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Wynton Rufer, 1992

Wynton Rufer, 1992

Wynton Rufer is acknowledged as New Zealand's finest football player. Within New Zealand he made his name as a teenage striker during the qualifying rounds and finals of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. After playing professionally in Switzerland Rufer became a striker for Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga. On 6 May 1992 he scored in the final of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup and helped his side claim the trophy. Soon after that Werder Bremen came to New Zealand to play three games against the All Whites. Rufer is shown here playing for New Zealand in the game at Mt Smart Stadium. The three-match series was shared. Rufer later returned to New Zealand and became player-coach of the Auckland Kingz in the Australian National Soccer League. He has been an important coach for younger players in New Zealand.

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Neill Atkinson and Steve Watters, 'Football - Professional footballers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2023)

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