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

Phoenix stun Jets 3-2

Phoenix stun Jets 3-2

by , 20 Jan 2018

Cellar-dwellers Wellington have capitalised on two mix-ups and an undermanned defence to shock second-placed Newcastle 3-2 in their A-League match at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores

Newcastle Jets vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores

by , 20 Jan 2018

Match result: Cellar-dwellers Wellington have capitalised on two mix-ups and an undermanned defence to shock second-placed Newcastle 3-2 in their A-League match at McDonald Jones Stadium.

A-League live scores: Wellington Phoenix vs Western Sydney Wanderers

A-League live scores: Wellington Phoenix vs Western Sydney Wanderers

by , 13 Jan 2018

Match result: Wellington had 14 more shots than the Western Sydney Wanderers but the two sides fought out a 1-all draw on Saturday.

The Victory shouldn’t be this mediocre, should they?

The Victory shouldn’t be this mediocre, should they?

by , 12 Jan 2018

Played 15, won five, drawn five, lost five, 20 goals scored, 21 goals conceded. Sitting in fifth on 20 points, Melbourne Victory are as close to bottom-placed Wellington as they are to second-placed Newcastle.

Phoenix? Never heard of ’em

Phoenix? Never heard of ’em

by , 11 Jan 2018

It’s 30 December and I’m lounging around on the searing hot black sands of Opunake Beach, four hours away from Wellington.

A-League at the cross roads

A-League at the cross roads

by , 27 Dec 2017

Our national domestic league is potentially a wonderful product, however it is clearly at a cross roads right now.

The presence of the Phoenix is becoming a problem

The presence of the Phoenix is becoming a problem

by , 21 Dec 2017

It’s getting increasingly difficult for the Wellington Phoenix to justify their place in the A-League. With the Nix propping up the table, the smouldering begins.

Is Andrija Kaluderovic the most in-form A-League striker?

Is Andrija Kaluderovic the most in-form A-League striker?

by , 8 Dec 2017

At the beginning of the season names such as Besart Berisha, Bobo, Roy O’Donovan, and Bruno Fornaroli were hotly tipped to win the Golden Boot, but after nine rounds there’s a surprise joint leader on the goalscoring charts.

Victory surge home to down hapless Nix

Victory surge home to down hapless Nix

by , 3 Dec 2017

Melbourne Victory have fought back from a two-goal deficit to down the Phoenix 3-2 in an entertaining, if sometimes shambolic, A-League clash in Wellington.

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

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

by , 3 Dec 2017 Video

Match result: Melbourne Victory have fought back from a two-goal deficit to down the Phoenix 3-2 in an entertaining, if sometimes shambolic, A-League clash in Wellington.


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