The Continuous rise of Team Wellington, the new force in Oceanic Football

The Continuous rise of Team Wellington, the new force in Oceanic Football

It’s a time for dynasties all over the world, a time for consolidation that is most frequently highlighted amongst the best in European football. Amongst the top five leagues in Europe, Paris Saint-Germain are dominating Ligue 1, Juventus are on course for an eighth-successive Serie A title, Atlético Madrid only briefly halted Barcelona and Real Madrid’s dominance in LaLiga, while Los Blancos have amazingly managed win three successive Champions League honours on the bounce. 

A look at Team Wellington – Oceania’s representative at the FIFA Club World Cup

A look at Team Wellington – Oceania’s representative at the FIFA Club World Cup

The FIFA Club World Cup returns tonight, with this year’s competition taking place again in the United Arab Emirates.

Abu Dhabi based club Al Ain FC host New Zealand Football Championship side Team Wellington, who were the winners of the 2018 OFC Champions League.

Team Wellington's Justin Gulley is building a dream at 2018 Club World Cup in UAE

Team Wellington's Justin Gulley is building a dream at 2018 Club World Cup in UAE

The phrase “building a dream” means more than most to Team Wellington skipper Justin Gulley.

Since he dropped out of the professional game with the A-League’s Wellington Phoenix in 2016, the left-back has been pursuing a builder’s apprenticeship by day and OFC Champions League success with TeeDubs by night.

Gulley and Welly ready for maiden voyage

Gulley and Welly ready for maiden voyage

After experiencing heartbreak in three consecutive OFC Champions League finals to the Navy Blues, Team Wellington exorcised their demons by defeating their New Zealand rivals in the semi-finals. The TeeDubs’s long wait for continental glory then came to an end after a high-scoring aggregate victory in the final against Fijian outfit Lautoka.

Team Wellington dare to 'dream big' ahead of Fifa Club World Cup debut in UAE

Team Wellington dare to 'dream big' ahead of Fifa Club World Cup debut in UAE

Club from New Zealand face UAE champions Al Ain in the play-off on December 12, with the winners progressing to the quarter-finals

Mario Barcia's circuitous route to fulfill 'dream' of playing in the Fifa Club World Cup

Mario Barcia's circuitous route to fulfill 'dream' of playing in the Fifa Club World Cup

Team Wellington's Argentina midfielder, a lifelong Boca Juniors fan, says he 'can't wait' to face the likes of Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi. First up though is Al Ain.