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Waitakere United is a football club based in Waitakere City, New Zealand. They are one of the franchises in the ISPS Handa Premiership. They play their home games at Fred Taylor Park in Kumeu and The Trusts Arena.

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Full nameWaitakere United
Founded2004
GroundDouglas Field at The Trusts Arena
Capacity3,000[1]
ChairmanPeter Bult
ManagerChris Milicich
LeagueISPS Handa Premiership
2017-188th
Current season

HistoryEdit

Waitakere United was formed as a special franchise club in 2004 to play in the New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC), New Zealand's top domestic football competition. The team represents 12 member clubs from Mt Albert to the Kaipara.

In the inaugural season (2004–05) of the NZFC, Waitakere United finished runners-up to champions Auckland City but they followed up with a very disappointing 6th place in the next season. In the following season, however, Waitakere finished as NZFC premiers but lost in the grand final once again to Auckland City FC 3–2.

Due to the withdrawal of Vanuatu's Port Vila Sharks, Waitakere was given a berth in the inaugural OFC Champions League, for 2007, as NZFC premiers. They finished atop their group, edging out Auckland City and New Caledonia's AS Mont-Dore. They went on to defeat Ba FC of Fiji in the final, becoming the first OFC-League champions. Commins Menapi scored a crucial away goal that proved the difference as the tie finished 2–2 in aggregate. Taking this championship qualified United to compete in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where they lost in the 'play-in' match to Sepahan 1–3.

Waitakere United defended their championship in capturing the 2007–08 OFC Champions League, defeating Kossa in the final 6–3 in goal aggregate. During this season, Douglas Field was under extensive renovation forcing Waitakere United to play most of their home fixtures at Fred Taylor Park in Whenuapai.

Waitakere have a notable rivalry with neighbours Auckland City.

HonoursEdit

Performance in OFC competitionsEdit

Best: Champions in 2007 and 2007–08
2007: Champions
2007–08: Champions
2008–09: 2° in Group A
2009–10: Finalist
2010–11: 2° in Group B
2011–12: 2° in Group A
2012–13: Finalist

FIFA Club World Cup HistoryEdit

FIFA Club World Cup History
Year Round Score Result Scorers
2007 Play-off   Waitakere United 1 – 3 Sepahan   Loss Aghily   74' (o.g.)
2008 Play-off   Waitakere United 1 – 2 Adelaide United   Loss Seaman   34'

Current squadEdit

As of 8 March 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2   DF Luke Jorgensen
4   DF Ben Gordon
5   DF Kris Carpenter
7   MF Oscar Browne
8   MF Sam Burfoot
9   FW Alex Connor-McLean
11   FW Sanni Issa
12   MF Matthew Conroy
13   MF Dane Schnell
14   DF David Parkinson
15   FW Ignacio Machuca
No. Position Player
16   DF Reilly O'Meagher
18   DF Lachie McIsaac
20   MF Ollie Bassett
21   FW Andrew Abba
22   GK Nick Draper
23   MF Tawanda Marowa
30   GK Silvio Rodić
  DF Mitchell Browne
  MF Nicolas Chalmet
  FW Julian Stevenson

StaffEdit

  • Youth Team Coach:   Mark Holt
  • Goalkeeper coach:   Kevin O'Leary

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Trusts Stadium Grandstand, Waitakere". Engenium. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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