New Zealand – World Cup 2010 – Betting


Manager: Ricki Herbert
Captain: Ryan Nelsen
FIFA World Ranking: 82
World Cup Appearances: 1
Best World Cup: Round 1 – 1982

New Zealand Team Profile

We think it’s safe to say that New Zealand won’t be winning South Africa’s show-piece event, but what New Zealand will bring to the fort is that fresh feeling, the feeling you get when you know a nation is privileged just to be involved and with this being just the country’s second appearance in a World Cup, with their last coming back in 1982 – the Kiwi’s will certainly appreciate the fabulous opportunity they’ve been handed.

Under the management of Ricki Herbert, the Kiwi’s remained a solid little outfit during Oceania qualification, cruising through their sector with an almost immaculate record of 5 wins and 1 loss. Last year though, New Zealand got their first real taste of what it’s like to play against some of the World’s best nations when they participated in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, a competition they earned many admirers in after some valiant and industrious displays. They were, unfortunately, thumped 5-0 by the then World No.1 Spain in a game which will have brought about some valuable experience playing against some world-class individuals, but the 0-0 draw they earned against Iraq ensured the Kiwi’s didn’t leave the tournament empty handed, while it gave the nation hope that perhaps New Zealand could attain their first ever point in a World Cup.

The one thing their qualification has done is boost the popularity of the sport back home in a country which before New Zealand had qualified, couldn’t care less about football or soccer in what was a Rugby mad nation. They still are rugby mad, but their progression into just their second World Cup has brought about a heap more followers back home, while their crucial World Cup play-off against Bahrain brought about the biggest turn out for a football game in New Zealand, which is a big indication in itself that New Zealand’s hard work is already beginning to show signs of priceless rewards. We hope, and remain pretty confident, that New Zealand will have a large number of fans back home cheering them on in South Africa, but even if they don’t, we’re certain they’ll attract the support from all those underdog fans out there as the Kiwi’s seek out a shock somewhere down the line.

Nickname: The Kiwi’s

New Zealand Key Players

Ryan Nelsen

The Kiwi’s captain is also the captain for Blackburn Rovers (England) and will be the player everyone looks up to in this New Zealand squad. He has bags of experience at the highest level and is a rock at the back for both club & country. He has 38 international caps to his name along with six international goals, which is a creditable tally for a defender who only raids forward for set-plays. He is agile in the air, quick at reading plays and a great tackler. He will need to lead by example at the back for New Zealand as their defence will come under plenty of scrutiny. 


It’s hard to really say without seeing too much of them but they are a nation who like to attack and they could cause country’s a few problems at the back. They gave Italy, a team in their group at the world cup, several scares last year when the pair met in an international friendly. The Italian’s were victorious in the end, winning 4-3, but only after they came from behind on more than one occasions to overhaul a confident looking New Zealand side that day. They also shown plenty of attacking intent in the 2009 Confederations Cup  in which they bombed forward at every opportunity, although they did concede a fair few for their troubles. Still, we would have to say their attacking play is their strongest asset , while their enthusiasm for the game will increase their neutral following, we’re sure.


There are several reasons why New Zealand won’t be winning 2010’s main event, the first being their lack of experience on this type of stage, the biggest in international football, while the second is their lightweight defence.

Their shining light is Blackburn Rovers’ Ryan Nelsen, who has picked up plenty of first-class knowledge and know-how from his many years in the English Premiership. However, Nelson’s knowledge of the game won’t be enough to carry what is a vulnerable, exposed and extremely weak New Zealand through the tournament without conceding it’s fair share of goals. The scary thing is, New Zealand don’t even like to defence. They’re an ambitious bunch who love to give it a good go. With this attitude, although remarkably admirable, they’ll get punished quite severely if they’re not careful.

New Zealand Qualification for the World Cup

Sector: Oceania

Position: 1st

Win-Draw-Lose: 5-0-1

Goals Scored: 14

Goals Conceded: 5

The Kiwi’s secured qualification via a two-legged play-off with Bahrain, winning 1-0 on aggregate through a Rory Fallon header in the away leg. 

World Cup Potential: 1/5

We won’t be mean and put a ‘0’ but this is a fair assessment on how little we rate New Zealand’s chances at the forthcoming African World Cup. Their squad is far too weak to even be competing at this level and they will find out in no time at all that they are punching well above their weight. However, this a special and rare occasion for their followers back home, and while they won’t travel to South Africa aiming to win the tournament outright,they will nevertheless saviour the moment and enjoy the unqiue atmosphere that you get at a World Cup. We wish them all the best but they are one of a select few in this summers finals that we can safely say WON’T be winning the competition outright.


New Zealand World Cup Betting Odds

New Zealand to win the World Cup: 1500 – Expekt

Before the World Cup the odds on New Zealand were 3000/1 

Official New Zealand World Cup Squad


James Bannatyne (Team Wellington)

Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory)

Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix)



Andy Boyens (New York Red Bulls)

Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix)

Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers)

Winston Reid (FC Midtjylland)

Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix)

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town)

Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City)

David Mulligan



Andy Barron (Team Wellington)

Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix)

Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jets)

Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix)

Jeremy Christie (Tampa Bay Rowdies)

Aaron Clapham (Canterbury United)

Simon Elliott

Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners)



Rory Fallon (Plymouth Argyle)

Chris Killen (Middlesbrough)

Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast)

Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion)


last update: 18 June 2010


World Cup 2010 New Zealand Fixtures – Group F

Date - Time Group Match Result
14/06 - 19.30 F Italy - Paraguay 1-1
15/06 - 12.30 F New Zealand - Slovakia 1-1
20/06 - 12.30 F Slovakia - Paraguay 0-2
20/06 - 15.00 F Italy - New Zealand 1-1
24/06 - 15.00 F Slovakia - Italy 3-2
24/06 - 15.00 F Paraguay - New Zealand 0-0

World Cup 2010 Group F - Table

Rank Team Matches / Points
1 Paraguay 3 Matches / 5 Points
2 Slovakia 3 Matches / 4 Points
3 New Zealand 3 Matches / 3 Points
4 Italy 3 Matches / 2 Points

World Cup Fixtures and Results


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