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No more epic McKain own goals:(

17 Jun

Sad news for fans of the Wellington Phoenix, Jon McKain is off to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr. McKain is fondly remembered amongst the Vuvuzela Venting crew for his epic own goals as well as occasionally putting the ball in the back of the correct net. In fact, he scored one more goals (2) than attacking midfielder Michael Ferrante (1), not that this is much of an achievement! Interesting tid bit, he will be one of only 3 non Saudi Arabians in the Al-Nassr squad.

We all wish McKain well in this endeavour since he played awesomely for us and isn’t going to another A-League club, unlike Shane Smeltz who deserted us for the warm weather and big pay packet on the Gold Coast. We don’t hold grudges…honestly…

Ahh McKain, you've done it again! Farewell!

Phoenix Vs Boca Juniors: July 23

27 May

Our beloved Wellington Phoenix have just announced that they are going to play a friendly against South American heavy weights Boca Juniors.

Date: July 23, 2010
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kickoff: 7.30pm NZT

I will definitely make the trip down from Auckland for the game.  Unfortunately goonix will be in Europe drinking red wine and eating cheese since he likes to pretend he’s French.  So it will just be me and Nolan flying the flag.

I doubt the crowd will be as big as what we got for Beckham, Boca just don’t have the same profile as golden balls. Riquelme is an amazing player but I doubt the average fair weather football fan (who are needed for a sell out) will have heard of him.  In this regard it’s good to hear that the Phoenix are realistic about crowd numbers (Tony P reckons 20k) and also don’t face any financial risk.

I think ideally we need to get a big European team (Nolan:  LFC) to come here to really raise the profile of the Phoenix to the next level.