- Chris Wood – Goals: 33
- Vaughan Coveny – Goals: 29
- Shane Smeltz – Goals: 24
- Steve Sumner – Goals: 22
- Brian Turner – Goals: 21
New Zealand National Football Team History
New Zealand won their first international match against Australia, in 1922. During the first few World Cups, New Zealand was not a FIFA member. Also, the All-Whites declined to participate in qualifying from 1950 to 1966.
The first World Cup the New Zealand national football team attempted to qualify for was in 1970. They didn’t make Mexico 1970 but did win the inaugural OFC Nations Cup in 1973. Alan Marley was the joint-top scorer at the tournament.
First FIFA World Cup Appearance
The first New Zealand FIFA World Cup appearance was in 1982 but they failed to win any of their three matches. A whopping 11 members of the squad were born in the United Kingdom.
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With a perfect 4-0 record, New Zealand also went on to win the 1998 OFC Nations Cup. The All-Whites are the most successful team in the competition’s history with further wins in 2002, 2008 and 2016. As a result, they’ve made four appearances in the FIFA Confederations Cup but have never won a match at the competition.
Still Looking for a First Win in a World Cup
In fact, New Zealand national football team are still looking for their first win in a FIFA World Cup match. In 2010, the All Whites qualified for the World Cup for the second time and they drew all three of their matches. While they were eliminated in the group stage, they were the only unbeaten team in the tournament.
The All Whites came close to qualifying for all of the 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cups but lost in intercontinental playoffs in all three.
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