The New Zealand national football team has participated in 13 FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns between 1970 and 2018, qualifying for two FIFA World Cups; the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa .
Ian Garner & Ian Walter, New Zealand soccer: the impossible dream, Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1982. Chris Gaskell (ed), The road to Spain, 82 World Cup, NZ International Publishing Group, Auckland, 1982. Tony Hilton, An association with soccer: the NZFA celebrates its first 100 years, NZFA, Auckland, 1991. John Matheson & Sam Malcolmson, All ...
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As a result of playing a then-record fifteen matches to qualify for the 1982 World Cup Finals, New Zealand's representatives had clocked up some 70,000 air miles en route - more in one year than had been amassed in the first sixty-odd years soccer had been a part of the nation's sporting interests.
New Zealand World Cup results, 1981–2. These are the results from qualifying and finals games played by New Zealand. Qualifying rounds
New Zealand 2010 World Cup squad was the only country unscathed in the tournament. They did not lose a game in the group games.
New Zealand's victory saw them crowned Oceania champions making New Zealand the most successful national team in the competition's history, having won the tournament five times, and also saw them qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The All Whites moved up 54 places in the world rankings in July and achieved 88th in the FIFA ...
A summary of the All Whites glorious run to the 1982 World Cup, as shown on Unauthorised History of New Zealand.
244. (107) Oceania Cup Feb 25, Noumea, Stade de Magenta Tahiti 3-1 New Zealand (Alfred Wabealo 61', Andre Wabealo 73', Errol Bennett 85' - Steve Sumner 47' pen) Tahiti: n/a New Zealand: Richard Wilson, Tony Sibley [c], Glen Adam, Bobby Almond, Ross Durant, Chris Turner, Steve Sumner, Keith Hobbs, Bill de Graaf (Ian Park), Alister Elder, Michael Groom (Mark Armstrong).