New Zealand’s valiant World Cup adventure has ended as they shared a 0-0 draw with Paraguay that saw the South American country go through to the knockout stages as Group F winners.
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World Soccer: In South Africa you will join an exclusive club, having played and coached at a World Cup. What are your memories of 1982?
Ricki Herbert: I experienced both the highlights of my career and its biggest disappointment in Spain. I was so distraught when left out of the team for our opening game [against Scotland] that I burst
Coach since 1995
The 61 times capped former centre back is the All Whites’ first locally born coach. He has already guided them to both a first ever senior international victory in Europe and first point in a FIFA tournament. Herbert is also the only coach to steer a Kiwi club into Australian league finals.
The recruitment of Danish under 21 international Winston Reid has increased Ricki Herbert’s options.
Although primarily a central defender, Reid is capable of filling the All Whites’ problem right back position and thus enabling Herbert to revert to his old 4 – 4 – 2 system should he wish.
The lack of a credible right back led to two wing backs, Tony
The All Whites are huge underdogs so even a point in South Africa will be seen as a success
The extraordinary elation in the New Zealand technical area after Iraq were held to a goalless draw in the Confederations Cup a year ago begged the question: what would the Kiwi response be if they won any games in the World Cup?