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Will AFC force A-League to dump Wellington?

Only Australian clubs will be allowed to participate in the A-League by 2011 according to Asian Football Confederation President Mohammed Bin Hammam.

In an interview aired on SBS on Sunday, Bin Hammam suggested that Wellington Phoenix could play no further part in Australia’s domestic competition in order to meet AFC’s entry requirements for a revamped Asian Champions League.

The status of Phoenix has been a murky issue and it has not been clear whether they are considered an Australian club within the AFC or a New Zealand club within the Oceania Football Confederation.

Should Phoenix win either the A-League minor premiership or grand final they would – technically – qualify as one of Australia’s entrants into the Asian Champions League, however the AFC would not allow Wellington to participate.

At the same time OFC officials have made it clear that they’d welcome Phoenix to compete in Oceania’s premier club competition, the O-League, although FIFA have effectively blocked this as an option.

Thus Wellington have remained in limbo since their induction to the A-League and now the uncertainty has deepened in regards to their status at Confederation level.

Phoenix ran out 7-0 winners in a practice match against OFC O-League Champions Waitakere United on Saturday, suggesting AFC probably need to consider the scenario more closely.

Waitakere meet Adelaide United in match 1 of the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup on December 11.

Fred to be Wellington’s guest

Wellington Phoenix have announced the signing of former Melbourne Victory star Helbert Frederico “Fred” Carreiro da Silva for six matches as a guest player.

The Brazilian midfielder has been playing in the MLS at DC United but will be available for the Phoenix for six games, starting with their clash against Newcastle Jets on Sunday week.

Phoenix chairman and owner Terry Serepisos said the signing of Fred had reaffirmed the club’s ambitions and ability to attract world-class players.

“It’s confirmation that the Phoenix is here for the long haul. Given the professional approach we have taken from day one, the club’s profile and reputation continues to go from strength to strength internationally, and that’s why we have been able to sign a player the likes of Fred.

“We took our time to identify what type of player we required and to find a person who would be able to contribute. We believe Fred will prove invaluable in maintaining our good momentum throughout the middle and latter stages of this season.”

Fred is scheduled to arrive in Wellington on Monday and will begin training with the Wellington team for the match against Newcastle on Sunday, November 23.

He is set to line up against his former team, Melbourne Victory, at Westpac Stadium the following Friday.

Fred’s final game for the Phoenix will be in Round 17 against the Queensland Roar in Brisbane.

Phoenix to play practice match during A-League break

Wellington Phoenix will play a training match against New Zealand Football Championship side Waitakere United on November 15 as the A-League takes a break for FIFA Internationals.

The Wellington Phoenix versus Waitakere United match kicks off at 4pm on Saturday, November 15, at Douglas Field, Trusts Stadium in Waitakere.

Tickets are priced at $10 for adults or $5 for children and Senior Citizens and can be purchased via a link to Ticket Direct on the Waitakere United website,

A-League Round 11 squads

 All the squad information for Round 11 of the A-League

 Sydney FC VS Wellington Phoenix

Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix
Friday November 7
Local kick off 8pm AEDT
Sydney Football Stadium
Referee. Craig Zetter

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Iain FYFE, 5.Mitchell PRENTICE, 6. Tony POPOVIC (c), 8.Stuart MUSIALIK, 10.Steve CORICA, 12.Shannon COLE, 14.Alex BROSQUE, 15.Terry MCFLYNN, 18.Adam CASEY, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 23. John ALOISI, 28. Bobby PETTA, 29.Beau BUSCH, 31.Anthony GOLEC.
*One to be omitted.

In. Clint BOLTON (return injury), Iain FYFE (return suspension), Tony POPOVIC (return injury).
Out. Adam BIDDLE (unselected), John FILAN (unselected).
Unavailable. Simon COLOSIMO (groin – 4 weeks), Mike ENFIELD (knee – indefinite), Rob MIDDLEBY (calf 1 week), Jacob TIMPANO (ankle 2 weeks), Nik TSATTALIOS (international duty), Brendon SANTALAB (shoulder 6 weeks).

Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1.Mark PASTON (gk), 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Vaughan COVENY, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 23. Costa BARBAROUSES, 25. Manny MUSCAT.

In. 13. Troy HEARFIELD (promoted), 25. Manny MUSCAT (promoted).
Out. 21. Leilei GAO (calf 1 week), 22. Andrew DURANTE (hamstring).
Unavailable. 17. Vince LIA (knee season).

Queensland Roar VS Melbourne Victory

Queensland Roar vs Melbourne Victory
Saturday November 8
Local kick off 7pm (8pm AEDT )
Suncorp Stadium
Referee. Peter OLeary

Queensland Roar Squad: Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Andrew PACKER, 4.Craig MOORE, 5. Josh McCLOUGHAN, 6. David DODD, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 13. Chris GROSSMAN, 14. Ben GRIFFIN, 15. Matt McKAY, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20. Griffin McMASTER (gk), 23. Tim SMITS, 24. Matt MUNDY , 25. Adam SAROTA.
*two to be omitted.

In. 13. Chris GROSSMAN (promoted), 14. Ben GRIFFIN (promoted).
Out. Nil
Unavailable. 3. Luke DEVERE (international duty), 9. REINALDO (injured), 12. Tahj MINNIECON (international duty), 14. Ben GRIFFIN (injured), 16. Hyuk-Su SEO (injured), 17. Mitch NICHOLS (international duty), 19. Isaka CERNAK (international duty), 21. Tommy OAR (international duty), 22. Robbie KRUSE (injured).

Melbourne Victory Squad: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.NEY FABIANO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ, 18.Leigh BROXHAM, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22.Nick WARD.

In. Archie THOMPSON (return from suspension), NEY FABIANO (return from suspension).
Out. Evan BERGER (hamstring 3 weeks), Mathew THEODORE (omitted).
Unavailable. Carlos HERANDEZ (quad 2 weeks), Nathan ELASI (international duty 2 weeks), Sebastian RYALL (international duty 2 weeks).

Perth Glory VS Newcastle United Jets

Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets
Sunday November 9
Local kick off 5pm (7pm AEDT)
Members Equity Stadium
Referee. Matthew Breeze

Perth Glory Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 10.AMARAL, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.James DOWNEY, 18.Hayden FOXE, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 22.Wayne SRHOJ.
* one to be omitted.

In. 11.Scott BULLOCH (promoted), 18.Hayden FOXE (return from injury).
Out. 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle 2 weeks).
Unavailable. Josip MAGDIC (ankle season), James ROBINSON (abdomen 6 weeks), David TARKA (quad 2 weeks).

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (c), 6. Jesper HAKANSSON, 7. Kaz PATAFTA, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam DAPUZZO, 14. Shaun ONTONG, 17. Antun KOVACIC, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 25. Daniel PIORKOWSKI, 26. Mark MILLIGAN.
*one to be omitted.

In. 14. Shaun Ontong (returns from injury), 17. Antun Kovacic (promoted).
Out. 23. Edmundo Zura (contract mutually terminated).
Unavailable. 5. James Holland (Qantas Young Socceroos duties), 15. Jason Hoffman (knee season), 16. Ben Kantarovski (Qantas Young Socceroos duties), 18. Noel Spencer (ankle indefinite),19. Jason Naidovski (Qantas Young Socceroos duties).

Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United
Sunday November 15
Local kick off 7.30pm AEDT
Bluetongue Stadium
Referee. Matthew Breeze

Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United squad lists to be announced next week.

Smeltz to join Gold Coast

Wellington Phoenix striker Shane Smeltz is set to join the new Gold Coast A-League team from next season.

The speculation about the 27-year-old’s future ended after it was confirmed Smeltz had not extended his current contract at Wellington and has accepted a three-year deal with the Gold Coast United.

The All Whites representative striker was top scorer in Wellington’s inaugural A-League season and had more recently been linked with Gold Coast United and Adelaide United.

Smeltz was born in Germany, but grew up on the Gold Coast and played for the Brisbane Strikers in the old NSL prior to heading first to Adelaide then overseas. He said the lure of the Gold Coast region was a significant factor in his decision.

“I was brought up on the Gold Coast and it’s always been one of the places I have called ‘home’. I have a wife and two young daughters and we’re all looking forward to beginning a new phase in our lives.

“I think it’s clear that Gold Coast United are ambitious and intend to be a successful club and I’m looking forward to being part of that success in the future.”

United Coach Miron Bleiberg believes the New Zealand striker is the type of player hius team requires to ensure a successful first season for his club.

“We couldn’t be happier that Shane has decided to join us as I’m sure he was on the radar of a number of other clubs,” said the Gold Coast coach.

“As a new entrant in the competition it’s vital that we are strong in our first season and to do that we have to have proven strikers. In Shane Smeltz that’s exactly what we are getting – a player who has scored regularly in this league and is always a threat to any defence.

“Our next mission is to secure players who will provide the ammunition for Shane to become an even more prolific goalscorer and an even better player than he is already,” Bleiberg said.

Adelaide cruise past the phoenix

Cristiano put away two second-half goals to help Adelaide Utd to an easy 3-0 win against the Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Lucas Pantelis gave the reds an early lead in just the 15th-minute when he slotted away from just inside the penalty area thanks to cross from Brazilian Alemao.

Cristiano made the points safe for Adelaide when he scored in the 48th and 60th minutes which now puts Adelaide at the top of the league table alongside Melbourne.

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