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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2017-11-10, 5:55 pm

Not that anyone probably cares expect those lovers of the game  I love you

Cherish the moment, football fans, days like this don't come around very often

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All Whites fans and supporters in the crowd during the World Cup qualifier against Bahrain in 2009.

Days like this are scarce for Kiwi football fans.
Hope, anticipation and razor-edged nerves are a once-every-four-years kind of deal if you're a supporter of the All Whites.
That's when the World Cup rolls around, but more importantly, a World Cup playoff for New Zealand. This year, two games against world No 10 Peru, in which the 122nd-ranked Kiwis are overwhelming underdogs, stand between them and a spot at football's pinnacle event in Russia in 2018.
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All Whites fans in fancy dress in 2009 for the magical win over Bahrain.

Today, Wellington's pubs and cafes will start to fill from mid-morning as hordes of white-clad mad men and women look for an early sighter or energy boost for what promises to be an emotionally draining day.
READ MORE:
* Hudson backs his side to win
* Stars light the way
* Mystery man pranks Reid
* Head-to-head: Kiwis or All Whites?
* Burning questions: All Whites

 
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All Whites fans, known as the White Noise, will be out in force on Saturday.

They'll be joined by a sea of red sashes as more than 1500 Peruvian fans converge on central Wellington. You'll hear them before you see them. A seemingly endless racket of drums, trumpets and singing precedes their arrival at any venue.
If either fans are early risers, they might see their heros out for a stroll along the waterfront early doors as they look to get loose ahead of what, for many of them, will be the biggest games of their careers.
Save for making the World Cup finals in Russia next year, it doesn't get any bigger than this.
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Peruvian football team players arriving at Wellington Airport to wild welcome from their fans ahead of the World Cup qualifier against All Whites.

New Zealand's English Premier League stars Chris Wood and Winston Reid will be used to the pressure, but the younger players, such as Storm Roux and Declan Wynne, will need to look to them for guidance.
Peru have the more experienced team across the board, but are without their inspirational captain Paolo Guerrero after a failed drugs test. They'll need big performances from the experienced Alberto Rodriguez and Jefferson Farfan, while their next generation of stars, led by Renato Tapia and Christian Cueva, will provide their spark.
Coffees and beers, and maybe a spot of lunch if you can stomach, downed, it's time to start the slow crawl towards Westpac Stadium.
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All Whites captain Winston Reid walks out of the players' tunnel before training on Friday.

That's when things really start to kick in.
Any fan who has made the walk down the concourse to the stadium knows that surge of excitement it brings, which will only be amplified on a day like today.
Kiwi fans are notoriously late arrivers to sporting events, but the Peruvians won't be. They'll be ready when the gates crash open at 2pm to hustle to their seats as to not miss a single moment to cheer on their team.
Because they'll do anything to ensure their team returns to the World Cup for the first time since 1982.
New Zealand made their first World Cup appearance that year and have been back once since, in 2010 in South Africa.
They got to that tournament on the back of the most incredible night in Wellington in 2009 after a 1-0 aggregate win over Bahrain. Rory Fallon's headed goal and Mark Paston's penalty save were greeted by a cacophony of jubilation and outpouring of emotion from Kiwi sports fans, the likes of which have rarely been seen in this country.
There are serious benefits to come from this game: $8 million will get pumped into the Wellington economy, while a win would fill New Zealand Football's coffers to the tune of $11m from the prizemoney for just making the World Cup.
But even those are overshadowed by the occasion, an occasion which will heap pressure on All Whites coach Anthony Hudson, who could be out of a job if these games don't go well.
Kiwi fans will be hoping to still have their World Cup dream alive come 6.10pm or so. A draw will do. A win even better as a small group of about 30 diehard fans prepare for the long trip to Lima for Thursday's second leg.
People will flow back out of the stadium and into restaurants and bars to recount tales of happiness or woe.
By then the Peruvians will already have started their long trip back to Lima, while the All Whites will spend the night in Wellington before leaving on Sunday.
Just who will have the happier players and set of fans is anyone's guess. This isn't rugby, the gap in class does not mean the result is preordained.
Anything can happen in football. The 38,500-odd Kiwi fans in attendance will be hoping it does.

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When all you only have left is a dream of the impossible, dare to believe it can happen.....I still get goose bumps followed by tears of delight, "He's big, he's bad, he's better than his Dad - Rory Fallon".


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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-11-10, 5:59 pm

Is that you standing on the bar in the white shirt

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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2017-11-10, 6:13 pm

cyprussyd wrote:Is that you standing on the bar in the white shirt

HhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaBaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh........sorry don't drink Laughing

Off to the office shortly before heading down to the Stadium by 3. Dressed in a white shirt of course.
Haven't felt this nervous since getting married, many moons ago.....lol

In my heart I'm dreaming (2-0) but in the head know all to very well we'll get spanked most likely (1-3) BUT hope springs eternal I love you

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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-11-10, 6:15 pm

Black Cat Kiwi wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:Is that you standing on the bar in the white shirt

HhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaBaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh........sorry don't drink Laughing

Off to the office shortly before heading down to the Stadium by 3. Dressed in a white shirt of course.
Haven't felt this nervous since getting married, many moons ago.....lol

In my heart I'm dreaming (2-0) but in the head know all to very well we'll get spanked most likely (1-3) BUT hope springs eternal I love you
Enjoy

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Post  canary-dave on 2017-11-10, 6:27 pm

Good luck BCK  like

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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2017-11-11, 7:57 pm

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We sang, we cheered but the majority just sat  Embarassed
The atmosphere was nothing like eight years ago but I put that down to many just attending whom had missed out on the experience eight years ago plus our failure to score which would have lit a spark. That said, to hold the world number ten goalless and being without Chris Woods (Burnley, ex-Leeds) for the first seventy minutes due to a hamstring injury we live in hope for the return match.  

  

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New Zealand have ground out a scoreless draw against Peru to leave their World Cup playoff in the balance.
It was a nerve-jangling 90 minutes for the 37,034 fans at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday afternoon as neither side was able to fashion many clear-cut chances.
Ryan Thomas was excellent in New Zealand's midfield, while captain Winston Reid was a colossus at the back.
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Peru's Andre Carrillo and New Zealand's Ryan Thomas compete for possession on Saturday.

The All Whites' chances took a hit pre-game with striker Chris Wood only fit enough for the bench due to a niggling hamstring injury. Kosta Barbarouses and Marco Rojas starting up front instead, while Wood would eventually enter the game with 19 minutes to go.
READ MORE:
* Reid must lead like Nelsen 
* Rufer backs All Whites
* All Whites to put Wellington in the black
* All Whites burning questions
* Peru drums silenced by stadium ban

 
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New Zealand fans show their support on Saturday afternoon.

Peru had the better of the early exchanges as a defensive mixup almost cost New Zealand dearly in the seventh minute.
Reid and goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic got their wires crossed when a long ball came. Marinovic came out as either Reid or Peru striker Jefferson Farfan poked the ball past him, but the 'keeper was able to scramble back to slap the ball away just before it reached his goal-line.
The 16th minute featured a dangerous cross from the lively Andre Carillo, but it somehow evaded three of his Peru team-mates as it went out for a goal kick.
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New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic makes a save on the line.

The All Whites finally found their feet thereafter as they started to string passes together inside the Peru half. They had a couple of crosses blocked after good buildup play in the 20th minute before another promising play saw Kosta Barbarouses flash a shot across goal.
But the absence of Wood was keenly felt as they lacked an outlet for the plethora of long balls they were playing. 
The same could be said for Peru, who were missing their big No 9 in Paolo Guerrero. They had some good buildup play, but their remaining attacks for the half broke down as they reached the New Zealand penalty area.
The second half was as nervy as the first, with Peru again starting the better.
Marinovic was forced into two saves in two minutes 20 minutes in. The first was an acrobatic effort to tip an Aldo Corzo header from a corner over the bar, while the second was a more regulation effort after a shot from long range from Edison Flores.
New Zealand lost defender Tommy Smith to injury in the 67th minute, replaced by Andrew Durante. The injury news was considerably better when Wood grabbed his playing shirt in the 71st minute to come on for Clayton Lewis.
His first action was to take a freekick. His first effort tested Pedro Gallese in the Peru goal, but was called back for an off-the-ball infringement. The second struck the wall.
It was a midfield battle for a lot of the remainder of the half before Kosta Barbarouses fired a shot just wide in the 83rd minute.
That sparked New Zealand and Thomas went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock five minutes from time, but his half volley from just inside the box sliced inches wide. Pedro Aquino also fired over last for Peru in a frenetic finish.
But the score stayed at 0-0, meaning it is all still to play for in the second leg at the Estadio Nacional in Lima on Thursday.
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New Zealand 0 Peru 0. HT: 0-0.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-11-11, 9:52 pm

0-0 is much better than a defeat and it's all still to play for, as Republic of Ireland also found tonight.

At least you did not let an away goal in so all you have to do is score 1 goal and they have to score 2 to win!
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