New Zealand Revive Memories Of The Summer Of 1982


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Noshow says:

    Last night’s win is a defining moment in NZ football, more than it was in ’81 because of the sea change it signals in the NZ psyche.

    Here was the biggest crowd ever to witness a football match in our country, eclipsing the crowd that watched a certain Mr Beckham and the LA Galaxy a few years ago and this in a rugby mad country.

    But just as rugby heads down a path of over complicated rule changes, over exposure and under achievement (particulary in World Cups), the performance of the All Whites on this night cast a shining light for a nation desperate for the kind of success this small nation of ours used to have – the ‘against the all odds’ kind.

    Ryan Nelson – a world class player in his own right – lead the team and an almost unheard of in internationals (particular in such an important match) 3 – 4 – 3 formation superbly. Coach Ricki Herbert threw caution to the wind and put trust in his players and in front of a expectant nation they delivered.

    The team may not set the world on fire come South Africa 2010 but we’re now in the mix and football, as they say, is a funny old game, so who knows.

    But the effect of just reaching the finals will be just what football in this country needs to step out of rugby’s shadow for good.

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