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All Whites fans celebrate

All Whites fans celebrate

Wellington's Westpac Stadium was full for the All Whites' final qualifying game for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, played against Bahrain in November 2009. After the All Whites scored a goal at the end of the first half, their goal keeper Mark Paston saved a penalty, and the team held on to win 1–0.  Here the fans copy a tradition developed by the 'yellow fever' fans of the Wellington Phoenix team by removing their T-shirts and waving them in celebration. The All Whites went on to the finals, where they earned three draws. Although they did not qualify for the next round, they finished as the only unbeaten team at the finals.

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Neill Atkinson and Steve Watters, 'Football - Football in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 August 2022)

Story by Neill Atkinson and Steve Watters, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2016, updated 15 Sep 2016