WELLINGTON Phoenix fans have set up a fighting fund for their loose-lipped skipper, Andrew Durante, who faces a possible fine for calling an opposing player “a cheat”.
There are plenty of examples of children being named after famous sportspeople but Louis Fenton's situation is hard to beat.
After watching his partner in defence be wrongly dismissed and seeing his side drop points due to an offside goal, the last thing Andrew Durante would have wanted was a microphone waved in his face.
I'VE got to say, I'm loving the A-League at the minute. Not only have the Phoenix started brightly but there has been plenty of entertainment value in the majority of games this season.
Off-season signings, and in particular three players' switching clubs, adds some spice to tomorrow's season-opening ASB Charity Cup match between long-time adversaries Waitakere United and Auckland City.
W?ELLINGTON Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert has confirmed that the club will appeal against the 77th minute red card shown to Ben Sigmund in the 3-1 loss to Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.?
W?ELLINGTON skipper Andrew Durante has labelled Adelaide's Jeronimo Neumann a cheat in a fiery post-match press conference.
The Wellington Phoenix have surrendered the A-League's only unbeaten run, losing 3-1 to Adelaide United after some poor officiating.
Former Central Pulse captain Cushla Lichtwark proved herself adept at stopping goals in her previous life as a tenacious netball defender.
Phoenix general manager David Dome admits the All Whites' World Cup qualification campaign is placing stress on the club's A-League aspirations.
The Phoenix are at full strength for the first time this season and coach Ricki Herbert will give his players licence to "get at" Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium tonight.
The All Whites will play China in Shanghai next month.
New Zealand Football has confirmed the match on November 14 at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium during an official Fifa window - meaning top players from around the world will be available.
AWAY form has always been a problem for Wellington Phoenix and their ability to earn points on the road will be tested in the next month.
So far, so good for the Wellington Phoenix this week.
As of last night, no one was on a drip, vomiting or quarantined ahead of their away match against Adelaide United on Saturday.
A strong pre-season, solid recruitment and a settled ownership structure seem to be paying off for the Wellington Phoenix.
MANNY Muscat is relishing his return to the midfield for Wellington Phoenix after playing right-back for much of last season.
While the Wellington Phoenix are unbeaten after the opening three rounds of the A-League the next month looms as the first defining chapter of their season.
Not long before kick off, Birkenhead United soccer manager Simon Parkinson walked up to the Napier City Clubrooms bar, ordered a stiff double scotch whisky before sculling it.
Brisbane Roar has secured a hard-fought point in match Head Coach Rado Vidosic said at times resembled a “dogfight”, sharing the spoils 1-1 with hosts Wellington Phoenix.
Even with the team back to near-full strength, the Wellington Phoenix will have to be at their very best to subdue the high-flying Brisbane Roar tomorrow.
After a week of goalkeeper merry-go-round, first-choice Phoenix shot-stopper Mark Paston is hoping for a return to the status quo when the Phoenix take the field against defending champs Brisbane Roar.
CAPTAIN Andrew Durante looks set to miss Wellington Phoenix's A-League clash against Brisbane Roar on Sunday afternoon.