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March 2015 friendlies

Postby Holyjoe » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:11 pm

Two games announced for March which will allow Stielike to do some more tactical tinkering before the World Cup qualifers start in earnest in June. Both I think are home matches, they're playing Uzbekistan on March 27th and New Zealand on March 31st.

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby SteveW » Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:17 am

Good stuff. Venue?
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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby daeguowl » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:54 am

SteveW wrote:Good stuff. Venue?


If past situations are anything to go by, it'll be one at Sangam and one at Greater Seoul.

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby Holyjoe » Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:12 am

Yeah, what daeguowl says is probably what will happen.

Reuters reckon the NZ game will be in Seoul but the KFA haven't confirmed a venue yet for either game.

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby SteveW » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:01 pm

So the Friday night game is in Daejeon... And Tuesday night at Sangam.

Not sure if I can make Daejeon as I have a class.
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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby daeguowl » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:30 pm

Luckily i've already seen Uzbekistan so i wont bother trekking down to Daejeon.

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby SteveW » Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:24 pm

Would count for the 48 though so that's good... And sure Liam would look after any travellers....
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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby Evergreen » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:18 pm

SteveW wrote:Would count for the 48 though so that's good... And sure Liam would look after any travellers....


Aye, I'm definitely down for going. I'm on vacation from work at that time so it'll be easy for me to go.

How/Where to buy tickets? Anyone know?
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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby daeguowl » Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:26 am

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SteveW wrote:Would count for the 48 though so that's good... And sure Liam would look after any travellers....


Aye, I'm definitely down for going. I'm on vacation from work at that time so it'll be easy for me to go.

How/Where to buy tickets? Anyone know?


Any branch of Hana Bank from two weeks in advance

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby SteveW » Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:43 pm

You should be able to get them via interpark too if that's easier.
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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby nzfooty » Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:15 am

News from the NZ camp:
Coach Anthony Hudson named an All Whites side infused with fresh talent as the squad to face Korea Republic in Seoul on March 31 was
announced on Friday.

As he continues to build the foundations for the team's campaign to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Hudson's squad reflects his
desire to assess the country's up-and-coming talent - some of whom could play a key role as the team move towards Russia.

A total of eight new faces have been named with four of the new players based offshore. Defender Themistoklis Tzimopoulos (29) joins
the squad from the Greek Super League club PAS Giannina while midfielder Benjamin van den Broek (27) - playing in Romanian Liga 1
with Universitatea Cluj - is also named.

New Zealand age-group representative goalkeepers Max Crocombe (Oxford United - League 2, UK) and Stefan Marinovic (SpVgg
Unterhaching - German Division 3) have also been included.

Crocombe was part of the New Zealand U20 side at the 2013 World Cup tournament in Turkey - a team which also included Storm Roux,
Bill Tuiloma and Tyler Boyd - while Marinovic, along with Marco Rojas, was a member of the 2011 Men's -20 side which contested the
World Cup tournament in Colombia.

Jake Gleeson, who played in goal on the previous tour to China and Thailand, was unavailable for selection through injury.

Hudson says the inclusion of Tzimopoulos and van den Broek has come directly from the worldwide search for players eligible to play
for the New Zealand side.

"We've had many names come to us and just a few of those list of names we felt could come in and add quality and depth to squad, and
those are two we've selected," Hudson said. "Themi actually came from someone who reached out to us from down in Wellington. That's
where his family is from. Benjamin was applying for citizenship and Ryan Thomas told us about him and helped him through the
process. Since those names were given to us, we've been following their games, watching previous games and we've recently made the
decision that now is the time to bring them in."

Meanwhile, four New Zealand-based players have been included in the side to make their first All Whites trip.

Auckland City FC pair Sam Burfoot (20) and Ryan De Vries (23) will be in line for their first senior international caps while Men's
U-20 and Wanderers SC squad members Sam Brotherton and Clayton Lewis are also named.

Hudson says the likes of Brotherton (18) and Lewis (18) have earned their chance through performances in squads that form part of
New Zealand Football's aligned pathway to the elite level. "The ones we've selected I've been seeing them week in and week out,
training in front of us and playing and they deserve the chance in our environment. These players have been identified for certain
reasons; not just down to ability and performances but also in terms of strength of character. This is now the process of
identifying - between now and the end of the Olympic campaign - exactly who the young players are that we want to bring with us and
have them with us for our campaign and really invest our time into developing and throwing all our energy into."

Hudson says after the time spent building the foundation for the future of the All Whites programme, the goals for the March window
against the 54th-ranked nation are very clear. The objective is that this trip has to be the best so far. We want to see a
progression in the style of play. There will be enough players in the starting 11 that will have been with us in the last couple of
trips who will help bring that style of play along. The new players coming in we hope to see them understanding it and playing a
part in it. We want to test ourselves against one of the best teams in Asia with some top quality players. I think it will be an
incredible experience, especially for some of the young lads who in two or three years time will be called upon to play in these
types of environments and against these types of players."


All Whites squad - Korea Republic
March, 2015
(Caps/Goals/Club)

Goalkeepers
Max Crocombe (0/0 - Oxford Utd, ENG)
Stefan Marinovic (0/0 - SpVgg Unterhaching, GER)

Defenders
Michael Boxall (11/0 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Sam Brotherton (0/0 - Wanderers SC, NZL)
Thomas Doyle (1/0 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Louis Fenton (1/0 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Winston Reid (capt - 18/1 - West Ham Utd, ENG)
Storm Roux (6/0 - Central Coast Mariners, AUS)
Themistoklis Tzimopoulos (0/0 - PAS Giannina FC, GRE)
Deklan Wynne - (2/0 - Wanderers SC, NZL)

Midfielders
Sam Burfoot (0/0 - Auckland City FC, NZL)
Clayton Lewis (0/0 - Wanderers SC, NZL)
Michael McGlinchey (30/3 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Ryan Thomas (4/0 - PEC Zwolle, HOL)
Bill Tuiloma (7/0 - Olympique Marseille, FRA)
Benjamin van den Broek (0/0 - FC Universitatea Cluj, ROM)

Forwards
Kosta Barbarouses (28/2 - Melbourne Victory, AUS)
Tyler Boyd (5/0 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Ryan De Vries (0/0 - Auckland City FC, NZL)
Marco Rojas (20/1 - FC Thun, SWI)
Joel Stevens (2/0 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Chris Wood (37/13 - Ipswich Town FC, NZL)

Management staff
Head coach: Anthony Hudson
Assistant coach: Alex Armstrong
Goalkeeper coach: Paul Gothard
U-20 Head coach: Darren Bazeley
Manager: Rob Pickstock
Doctor: Chan Dassanayake
Head Physio: Roland Jeffrey
Physio: Mark Palmer
Sports Scientist: Aidan Wivell
Performance Analyst: Jase Kim

Match schedule
Korea Republic v All Whites
Tuesday 31 March, 8pm (Wednesday 1 April, 12am NZ time)
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby nzfooty » Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:16 pm

Tonight:

27 March 2015
Purple Arena, Daejeon
South Korea v Uzbekistan


Elsewhere, some bad news for New Zealand before the 31 March friendly in Seoul:

All Whites captain Winston Reid has been ruled out of next week's international clash with Korea Republic in Seoul. The West Ham
United defender was given as long as possible to prove he had recovered from a hamstring injury which had kept the 18-cap
international out of action for his club for several weeks. But All Whites coach Anthony Hudson confirmed on Friday Reid wouldn't be
making the trip.

"We gave Winston until the very last moment to see if he would be able to be part of the camp here in Seoul," Hudson said. "It's a
shame his injury hasn't fully healed and he won't be part of this trip. West Ham have been very co-operative and we had the chance
to bring Winston out here to be part of the camp off the field, which we decided against. We will now move forward in our planning
and it opens up an opportunity for another member of the squad to stake their claim."

Striker Chris Wood will captain the side in Tuesday evening's match (New Zealand time).


Korea Republic v All Whites, Tuesday 31 March, 8pm (Wednesday 1 April, 12am NZ time). Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby nzfooty » Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:40 pm

Taking West Ham's (and the captain) Winston Reid (injured) out that defence leaves:
Defenders
Michael Boxall (11/0 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Sam Brotherton (0/0 - Wanderers SC, NZL)
Thomas Doyle (1/0 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Louis Fenton (1/0 - Wellington Phoenix, NZL)
Storm Roux (6/0 - Central Coast Mariners, AUS)
Themistoklis Tzimopoulos (0/0 - PAS Giannina FC, GRE)
Deklan Wynne - (2/0 - Wanderers SC, NZL)
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby eujin » Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:17 pm

I'm just wondering who "Wanderers SC" are. Wikipedia describes them variously as New Zealand U-20s and New Zealand U-17s. What's the story?

And are Wellington Phoenix also fielding a team in the ASB nowadays? Are they the same players as play in the A-League or not?

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Re: March 2015 friendlies

Postby nzfooty » Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:34 pm

eujin wrote:I'm just wondering who "Wanderers SC" are. Wikipedia describes them variously as New Zealand U-20s and New Zealand U-17s. What's the story?

And are Wellington Phoenix also fielding a team in the ASB nowadays? Are they the same players as play in the A-League or not?


New Zealand U-20s playing in the ASB (NZ top division). New Zealand is hosting the World Cup in this age group this year and wanted to give those players as much prep as possible. They were obviously younger last year but not accurate to call them U17s.
Wellington Phoenix (of the A-League) also have a reserve team in the ASB.
The ASB is not unique in doing something like this. A number of other, smaller nations have their u20 teams in their domestic top division.


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