Wellington Phoenix FC

Wellington Phoenix FC

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Wellington Phoenix Football Club is a professional association football club based in Wellington, New Zealand. The club competes in the Football Federation of Australia A-League. Ricki Herbert has been the coach since the club's inception to the A-League in July 2007. The current club captain is Andrew Durante who succeeded Ross Aloisi at the start of the 2008-09 season. The club's highest achievement has been reaching the A-League Preliminary Final in 2010.

History

Foundation

During the later stages of the 2006-07 season, the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) removed the New Zealand Knights' (NZK) A-League licence due to the club's financial and administrative problems and poor on-field performance. After the resignation of the NZK board, FFA transferred the licence to New Zealand Soccer (NZS; now New Zealand Football), which administered the club for the rest of the season before its subsequent dissolution.

FFA then provided NZS a provisional A-League licence to sub-let to a suitable New Zealand team to enter the A-League 2007-08 season. The FFA set an application deadline to NZS and subsequently delayed that deadline to give more time for potential applicants in New Zealand to apply along with NZS support.

While NZS was given a chance to apply with a new sub-licencee, a Townsville-based consortium, Tropical Football Australia (TFA) also expressed interest and prepared an A-League application to replace the place previously held by the Knights., TVNZ, 14...
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