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Auckland City FC

Auckland City
Full name Auckland City Football Club
Nickname(s) City, The Navy Blues, La Famiglia, The School of Astrophysics
Founded 2004 (2004)
Ground Kiwitea Street
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Ivan Vuksich
Coach Ramon Tribulietx
League ASB Premiership
2014–15 1st
Website Club home page

Auckland City Football Club is an association football club based in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. The club competes in the ASB Premiership (formerly known as the New Zealand Football Championship) which is the highest level of domestic football in the country.

Auckland City has won the regular season as well as the Grand Final six times. They represented the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in the OFC Champions League, which they won most recently in 2015 for the seventh time. With a third place in 2014 they also became the only OFC team to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. They're also the only team to win the continental treble three times.


  • Honours 1
  • Rivalry 2
  • FIFA Club World Cup Campaigns 3
    • 2006 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan 3.1
    • 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates 3.2
    • 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan 3.3
    • 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan 3.4
    • 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco 3.5
    • 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco 3.6
    • 2015 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan 3.7
  • Professional Club Matches 4
    • 2005 4.1
    • 2006 4.2
    • 2009 4.3
    • 2011 4.4
    • 2012 4.5
    • 2013 4.6
    • 2014 4.7
  • National team friendlies 5
    • 2009 5.1
    • 2014 5.2
  • Current players and staff 6
    • First-team squad 6.1
    • New Zealand National Team Caps 6.2
    • Coaching staff 6.3
    • Medical staff 6.4
    • Media staff 6.5
  • References 7
  • External links 8



Bronze Medal (1): 2014.


Champions (7): 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Champions (1): 2014.


Premiers (6): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15.
Champions (6): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015.


Auckland City FC's rival is cross-town team Waitakere United. It is the only city derby in the ASB Premiership and is known as the "Super City" derby. These games are fiercely contested, drawing crowds between 1,500 and 2,500. Their 2011 Grand Final clash was played in front of a crowd of 3,500.

FIFA Club World Cup Campaigns

2006 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan

Auckland City lost their first game 2–0 to African Champions Al Ahly of Egypt on 10 December 2006. Five days later Auckland City played the Asian Champions, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea, in the fifth-place play-off. Auckland City, the only amateur side at the tournament, were defeated 0–3 and finished in sixth place.

2009 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates

Auckland City overcame local champions Al Ahli 2–0 in the opening play-off match with goals by Adam Dickinson and Chad Coombes. In their quarter final clash against CONCACAF Champions Atlante of Mexico the side lost 0–3.

The play-off for fifth and sixth place was described by coach Paul Posa as "the greatest night in the history of Auckland City Football Club" as the team defeated African Champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo 3–2. The goal scorers on this special occasion were Jason Hayne (2) and Riki van Steeden.

These historic victories were the first recorded by a New Zealand team at this prestigious tournament and indeed the first by an amateur side at this tournament. They were also the first time a senior men's representative team from New Zealand has recorded a victory at a FIFA World Finals competition.

2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan

Auckland City played Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol in the opening play-off match of the tournament at Toyota Stadium. The final score was 0–2 with Auckland City unable to reproduce their heroics of 2009 in the United Arab Emirates.

2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan

For the second year running Auckland City was paired against the Japanese J League Champions - represented by Sanfrecce Hiroshima - in the opening play-off match of the tournament. Auckland City lost 0–1.

2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco

Auckland City played Moroccan champions Raja Casablanca in the quarter-finals play-off on 11 December at Stade Adrar. The scores were tied 1–1 at 90 minutes with a second half Roy Krishna goal cancelling out a first half goal from Mouhcine Iajour. Abdelilah Hafidi then scored in the second minute of added time to give the Moroccan champions a 2–1 victory.[1]

2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco

Auckland City played Moroccan champions Moghreb Tétouan in a play-off for the quarter-finals on 10 December. The match finished goalless with Auckland winning 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out and qualifying for a quarter-finals against Sétif.[2] In the quarter-finals on 13 December Auckland City defeated ES Sétif 1–0 and advanced to the semi-finals for the first time. Auckland played San Lorenzo in the semis and lost 2–1. They finished their 2014 tournament with a 4–2 penalty win over Cruz Azul in the play-off for third and fourth after a 1–1 draw at full time.[3]

2015 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan

Professional Club Matches

Auckland City FC has faced professional clubs from across the world and achieved respectable results. The following is a compilation of those results.


OFC Club Championship Tahiti 2005
vs. Sydney FC lost 2–3


FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006
vs. Al Ahly lost 0–2
vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai lost 0–3


FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009
vs. Al Ahli won 2–0
vs. Atlante lost 0–3
vs. TP Mazembe won 3–2


Friendly Matches
vs. Central Coast Mariners won 3–1

FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011
vs. Kashiwa Reysol lost 0–2


Friendly Match
vs. Matsumoto Yagama won 2–0

FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012
vs. Sanfrecce Hiroshima lost 0–1


Friendly Matches
vs. Wellington Phoenix won 1–0
vs. Espanyol lost 0–1

FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013
vs. Raja Casablanca lost 1–2


FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014
vs. Moghreb Tétouan won 0–0 (4–3 pen.)
vs. Sétif won 1–0
vs. San Lorenzo lost 1–2 (aet)
vs. Cruz Azul won 1–1 (4–2 pen.)

National team friendlies


vs. Kuwait lost 0–2


vs. Uzbekistan draw 0–0
vs. Japan lost 0–2

Current players and staff

First-team squad

As of 13 October 2015
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 Marko Đorđević (on loan from Radnički 1923)
3 DF Takuya Iwata
4 MF Mario Bilen
5 DF Ángel Berlanga
6 DF Jesse Edge
7 MF Mikel Alvaro
8 MF Michael den Heijer
9 DF Darren White
10 FW Ryan de Vries
11 MF Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi
12 MF Adam McGeorge
13 MF Kim Dae-wook
No. Position Player
14 MF Clayton Lewis
15 MF Ivan Vicelich (Captain)
16 MF Cameron Lindsay
17 FW João Moreira
18 GK Danyon Drake
19 MF Micah Lea'alafa
20 FW Emiliano Tade
21 FW Nathaniel Hailemariam
22 DF Andrew Milne
23 MF Sam Burfoot
24 GK Jacob Spoonley

New Zealand National Team Caps

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Ramon Tribulietx
Assistant Coach Ryan Faithfull
Carl Edwards
Ivan Vicelich
Goalkeeper Coach Simone Naddi

Medical staff

Position Name
Physiotherapist Justin Lopes
Matt Payne
Club Doctor Dr Craig Panther

Media staff

Position Name
Media Manager Gordon Glen Watson
Photographer Shane Wenzlick


  1. ^ "Raja Casablanca 2-1 Auckland City". 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moghreb 0 Auckland 0". 10 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ FIFA Retrieved 13 December 2014. 

External links

  • Auckland City FC Official Website
  • Auckland City FC Facebook Page
  • Auckland City FC Twitter Page
  • Auckland City FC at Soccerway
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