New Zealand should not fear anyone

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has stated that his team should learn to become competitive and not to fear anyone.


He said that his team can now beat any team in the world and that they should believe this when they come on the pitch.

Anthony Hudson said for so long New Zealand has been considered as an outsider, but he believes that things should change now. He said that New Zealand players should ditch the mentality of being an inferior footballing nation and believe that they can compete with the best teams in the world.

New Zealand will be facing Fiji in their next game which will count for the World Cup qualifiers in Russia. However, Hudson said that he is focusing more on the Confederations Cup where New Zealand will be playing against the likes of Russia, Portugal, and Mexico. Hudson said that his team will be going there to win the competition and that they do not fear anyone. Continue reading “New Zealand should not fear anyone”

Anthony Hudson is currently preparing New Zealand for the upcoming Confederations Cup

English coach Anthony Hudson is currently preparing New Zealand for the upcoming Confederations Cup in Russia.


The England national team will not be a representative at the upcoming Confederations Cup in 2017, but they will at least have a representative in the form of Hudson. The national team coach is determined to take New Zealand back to lofty heights once again. Under the regime of the previous manager, the national team managed to do that and thinkable by qualifying for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Since then, however, the team has not been performing well.

The retirement of several high profile players has also contributed to New Zealand’s demise. Hudson has the task of rebuilding the team once again. It is easier said than done since there is an extremely small pool of players to choose from. Furthermore, even these small number of players are largely playing their football in different parts of the world. It makes it extremely difficult to bring them together as a unit. Confederations Cup preparations, though, are expected to help in this regard and Hudson himself accepted this aspect. Even though New Zealand’s Olympic team was disqualified, the team did extremely well under the management of Hudson.
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New Zealand will have four referees officiating at the Rio Olympics

The New Zealand Football Referees Committee has announced that 4 referees have been selected for the Rio Olympics.

They are namely Matthew Conger and Simon Lount for the male tournament while Anna-Marie Keighley and Sarah Jones have been selected for the women competition.


Rod Pelosi, who is the deputy chairman of The New Zealand Football Referees Committee, has stated that it is a big honor to officiate at the Olympics football tournament. For him, it has the same value as officiating at the FIFA World Cup. He said that the referees have earned the right to officiate at the Olympics thanks to their excellent performance on the pitch.

He stated that it had always been the objective of the New Zealand Football Referees Committee to develop quality referees that can officiate at the highest level. He said that the four referees that have been designated to officiate at the Olympics had been consistent at different FIFA tournaments, and this is why they have been rewarded. Continue reading “New Zealand will have four referees officiating at the Rio Olympics”

Danny Blind says that he is very much looking forward to playing in the spicy World Cup

Netherlands manager Danny Blind says that he is very much looking forward to playing in the spicy World Cup qualification group, which also includes France along with Sweden aside from other teams. Netherlands were in danger of getting a tough group due to the recent plummet in the world rankings. Despite finishing third in the World Cup 2014, the team has been on a downhill path ever since the appointment of Guus Hiddink. After failing to a

rrest the slide of the team for several months, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager announced his resignation a few weeks ago. Blind, who is the father of Manchester United defender Daley Blind, has been appointed as his replacement.

He is straightaway given the task of helping the team do well in the Euro 2016. After this comes the task of getting the national team to the World Cup 2018. This task has been made slightly difficult due to the tough group stages. Apart from opponents like Sweden, Belarus, Bulgaria, and Luxembourg, Netherlands will also be up against France. Didier Deschamps’ has called Netherlands has the favourites to top the group, but Blind will know that France will take some stopping to do. Only the winner of the group will reach the World Cup 2018 directly with the second team having to negotiate a tough play-off. Continue reading “Danny Blind says that he is very much looking forward to playing in the spicy World Cup”

New Zealand under 20 team will be taking on the Portugal

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. Continue reading “New Zealand under 20 team will be taking on the Portugal”

Some changes brought breath to New Zealand National Football Team

A breath of changes are swirling across the New Zealand National Football Team as a new chief executive was announced in the form of Andy Martin, a new chairman was put into place as Mark Aspden was selected and a new coach of the nation has also been determined which was Anthony Hudson. All of these changes were made in 2014 and it’s a sign for what is to come in the near and long term future of the nation in the world of football.

During the 2010 edition of the World Cup, New Zealand managed to make it into the group stages but after not managing to win a single match, they were eliminated along with Italy. New Zealand finished the international tournament in the 22nd place which might seem like a bad position but considering that the team had not even been able to qualify in any World Cup since 1982, it’s a fairly good result. Continue reading “Some changes brought breath to New Zealand National Football Team”