Wellington Phoenix

Wellington PhoenixThe Wellington Phoenix was founded in 2007 after the withdrawal of the New Zealand Knights from the A-League. Enjoying much greater success than their predecessors, the club made history in 2009/10 by becoming the first New Zealand team to make the finals of an Australian football competition, and backed up that up with consecutive top-six finishes in the two seasons that followed. However a poor 2012/13 season saw the departure of foundation coach Ricki Herbert, with Ernie Merrick taking the reigns at the commencement of the 2013/14 season.

The club hasn’t enjoyed much success in recent years, and only the Central Coast Mariners had a worse season than the Phoenix in 2015-16. The Wellington-based club won just seven games for the season and finished in ninth spot, only narrowly missing out on the wooden spoon.

However, the signings of Gui Finkler and Kosta Barbarouses have the side poised for an improved performance in 2016-17.

2015-16 season: 9th

2016-17 squad: Lewis Italiano, Glen Moss, Oliver Sail, Dylan Fox, Thomas Doyle, Louis Fenton, Marco Rossi, Andrew Durante, Matthew Ridenton, Alex Rufer, Roly Bonevacia, Alex Rodriguez, Michael McGlinchey, Vince Lia, James McGarry, Gui Finkler, Kosta Barbarouses, Hamish Watson, Roy Krishna, Logan Rogerson.

Coach: Ernie Merrick

The full 2016-17 A-League draw can be found here.

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Last updated: 22 September, 2016

Wellington Phoenix Articles

A-League Phoenix lose to Sydney club side

A-League Phoenix lose to Sydney club side

by , 10 Sep 2017

A-League side Wellington have lost to National Premier Leagues NSW side Blacktown City in the first game of their three-match pre-season tour.

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix: FFA Cup live scores, blog

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix: FFA Cup live scores, blog

by , 1 Aug 2017

The Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix will kick off their charge towards the new A-League season with their opening games of the 2017 FFA Cup. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST).

Two years on, do we still want to Save the Nix?

Two years on, do we still want to Save the Nix?

by , 13 Jul 2017

Let me take you back to 2015, when the Wellington Phoenix were in danger of disbanding.

Wellington Phoenix reveal new coach

Wellington Phoenix reveal new coach

by , 7 Jun 2017

Wellington Phoenix have unveiled Darije Kalezic as their new coach, with Rado Vidosic his assistant.

Brisbane Roar vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

Brisbane Roar vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

by , 16 Apr 2017

Match result: The Brisbane Roar scored three second-half goals to snatch this match 4-3 from the Wellington Phoenix.

The A-League’s winners and losers for season 2016-17

The A-League’s winners and losers for season 2016-17

by , 12 Apr 2017

Wellington Phoenix are definitely one of the biggest losers of this season, with so much promise ultimately fizzing out.

Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC: A-League live scores, blog

Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney FC: A-League live scores, blog

by , 8 Apr 2017

Match result: A dramatic finish saw Wellington grab a point at home against minor premiers Sydney FC. A tame first half was followed by a chance-filled second as the keepers and the woodwork denied the sides on a number of occasions.

Nix stun Victory to stay alive in A-League

Nix stun Victory to stay alive in A-League

by , 2 Apr 2017

Roly Bonevacia fired Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 A-League win over 10-man Melbourne Victory on Sunday evening.

Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

by , 2 Apr 2017

Match result: The Wellington Phoenix have delivered a mighty upset on Sunday, knocking off the Melbourne Victory three goals to one.

Phoenix rise to knock off Jets 5-0

Phoenix rise to knock off Jets 5-0

by , 26 Mar 2017

The Wellington Phoenix have romped home to an emphatic 5-0 victory over a helpless Newcastle Jets outfit at Westpac Stadium.


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