Fifa World Cup technical role for Ricki Herbert

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 11/04/2014
Ricki Herbert
Fairfax NZ
OFF HE GOES: Ricki Herbert says goodbye to the All Whites fans at the end of his last game in charge of New Zealand.

Relevant offers

Football

Steven Gerrard slams Liverpool for 'soft' defeat Danny Welbeck bags hat-trick in Arsenal rout Western Sydney Wanderers not done just yet FC Basel score 1-0 upset over poor Liverpool England players 'treated like complete babies' Dani Alves to leave Barcelona for English club Karim Benzema rescues Real Madrid in Bulgaria Hulk responds to monkey chanting in Russia Bayer Leverkusen bounce back against Benfica Underdogs Malmo earn win over Olympiakos

Ricki Herbert is off to Brazil after all.

The former All Whites coach had his dreams of qualifying for back-to-back World Cups shattered last November in the 9-3 aggregate loss to Mexico.

But Herbert, who fell on his sword before the 4-2 second leg defeat in Wellington, will instead attend the June-July World Cup in Brazil in a technical capacity for the sport's world governing body Fifa.

Herbert, who has been focusing on growing his football academy, could not be reached for comment.

But New Zealand Football high performance director Fred de Jong confirmed Herbert's appointment.

"The technical panel view the games and then do an analysis of every game and the way that teams are playing," de Jong said.

"And I believe they have input into picking the team of the tournament.

"Any opportunity that Kiwis can get into committees or panels at that level, is a good thing for football in New Zealand. So it's a good role for Rick. I'm really pleased that he's managed to get himself on that committee, it's good recognition for him."

Herbert has been involved in both of New Zealand's World Cup appearances; in 1982 as a player and in 2010 as a coach, where he helped New Zealand to surprise draws against Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who will win this year's Champions League?

Ajax

Anderlecht

APOEL

Arsenal

Athletic Bilbao

Atletico Madrid

Barcelona

Basel

BATE Borisov

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich

Benfica

Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea

CSKA Moscow

Galatasaray

Juventus

Liverpool

Ludogorets

Malmo

Manchester City

Maribor

Monaco

Olympiacos

Paris St-Germain

Porto

Real Madrid

Roma

Schalke 04

Shaktar Donetsk

Sporting CP

Zenit St Petersburg

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content