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The Admiral up for top accolade

Rovers club captain and all round good egg Ryan Nelsen has been nominated as a finalist in the New Zealander of the Year awards.

Ryan has been nominated for being one of the main driving forces behind New Zealand going through the World Cup undefeated in a tricky group with Paraguay, Italy and Slovakia.

Nelsen was inspired in all three games and bought tears to the eyes of the All Whites fans that were in the stands when NZ pulled off a 1-1 draw with former World Champions Italy.

The New Zealand Herald is running a feature on Ryan today and here is an extract - 'Judging one player's influence over a team is a tricky business and open to plenty of argument.

But when it comes to Ryan Nelsen there can be no doubt the All Whites' captain was the pivotal figure in not only getting the national soccer side into the World Cup finals, but in their remarkable Group F draws against Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay.

This may stand forever as New Zealand's finest hour in international soccer. As such, Nelsen may well be our finest soccer player, certainly in influence.

To remain undefeated through a World Cup group is tough, even for nations with far greater pedigree than New Zealand's - as 2006 champions Italy found out.

The All Whites could have been embarrassed in South Africa. Instead, they were the fairytale story of the tournament, despite what evolved into disappointment about not progressing to the knockout stage.

Nelsen's mana with the players, and brilliant defending, was the key to it all. More specifically, he quickly drew the best out of new young defenders Tommy Smith and Winston Reid.'

Fantastic achievement regardless of whether he wins the competition or not.

What a magnificent example to everybody and a truly fantastic human being.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 6 2010

Time: 9:08AM

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Well done Ryan!
Mikey Delap
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06/12/2010 09:10:00

one of 3 famous people to come out of new zealand :D well in ryan, good luck!
sasman
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06/12/2010 09:47:00

Very well deserved!! I must say I find it a little funny that the highest paid sports star in NZ doesn't even play a sport!! He carries Tiger Woods golf clubs!! True story lol
oziroversfan
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06/12/2010 09:52:00

ahahahah that is funny!
sasman
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06/12/2010 11:48:00

i don't think the admiral has much competition there.
DommyWalker
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07/12/2010 07:11:00

Yeah he should get it. Great nugget there oziroversfan!
roversman
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07/12/2010 12:54:00

Great stuff for Ryan, To come from New Zealand play in America and then become a regurlar in the best league in the world speaks volumes of how good this guy is. One of the best signings Rovers have ever made and well deserved accalade to be recognised at home
glen9mullan
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07/12/2010 14:11:00

I think it is a shame he will miss out on a testimonial... how close can we get to getting a stalwart one? Tugay/Friedel missed out... only Morten and Brett look like getting close???
Mikey Delap
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08/12/2010 09:04:00

 

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