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A young, energetic and competitive Oceania All Stars line-up will face the LA Galaxy on Saturday 6 December at the Auckland Regional Council’s Mt Smart
The core team, announced today at The Westin Hotel in Auckland’s Lighter Quay, promises to showcase some of the best footballing talent from New Zealand and the South Pacific.
“Oceania is honoured to bring together an All Star XI to participate in this match,” said Oceania Football Confederation General Secretary Tai Nicholas.
“We have chosen the best players from around the region to make up a side that will challenge the opposition and thrill spectators.“Matches such as these provide a wonderful spectacle for fans and help to show how football can make a difference to people’s lives,” he said.
The Oceania All Stars will be coached by former Football Federation Australia National Instructor Coach and OFC Technical Director Jim Selby and former All Whites international and Auckland City FC coach, Colin Tuaa. They will be assisted by former Tahitian international and FIFA Technical Development Officer Patrick Jacquemet.
“This is a great opportunity for players from the Oceania region to test themselves against some of the best players in the world,” Selby said.
“There is a lot of football potential in the South Pacific and this match presents an occasion for the players, Confederation and public to benchmark local talents on the international stage.”
“One off matches can provide at times surprising and entertaining results - the local players will be there to prove that they can compete at the highest level of the game and against the best,” he said.
Selby was assistant coach to former Switzerland coach Roy Hodgson for a World XI match against Australia in 1999.
“It is a real honour for me to be working with this group of Oceanian players,” assistant coach Colin Tuaa said.
“I have always supported their progress and development and am excited about the prospect of mixing them with New Zealand’s best. It is a really great opportunity for the players to compete against a world-renowned professional club.”
Representing Oceania against the LA Galaxy is a fantastic opportunity says Ivan Vicelich.
“I’m very excited, it’s great to have a player with Beckham’s profile come to New Zealand and create media interest for football in Auckland and around the pacific region,” Vicelich said.
“Beckham has done so much for football around the world and this is a great opportunity for me and the rest of the players to run out on the park alongside him and give the Galaxy a run for their money.”
This is the second occasion that OFC has helped organise an all-star match in recent times. The Christian Karembeu Jubilee Match between an Oceania XI and the France ’98 FIFA World Cup™ winning team in May of this year was extremely successful, as were the Football for Life charity matches between Fiji and a New Zealand XI in August 2007. OFC with the assistance of FIFA, Fiji Football Association (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF) helped raise $51,000.00 NZD for tsunami relief projects in the Solomon Islands.
Karembeu attended both “Football for Life” charity matches.
The Oceania All Stars will be captained by FIFA World Cup winner and UEFA Champions League winner Christian Karembeu.
OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas says that he expects to announce further international signings in the near future.
“We’re delighted to have secured former France and Real Madrid star Christian Karembeu and we are working on adding other well-known names to the player list.
“The inclusion of international star players adds to the festival nature of an event like this and demonstrates just how football is truly a game with global appeal,” he said.
The Oceania All Stars will be staying at The Quadrant Hotel. The Westin and Quadrant hotels are the official accommodation suppliers of The Beautiful Game.
*Brian Laudrup and Mark Bosnich have been approached and discussions on their involvement are ongoing with a definite confirmation expected to be announced in the near future.
OCEANIA ALL-STARS SQUAD
Jacob SPOONLEY (New Zealand), Benjamin LONGUE (New Caledonia), David MUTA (Papua New Guinea), Fedy VAVA (Vanuatu), Nelson SALE (Solomon Islands), Ivan VICELICH (New Zealand), Pierre WAJOKA (New Caledonia), Raimana LEE FUNG KUEE (Tahiti), Judd MOLEA (Solomon Islands), Jarrod SMITH (New Zealand), Peni FINAU (Fiji), Osea VAKATALESAU (Fiji), Francois SAKAMA (Vanuatu), Malakai TIWA (Fiji), Alick MAEMAE (Solomon Islands), Henry FAARODO (Solomon Islands), Christian KAREMBEU (France/New Caledonia), Steven OLD (New Zealand)
Head Coach: Jim SELBY (Australia)
Assistant: Colin TUAA (New Zealand)
Assistant: Patrick JACQUEMET (Tahiti)
Manager: Seamus MARTEN (New Zealand)