The small settlement of Miramar to the East of Wellington feels a world away from New Zealand’s capital, yet has miraculously come to occupy a crucial part within the city’s Football scene. As such, former notions of segregation that Continue reading
Across the Border: Football Clubs that play in Foreign Leagues
For our 200th post, FBTG has compiled a list of the 10 most fascinating Football clubs around the world that officially compete in the Football league of a separate sovereign nation. All vary in size, success, age and global recognition, but the single criterion Continue reading
New Zealand Football Culture
New Zealand never has been and never will be a big Football nation. But the lack of attention its domestic Football gets in the blogosphere means that some one its more curious characteristics sadly go unnoticed by the rest of the world. In this post, we explore some of Kiwi Football’s remarkable idiosyncrasies Continue reading
Auckland and Wellington
High-scoring Auckland City FC was favourite to win the final of the 2017/2018 ISPS Handa Premiership on April the 1st 2018, having won the minor Premiership in March. But opposing Team Wellington FC was the only club they had failed to beat during the league’s regular season. Furthermore, reigning champions Team Wellington had won the final at the past two attempts, beating Auckland City FC both times in the process. The omens were there for Continue reading
The Mellow Yellow of Welly
Football in Wellington is complicated. 3 professional and semi-professional clubs who play in black and yellow represent the Kiwi capital in competitions spread across 2 countries, while partisan fans of various Winter regional league clubs put aside their historical rivalries to support all 3 black and yellow clubs indiscriminately during the Summer months.
Of those 3 clubs, you are likely to know Wellington Phoenix FC. The Continue reading
The A-League in Auckland
The Hyundai A-League is expanding to accommodate 2 more clubs. The current clubs hail from Sydney (2), Melbourne (2), Wellington, Newcastle, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Gosford. The big question is which cities will host the next 2.
The only Australian cities without an A-League team large enough to be potential candidates are Canberra, Cairns Continue reading