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Waitakere United is a football club based in Waitakere Citymarker, New Zealandmarker. They are one of the franchises in the New Zealand Football Championship . They play their home games at Douglas Fieldmarker, part of the Trusts Stadiummarker complex in Hendersonmarker.

History

Waitakere United was formed as a special franchise club in 2004 to play in the , New Zealandmarker's top domestic football competition. The team represents 12 member clubs from Mt Albert to the Kaipara.

In the inaugural season (2004/2005) of the , Waitakere United finished runners-up to champions Auckland City FC but they followed up with a very disappointing 6th place in the next season. In the following season, however, Waitakere finished as premiers but lost in the grand final once again to Auckland City FC 3 - 2.

Due to the withdrawal of Vanuatumarker's Port Vila Sharks, Waitakere was given a berth in the inaugural OFC Champions League, for 2007, as premiers. They finished atop their group, edging out Auckland Citymarker and New Caledoniamarker's AS Mont-Dore. They went on to defeat Ba F.C. of Fijimarker in the final, becoming the first OFC-League champions. Commins Menapi scored a crucial away goal that proved the difference as the tie finished 2 - 2 in aggregate. Taking this championship qualified United to compete in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where they lost in the 'play-in' match to Sepahan F.C. 1-3.

Waitakere United defended their championship in capturing the 2007-08 OFC Champions League, defeating Kossa FC in the final 6-3 in goal aggregate. During this season, Douglas Fieldmarker was under extensive renovation forcing Waitakere United to play most of their home fixtures at Fred Taylor Park in Whenuapaimarker.

Current Squad

As of November 16, 2009

Staff



Notable Former Players



FIFA Club World Cup History

FIFA Club World Cup History
Year Round Score Result Scorers
2007 Play-off Waitakere United 1 – 3 Sepahan F.C. Loss Aghili
2008 Play-off Waitakere United 1 – 2 Adelaide United Loss Seaman


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