FTSAUS sat down with Shane Smith, a Federation One footballer in New Zealand as well as a passionate A-League follower and Wellington Phoenix supporter…
What is your favourite football memory?
I would have to say watching Robin Van Persie playing for Arsenal when a ball was crossed across the field to him, and he places/volleys it into the far corner of the goal. Pure magic!
Do you support any other teams around the globe?
Yes, I am a supporter of Arsenal, the Belgium international team and any team that plays against Manchester City.
Who is your favourite A-League player?
I would have to say that my current favourite player would be Jeremy Brockie. He had a bit of a rubbish season last time around, but I remember when he was playing for Newcastle United and in the back half of his last season he was scoring some cracking goals. A past player would have to be Tim Brown, a classy midfielder.
Who is your favourite international player?
That is a hard question. It is like asking what is your favourite movie (there are so many good ones). A player though I have always liked is Samir Nasri. I like the way he controls the game and his quality of passing, a real pleasure to watch.
Do you think the A-League should be considering another NZ based team in their expansion plans?
I don’t think so. We don’t have the money or crowds to sustain it, and we would end up having another New Zealand Kings.
If you could make one change to the A-League what would it be?
Where do you think the Phoenix will finish this season?