Tokyo Olympics: Chris Wood (Football)

  • 01/01/2021

Chris Wood

Age: 29

Born: December 7, 1991

Event: Football

Position: Striker

Coach: Danny Hay

Height: 1.91m

Previous Olympics: 2012

Wood has established himself as New Zealand's standout player in the English Premier League, helping Burnley maintain their presence in the top flight with his goalscoring feats.

His career took off, after attending Hamilton's St Paul's Collegiate and starring for New Zealand at the FIFA U17 World Cup.

On the strength of that performance, he landed a trial with West Bromwich Albion's academy, where he became the fifth Kiwi to play in the Premier League, debuting as a 17-year-old against Portsmouth.

Wood spent four years at the club and was loaned to a variety of other clubs, before signing with Leicester City for two seasons and two more with Leeds.

His move to Burnley in 2017 set a transfer record for his new club, but he has rewarded it with 127 Premier League appearances and 46 goals. In April, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, he became the first Kiwi to score a Premier League hat-trick. 

Wood debuted for the All Whites in 2009 against Tanzania and was the youngest member of the 2010 World Cup squad that went unbeaten in pool play. He scored his first international goal against Honduras that same year and was yellow-carded for displaying his underwear in celebration.

He attended the 2012 London Olympics, scoring in a 1-1 draw against Egypt, and at 22, he became the youngest All Whites captain the following year. 

Woods will fill one of two over-aged player spots at Tokyo - the other is defender Michael Boxall.