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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.
With a thin roster under the guidance of a new coach, the New Zealanders were favourites to finish last a season ago, but stunned everyone with a defiant performance. Seemingly fighting for their A-League license, Wellington unfathomably qualified for the finals before going down to Victory 3-1 in the first week.
Unfortunately, Mark Rudan – the mastermind behind that revival – left the club in the offseason and took all the positivity they’d generated with him. This season figures to be a long and miserable one for the Phoenix.
Coach: Ufuk Talay
Captain: Steven Taylor
2018-19 finish: 6th
2018-19 top scorers: Roy Krishna (19)
2019-20 first team squad
Stefan Marinovic (gk), Liam McGing, Luke DeVere, Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, Matti Steinmann, Tim Payne, Reno Piscopo, Cameron Devlin, David Ball, Ulises Davila, Jaushua Sotirio, Liberato Cacace, Alex Rufer, Louis Fenton, Callan Elliot, Oliver Sail (gk), Callum McCowatt, Walter Scott, Steven Taylor (c), Ben Waine, Sam Sutton