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Rae after World Cup futsal glory (NZ)

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ALL SET: South Canterbury futsal player Peter Rae will play a big role in New Zealand's quest for Futsal World Cup glory in Colombia. Photo John Bissett/Timaru Herald

South Canterbury futsal player Peter Rae will be chasing World Cup glory and a lucrative professional contract, in Colombia next month.

The 21-year-old will be apart of a 14-man New Zealand side which will compete at the 16-team World Cup.

He will be looking to turn heads and earn a contract which could see him playing professionally in places like Brazil and Italy.

New Zealand qualified for the World Cup, after beating Australia for the first time, in a penalty shootout last year.

Rae, who studies in Dunedin, has had a steady diet of the indoor football sport in the past five months.

He attended the Futsal World Championships in October, where the Kiwis were knocked-out in the semi-finals, to eventual champions Malaysia.

He also had the national championships last weekend and numerous training camps with the national squad in Christchurch.

He said none of the teams at the world championships would be at the World Cup, so it made preparation difficult.

Rae plays his outdoor football for Dunedin side Roslyn, which made it to the fifth round of the Chatham Cup, last year.

He said if the team could play with more confidence, there was no reason why they could not make it beyond the group stages.

One match had Rae’s attention.

“Playing Colombia in front of a packed stadium which seats 8000 people, that’s a bit scary.”

Paraguay is ranked the world’s best futsal nation. Brazil are also heavyweights and it is there where Rae could ply his trade on a short-term professional basis.

“It will be contract city (at the World Cup).

“Even a three month or six month contract I’d be over there quick.

“In Brazil, two of our teammates went over on a six month contract, and the good players were getting NZ$2000 or NZ$3000 a week.”

Rae said improved self-belief would see New Zealand do well in the tournament.

The 12-day trip will cost Rae up to $3500.

To help fundraise, Rae will hold a futsal tournament on February 19 and 20, where anyone can enter a team to compete.

Rae will fly-out on March 11 for a five-day training camp to acclimatise to conditions in Colombia.

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  1. When I was last in Brazil they certainly were not talking about NZ$2-NZ$3k per week. Nor were they interested in importing players. Brazil exports not imports. Does anyone know any foreigners in the Brazil league?

    Finally since when has Paraguay been the worlds best futsal nation?

  2. Confusing article.
    “Futsal World Championships in October, where the Kiwis were knocked-out in the semi-finals, to eventual champions Malaysia.” but then says “none of the teams at the world championships would be at the World Cup” ??

    What’s the difference between a World Championship and a World Cup ?? Aren’t the winners of a World Cup considered world champions ?? Great for Asia/Pacific that Malaysia are “World Champions” – are they playing at the World Cup ?

    Perhaps this article highlights Vikings latest penchant for adding the word “World” in front of their inter club competitions and the writer was misled. I’ve said before Vikings are very good at somethings – self promotion, marketing and creating impressions (true or false) are some of them.

    Not trying to detract from Peter Rae’s achievements and wish him all the best in getting a contract just commenting on the article not the person.

  3. I also wish Peter Rae and the rest of the Kiwi side all the best.

    But someone’s been filling them full of false info and expecations.

    1. They are not playing in the world cup (not the real one anyway)
    2. Paraguay are not the worlds best futsal team…far from it
    3. It will not be “contract city”
    4. Good players do not earn $3k-$4k a week
    5. They will not be signing overseas players

  4. The article should read,
    Paraguay are the current AMF World Futsal Champions.
    I believe early on Paraguay were the only team who were representing in both associations, meaning it was the same players playing with both FIFA & AMF, I’m not sure if this is still the case?

  5. To Futsaldad:

    Finally since when has Paraguay been the worlds best futsal nation?

    Well the answe its easy, if you are talking in general terms of FUTSAL, Paraguay became the best futsal Nations at 1998 in Australia, when they won Brasil on the final of the III World Cup, after in AMF they won the world cup of 2007 Argentina and 2003 in Paraguay.

    1. Well actually Paraguay won the AMF World Cup in 1988 and not 1998.

      It was 1989 when the real world cup (ie the FIFA FUTSAL World Cup) started. Brazil won that event. Paraguay got knocked out in the 2nd Round stage and didn’t make the semis.

  6. Ok, Futsaldad, sorry for the mistake I wrote wrong even that I knew was 88.

    It was 1989 when the real world cup (ie the FIFA FUTSAL World Cup) started. Brazil won that event. Paraguay got knocked out in the 2nd Round stage and didn’t make the semis.

    Then why, the CBFS has on their shirts the starts of Brasil 1982 and Spain 1985, if they are not real, how they use the stars???

    You can say that in 1989 was the first World Cup of Futbol5, but not Futsal because in 1982 in Brasil the World Cup was called Futsal, then FIFUSA is using a name before FIFA, whcih are the reals the first one or the following ones????

    Take a look: http://www.futsal1930.blogspot.com/ in the end of the blog you can see the official affiche of 3 world cups earlier than the one of FIFA, and all 3 use the name of FUTSAL, are they not real????

    1. Ok Alex, point taken. Don’t think a debate of the past is relevant here anyway.

      The point I was making is that article states “Paraguay is ranked the world’s best futsal nation” – that is not correct.

  7. Okay well theres a couple of things people dont know..
    The vikings world championships meant nothing to any qualifications or anything to do with amf. It was all vikings rules etc. The tournament was based around the fact aus had to play nz in a game and the winner wud go on to the amf world cup, it was the first game they played and nz won that determined the spot in the wc, the second game they played when aus won in the finals meant nothing…
    Secondly, on a personal knowledge and friendships with some ex professional players from recent years…the average wage is 2-3-4k a MONTH…not week….
    And if you think they only export players and never import, you should probs have a good look at the profile of Qlder Luke Haydon who played on a contract for Carlos Barbossa, one of the greatest futsal teams ever, and he earnt his contract from the fifa world cup in tapai were scouts saw his performance against the Brasillian team…
    Everyone should read up a bit, but the main problem is the misconceptions made from newspapers and media, which always seems to spark debate on this forum…they dont know anything more than wat they hear…

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