The New Zealand under 20 team will be taking on the Portugal under 20 team in the knockout stages of the under 20 World Cup.
Since this is a home World Cup for New Zealand, they have been expected to do slightly better. However, not many gave them hope of reaching the knockout stages of the tournament. They will be taking on Portugal, who already have a strong line-up of youth players. The winner of this tie will be taking on either Brazil or Uruguay, who are both even stronger. Hence, reaching this stage of the tournament is seen as a big achievement by the junior all whites.
National team manager Anthony Hudson will be in the stands to witness the game and he believed that the weather will not be a major threat to a great game of football. It is expected that there will be bad weather for much of the game. More than a victory, game time for some of the players will be an extremely important aspect for Hudson. He has already given as much as six junior all whites and opportunity in the senior team. The manager believes that it will be a great experience for those players to be involved in such a major event. (more…)
New Zealand’s Anthony Hudson is a man that is determined on making it into the history-books of the national team after being appointed as the manager of the country’s football team in August of 2014; he has already outlined what he is planning to do and to accomplish.
Mexico defeated New Zealand on November 20 of 2013 as the Spanish speaking country earned the ticket which allowed them to qualify into the previous edition of the World Cup.
The group stages of the 1982 and 2010 are the furthest that the New Zealand national side has managed to get into during the international competitions but Anthony Hudson wants to make it beyond the traditional placing of the team.
One of the ways that Anthony Hudson wants to achieve this level of success is to go on a global tour in search of players who can be eligible on playing with the New Zealand side and if they are talented enough, Hudson will be attempting to add them to his team as this will help out in the process of increasing the quality of the national side. (more…)