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

No Glory for Perth as Wellington win 5-2

No Glory for Perth as Wellington win 5-2

by , 12 Nov 2017

Wellington have issued a firm statement to the rest of the competition that their early season form has by no means been an indicator of what they will offer as an opponent.

Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory: A-League live scores, blog

Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory: A-League live scores, blog

by , 12 Nov 2017

Match result: Wellington have issued a firm statement to the rest of the competition that their early season form has by no means been an indicator of what they will offer as an opponent.

Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

by , 4 Nov 2017

Match result: The Newcastle Jets have continued their excellent start to the 2017-18 A-Leagu season with a 3-nil domination of the Wellington Phoenix.

Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar: A-League live scores

Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar: A-League live scores

by , 28 Oct 2017

Match result: The Brisbane Roar staged an amazing comeback from three goals down to snatch a point in their duel with the Wellington Phoenix.

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

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

by , 21 Oct 2017

Match result: Melbourne City have started the season with three straight wins for the first time in their history after defeating the Wellington Phoenix 1 nil in a tight contest at AAMI Park.

Battle of the coaches: Warren Joyce v Darije Kalezic

Battle of the coaches: Warren Joyce v Darije Kalezic

by , 18 Oct 2017

Melbourne City and the Wellington Phoenix face off at AAMI Park and after two matches you can already see the differences between the two sides.

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

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

by , 15 Oct 2017 Video

The reigning champions are back in action as Sydney FC face the Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7pm (AEDT).

Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United: A-League live scores, blog

Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United: A-League live scores, blog

by , 8 Oct 2017

The Wellington Phoenix host Adelaide United as both teams from outside last year’s top eight look to start well. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 3pm (AEDT).

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).


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