Sunday, June 14, 2009

On the Football

It's great to see Australia has qualified for the Football World Cup in South Afrca next year, but in November this year, the New Zealand All Whites have a chance to join the Socceroos.

Currently standing between the All Whites and the World Cup, is the winner of a two legged play off between the two third place teams - likely between Bahrain (or Uzsbekistan)  and Iran (DPR Korea or Saudi Arabia). The teams involved in the playoff are determined on Thursday morning, and the play off held during September, before the tie with New Zealand in November. (See here for the dates).

But before all that the All Whites are playing in the Confederations Cup in South Africa with guaranteed matches agains European champions Spain (tomorrow morning), Iraq, and South Africa, we'll see how they go..  but given their performace against Italy (they lost 3-4) they should give a great account of themselves.  It was sad to see the All Blacks lose over the weekend. At least it doesn't look like they'll peak before the Rugby World Cup in 2011. 

The New Zealand Women's T-20 team are undefeated after beating the West Indies and Australia in the Women's T-20 World Cup (the Kiwi men got thumped by Pakistan overnight too...)

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