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January 30th, 2008 11:15
Adriano A stupid move for him.
January 29th, 2008 04:41
Phoenix snare All Whites star

All Whites winger Leo Bertos is returning home after agreeing to terms for a two-year deal with the Wellington Phoenix.

The 26-year-old, who has been linked with the Phoenix for several months, was off contract with fellow A-League club Perth Glory and negotiations fell through on Tuesday night, paving the way for him to agree to terms with the Phoenix yesterday.

It is a swift and encouraging start to the Phoenix's off-season recruitment, with Bertos' pace, in particular, providing something they have lacked.

Bertos, who played 35 A-League matches for Perth, has also been one of the better-performing All Whites during the past two years.

"It's good to have Leo back in Wellington. I think he'll add a lot to the team and it's the first of one of our major signings that we wanted," Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata said.

"Over the course of the next few weeks we'll finalise the rest of the contract negotiations, but he'll be on a two-year deal."

In November Bertos expressed his desire to play for the Phoenix, telling The Dominion Post that he would like to return home.

"We had made our intentions known that when he did come off contract, we'd like to be the first club he speaks to," Pignata said.

"Once we agreed terms, we were both happy, so there was no point waiting around."

Pignata agreed Bertos' pace was an attraction.

"Leo is a quality player, he's played in Australia for a number of years and he'll be a great asset.

"He's a very pacy player. It's one of the key characteristics we need."

But Bertos would not be available for this year's O-League, should the Phoenix be allowed to enter the competition in its final stages in April.

"My understanding, in regards to the O-League, is that it would only be our current players, as at October 2007," said Pignata, who claimed Bertos' arrival did not mean Australian Ahmad Elrich, also a specialist right winger who is contracted till June 30, was on the way out.

Meanwhile, Pignata said rumours that Newcastle Jets defender Andrew Durante and All Whites defender Ben Sigmund had already signed with the Phoenix were off base. The club was not in talks with either.

"In fairness to Andrew, he's still playing in the finals," Pignata said.

"Once the finals are over for Andrew and if he wants to have a chat, I'm more than happy to call his manager.

"We're going to have a look at Ben over the next few months in the NZFC."
Should be great for the Phoenix, but it's a little disappointing he didn't try his luck in Europe.
January 29th, 2008 04:33
Xavinho Yeah that penalty where the Galaxy player just fell over looked suspiciously like a call made with the sole purpose of giving a half fit Beckham who was doing nothing but strolling around midfield a chance to score. It was good for the game in NZ though, and a lot of people seemed to enjoy themselves, so I hope they can arrange something similar again sometime.
December 21st, 2007 08:14
Fred Elliot The game against the Galaxy was a good night. I managed to get down there and it was fckin brilliant. Courtney Street was jumping before and after the game...everyone was well up for it. Live a carnival it was. We were cheering for both sides...I even knew the bloke reffing (he had a shocker).
December 12th, 2007 11:41
Xavinho Phoenix to seek financial help

The Wellington Phoenix want a team in Australia's youth football league and are relying on financial help from New Zealand Football to get it.

It is understood the cost would be about $300,000 a season to put a team in the league and the Phoenix will ask NZF for a large chunk of that, believing it is essential for the development of the game in New Zealand.

Football Federation Australia has confirmed plans to run a new under-21 league, with teams attached to the seven Australia-based A-League clubs, which would have their playing rosters increased from 23 to 33.

The Phoenix would miss out, however, with the FFA understandably not feeling obliged to fund the development of New Zealand's youth.

However, Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata believes the FFA would consider having a Phoenix/New Zealand youth team included if it could fund itself, and he wants NZF to come to the party.

"We really need to sit down with [NZF chief executive] Graham Seatter and talk about it," Pignata said. "The FFA are not adverse to us being included, they just don't want to pay for it, which is completely understandable. The costs should be worn by New Zealand, but it's important for football in this country to have a team in it."

Not having a youth team would disadvantage the Phoenix, who would still only be allowed 23 players while the other seven clubs would have 33 and at the same time be developing future players.

Phoenix and All Whites coach Ricki Herbert has made it clear he considers having a youth team in the Australian league, or even the NZFC, crucial to the development of players both for the Phoenix and the national team.

The gap between the A-League and the NZFC which, theoretically, is the breeding ground for future Phoenix players, is considered too wide.
December 12th, 2007 11:40
Xavinho Phoenix packing in the fans

Wellington Phoenix are set to record another significant milestone in their short history, with Friday night's home A-League soccer match against the Queensland Roar likely to see the 100,000th fan pass through the turnstiles.

The Phoenix need just 6839 fans to attend the match at Westpac Stadium to crack the 100,000-mark, with 93,161 people having attended the Phoenix's eight home games to date.

The A-League's newest club has an average crowd figure of 11,645.

The figures stack up impressively against the other seven clubs, putting them ahead of the Perth Glory (7412 average) and the Central Coast Mariners ( 10,349) and on a par with attendances recorded by Adelaide United and the Newcastle Jets.

Melbourne (26,566) are easily the league leaders for home support.

The Phoenix's season-high home attendance to date of 18,345 against Adelaide United in round 15 is the third-highest figure for any club in a single match, behind only Sydney FC (18,457) and the Melbourne Victory (31,884).

Wellington Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata said the 100,000-fan milestone was a significant achievement for the club.

"I think we've exceeded expectations in terms of the support we've had and everyone at the club would like to thank to fans that have come to our games - it's just been sensational.

"To be on the verge of breaking the 100,000-mark with one more home game to come (against Sydney FC on January 4) is phenomenal, and I know that Football Federation Australia is thrilled with what we've achieved this year."
December 12th, 2007 11:38
Xavinho Round 14 (24/11/07) Melbourne Victory 1-1 Wellington Phoenix
Round 15 (30/11/07) Wellington Phoenix 1-2 Adelaide United
Round 16 (07/12/07) Wellington Phoenix 3-0 Perth Glory

# Team 			 P   W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  Pts  

1 Central Coast Mariners 15  8 	3  4  18  11  7   27
2 Queensland Roar 	 16  7 	5  4  19  15  4   26
3 Adelaide United 	 16  5 	8  3  24  19  5   23
4 Newcastle Jets 	 16  5 	7  4  14  14  0   22
5 Sydney FC 		 15  5 	6  4  14  13  1   21
6 Melbourne Victory 	 16  3 	8  5  16  21  -5  17
7 Wellington Phoenix 	 16  4 	4  8  21  27  -6  16
8 Perth Glory 		 16  2 	7  7  17  23  -6  13
Smeltz is the joint top scorer with Joel Griffiths on 7 goals
Daniel is the joint top assist provider with Juninho on 4 assists

Next match:

Round 17 (14/12/07) Wellington Phoenix v Queensland Roar
November 22nd, 2007 13:15
Although reports suggested the deal could be worth about $3 million a year in "cash and kind", it seems that is wide of the mark, and is likely to be something less for the rest of this season and next.
Even if it is less than that, if it's anywhere close to that kind of amount it's going to be a huge boost for the Nix
November 22nd, 2007 13:12
Xavinho Just some more about the Sony deal:

Phoenix score sponsorship deal

Phoenix bosses were coy yesterday, but it seems the A-League club has landed a windfall with confirmation that electronics giant Sony is to sponsor them for the rest of this season and through 2008-09.

There is also the provision for a further two years.

Although reports suggested the deal could be worth about $3 million a year in "cash and kind", it seems that is wide of the mark, and is likely to be something less for the rest of this season and next.

The Phoenix will have their new sponsor's logos on their shirts for their next home game - against Adelaide United on Friday week at Westpac Stadium.

Sony New Zealand managing director Martin McManus said his company had "hand-picked" the Phoenix for sponsorship.

Club chief executive Tony Pignata said the deal was a coup and would further enhance the club's work.

"It's a huge vote of confidence," he said. "Not only for the Phoenix but also for football in New Zealand."

November 21st, 2007 11:21
Xavinho Phoenix secure Sony as principal sponsor

The Wellington Phoenix have scored a significant goal with confirmation that global electronics giant Sony has joined the club as principal sponsor.

The landmark partnership is a major coup for the Phoenix and football in New Zealand, with Sony's logo to feature proudly on the front and back of Phoenix playing shirts and training gear.

The sponsorship deal kicks in for the remainder of the A-League 07/08 season and also takes in next season. Sony has first option to continue the partnership for a further two years.

Sony NZ managing director Martin McManus said the rise of the Wellington Phoenix and the club's commitment to excellence was a perfect fit for the electronics giant.

"Football has massive appeal across the globe and as a result Sony has official partnerships with both FIFA and the UEFA Champions League on the international playing field. For Sony New Zealand, sponsoring the Wellington Phoenix is about supporting football on our home turf and ensuring Sony is an integral part of an exciting emerging sport right here in New Zealand."

Wellington Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata said the deal with Sony was a coup and would further enhance the club's impressive work to date.

"It's a huge vote of confidence, not only for the Phoenix but also for football in New Zealand. We're thrilled to be associated with Sony, an iconic, global brand. This sponsorship deal is further evidence that the Phoenix and football are on the rise in this country.


Great deal for the Phoenix. Hopefully Sony will decide to take up their option to continue sponsoring them after next season.
November 21st, 2007 11:16
Xavinho 11/11 Queensland Roar 3-0 Wellington Phoenix

17/11 Wellington Phoenix 1-1 Sydney FC

Team--------- PTS
Central Coast- 26
Queensland--- 22
Adelaide------ 18
Newcastle---- 18
Sydney------- 17
Melbourne---- 15
Wellington--- 12
Perth--------- 9
November 3rd, 2007 12:38
Xavinho Perth Glory 0-1 Wellington Phoenix

Daniel 51'

Bad defending from Wellington at times, but even worse finishing from Perth
October 30th, 2007 03:42
Xavinho Adelaide United 4-1 Phoenix

Despite scoring first they just weren't good enough.

About the only positive from this match is Smeltz is now the second top scorer in the league, with 5 goals I believe.
October 30th, 2007 03:34
Originally Posted by Onree
Dunno if you lot get TotalSydney (otherwise known as TotalFootball) on SkyNZ or not,
Nah, but there's a local discussion show, World of Football, which covers all the A-League action plus briefly looks at the euro leagues.

Originally Posted by Onree
but they summed up the problem for Welly and why they're not actually the 2nd worst team in the league: they just concede way too many dumb goals and it's really costing them.
Yeah, the defence is incredible naive. I think they lack someone at the back that can really take charge of things, but it's not solely the fault of the defence. The whole team needs to be accountable and start playing as a unit. The defenders are often left too exposed.

Originally Posted by Onree
I've been pretty impressed with Wellington's crowds though. Have they even dipped below 10,000 yet?
Not yet, but unless some improvements are made it's only a matter of time before people start getting discouraged. It happened in the early days of the Kingz too, when people realised the team just couldn't compete. Of course the Nix have the advantage of playing at a stadium that people can actually get to without having to set out three days in advance.
October 27th, 2007 04:57
Onree Dunno if you lot get TotalSydney (otherwise known as TotalFootball) on SkyNZ or not, but they summed up the problem for Welly and why they're not actually the 2nd worst team in the league: they just concede way too many dumb goals and it's really costing them.

I've been pretty impressed with Wellington's crowds though. Have they even dipped below 10,000 yet?
October 23rd, 2007 06:58
Xavinho Phoenix 1-2 Mariners

Elrich scored a great goal for the Nix, but they were denied a draw when Petrovski scored the winner for Central Coast in injury time at the end of the match.
October 17th, 2007 05:14
Xavinho Phoenix Results to date:

(Home) Melbourne Victory 2-2
(Away) Central Coast Mariners 3-0
(Home) Newcastle Jets 0-1
(Away) Sydney FC 1-2
(Home) Adelaide United 2-2
(Home) Perth Glory 4-1
(Away) Queensland Roar 2-1
(Away) Newcastle Jets 2-1

Current Standings:

Team--------W -- D -- L -- PTS
Central Coast- 4 -- 2 -- 2 -- 14
Newcastle---- 3 -- 4 -- 1 -- 13
Adelaide------ 2 -- 5 -- 1 -- 11
Melbourne---- 2 -- 5 -- 1 -- 11
Queensland--- 3 -- 2 -- 3 -- 11
Sydney------- 2 -- 3 -- 3 -- 9
Wellington---- 2 -- 2 -- 4 -- 8
Perth--------- 0 -- 5 -- 3 -- 5
September 26th, 2007 09:11
Xavinho Yeah Rugby is definitely huge down there. Apparently though there was a bit of apathy from the locals the last time the All Blacks played there, but it was probably down to the South Africans not bothering to field their best team.
I think there's quite a few people in ChCh of Scottish and English decent so there'd probably be some interest in football. Not much compared to Rugby though.
September 23rd, 2007 15:32
Onree What's the popularity of football in the South Island, like in Christchurch? I'd imagine rugby is massive down there because of the Crusaders.
September 19th, 2007 03:49
Phoenix vs LA Galaxy

Beckham's Wellington game confirmed

New Zealand football's worst kept secret has been confirmed - David Beckham will play in Wellington later this year.

Wellington Phoenix owner Terry Serepisos said the club would front up with most of the $2 million to bring Beckham and the LA Galaxy to New Zealand on December 2.

Mr Serepisos made the announcement along with Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata and head coach Ricki Herbert this morning.

He would not comment on exact figures or how much was coming from the Wellington City Council.

"It's nowhere near the amount stipulated," he said.

"We as the club are bearing most of the costs."

Mr Serepisos said the team would probably have three or four days in Wellington.

Ticket prices were being and security measures were being "sorted out".

The $2 million would include accommodation and travel.

Mr Serepisos said if Beckham was injured the game would be rescheduled.

"It's crucial David Beckham takes the field and plays."

Mr Serepisos said he hoped the match would be a sellout crowd.

Sources had earlier claimed that Beckham will be required to play at least 55 minutes and that the match deal hinged on an assurance the former Manchester United and Real Madrid start will take the field at Westpac Stadium.

Wellington City Council had agreed to partly fund the fixture but is refusing to say how much of its $1.5 million events development fund had been committed.

Councillor John Morrison, Mayor Kerry Prendergast, council chief executive Garry Poole, and Positively Wellington Tourism chairwoman Glenys Coughlan were on a council sub-committee that approved the funding.

Mr Morrison said a guarantee that Beckham would play in the match was a vital factor for funding.

"It is (for) a minimum of 55 minutes, and hopefully the whole game," he said yesterday.

The development fund is financed through commercial rates and would be used to promote the game outside Wellington.

The council needs to attract at least 40 per cent of the crowd from outside the region so it can meet its target of generating $20 for every dollar it spends on event promotion.

"It needs to attract a 30,000-plus crowd," Mr Morrison said.
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