Rob Sherman, the New Zealand technical director who just stepped down from his post has expressed his optimism for the performance of the all whites in the New Year.
After a particularly challenging period, Sherman believes the team will encounter what he termed as ‘reasonably calm waters’ ahead. Earlier this month, the national body of the team had announced that Sherman would be stepping down from his post as director for personal reasons; he had taken up the position last year in October.
Sherman, who was the head of coach education at Football Federation Australia and a former technical director of the welsh football association, had become the teams technical director after the previous director Fred de Jong had quit in light of the Olympic eligibility issue.
“The organization is performing really well, so much has gone out with the whole of the game. There is a whole raft of things which perhaps don’t attract attention when there are one or two items that do but we need to focus on the positives,” Sherman said.
The saga had caused the Country’s under 23 men’s team to be kicked out of the qualifying tournament in Oceania for the Rio Olympics; this was because the team had fielded an ineligible player. Aside that, there were a host of other problems which the team had encountered in early 2016,the team coach had complained about a lack of matches for his team and was bitter about the soft nature of some of the younger players in the team.
In February 2016, team striker Alex Jones was sent home after they had missed FIFA’s deadline for completion of loan application. However, Sherman believed that while the team had faced some unfortunate occurrences, they were some good work that had been done in a few areas.
“I see reasonably calm waters. There is a clear strategy and direction and they’ll be committed to bring that to life,” the ex-director added.
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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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”
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”
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. Continue reading “Anthony Hudson sure to make into History Books”
The American coach Anthony Hudson was elected as the coach of New Zealand in August of the current year and he has outlined his plans for the squad that he is currently in charge of.
During a press conference at the North Harbor Stadium or generally known as the ‘’QBE Stadium’’, Anthony Hudson unveiled his plans for the next 4 years and what he will be trying to accomplish within that lapse of time.
One of the primary objectives of Hudson for New Zealand is to help guide and get them into the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The main focus of Anthony Hudson is to shape the squad and upgrade it however that may be possible in order to snatch a spot into the upcoming 2018 World Cup.
“If we are to build a team and a program which is capable of securing a berth at the next World Cup, every action we take and every decision we make must be with that end goal in mind. Having assessed our current situation, there are several key areas of attention for us moving forward.Creating, teaching and implementing a clear style of play for the All Whites, as well as the teams which support us, is the central task we have’’ New Zealand’s Anthony Hudson revealed to the media.
Fred de Jong is the Director of the New Zealand Football Board and was one of the figures which influenced in the decision of selecting Anthony Hudson as the coach of the New Zealand national team and the 50 years old Director had nothing but praise concerning everything that Hudson has been doing and is optimistic about the future.
“We employed Anthony in the role of All Whites coach because his vision for the delivery of a national team program matches our own. It’s exciting to see us taking the first steps on a new journey which will bring a new level of alignment to our elite men’s teams, shaping a New Zealand Football identity on the world stage as we build a program Kiwis everywhere can be proud of.” Fred de Jong said he praised Anthony Hudson.