2008 OFC Nations Cup
The 2008 OFC Nations Cup was the eighth edition of the OFC Nations Cup, and the first under a new format that was introduced. It took place as a series of as a home-and-away round-robin tournament on FIFA match dates in 2007 and 2008. Doubling as the qualification tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the tournament was substantially different from earlier editions: 2004 champions Australia did not compete after leaving the Oceania Football Confederation for the Asian Football Confederation, and for the first time since the 1996 OFC Nations Cup, no fixed venue was used. Unlike the 2004 OFC Nations Cup, which had featured ten teams from the Oceania Football Confederation, the 2008 tournament had just four teams.
|Dates||17 October 2007 – 19 November 2008|
|Teams||4 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||New Zealand (4th title)|
|Goals scored||39 (3.25 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Shane Smeltz (8 goals)|
The Cup was won by New Zealand, who as a result qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, and the World Cup qualifying play-off with the AFC 5th-placed team, Bahrain, in which New Zealand were successful.
The four qualified teams for the 2008 OFC Nations Cup were:
|Naprapol 32'||Report||Smeltz 53'
Vakatalesau 27' 86'
M. Hmaé 87'
|Mulligan 17' 81'
Smeltz 29' (pen.) 34'
|Wajoka 29' (pen.)
M. Hmaé 32' 61'
|Mermer 77'||Report||Djamali 73'|
M. Hmaé 60'
|New Caledonia||1–3||New Zealand|
|M. Hmaé 55'||Report||Sigmund 16'
Smeltz 65' 75'
|New Zealand||3–0||New Caledonia|
|Smeltz 49' 76'
|Report||Krishna 63' 90'|
- The New Zealand vs Fiji match was originally scheduled for 13 October 2007, but was postponed by FIFA after Fijian goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau was denied a visa by the New Zealand immigration authorities. The match was first rescheduled to be played in the neutral country of Samoa, but subsequently moved again to Fiji.
|2008 OFC Nations Cup Winners|
There were 39 goals scored in 12 games, for an average of 3.25 goals per game. Players in bold advanced to the next round in qualifying.
- 8 goals
- 5 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- RSSF. Accessed 21 February 2010.