Auckland City FC

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Auckland City
Full name Auckland City Football Club
Nickname(s) City, The Navy Blues
Founded 2004; 13 years ago (2004)
Ground Kiwitea Street
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Ivan Vuksich
Coach Ramon Tribulietx
League ASB Premiership
2015–16 1st (Regular Season) 2nd (Playoffs)
Website Club home page
Current season
The Auckland City team in 2011

Auckland City Football Club is an association football club based in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. The club competes in the ASB Premiership (formerly known as the New Zealand Football Championship) which is the highest level of domestic football in the country.

Auckland City has won the regular season seven times, and the Grand Final six times. They represented the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in the OFC Champions League, which they won most recently in 2016 for the eighth time. With a third place in 2014 they also became the only OFC team to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. They are also the only team to win the continental treble three times.



Bronze Medal (1): 2014.


Champions (8): 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Champions (1): 2014.


Premiers (7): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16.
Champions (6): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015.
  • ASB Charity Cup
Champions (3): 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16


Champions (1): 2017


Auckland City FC's rival is cross-town team Waitakere United. It is the only city derby in the ASB Premiership and is known as the "Super City" derby. These games are fiercely contested, drawing crowds between 1,500 and 2,500. Their 2011 Grand Final clash was played in front of a crowd of 3,500. The pair have met 52 times in all competitions dating back to 2004 with Auckland City FC registering 27 victories overall. They have met nine times in continental and domestic cup finals with the Navy Blues winning three ASB Premiership titles, one OFC Champions League title and two ASB Charity Cup titles. Waitakere United have defeated Auckland City FC in two ASB Premiership finals and one ASB Charity Cup final.

In recent seasons, Team Wellington has emerged as Auckland City FC's nearest rivals at domestic and continental level with the Capital Men losing to the Navy Blues in three finals comprising the OFC Champions League final in 2015, ASB Premiership final in 2014 and most recently the ASB Charity Cup final at the start of the 2015–16 season. Team Wellington defeated Auckland City FC in the ASB Charity Cup final in November, 2014, the only time they've managed to best the Navy Blues in a cup final in four attempts.

Vanuatu club Amicale are Auckland City FC's main rivals in the OFC Champions League with the two clubs contesting three major finals in the past five years. Auckland City FC defeated Amicale in the OFC Champions League finals of 2012 and 2014 and added the OFC President's Cup to that list when they beat them in the final of the inaugural competition at Trusts Arena in November, 2014. Auckland City FC have signed players from Amicale in recent seasons with Sanni Issa, Micah Lea'alafa and Marko Dordevic turning out in Navy Blue after stints in Port Vila.

FIFA Club World Cup Campaigns[edit]

2006 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

Auckland City lost their first game 2–0 to African Champions Al Ahly of Egypt on 10 December 2006. Five days later Auckland City played the Asian Champions, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea, in the fifth-place play-off. Auckland City, the only amateur side at the tournament, were defeated 0–3 and finished in sixth place.

2009 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates[edit]

Auckland City overcame local champions Al Ahli 2–0 in the opening play-off match with goals by Adam Dickinson and Chad Coombes. In their quarter final clash against CONCACAF Champions Atlante of Mexico the side lost 0–3.

The play-off for fifth and sixth place was described by coach Paul Posa as "the greatest night in the history of Auckland City Football Club" as the team defeated African Champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo 3–2. The goal scorers on this special occasion were Jason Hayne (2) and Riki van Steeden.

These historic victories were the first recorded by a New Zealand team at this prestigious tournament and indeed the first by an amateur side at this tournament. They were also the first time a senior men's representative team from New Zealand has recorded a victory at a FIFA World Finals competition.

2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

Auckland City played Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol in the opening play-off match of the tournament at Toyota Stadium. The final score was 0–2 with Auckland City unable to reproduce their heroics of 2009 in the United Arab Emirates.

2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

For the second year running Auckland City was paired against the Japanese J League Champions – represented by Sanfrecce Hiroshima – in the opening play-off match of the tournament. Auckland City lost 0–1.

2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco[edit]

Auckland City played Moroccan champions Raja Casablanca in the quarter-finals play-off on 11 December at Stade Adrar. The scores were tied 1–1 at 90 minutes with a second half Roy Krishna goal cancelling out a first half goal from Mouhcine Iajour. Abdelilah Hafidi then scored in the second minute of added time to give the Moroccan champions a 2–1 victory.[1]

2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco[edit]

Auckland City played Moroccan champions Moghreb Tétouan in a play-off for the quarter-finals on 10 December. The match finished goalless with Auckland winning 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out and qualifying for a quarter-finals against Sétif.[2] In the quarter-finals on 13 December Auckland City defeated ES Sétif 1–0 and advanced to the semi-finals for the first time. Auckland played San Lorenzo in the semis and lost 2–1. They finished their 2014 tournament with a 4–2 penalty win over Cruz Azul in the play-off for third and fourth after a 1–1 draw at full time.[3]

2015 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

For the third time, Auckland City was paired against the Japanese J League Champions – represented by Sanfrecce Hiroshima – in the opening play-off match of the tournament. Auckland City lost 0–2.

2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan[edit]

For the fourth time, Auckland City was paired against the Japanese J League Champions – represented by Kashima Antlers – in the opening play-off match of the tournament. Auckland City lost 1–2.

Current players and staff[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 5 March 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Eñaut Zubikarai
2 New Zealand DF Harshae Raniga
3 Japan DF Takuya Iwata
4 Croatia DF Mario Bilen
5 Spain DF Ángel Berlanga (captain)
6 New Zealand MF Cameron Howieson
7 New Zealand MF Reid Drake
8 Spain MF Albert Riera
9 England DF Darren White
10 New Zealand FW Ryan De Vries
11 Mexico MF Fabrizio Tavano
13 New Zealand DF Alfie Rogers
No. Position Player
14 New Zealand MF Clayton Lewis
15 New Zealand MF Mario Ilich
16 South Korea DF Kim Dae-wook
17 Portugal FW João Moreira
18 New Zealand GK Danyon Drake
19 Solomon Islands MF Micah Lea'alafa
20 Argentina FW Emiliano Tade
21 New Zealand DF Harry Edge
22 New Zealand MF Yousif al-Khalisy
23 Serbia DF Marko Đorđević
24 New Zealand GK Jacob Spoonley
25 New Zealand MF Ahmed al-Khalisy

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Spain Ramon Tribulietx
Assistant Coach New Zealand Ivan Vicelich
Goalkeeper Coach Italy Simone Naddi
Technical Analysts New Zealand Ryan Faithfull
New Zealand Carl Edwards

Medical staff[edit]

Position Name
Physiotherapists New Zealand Matt Payne
Club Doctor New Zealand Dr. Craig Panther

Media staff[edit]

Position Name
Media Manager Scotland Gordon Watson
Photographer New Zealand Shane Wenzlick



  1. ^ "Raja Casablanca 2–1 Auckland City". 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moghreb 0 Auckland 0". 10 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Auckland sink Setif to book spot in semis". FIFA. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 

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