World Cup 2010: New Zealand
World Cup 2010: NEW ZEALAND
FIFA ranking: 79
Overall World Cup record: 0-3-0
Coach: Ricki Herbert
Best performance: First round, 1982
Overview: The outmanned Kiwis, back in the World Cup finals after a 28-year absence, are led by fullback Ryan Nelson, who has proved his ability in a long career with Blackburn of the English Premier League, and former Galaxy midfielder Simon Elliott. Shane Smeltz, the top scorer in the Australian A League, is probably the best of the rest on Coach Ricki Herbert’s shallow roster.
-- Kevin Baxter