Team Profile: New Zealand
GettyImagesRory Fallon's goal took the All Whites to their first final in 28 years
Appearances at finals:
1982 - First round
Fast-forward 28 years and Rory Fallon, the son of 1982 assistant coach Kevin Fallon, scored the only goal as New Zealand beat Bahrain in a play-off to return to the world stage in 2010. Qualification: Other than South Africa, who qualified automatically as hosts, New Zealand had arguably the easiest path to the finals. They cruised past their Oceania Nations Cup rivals throughout 2008 and 2009 to qualify for Oceania's 'half' place at South Africa, with Shane Smeltz scoring eight of the All Whites' 14 goals.That just left Asia's fifth-best side, Bahrain, in their way. Bahrain had lost to Trinidad & Tobago at this stage four years previously and, after grinding out a 0-0 draw in Manama, New Zealand inflicted similar pain by edging out their evenly matched opponents to send the nation into a rare ecstasy over the beautiful game. Qualifying record: P6, W5, D0, L1, F14, A5, Pts15.
Most appearances: Ben Sigmund (8).
Top goalscorer: Shane Smeltz (8).