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Wellington Phoenix

Updated on October 7, 2009

Introduction

Wellington Phoenix are a New Zealand Soccer Team that compete in the A-League, the top level competition in Australia. Wellington Phoenix were a newly formed team that competed for the first time in Season 3 (2007-08) and are based on Wellington in New Zealand.

Wellington Phoenix Home Kit 2007-08

from www.aussiekits.com
from www.aussiekits.com

Formation

During the later stages of the 2006-07 season, the Football Federation of Australia removed the New Zealand Knights A-League licence due to club's financial and administrative problems and poor on-field performance. FFA then provided New Zealand Football a provisional A-League licence to sub-let to a suitable New Zealand team to enter the A-League 2007-08 season. After much delay, the final money amount needed for the final application came from Wellington property businessman Terry Serepisos in the last moments of the bid. FFA finalised a three-year A-League licence to New Zealand Football who then sub-let the licence to the Wellington-based franchise. The Wellington franchise was confirmed on March 19,2007.

Wellington Phoenix Home Kit 2008-09

from www.aussiekits.com
from www.aussiekits.com

Seasons 3 and 4

In their first match in Season 3 (2007-08) Wellington Phoenix drew 2-2 against Melbourne Victory. Scoring two late goals in the last 7 minutes, the crowd of 14,421 was a record, at that time, for the highest attended club soccer match in New Zealand. Wellington's first A-League win was a 2-1 away win at Sydney FC and their first home win was their 4-1 defeat of Perth Glory. At the end Season 3 (2007-08) they finished 8th, although level with Perth Glory on points their inferior goal difference consigned them to bottom place.

In Season 4 (2008-09) Wellington fared better and had a chance to qualify for the finals on the last day of the season. However Wellington Phoenix finished in 6th place, only two points away from the final places and tied with Sydney on points, but finished sixth because of their lower goal difference.

Wellington Phoenix Home Kit 2009-10

from www.aussiekits.com
from www.aussiekits.com

Season 5

Wellington have started Season 5 in much the same fashion as the previous season hardly setting the league alight. Round 1 saw them lose 3-2 away to the Newcastle Jets but they followed this with a 2-1 Home win against Perth Glory.

Round 3 saw them draw 1-1 away to Brisbane Roar but then they followed this up with a disappointing 2-0 away defeat to league leaders Sydney FC. Round 5 saw Wellington Phoenix earn a very creditable home draw 1-1 against Adelaide United. Round 6 saw them achieve a 1-1 away draw against Melbourne Victory.

The draws have continued in Rounds 7 through to 9 as Wellington have drawn 1-1 at home to North Queensland, 0-0 at home to Central Coast Mariners and most creditably 0-0 away to Gold Coast United.

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