All Roads Lead to Lima

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All Whites captain Winston Reid in action against Peru during their FIFA World Cup playoff.

The All Whites can be well pleased with their performance against Peru in Wellington.

A 0-0 result against the 5th placed team in South America is extremely commendable and beyond the expectations of many fans both in New Zealand and overseas.

1982

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for Peru, the wait to appear at the FIFA World Cup Finals is now into its fourth decade.

Time to forget 1982

 The last time Peru played in the FIFA World Cup Finals, Steve Sumner and Steve Wooddin each scored a goal for the All Whites against Scotland in Malaga, Spain.

England, World Champions

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England beat Spain 5-2 to win maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup

At the start of the year you would have been given long odds on England winning both the men’s U-20 and U-17 World Cups.  But, with a 5-2 thumping of Spain in the U-17 final in Kolkata, India, that is exactly what England have achieved.

Ice Storm 2018

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Iceland’s famed “Thunderclap” will be making its way to Russia after their successful qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Iceland: Nation of glaciers, volcanoes, and football coaches.

 Last week the Icelandic women’s national team confirmed how far Iceland has come as a footballing nation.

Battle of the 9s

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Chris Wood, the New Zealand and Burnley striker, is a great example of what the number 9 role historically has been.

The clash between Peru and New Zealand to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year may well be decided by the performances of the two number 9s.

Paolo Guerrero

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Peru striker Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring from a free-kick against Colombia.

The best number 9 in the world is …… Peruvian?!

 The name Paolo Guerrero will be unfamiliar to New Zealand football fans but is likely to be very well known once the FIFA World Cup 2018 Intercontinental Playoff is complete.