Football

IOC urge Korea player ban

Olympic rings

The International Olympic Committee has asked South Korea to bar a football player from the medal ceremony after he was photographed apparently holding a political message about a territorial dispute with Japan following their bronze play off.

Mexico upset Brazil for gold

Oribe Peralta

Mexico won the Olympic men's football title for the first time when they stunned Brazil 2-1 in front of 86,162 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Ferns medal chance at Rio: coach

New Zealand's Sarah Gregorius celebrates scoring a goal against Cameroon during their women's football match at the City of Coventry Stadium during the London Olympics.

FRED WOODCOCK IN NEWCASTLE - Sunday News

Football Ferns coach Tony Readings says New Zealand can challenge for a medal at the Rio Olympics if the bulk of the current squad stays together and they get the right preparation.

NZ could be world football force

Tony Readings

FRED WOODCOCK IN NEWCASTLE - Sunday Star Times

Football Ferns coach Tony Readings has insisted the national women's team could be a real force with more matches and more funding.

Football Ferns eliminated

Ria Percival

The United States have ended New Zealand's Olympic women's football campaign with a 2-0 quarterfinal victory.

Ferns believe they can upset US

New Zealand's Sarah Gregorius celebrates scoring a goal against Cameroon during their women's football match at the City of Coventry Stadium during the London Olympics.

FRED WOODCOCK - Fairfax Media

The Footballing world is writing them off, but New Zealand believe they can beat the United States and progress to the Olympic semifinals.

Nelsen wants Emblen kept on

neil emblen

Ryan Nelsen is urging New Zealand Football to show leadership on two counts in the wake of the men's under-23 Olympic campaign.

Ferns warned to be sharper

Football Ferns

JONATHAN MILLMOW IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

It took the Football Ferns 223 minutes to score a goal at the Olympics.

Olympics over for Oly Whites

Oly Whites

The Oly-Whites are out of the Olympics after a 3-0 defeat to Brazil at St James' Park in Newcastle.

Ferns down Cameroon

New Zealand's Sarah Gregorius celebrates scoring a goal against Cameroon during their women's football match at the City of Coventry Stadium during the London Olympics.

NZ has beaten Cameroon to reach the women's football quarterfinals at the Olympics.

Nelsen to seek release

Ryan Nelsen

The Oly-Whites will have to seek a clearance from Queen's Park Rangers to secure Ryan Nelsen's services if they achieve the impossible and beat Brazil to reach the Olympic Games semis.

Oly-Whites ready to test Brazil

Marco Rojas and Kosta Barbarouses

Form midfielder Kosta Barbarouses insists the Oly-Whites have made major strides since their last humbling by Brazil at the Olympics.

Swiss footballer expelled

Michel Morganella

Switzerland footballer Michel Morganella has been expelled from the London Olympics for posting a racist message on Twitter.

Oly-Whites face impossible task

Adam Thomas

TONY SMITH IN MANCHESTER - Fairfax Media

OPINION: The Oly-Whites might need to call on Oz and his Auf Wiedersehen, Pet TV crew to brick up their goals in Geordie Land this week.

Ferns' White thrust upfront

Rosie White

TONY SMITH - Fairfax Media

Football Ferns striker Rosie White is hoping to draw confidence from her goal-scoring record as she starts the biggest game of her life.

Emblen without a club in NZ

Neil Emblen

TONY SMITH IN MANCHESTER - Fairfax Media

Neil Emblen will retain his role as All Whites assistant coach but will be in club coaching limbo after the Olympic Games.

Wood after EPL boost at Games

Chris Wood

TONY SMITH IN MANCHESTER - Fairfax Media

All Whites striker Chris Wood hopes his first Olympic Games might be the springboard to a starting place at his English premier league club.

O'Keeffe redeems himself

Michael O'Keeffe.

TONY SMITH IN MANCHESTER - Stuff

NZ goalie Michael O'Keeffe banished his Belarus nightmare to play a starring role in the Oly-Whites' 1-1 draw with Egypt.

Oly-Whites must upset Brazil

Kosta Barbarouses

The Oly-Whites are refusing to throw in the towel despite having to beat a side Ryan Nelsen describes as "a freak show'' of talent in Brazil.

'Devastated' Ferns must regroup

Tony Readings

FRED WOODCOCK IN CARDIFF - Fairfax Media

Football Ferns coach Tony Readings admits it will be challenging to pick up his "devastated" players for their defining match at the Olympics, against Cameroon on Wednesday (NZ time).

Oly-Whites not giving in yet

Ryan Nelsen

TONY SMITH IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

The Oly-Whites are refusing to dismiss their chances of beating Egypt at one of the world's most famous football grounds.

Football Ferns push Brazil

Abby Erceg

FRED WOODCOCK IN CARDIFF - Fairfax Media

There was despair for the Football Ferns as a crushing late goal from Brazil consigned them a second loss at the Olympics.

Emblen studies up on Egypt

Neil Emblen

Sunday Star Times

Ryan Nelsen hopes meticulous scouting will pay dividends against Egypt.

Ferns, Sticks battle for respect

Black Sticks

SIMON PLUMB IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

Elite women's sport is on a high in this country - and today the team battle to be New Zealand's Olympic golden girls begins.

Ferns face 'Pele with a skirt'

Ali Riley

FRED WOODCOCK - Fairfax Media

It's a case of mate against mate for Football Fern Ali Riley when her side meets Brazil.

Oly-Whites look to bounce back

Nelsen

FRED WOODCOCK IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

Ryan Nelsen, not a player prone to exaggeration, described the Oly-Whites' style of football in their 1-0 loss to Belarus as the best he had ever seen from a New Zealand football team.

Cardiff no favourite for Kiwis

Millenium Stadium

OPINION: Why do big games in Wales usually end in wails for Kiwi sports fans?

Belarus beats Oly-Whites

NZ v Belarus football

Belarus have beaten NZ 1-0 in their opening Olympic Games men's football match.

Japan shock Spain

Japan's Hiroshi Kiyotake in action during his side's upset win over Spain in men's football at the London Olympics.

Japan produced the first upset of the Olympic Games when they beat potential gold medallists Spain 1-0 at Hampden Park, Glasgow on the opening day of the men's football competition.

Gregorius eyes Brazil after misfire

Sarah Gregorius

TONY SMITH - Fairfax Media

What does a football forward do when she's just missed a sitter at the Olympic Games?

Ferns talk tough after opening loss

Rebecca Smith

FRED WOODCOCK - Fairfax Media

Football Ferns captain Rebecca Smith insists they have not lost sight of their lofty goal despite the momentum killer at Millennium.

Women's football kicks off Olympics

USA football

World champions Japan, the United States and Brazil all started their Olympic women's football campaigns with wins.

Golden chance goes begging

Sarah Gregorius

Football Ferns midfielder Sarah Gregorius says missing a golden chance to open the Olympic Games with a goal will "haunt'' her.

Football Ferns open with defeat

Football Ferns

Football Ferns fall 1-0 to hosts Great Britain in Olympic opening action. | Room for improvement

Room for improvement for Ferns

Football Ferns

OPINION: The Football Ferns still have some way to go before becoming a world football force.

Hometown backing for Emblen

Neil Emblen

TONY SMITH IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

They will soon be gathering in the George and Dragon pub in Kent to toast a Tonbridge exile who is about to represent New Zealand against Belarus in the Olympic Games.

Nelsen pivotal to confidence

Ryan Nelsen

TONY SMITH IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

Coach Neil Emblen hopes captain Ryan Nelsen will be as inspirational at the Olympics as he was at the World Cup.

Oly-Whites wait on Gleeson

Gleeson

The Oly-Whites expect injured goalkeeper Jake Gleeson to be part of the squad for Friday's opening Olympic Games clash with Belarus.

Ferns look to spoil Brits' party

Football Ferns

FRED WOODCOCK IN LONDON - Fairfax Media

Football Ferns captain Rebecca Smith sees no point in denying it - tomorrow's Olympic Games opener against Britain is as big as it gets.

Brazil stay away from village

Brazil

MIKE COLLETT - Reuters

Brazil's Olympic football squad are opting for a quiet life away from the "temptations" of the Athletes' Village, coach Mano Menezes said.

Riley bounces back

Ali Riley

New Zealand fullback Ali Riley is expected to be fit for the opening match against Great Britain.

Us women hungry for redemption

Abby Wambach

US women's soccer team forward Abby Wambach believes last year's World Cup loss will help them towards an Olympic gold medal.

Brazil top Britain in friendly

Brazil

Brazil underlined their position as favourites for Olympic gold when they gave scored a 2-0 win over hosts Britain.

Oly Whites lose final warm-up

Shane Smeltz

The New Zealand Olympic men’s football team have lost 4-2 to UAE in their final warmup match for London.

Basalaj skips school for Olympics

Scott Basalaj

SAM WORTHINGTON - The Dominion Post

Scott Basalaj had a pretty good excuse for wagging school yesterday.

Medal the goal for Football Ferns

Football Ferns

FRED WOODCOCK - Fairfax Media

The Football Ferns must progress to the quarter-finals of the Olympics if they're to receive a pass mark from NZ Football HQ.

Basalaj called in to Oly-Whites

Scott Basalaj

Wellington teenager Scott Basalaj has been called up as cover for injured Oly-Whites goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.

Large crowd when Ferns kick off Games

Football Ferns

The Football Ferns will play before a bumper Cardiff crowd when they kick off the Olympic sporting action next week.

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