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Auckland football fans will get to see New Zealand’s only professional team in action when the Wellington Phoenix take on Oceania champions Auckland City FC on 28 September 2013.
Both clubs were scheduled to play pre-season friendlies against the Central Coast Mariners but the Australians pulled out after accepting an offer to participate at the Menpora Cup in Indonesia.
Undaunted the Phoenix and Auckland City have joined forces to stage a match at City’s home ground at Kiwitea Street in Sandringham, Auckland.
Auckland City’s chairman Ivan Vuksich was delighted that the fixture has been confirmed.
“I think it’s a really good idea and I’m pleased our clubs have been able to work together to make this happen.”
“It will be a great spectacle for local fans as well as being a valuable exercise for both teams.”
“We both have big seasons ahead of us and it’s great that we can help each other out as we prepare for our respective campaigns.”
City’s coach Ramon Tribulietx was just as enthusiastic when contemplating the match up.
“A game against a professional side is always welcome as we don’t get many opportunities during a season to play against quality opposition such as the Phoenix. We are really grateful for the match and are looking forward to it.”
Tribulietx also recognised the importance of the match in terms of preparing his side for the upcoming ASB Premiership and December’s FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.
“We hope it can help to prepare us physically and tactically for what promises to be an intense season.”
“In regards to preparing for Morocco this match provides valuable experience against high quality opposition. It’s an early taste of what competing against a professional side will be like.”
Tribulietx also had an early message for City’s supporters ahead of the 2013/14 campaign:
“It’s going to be another exciting season and we hope to be able to compete with a style that makes our fans proud.”
“We want to keep developing our possession based game and improve in areas that didn’t work so well for us last season.”
“We will work hard to prepare ourselves to compete for both the ASB Premiership and OFC Champions League titles and then we have the trip to the Club World Cup where our goal is to be as competitive as possible.”
Auckland City’s competition season commences with the ASB Charity Cup match away to Waitakere United on 3 November 2013. Their ASB Premiership campaign kicks-off a week later with an away trip to Team Wellington on 10 November. The FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013 takes place in the cities of Agadir and Marrakech from 11-21 December 2013.
Wellington Phoenix play their first match of the Hyundai A-League season on Sunday 13 October, 2013 against Brisbane Roar at Westpac Stadium. Tickets from www.wellingtonphoenix.com.
Auckland City FC vs Wellington Phoenix
Saturday 28 September 2013
Kick-off time: 2pm
Adults - $15
Children Under 16 - FREE
(Please note pre-sale tickets will be available for this match - details to be released shortly)
Auckland City’s record against professional opposition –
OFC Club Championship Tahiti 2005
vs Sydney FC (Australia) lost 2-3
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006
vs Al Ahly (Egypt) lost 0-2
vs Jeonbuk Hyundai (South Korea) lost 0-3
vs Kuwait National Team lost 0-2
vs Al Fujairah SC (UAE) won 2-1
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009
vs Al Ahli (UAE) won 2-0
vs Atlante (Mexico) lost 0-3
vs TP Mazembe (DR Congo) won 3-2
vs Central Coast Mariners (Australia) won 3-1
vs Ryutsu Keizai University (Japan) won 2-1
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011
vs Kashiwa Reysol (Japan) lost 0-2
vs Matsumoto Yamaga (Japan) won 2-0
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012
vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Japan) lost 0-1