The story behind Team Wellington’s success

The story behind Team Wellington’s success

There will be one notable absentee from the line-up at the fast-looming FIFA Club World Cup. Auckland City have become familiar to worldwide TV viewers, featuring in the past seven consecutive tournaments and nine overall.

Their unlikely run of seven consecutive continental club titles eclipsed the mark set by Real Madrid’s storied all-star team of the 1950s.

Replacing Auckland City as Oceanian kings earlier this year were Team Wellington. The side from New Zealand's capital had inched ever closer to their domestic rivals over a period of several years. They agonisingly lost three successive OFC Champions League finals, before finally eclipsing the Aucklanders on away goals in an epic semi-final in April.

Multi-tasking Figueira living the dream ahead of Club World Cup bow

Multi-tasking Figueira living the dream ahead of Club World Cup bow

By his own admission, Jose Manuel Figueira is a football fanatic. And it is a good thing too, because it is hard to imagine someone that has successfully managed to “keep all the plates spinning” more than the English-born New Zealander.

In a rare feat, Figueira is set to coach two different teams at two different FIFA tournaments over the next nine months. He will lead out Team Wellington for their FIFA Club World Cup debut next month in the United Arab Emirates, and will return to the big stage with New Zealand at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru, having successfully guided the nation’s youngest national team through their recent qualifiers.

Team Wellington Squad Confirmed as FIFA Club World Cup Campaign Starts

Team Wellington Squad Confirmed as FIFA Club World Cup Campaign Starts

Team Wellington Head Coach, Jose Figueira has named a strong squad to compete in the clubs inaugural FIFA Club World Cup campaign.

Figueira has opted to keep the majority of players from the original squad that took out the OFC Champions League Squad, adding only five new players to add more depth as the club looks to make history.

Natalie Lawrence paving a path for female football coaches with NYL appointment

Natalie Lawrence paving a path for female football coaches with NYL appointment

Natalie Lawrence hopes her groundbreaking appointment as Team Wellington National Youth League coach will encourage more clubs to not see gender when selecting coaches.

Lawrence will become the first female to coach a male NYL team when she takes charge of the franchise's youngsters this summer.

Central League golden boot leader Angus Kilkolly signs with Team Wellington

Central League golden boot leader Angus Kilkolly signs with Team Wellington

Angus Kilkolly hopes to be the best striker in the national league in the not too distant future.

That desire has seen the 21-year-old Kiwi make the move from Hawke's Bay United to defending champions Team Wellington for the 2017-18 ISPS Handa Premiership season.

Kilkolly said the switch was more about what Wellington could offer, rather than any deficiencies with Hawke's Bay.

Team Wellington 2017 Youth Team Announced

Team Wellington 2017 Youth Team  Announced

Team Wellington and the Ole Football Academy continue their partnership for the upcoming National Youth League commencing on Saturday October 14. This partnership includes a sponsorship and coaching component that will see the team coached by Rupert Crump and Declan Edge.

Clubs and colleges were invited to nominate potential players for the team. Over 70 nominations were received, and three trial games were held over three days. Team Wellington wishes to thank the clubs, colleges and players for their support in this process.

Team Wellington still have work to do to close the gap to Auckland City

Team Wellington still have work to do to close the gap to Auckland City

STUFF

Team Wellington need to continue to improve if they are to compete with Auckland City on a regular basis.

Progress has been made under coach Jose Figueira this season, with a style of football developed which could see them able to foot it with the national league standard bearers more often.

Can Auckland City march on in Oceania or will Team Wellington finally prevail?

Can Auckland City march on in Oceania or will Team Wellington finally prevail?

STUFF

Will Auckland City win the OFC Champions League for a seventh year in a row, or will Team Wellington win it for the first time, and become the seventh team from Oceania to complete the domestic-continental double?