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“We are into the next round and nobody will want to play us. I haven’t had anything to do in the whole tournament to be honest. We have been playing very well as a team.”
When UEFA announced it was going to expand the Euro 2016 from 16 teams to 24, there were not too many fans ecstatic about the idea. Money was once again dictating football.
Pre-tournament, a select number of nations were lauded as contenders for Euro 2016. France and Germany were atop of the pile, with strangely, though inevitably, England thrown into the mix as an outside chance as well.
Nine seasons, five finals spots and two wooden spoons – the Wellington Phoenix’s first era in the A-League has been a pass mark. Yet now, leading into a bright new age for the club, it is time for New Zealand’s sole representative in the competition to prove its place.
Eight years ago, the Newcastle Jets were celebrating an uncharacteristic Tony Vidmar blunder, which allowed Mark Bridge to slot home the most important goal of his career, in the 2008 A-League grand final.
Football fans, yours truly included, can often be guilty of finding fault when it is better to focus on the positives.