Round 3 Preview: Wellington Phoenix vs. Brisbane Roar

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Round 3 Preview: Wellington Phoenix vs. Brisbane Roar

Week 3 of the A-League sees Brisbane travel across the Tasman for the first of two times this season to take on the Wellington Phoenix, with both sides coming off last start wins. The Roar won their home opener last weekend against the Central Coast Mariners on the back of a brace from Brandon Borrello, while Wellington came from a goal behind to beat Perth Glory on the road thanks to a rare and late Vince Lia strike. Brisbane played some impressive football once again last week, with new signing Corona adding an extra dimension to the Brisbane midfield, while…

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Phoenix sparking debate, but why?

Over the last few weeks, the Wellington Phoenix have risen from the ashes to take top spot on the A-League table away from Perth. The jump in table positions has coincided with an increase in the number of media types questioning the inclusion of a New Zealand based team in an Australian league. The articles and interviews where these questions were raised all started the same way, they began by praising the on field performance of the Phoenix this season. They mentioned how Ernie Merrick has turned around a side that won the wooden spoon in 2012/13 into a side…

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Merrick slams Burns reports, reveals no offer made

Rumours have been circulating around the future of Socceroo and Wellington Phoenix attacker Nathan Burns. The subject of a reported sizeable offer from Asia, Burns has impressed in the yellow and black this season and leads the A-League with ten goals to his name. But speculative reports have suggested that Burns has a release clause in his contract and that the Phoenix are holding out for over $2 million from the interested party, reported to be Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. These reports also said that Burns has informed Phoenix officials that he wants to leave the club, all of which…

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Phoenix between a rock and a hard place

As it currently stands, there is a good chance that the Wellington Phoenix will finish the season in an Asian Champions League (ACL) qualification position on the A-League ladder. There’s also a good chance that the Wellington Phoenix Premiers (aka the WeeNix) will finish in an Oceania Champions League (OCL) qualification position on the ASB Premiership ladder, New Zealand’s premier domestic competition. However, the club cannot qualify for either competition, making it the only professional club in the world that has no qualification pathway towards the FIFA Club World Cup via a continental champions league style tournament. Part of the…

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The Phoenix, Internationals and facing Adelaide

On Saturday night, the Wellington Phoenix take on Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in a game that will be marred by a controversial topic in the A-League community this week: the international window. International windows and the A-League To paraphrase the FIFA rules, if a player is called up to their national team for a match to be played during an international window, the player must be released by his club and cannot play for the club during the international window, even if the player is unable to fulfil the requirements of his international callup due to injury. Most leagues in…

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Phoenix in search for away Victory

In what has become a traditional fixture, Wellington Phoenix travel to Melbourne to take on the Victory at AAMI Park on Monday. Both teams will be looking to keep up the exciting form that has found both placed in the top four after three rounds. The background  The Victory and the Phoenix are sitting 2nd and 4th on the table respectively, with the Melbourne based side just one point ahead of the Phoenix. The Victory attack was hugely impressive in the Derby last week, putting five goals past Melbourne City in a 5-2 win, featuring a hat-trick for Besart Berisha….

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The Phoenix are here to stay

The following is in response to Michael Cockerill’s recent article where he said that the Wellington Phoenix “are on notice” regarding their place in the A-League. Licensing Cockerill argues the Phoenix being the only side not to receive a 20 year A-League licence extension shows just how precarious a position they are in. This is not the case. The sticking point for any New Zealand team is the fact the country’s governing body, New Zealand Football, is a member of Oceania and not the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). As such, any team from across the Tasman who wants to play…

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