and a resurfaced pitch in 2007.

The stadium seats 250 spectators, with additional standing room.

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 South Africa Grant Young 15 England Allan Jones
2005–06 1st 1st 21 16 0 5 63 28 48 Champions South Africa Keryn Jordan 22
2006–07 1st 3rd 21 12 6 3 50 30 42 Champions South Africa Grant Young 11 New Zealand Roger Wilkinson
New Zealand Paul Marshall
2007–08 1st 2nd 21 16 2 3 44 16 50 Preliminary Finals Scotland Bryan Little 8 New Zealand Colin Tuaa
2008–09 1st 2nd 14 8 1 5 27 15 25 Champions South Africa Keryn Jordan
New Zealand Paul Urlovic
5 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 13
2017–18 1st 1st 18 12 4 2 41 12 40 Champions Argentina Emiliano Tade 18
2018–19 1st 1st 18 17 1 0 46 18 52 Semi-finals Spain Javier López 8

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 FC 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
2018 OFC Champions League Group Stage French Polynesia Vénus 7–0 1st
Papua New Guinea Madang 5–0
Fiji Lautoka 1–0
Quarter Final Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors 2–0
Semi Final New Zealand Team Wellington 0–0 2–2 2–2
2019 OFC Champions League Group Stage New Caledonia AS Magenta 2–1 1st
Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga 15–0
Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors 6–0
Quarter Final Papua New Guinea Toti City 4–0
Semi Final New Caledonia AS Magenta

FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

Year FIFA Club World Cup Top goalscorer Managers
Country. Pl. W D L GS GA Place
2006 Japan 2 0 0 2 0 5 6th - 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
2017 UAE 1 0 0 1 0 1 7th - 0 Spain Ramon Tribulietx

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Bronze Medal (1): 2014.

Oceanian

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

National

Premiers (10): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19.
Champions (7): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2018.
  • ASB Charity Cup
Champions (5): 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19
Champions (5): 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2017

Friendlies

Champions (1): 2017

References[edit]

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