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The Wellington Phoenix were founded in 2007, following the removal of New Zealand’s original A-League club, the Knights. Despite moderate success in the early goings, long stretches of poor results have repeatedly brought the future of the club into question.
It was another poor season for Wellington last year, with the club occupying last place for 20 consecutive weeks. A win in the final week – just their fifth all season – spared them the wooden spoon, but they were still one of the easybeats of the competition.
Sadly, pundits haven’t put much faith in the Phoenix being able to turn it around this season. With a thin roster under the guidance of a new coach, the New Zealanders are favourites to finish last.
Coach: Mark Rudan
Captain: Andrew Durante
2017-18 finish: 9th
2017-18 top scorers: Andrija Kaluderovic (9)
Filip Kurto, Reuben Way, Mandi, Ryan Lowry, Dylan Fox, Cillian Sheridan, Mitch Nichols, Nathan Burns, David Williams, Liberato Cacace, Alex Rufer, Michal Kopczynski, Louis Fenton, Callan Elliot, Sarpreet Singh, Tom Doyle, Oliver Sail, Roy Krishna, Andrew Durante (c), Max Burgess, Steven Taylor