About Auckland City Football Club

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ABOUT AUCKLAND CITY FC

Auckland City Football Club is based in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. The club competes in the ten-team Stirling Sports Premiership which is the highest level of domestic football in the country.

This new competition was formed in 2004. Auckland City have won the competition in six of the 10 years since its inception.

Auckland City FC is an amateur club with most players having full-time occupations outside of football.

Season 2004-05

In the inaugural 2004/05 season Auckland City FC beat cross town rivals Waitakere United 3-2 in the Grand Final. Keryn Jordan, who joined City a season later, was one of the goalscorers for Waitakere United, whilst Liam Mulrooney and Grant Young, who scored twice, secured the Championship for the highly favoured home team.

OFC Club Championship: Group Stage
ASB Premiership: Winners
Minor Premiers: Winners

Season 2005-06

Auckland City began their second NZFC campaign the same way they finished off their first and led the competition for most of the season. The 2005/06 Grand Final saw the team defeat Canterbury United 5-4 on penalties after the score was tied 3-3 at full time. Auckland City followed this Grand Final success with victory in the 2006 Oceania Club Championships which were held at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. They defeated AS Pirae, of Tahiti, 3-1 in the final and remained undefeated throughout the tournament.

OFC Club Championship: Winners
ASB Premiership: Winners
Minor Premiers: Winners

Season 2006-07

The Oceania title saw Auckland City FC represent the Oceania Football Confederation at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December 2006. This tournament featured the champion club side from each of FIFA's six Confederations, including the mighty FC Barcelona of Spain.

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

Just five days after Auckland City FC's match in Tokyo, they had to play rivals Waitakere United in a crucial NZFC match at Kiwitea Street. After trailing 0-3 at half time, Auckland City FC produced a stunning comeback to win 4-3 with a 99th minute winner from Paul Urlovic. Referee Neil Fox produced an astonishing nineteen yellow and red cards in this memorable match, widely considered to be the most exciting since the competition began in October 2004.

At the end of an extremely long and challenging 2006/07 season the same two sides met again in the Grand Final where Auckland City FC triumphed once more by 3-2, to claim their third successive NZFC title.

FIFA Club World Cup: 7th
OFC Champions League: Group Stage
ASB Premiership: Winners
Minor Premiers: Third

Season 2007/08

The 2007/08 season was a disappointing one for Auckland City FC and was the first time the club had tasted failure in the NZFC. Losing the Preliminary Final to Team Wellington was a major setback for a club that has set such high standards for itself and a period of rebuilding began.

OFC Champions League: Group Stage
ASB Premiership: Third
Minor Premiers: Runners-Up

Season 2008/09

Season 2008/09 saw Auckland City FC regain it's status as the premier club side of New Zealand domestic football. A 2-1 victory over arch rivals Waitakere United in the NZFC Grand Final, with goals to Keryn Jordan and Paul Urlovic, saw the club claim it's fourth NZFC title in the past five years.

Further victory over Waitakere United, in Group A of the OFC Champions League, saw the club progress to the final where they confronted Koloale FC of the Solomon Islands, in a two-legged final, to determine Oceania's champion club side.

A comprehensive 7-2 first-leg win, away in Honiara, was followed up by a 2-2 result back at Kiwitea Street to wrap up a 9-4 aggregate victory which booked the club a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 which was held in Abu Dhabi from 9-19 December.

FIFA Club World Cup: 7th
OFC Champions League: Winners
ASB Premiership: Winners
Minor Premiers: Runners-Up

Season 2009/10

Season 2009/10 saw Auckland City FC head to Abu Dhabi and record the greatest results ever achieved by an Oceania representative at the FIFA Club World Cup.

First up the team overcame local champions Al Ahli 2-0 in the opening play-off match with memorable goals by Adam Dickinson and Chad Coombes. In their quarter final clash against Atlante FC of Mexico the side put up a brave performance which the 0-3 scoreline did not fairly reflect.

The play-off for 5th and 6th place was described by coach Paul Posa as “the greatest night in the history of Auckland City Football Club” as the team defeated TP Mazembe (Congo DR), champions of Africa, 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 competition. They were also the first time a senior men’s representative team from New Zealand has recorded victory at a FIFA World Finals competition.

After returning from the Middle East the team continued their fine form and won the NZFC’s minor premiership comfortably, losing only one match in doing so during the regular domestic season. Unfortunately the effects of a long campaign, which saw the side play nearly double the amount of matches than almost all of the other NZFC sides, finally caught up with the side.

Auckland City FC narrowly missed out on a place in the OFC Champions League Final on goal difference after going through the group stages unbeaten. A solitary goal was the difference between them and perennial opponents Waitakere United. In the NZFC semi-finals the side defeated Canterbury United 2-1 away in the first leg before suffering a shock 0-3 reversal at home. This upset, only the third loss the side had suffered in 25 matches over the course of the season, was a bitter way to end a campaign which had reached such highs only a few months earlier in Abu Dhabi.

On another positive note club captain Ivan Vicelich became the first player in the club’s history to play at a FIFA World Cup Finals competition. The All Whites performed outstandingly well in South Africa and Ivan capped off a memorable twelve months by being named the Oceania Footballer of the Year.

FIFA Club World Cup: 5th
OFC Champions League: Group Stage
ASB Premiership: Semi-Finals
Minor Premiers: Winners

Season 2010/11

Season 2010/11 saw Auckland CityFC regain it’s status once again as the premier club side in Oceania.

After comprehensively winning their group by six clear points from nearest rivals Waitakere United the team met Amicale FC of Vanuatu in the two-legged O-League Final. A hard fought 2-1 victory away in Port Vila in sweltering conditions was followed by a stunning 4-0 win when the two sides met again at Kiwitea Street. This victory saw the club clinch the O-League title for a record third time and gain qualification for the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011.

On the domestic front the team began the ASB Premiership season slowly as player retirements, unavailability and injury impacted on the side. As the season progressed however the side began to find some outstanding form and hit a purple patch winning ten straight matches as the semi-finals approached. After comfortably dispatching of Team Wellington by 7-2 on aggregate over two legs in the semi-finals the side lined up against old rivals Waitakere United in the Grand Final for the fourth time since the competition commenced in 2004. City had won all three of the previous encounters when the two sides had met in the domestic showpiece final however this run was to come to an end with the side going down 2-3 in an error-ridden final.

The club gained further accolades during the year, being named as the Sport Auckland Team of the Year for 2010 and also being named by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) as Oceania’s Club of the First Decade of the 21st Century. A delegation from the club attended the World Football Gala 2011 which was held in Barcelona, Spain and received this prestigious award in the presence of many of the biggest luminaries of the World’s Game.

FIFA Club World Cup: 7th
OFC Champions League: Winners
ASB Premiership: Runners-Up
Minor Premiers: Runners-Up

Season 2011/12

The 2011/12 season proved to be another highly successful one for the club.

Early in the season the team claimed it’s first piece of silverware for the campaign – the ASB Charity Cup. This was a new competition pairing the previous year’s grand final champions against the minor premiers in a one-off matchup. An impressive 3-1 victory away at Waitakere United was a good way to start the campaign as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011 loomed.

In Japan the side produced a brave performance at Toyota Stadium against Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol in the opening play-off match of the tournament. The final score was 0-2 with Auckland City unfortunately unable to reproduce their heroics of 2009 in Abu Dhabi. Nevertheless the performance once again had many international onlookers impressed with the continued development being shown by Oceania’s representatives at this prestigious competition.

Back home the side continued their recent domination of football in the Oceania region by defending their OFC Champions League title and gaining qualification for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 .

For the first time in the OFC Champions League history the two New Zealand sides were placed in opposing groups and City qualified comfortably for the final with a group match in hand after overcoming Amicale (Vanuatu), Hekari (PNG) and Koloale (Solomon Islands). In somewhat of a surprise City’s perennial rivals Waitakere United missed out to AS Tefana from Tahiti for a place in the final. After a narrow 2-1 victory in the home leg at Kiwitea Street with goals to Daniel Koprivcic and David Mulligan City took only a slender lead to Papeete for the deciding match. The team produced a truly courageous performance when it really counted though. The resulting 1-0 victory came courtesy of a well-worked first half set piece and classy finish by Spanish striker Manel Exposito and the final was won 3-1 on aggregate.

The domestic season saw the side set a competition record by going through the entire ASB Premiership regular season unbeaten – the first team to achieve this milestone since the competition was formed in 2004. Alas the side was disappointingly defeated 1-4 on aggregate by Team Wellington in a two-legged semi-final play-off thus missing the opportunity to regain the ASB Premiership title. Whilst dominating continental competition for the previous few seasons the side had once again missed out on picking up the domestic silverware and this was the only blot on an otherwise outstanding season.

The club was once again named as the Sport Auckland Team of the Year for 2011 and club chairman Ivan Vuksich was inducted as a Life Member of New Zealand Football in recognition of his long serving and outstanding contribution to the sport. Vuksich is only the 15th individual to receive this prestigious honour in the 121-year history of the game in this country. He joins fellow Auckland City stalwart Arthur Egan as a member of this elite group that have been honoured by the code’s national body. Ramon Tribulietx was also named as NZ Football’s Coach of the Year for 2011.

FIFA Club World Cup: 7th
OFC Champions League: Winners
ASB Premiership: Semi-Finals
Minor Premiers: Winners
ASB Charity Cup: Winners

Season 2012/13

The 2012/13 season saw the club create history by becoming the first team in the Oceania region to win the OFC Champions League title for three years straight.

The format of the competition was changed once again and was held after the end of the domestic season in a stand-alone window running from late March through until mid May. Eight teams were again split into two sections with Auckland City grouped with the Francophone teams AS Mont Dore (New Caledonia) and AS Dragon (Tahiti) along with perennial local rivals Waitakere United.

After an excellent start to the group stage with three straight wins the team faltered midway through the competition dropping consecutive home matches to both AS Dragon and Waitakere United. The team’s final group match was played away in Papeete against a very strong AS Dragon side laden with Tahitian internationals. An extremely hard earned draw in very challenging and demanding conditions was just enough to see the team squeeze into the semi-finals as the second-placed team in group B behind Waitakere United.

The semi-finals were played over two legs and Auckland’s City was paired against the Fijian champions Ba who had convincingly topped group A without losing a match. The opening encounter was played at Kiwitea Street in front of a record-sized crowd numbering in excess of 3,000 patrons. The home team made no race of it however crushing their Fijian opponents 6-1 in a lopsided match. The return leg was a formality with a 1-0 victory away seeing City cruise into the final against a very confident Waitakere United side who had dominated the New Zealand domestic season to that point.

The final was staged at Mt Smart Stadium and a very focussed Auckland City team dominated the match for long periods before eventually claiming a well deserved 2-1 victory with goals coming from Adam Dickinson and Alex Feneridis.

On the domestic front the competition was once again dominated by the two Auckland sides with each only losing one match during the round-robin phase of the competition. Auckland City comfortably eased past Canterbury United 5-2 on aggregate in their two-legged semi-final encounter and this set up another finals clash with traditional foes Waitakere United. The final was a nail biting affair with a ten-man Auckland City seemingly heading to victory after taking a 3-2 lead with only minutes left on the clock after goals from Manel Exposito (2) and Chris Bale. Alas it was not meant to be as Waitakere United equalised in the 90th minute before sealing a 4-3 win after extra-time.

Just prior to Christmas the side took a break from their ASB Premiership schedule to represent the Oceania Football Confederation at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012. For the second year running the team was paired against the Japanese J League Champions - represented by Sanfrecce Hiroshima - in the opening play-off match of the tournament. Auckland City delivered another brave and credible performance at FIFA’s showpiece event for clubs with their 0-1 defeat seeing them depart the tournament with heads held high. Many notable onlookers commented favourably on the technical and tactical strides the side had made over the past six years since their debut at the tournament in 2006.

The club also won the ASB National Youth League title for the third time in it’s history making it the first team to achieve this honour since the inception of this competition and Ramon Tribulietx capped off a memorable season by being named as Sport Auckland’s Coach of the Year for 2012.

FIFA Club World Cup: 7th
OFC Champions League: Winners
ASB Premiership: Runners-Up
Minor Premiers: Runners-Up
ASB Charity Cup: Runners-Up

Season 2013/14

The 2013/14 season saw the club complete an unprecedented clean sweep of domestic honours lifting the treble of ASB Premiership title, ASB minor premiership and ASB Charity Cup trophies, a triumph that included a record 8-1 semi-final aggregate win over arch-rivals and defending champions Waitakere United over two legs. In a tightly contested grand final, Auckland City FC triumphed 1-0 over Team Wellington at Kiwitea Street, to confirm its first domestic national club title since 2009.

That achievement went alongside Auckland City FC's record fourth consecutive Oceania title, a victory that was far from straightforward with the team nearly eliminated at the group stage, before edging a nervy semi-final victory over Tahitian champions AS Pirae over two legs. The Kiwi champions completed the quadruple by beating Amicale 3-2 on aggregate in the final in a match where goalkeeper Tamati Williams saved a penalty in the second leg that set-up a thrilling finale when Emiliano Tade notched the decisive goal three minutes from the end of a memorable season.

To top off a stellar year at Kiwitea Street the club’s Academy side also claimed the ASB National Mens’ Youth League title for a record fourth time thus ensuring the club’s trophy cabinet was indeed brimming at season’s end.

FIFA Club World Cup: 7th
OFC Champions League: Winners
ASB Premiership: Winners
Minor Premiers: Winners
ASB Charity Cup: Winners

Season 2014/15

Last season, Auckland City FC enjoyed its highest ever placing at the FIFA Club World Cup by winning the bronze medal after a penalty shoot-out win over CONCACAF champions Cruz Azul. The Navy Blues had earlier beaten Tetouan Moghreb on penalties in the playoff round before downing CAF Champions League winners ES Setif 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

A narrow 2-1 defeat to CONMEBOL champions San Lorenzo in extra-time bundled the New Zealand champions out of the competition at the semi-finals, within touching distance of a FIFA Club World Cup Final against Real Madrid. Skipper Ivan Vicelich was honoured with the competition's Bronze Ball award behind Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid while Tim Payne and John Irving also picked up Man of the Match Awards.

On the regional scene the Navy Blues won the inaugural OFC President's Cup beating Amicale 2-1 in the final at Trusts Arena in West Auckland and then made it five continental titles in a row by beating Team Wellington on penalties in the OFC Champions League Final in Suva, Fiji. The win equalled Real Madrid's record of five consecutive continental titles set in the 1950s.

The season trophy haul was completed with an ASB Premiership Grand Final victory over Hawke's Bay United at Kiwitea Street making it the club's sixth domestic title in 11 seasons and their first successful title defence since 2005/06 season. The club was also shortlisted for a Halberg Award.

FIFA Club World Cup: 3rd
OFC Champions League: Winners
OFC President's Cup: Winners
ASB Premiership: Winners
Minor Premiers: Winners
ASB Charity Cup: Runners-Up

Season 2015/16

Auckland City FC gave up its ASB Premiership crown to Team Wellington in a thrilling grand final at QBE Stadium by 4-2 after extra time. The disappointment came as the Navy Blues completed a seventh minor premiership title and regained the ASB Charity Cup with a comfortable win over Team Wellington on the opening day of the season. Defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima by 2-0 in the Club World Cup playoff was a tough pill to swallow. The highpoint of the season was undoubtedly the club's sixth OFC Champions League title in a row - a new world record for consecutive continental championships by any club in any equivalent competition. The ease with which the Navy Blues accounted for Team Wellington gave a degree of comfort as another FIFA Club World Cup qualification was confirmed.

FIFA Club World Cup: 7th
OFC Champions League: Winners
ASB Premiership: Runners-up
Minor Premiers: Winners
ASB Charity Cup: Winners

Season 2016/17

This campaign proved one of the most arduous in the club's history with well over 40 matches played between September and May in five domestic and international competitions. The Stirling Sports Premiership was expanded to ten teams and the Navy Blues responded by winning the minor premiership for a record fourth season in a row to secure qualification for the OFC Champions League 2018. Once again the grand final proved a disappointment as Team Wellington defeated the Navy Blues 2-1 at QBE Stadium on a wet night in Albany.

The club added another domestic trophy to the collection when the Navy Blues defeated Team Wellington 3-1 at David Farrington Park to lift the NZF Charity Cup. The FIFA Club World Cup campaign was again a relative success with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Kashima Antlers. Auckland City FC opened the scoring to stun the home side but unable to hang onto that lead, Kashima scored the winning goal scored on the final whistle. International friendlies were a highlight. Wins over Hong Kong Rangers, Central Sport, Kitchee SC and FC Seoul in friendly games and then the Nike Lunar New Year Cup in January ensured the club's reputation continues to grow around the world.

The club added another domestic trophy to the collection when the Navy Blues defeated Team Wellington 3-1 at David Farrington Park to lift the NZF Charity Cup.

The OFC Champions League was successfully defended after a 5-0 aggregate win over New Zealand champions Team Wellington. This gave the Navy Blues their seventh consecutive regional title in a row and their ninth overall. Importantly, it also provided qualification for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.

FIFA Club World Cup: 7th
Nike Lunar New Year Cup: Winners
OFC Champions League: Winners
Stirling Sports Premiership: Runners-up
Minor Premiers: Winners
Charity Cup: Winners


AUCKLAND CITY FC - CLUB  HONOURS

FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Medal 2014 (1)
Nike Lunar New Year Cup 2017 (1)
OFC Champions League Winners 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 (9)
OFC Presidents Cup Winners 2014 (1)
ISPS Handa Premiership Winners 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2013/14 & 2014/15 (6)
ISPS Handa Premiership Runners-Up 2010/11, 2012/13, 2015/16 & 2016/17 (4)
ISPS Handa Premiership Minor Premiers 2004/05, 2005/06, 2009/10, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 & 2016/17 (8)
NZF Charity Cup 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 (4)
NZF National Youth League Champions 2006/07, 2008/09, 2012/13 & 2013/14 (3)
FIFA Club World Cup Appearances
Japan 2006, UAE 2009, Japan 2011, Japan 2012, Morocco 2013, Morocco 2014, Japan 2015, Japan 2016, UAE 2017 (9)
IFFHS Oceania Club of the Decade (2001 – 2010)
Sport Auckland Team of the Year 2006, 2010, 2011 & 2012

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