Phoenix to Rise in Wellington

Football Federation Australia Chief Executive Officer Ben Buckley today officially unveiled the Wellington Phoenix as the newest club in the Hyundai A-League 2007/08 competition in Sydney today.

“We are very proud to welcome the Wellington Phoenix as the eighth club in the Hyundai A-League competition “, said Buckley

“New Zealand Soccer and owner Terry Serepisos have been working extremely hard since the license was granted to establish the club in a very short period of time. I-m sure that as result of this hard work, the Wellington Phoenix will be very competitive outfit in the upcoming season

“It is also well known that Wellingtonians have a passion for sport and supporting their local teams. We are sure that they will embrace their new football team in a similar manner”, concluded Buckley.

The license for the Hyundai A-League club is held by New Zealand Soccer and has been sub-licensed to Century Football Limited which is headed by local property developer Terry Serepisos.

Based in the New Zealand capital city, the Wellington Phoenix will play their home matches at Westpac Stadium and will be coached by the current All-Whites (New Zealand National Team) Coach, Ricki Herbert. Herbert is currently in the process of assembling his playing roster with Kiwi players tipped to feature prominently in his squad.