Kiwi punter places $55,000 bet on previous champion to win FIFA World Cup

A New Zealand punter has bet $55,000 (at $1.27) on a previous FIFA World Cup winner to take out this year's tournament.

Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, France, Argentina, England, and Uruguay are the eight teams to have won the World Cup.

They stand to win $69,850.

The TAB says New Zealanders bet more than $32.3m during the last world cup.

FIFA World Cup trophy Source: Photosport

Critics worried Football Ferns coach Andreas Heraf's plan could lead to lacklustre play across NZ

It's been four days since Football Ferns coach Andreas Heraf instilled a head-scratching gameplan and voiced his negative mindset over the national side.

And while the boss of New Zealand Football Andy Martin has finally fronted on the matter, critics are worried there isn’t enough attention going into other pressing issues.

Martin has otherwise been preoccupied at the FIFA Congress meetings in Moscow, but Heraf's comments have definitely caught his attention.

"That was wrong," Martin said. 

"I just want to reassure everybody we want to get to the World Cup, we want to win games at World Cups."

But while Martin is in Moscow negotiating with the big footballing nations some back here believe there's been a lack of urgency addressing the real issues.

"We're on too many first class aeroplane flights," former All White Declan Edge said.

"We're off to Zurich too many times and not enough of money is on the grass developing our style and who we are."

Heraf is also the technical director for New Zealand but there are fears just how far his defensive approach will seep into the rest of the game here.

"I can’t tell you who we are, I can't tell you what we do, I can’t tell you what we're trying to do," Edge said.

"That’s a problem."

But Martin argues Heraf’s influence will lead to a positive change.

"He was brought in as the technical director with a clear purpose," Martin said.

Declan Edge says Heraf, who’s also the technical director for NZ Football, isn’t helping us find our football identity. Source: 1 NEWS

"We've got this jigsaw around the talent space that has not been cracked for a long time. Andreas was the best candidate in that area. He'll be judged on that technical plan."



Watch: Long nights and lederhosen – Kiwi-based fans prepare for start of World Cup

The FIFA World Cup may be taking place 13,000km away in Russia, but football fever is still gripping the most avid fans here.

The likes of Jack Tame, Jeremy Wells and Dan Corbett got into the spirit. Source: Breakfast

Chris Chang catches up with fans who will be cheering on their homelands from New Zealand. 

It is taking place 13,000km away in Russia, but as Chris Chang reports, football fever is gripping fans in New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS