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New Zealand’s 28th Maori Battalion performing a Haka in Egypt in 1941.
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All Blacks, New Zealand Maori and the politics of the pitch

Posted September 7, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

Around half of the All Blacks team that will open the 2011 Rugby World Cup at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium this Friday will be players of Maori or Pacific Island backgrounds. Much like the French soccer World Cup winning team of 1998, largely composed of players of African and Arab descent, the make up of […]


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House of the Rising Suns: Metricon Stadium

Posted August 31, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

Stadiums have defined the way we watch large sporting events for thousands of years. They are places of dreams, spectacular hubs of human emotion, aspiration and activity, and they have played host to some of the greatest feats of physical achievement ever witnessed. And although the basic concept of tiered seating surrounding a playing field […]


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Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton (front row far right) in the 1994 NSW under 15 soccer team that won the Australian championships.
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A-League: Kewell and Emerton come home

Posted August 29, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton’s recent signings for Australian clubs have, in the blink of an eye, skyrocketed interest levels in the coming A-League season. Their return represents the closing of a circle started by Kewell 17 years ago when he and Emerton played in the championship-winning NSW under-15 team against a Victorian side that […]


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The new and improved Eden Stadium
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NZ shapes up for 2011 Rugby World Cup

Posted June 16, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

After all of the tragedy the country has faced as a result of natural disasters, New Zealanders will have something to look forward to this week as construction is in its final stages of million dollar upgrades added in preparation for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The much-celebrated game will bring in copious amounts of […]


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The beautiful game? Why claims of corruption in FIFA have destroyed football for the fans

Posted June 1, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

I was at a high-performance coaching conference in The Netherlands when FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced the soccer World Cup hosts of 2018 and 2022. I skipped a few keynote speeches to watch the announcement on television in the conference bar. Russia was an expected winner, and one that most football loving folk can at […]


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