11:11 PM Mon 12th Mar, 2007 - Admin
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that a Wednesday deadline has been set for the New Zealand Soccer/Wellington consortium to provide further financial information in regards to their submission for an A-League license.

FFA requested this information from New Zealand Soccer on Friday 9th March and is still awaiting a response in regard to the level of investment/underwriting that the bid has confirmed.

"It is critical that the team have at least $2 million dollars in investment underwriting to go forward," said FFA Head of Operations, Matt Carroll.

"As a result (of not having received the financial information), we have started to talk to some of the Australian consortiums, mainly Townsville, to see the level of preparedness should New Zealand not come up with the dollars.
7:40 PM Thu 15th Feb, 2007 - Admin
Football Federation Australia today announced that it had offered New Zealand Soccer a licence to have a Hyundai A-League club in New Zealand.

Two groups had shown interest in operating an Hyundai A-League club out of New Zealand.

These included a group from Auckland, which has withdrawn, and a group from Wellington/Manawatu which did not meet the requirements of the FFA.

The FFA has offered to grant the licence to NZS and if required permit a sub-licence, on agreement of appropriate terms.

The FFA has given NZS until Thursday 1 March 2007 to decide if they wish to accept the offer.
12:24 PM Sat 16th Dec, 2006 - Admin
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All Whites coach Ricki Herbert started his tenure as the face of the Knights yesterday battling to get a team on the paddock, while previous franchise head Anthony Lee broke his silence and blamed A-League bosses for the club's plight.

Herbert has taken charge of the Auckland club for the remaining five matches this season after Football Federation Australia on Thursday assumed control of the Knights' licence and handed the reins to New Zealand Soccer, which will run the club for the rest of the season (five matches) and be funded by the FFA.

The new coach faced the frantic task of trying to get a squad together for tomorrow's daunting round 17 match against league leaders Melbourne in Australia.

"They are working through it," Herbert said.

"The FFA and New Zealand Soccer have worked well today to look at the outcomes for Sunday. Let's hope it's positive." ...
10:47 PM Thu 14th Dec, 2006 - Admin
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Adelaide United FC will be hoping to give Romario a fitting farewell when they line up against the Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh Stadium this Friday night. The game is crucial for The Reds, who sit in third spot on the Hyundai A-League table on goal difference to the Jets and the Central Coast, and only two points behind second placed Sydney FC.

Romario is yet to score in his three games so far, however on Friday night he will be looking to mesmerise the Jets’ defence and hit the back of the net to not only help United to three points but also get closer to the 1,000 goal mark.

Adelaide United’s Travis Dodd and Greg Owens both made an impact off the bench in last Sunday’s draw with New Zealand, and goalkeeper Daniel Beltrame showed he is in top form despite making just his first start of the season against the Knights. ...
8:13 PM Thu 14th Dec, 2006 - Admin
The owners of the New Zealand Knights have been stripped of their license by Football Federation Australia after breaching the Club Participation Agreement.

The breach occurred as a result of an insolvency event as defined in the Club Participation Agreement, according to an FFA statement, with owners Octagon Sports Limited having its licence revoked.

The licence has been returned to FFA, which has reached an agreement with New Zealand Soccer to manage the Knights' football operations for the rest of the season.

This means that the club will be able to complete the 2006-07 A-League season with FFA assuring Knights players of their contracts until the end of this season.

All Whites coach Ricki Herbert will take over as head coach, replacing interim boss Barry Simmonds. ...
10:02 PM Wed 13th Dec, 2006 - Admin
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Hyundai A-League —Round 16 — Sunday 11th December 2006
At Hindmarsh Stadium

Adelaide United 1 ( Owens 72m)
drew with
New Zealand Knights 1 (Gao 18m)

Adelaide United’s season is at risk of falling apart after they were rocked by a resurgent New Zealand Knights at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday evening. Bottom of the table New Zealand grabbed a surprise draw leaving Adelaide United with a lot to do in the coming weeks if it is to participate in the top four final series. Adelaide has only taken one only point from its past four games.

The reverberations from this game extended further than the results. Ageing Brazilian superstar Romario was unhappy at being substituted early in the second half. He spent a few brief minutes on the bench before heading to the change rooms and there are reports he left the stadium before the game was over.

The Adelaide camp was further rocked by the crowd’s reaction to the substitution of captain Ross Aloisi. ...
12:57 PM Mon 11th Dec, 2006 - Admin
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Adelaide United 1 drew with New Zealand Knights 1.

Match report to follow.
7:59 PM Mon 27th Nov, 2006 - Admin
Hyundai A-League: round 14 between Perth Glory and New Zealand Knights at Members Equity Stadium

Perth Glory 4 (Harnwell 10’, 43’, 61’, Despotovski 83’) defeated New Zealand Knights 1 (Hickey 3’)

A glorious hat-trick from skipper Jamie Harnwell has guided Perth to an impressive 4-1 win over the New Zealand Knights in stifling conditions at Members Equity Stadium in Perth.

Harnwell becoming only the second Glory player to record a hat-trick in the Hyundai A-League, joining Damian Mori in the record books after the former Perth striker notched three goals against Adelaide in round 11 last season.

Second half substitute Bobby Despotovski put the icing on the cake with Perth’s fourth goal as the home side notched consecutive wins at Members Equity Stadium and now sit just two points out of the top four. ...
11:30 PM Sun 26th Nov, 2006 - Admin
The alarm bells must be ringing at Perth Glory after a paltry crowd of 6251 turned out for todays home match against New Zealand Knights.

In contrast a big crowd of 27739 turned out on the same day to watch Melbourne Victory play Newcastle at Telstra Dome in Melbourne.

Perth set the standard on the old NSL but its crowds have been in steady decline in the A-League. The once banner team of Australian football has become the laggard.

Perth Glory are currently operated by the FFA after previous owner Nick Tana effectively walked away from the club. It is believed a sale of the club to a new owner is imminent.

The fans that did turn up were treated to defender Jamie Harnwell scoring a hatrick in Perth's convincing 4-1 thumping of the Kiwis.
11:20 PM Sun 22nd Oct, 2006 - Admin
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Adelaide United 4 defeated New Zealand Knights 2 in front of 11,600 fans at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Full match report to follow.
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