Australia’s unique position as an “Asian” football federation has left the Wellington Phoenix in a difficult situation, at a time when New Zealand football is beginning to reap the wide-ranging benefits of having an A-League franchise.
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A brief round-up of the weekend’s World Cup qualifiers as the journey on the road to South Africa continues. This weekend saw several teams clinch a spot in the finals. In Asia, Australia, Japan and South Korea are all set for a return engagement in the World Cup; while Netherlands become the first Europeans to clinch a place (with England close behind); and the South American picture gets a bit clearer with wins from Brazil and Argentina.