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New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson: Confederations Cup 'real litmus test'

Anthony Hudson won two Gulf Cups with Bahrain before leading New Zealand to their OFC Nations Cup triumph.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has told ESPN FC he is relishing the prospect of leading the country in the Confederations Cup next year.

The All Whites booked their place in Russia next year after beating Papua New Guinea on penalties in the final of the OFC Nations Cup earlier this month.

It will be the fourth time New Zealand, ranked 147th in the world, have qualified for the Confederations Cup, having also featured in 1999, 2003 and 2009 editions of the tournament which serves a warm-up for...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

New Zealand in Confederations Cup after win over Papua New Guinea

Marco Rojas scored the penalty which won the OFC Nations Cup for New Zealand.

New Zealand will play at the Confederations Cup in Russia next year after beating Papua New Guinea on penalties in the final of the OFC Nations Cup.

The game, played in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, finished goalless after 120 minutes but New Zealand won 4-2 on spot kicks. 

Rory Fallon scored the first penalty of the shootout but Koriak Upaiga missed PNG's opening kick. Michael McGlinchey and Moses Dyer then netted for New Zealand, with Tommy Semmy and Michael Foster replying for...

New Zealand's Ricki Herbert interested in MSL, S.League job

Ricki Herbert is best known for guiding New Zealand in an unbeaten 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa.

New Zealand's 2010 World Cup boss Ricki Herbert says that landing a coaching job in Malaysia or Singapore would be "the perfect next step" after parting ways with AFC minnows, the Maldives.

The 55-year-old left the Maldives' head coaching job by mutual consent last week just nine months into a two-year contract after the island nation were beaten 2-0 by Yemen in Male in the first leg of a 2019 Asian Cup playoff on June 2. They lost the away leg by the same score on Wednesday night for a 4-0 defeat...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

World Cup qualifying: Fiji and Solomon Islands through, New Zealand win

Fiji and Solomon Islands booked their places in the third round of Oceania World Cup qualifying -- but only on goal difference ahead of Vanuatu.

Fiji met Vanuatu knowing they only had to avoid defeat by three goals to secure their place, but also in the knowledge they would likely need at least a point to advance to the semifinals of the OFC Nations Cup.

The second round of qualifying in the Oceania region doubles as the OFC Nations Cup, taking place in Papua New Guinea, with the winners...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

World Cup qualifying: New Zealand thrash Vanuatu to book passage

Chris Wood, New Zealand
Chris Wood netted twice in the win over Vanuatu.

New Zealand cruised into the third round of Oceania World Cup qualifying with a 5-0 thrashing of Vanuatu in the OFC Nations Cup.

The All Whites' goals came in the first half, as coach Anthony Hudson also moved his team to the brink of a place in next week's OFC Nations Cup semifinals.

Captain Chris Wood netted twice in the opening six minutes, before Michael McGlinchey added the third in the 10th minute. Rory Fallon made it 4-0 on 19 minutes with Kosta Barbarouses,...