World Cup 2010 Squad
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Meet the team from the 2010 World Cup qualifying team

The qualification

November 14, 2009, Wellington Stadium. The clock on the scoreboard had just ticked past 45 minutes. On an unusually still Wellington night, Leo Bertos bent a corner into the box – yes!! Only Bahrain to get past now... When Rory Fallon rose above a crowd of Bahrain defenders and headed the ball into the back of the net, the commentators declared it “the goal New Zealand has been waiting 27 years for.” The header, together with Mark Paston’s penalty save, secured the All Whites their ticket to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, their first World Cup since 1987.   

And it secured far more than that.  

The tournament  

The 2010 All Whites team set the game in New Zealand alight. On the pitch, their success was scarcely believable. Though they narrowly missed a place in the Round of 16, the All Whites boarded their flight home from South Africa as the only team who would be able to say they were undefeated in the tournament. The All Whites came home with results to be proud of: three draws, including one against the reigning champions, Italy.  

Off the pitch, the 2010 campaign became a turning point for football in Aotearoa. Player registrations sky-rocketed – including for girls’ football, as girls-only teams became the norm for the first time. New Zealand Football unveiled its Whole of Football plan, a new programme by which footballers would play and develop in New Zealand. The first generation of players to have come through the plan included the 2018Under 17 Football Ferns, who placed third at the World Cup.  

The legacy of the 2010 All Whites is one that extends far beyond their achievements in South Africa. The team helped to create visibility for football, a game which we believe has benefits for al lin our communities, on and off the pitch.  

The legacy  

When nations qualify for a World Cup, FIFA distributes funding to all qualified governing bodies, and a further amount is granted for a side’s participation in the group stages.  In2010, the board of New Zealand Football invested a percentage of New Zealand’s allocation to create a legacy fund.

The vision was that this fund would support New Zealand football for years to come. The New Zealand Football Foundation was born. 

Since its creation, the New Zealand Football Foundation has invested the initial $4 million of funding, growing it to $6 million, and since2010 has granted across the country $1.8 million in community grants – ensuring the legacy of the 2010 side develops and deepens as the years pass.    

The 2010 team helped us begin our mission of using Football For Good, supporting and sustaining local initiatives which will benefit our players, coaches, parents, fans, facilities… our communities. On behalf of football in New Zealand we are so grateful to the2010 All Whites for their talent, tenacity, and belief.

The path they helped pave in South Africa is the same one the Foundation continues to forge, using Football For Good, for today, for tomorrow, and for the years to come. 

Back row, left to right
Michael McGlinchey, MF, 5 Caps
Jeremy Christie, MF, 22 Caps
Aaron Clapham, MF
Ben Sigmund, DF, 14 Caps
Andy Barron, MF, 11 Caps
Leo Bertos, MF, 34 Caps
Dave Mulligan, MF, 25 Caps
Middle row, left to right
Winston Reid, DF, 3 Caps
Simon Elliott, MF, 63 Caps
Chris Wood, FW, 9 Caps
Tommy Smith, DF, 4 Caps
James Bannatyne, GK, 3 Caps
Mark Paston, GK, 23 Caps
Glen Moss, GK, 15 Caps
Andrew Boyens, DF, 15 Caps
Jeremy Brockie, MF, 18 Caps
Tony Lochhead, DF, 30 Caps
Front row, left to right
Clint Gosling, GK Coach
Chris Killen, FW, 31 Caps
Rory Fallon, FW, 7 Caps
Ryan Nelson, Captain, DF, 41 Caps
Ricki Herbert, Coach
Brian Turner, Asst. Coach
Tim Brown, MF, 25 Caps
Ivan Vicelich, DF, 66 Caps
Shane Smeltz, FW, 30 Caps
Raul Blanco, Technical Advisor

Our Partners & Supporters

Every team needs supporters.  At the New Zealand Football Foundation we are so grateful for our partners who believe in Football For Good just as much as we do. They know the power of sport to make real change in society and they are committed to helping us do the māhi to support our communities.  The generosity of our partners is crucial to enable us to support so many worthy projects.  

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