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All Whites grab slice of history

Published: 10:15AM Monday July 12, 2010 Source: ONE Sport

  • Shane Smeltz celebrates (Source: Photosport)
    Shane Smeltz celebrates - Source: Photosport

Spain's victory in the World Cup final on Monday has left the All Whites with their own unique slice of history from the 2010 World Cup.

Ricki Herbert's squad are the only team of the 32 nations at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals to not lose a match, having been unbeaten in their three group matches against Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay.

New Zealand arrived in South Africa ranked 78th in the world and were 1000-1 outsiders at the TAB to win the tournament.

While there have been several occasions where the champions have gone through the tournament unbeaten, the Oceania representatives join an exclusive club of only four other teams that have exited at the group stage with an unbeaten record.

New Zealand was also notable for the fewest number of passes by a team - with 663 passes, and the the lowest number of total shots by a team in the tournament - with only 15 shots

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