Front Page: Shane Smeltz, From Oratia Smurfs to World Cup Glory

In New Zealand, it’s fairly rare for soccer to be front page news, but the unlikely goal by All Whites striker Shane Smeltz against Italy has instantly propelled him to national hero status: The New Zealand Herald leads today with a classic boy-done-good story on his journey from youth soccer in Oratia in west Auckland to the World Cup in South Africa.

The New Zealand Herald, published in Auckland, New Zealand

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