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The Tahiti national football team is the national team of French Polynesia[4][5][6][7] and is controlled by the Fédération Tahitienne de Football. The team consists of a selection of players from French Polynesia, not just Tahiti, and has competed in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) since 1990.

Tahiti
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Toa Aito (Les guerriers de fer; Iron Warriors)
AssociationTahitian Football Federation
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachSamuel Garcia[1]
CaptainMarama Vahirua
Most capsAngelo Tchen (34)
Top scorerTeaonui Tehau (16)
Home stadiumStade Pater Te Hono Nui
FIFA codeTAH
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 158 Steady (14 June 2019)[2]
Highest111 (August 2002)
Lowest196 (April–May 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 158 Decrease 1 (16 June 2019)[3]
Highest45 (September 1983)
Lowest156 (September 2010)
First international
French Polynesia 2–2 New Zealand 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 21 September 1952)
Biggest win
 Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 10–0 Tahiti 
(Adelaide, Australia; 4 June 2004)
 Spain 10–0 Tahiti 
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 20 June 2013)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1973)
Best resultWinners, 2012
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2013)
Best resultGroup stage, 2013

Tahiti is traditionally one of the stronger footballing nations of the Pacific Islands, with the second-best record at the football section of the South Pacific Games, with five victories. They were runners-up in the first three instalments of the Nations Cup (1973, 1980 and 1996). The nation went through a period of less success, but showed promise when it qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. This success was followed up with the title of 2012 OFC Nations Cup, becoming the first team other than Australia and New Zealand to win the competition.

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HistoryEdit

Tahiti played its first full match on 21 September 1952, at home against New Zealand, drawing 2–2. Seven days later, the two teams played again and New Zealand won 5–3. On 30 September, they played each other for a third time, and Tahiti gained its first victory, by 2–0. However, it is unknown whether this was a full international match.[8]

In September 1953, Tahiti played three matches in New Caledonia against its national side, losing the first 5–0 and the later two 4–1. They then travelled to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) and beat its national side 4–2 twice. In 1989, under the leadership of Napoleon Spitz, the official federation was created.

Tahiti entered its first World Cup qualification with the aim of reaching the 1994 World Cup, held in the United States. They were placed in Group A alongside Australia and the Solomon Islands, and played their first match away to the Solomon Islands in Honiara on 11 July 1992. Eric Etaeta equalised for Tahiti to make it 1–1 in the 76th minute. On 11 September, Tahiti hosted Australia in Papeete and lost 3–0. The next fixture was again against Australia, and resulted in a 2–0 away defeat in Brisbane on 20 September. On 9 October, in Papeete, Tahiti defeated the Solomon Islands 4–2. Tahiti's first goal was scored as an 8th-minute penalty from Reynald Temarii, a politician and current president of the OFC. However, Tahiti finished second to Australia in the group and did not advance.

2012 OFC Nations CupEdit

In 2012, the new edition of the tournament occurred in the Solomon Islands with the host country, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa (winner of the qualifying tournament) playing the competition. Tahiti defeated New Caledonia in the final in Lawson Tama Stadium 1–0 with a goal by Steevy Chong Hue and became the first team other than Australia (no longer part of OFC) and New Zealand to be crowned Oceania champions.[9]

2013 Confederations CupEdit

By winning the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup, held in Brazil, for the first time.[10] Tahiti is the first – and so far only – team which has participated in the Confederations Cup but has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. On 17 June 2013, Tahiti lost 1–6 to Nigeria in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Belo Horizonte, with Jonathan Tehau scoring the goal for Tahiti in the second half with a header from a corner; Tahiti fans still rejoiced in the prospect of scoring a goal in an international tournament.[11] On 20 June, Tahiti lost 10–0 against Spain to equal their largest ever loss against New Zealand nine years earlier.[12] On 23 June 2013, Tahiti was beaten 8–0 by Uruguay.[13]

In all, Tahiti conceded 24 goals and scored 1 to end with a goal differential of −23, the worst of any national team in any major competition.[14] However, even with the poor record and heavy defeats, Tahiti's underdog qualities gathered significant respect from the people of Brazil, who always cheered for them in every match.[15] Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque, and strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa – who scored four and three goals respectively against Tahiti – complimented the team's fair play.[16]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1954 Did not exist Did not exist
  1958 to   1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 5 8
  1998 4 0 1 3 2 12
    2002 4 3 0 1 14 6
  2006 9 3 2 4 7 25
  2010 4 1 1 2 2 6
  2014 11 6 0 5 22 17
  2018 7 3 2 2 14 7
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 43 17 7 19 65 81

Fixtures & ResultsEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current SquadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Vanuatu and Fiji on 4 and 7 June 2019.

Caps and goals updated as of 24 March 2018 after the game against New Caledonia.[17]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jonathan Torohia (1985-02-22) 22 February 1985 (age 34) 3 0   Manu-Ura
16 1GK Franck Revel (1984-07-18) 18 July 1984 (age 34) 0 0   Pirae
23 1GK Benjamin Tardivel (1987-12-03) 3 December 1987 (age 31) 0 0   Dragon

2 2DF Angelo Tchen (1982-03-08) 8 March 1982 (age 37) 34 1   Tefana
3 2DF Marama Amau (1991-01-13) 13 January 1991 (age 28) 4 0   Vénus
4 2DF Teheivarii Ludivion (1988-09-25) 25 September 1988 (age 30) 18 1   Tefana
5 2DF Viritua Tiaiho (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Tefana
9 2DF Matatia Paama (1992-10-03) 3 October 1992 (age 26) 6 0   Central Sport

6 3MF Patrick Tepa (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 30) 1 0   Pirae
7 3MF Raimana Li Fung Kuee (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 34) 7 2   Pirae
8 3MF Stanley Atani (1991-10-24) 24 October 1991 (age 27) 11 2   Tefana
11 3MF Sylvain Graglia (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 30) 6 2   Central Sport
14 3MF Sandro Tau (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Pirae
15 3MF Heimano Bourebare (1989-05-15) 15 May 1989 (age 30) 26 1   Tefana
17 3MF Tamatoa Tetauira (1996-04-17) 17 April 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Dragon
18 3MF Heirauari Salem (1998-04-28) 28 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Pirae
19 3MF Marama VahiruaRET (1980-05-12) 12 May 1980 (age 39) 5 0   Dragon
20 3MF Alvin Tehau (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 30) 22 8   Tefana
22 3MF Gervais Chan Kat (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Pirae

10 4FW Teaonui Tehau (1992-09-01) 1 September 1992 (age 26) 24 16   Vénus
12 4FW Rainui Tze-Yu (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Dragon
13 4FW Yohann Tihoni (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 24) 4 0   Taiarapu
21 4FW Charles Tearii Labaste (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 27) 0 0   Pirae

List of coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sélection de Tahiti: Samuel Garcia est le nouvel entreineur". Fedération Tahitienne de Football. FTF. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Trophies in paradise". The Football Ramble. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Tahiti ready for Confederations Cup". The Scotsman. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  6. ^ "IN THE LAND OF GIANTS – Tahiti set for Confederations Cup adventure". Football Republik. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Tahiti national football team". Road To Brazil. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Tahiti International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Glorious Tahiti claim maiden Oceania crown". FIFA.com. FIFA. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Proud Tahiti No1 aims to enjoy Brazil challenge". FIFA.com. FIFA. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Nigeria 6−1 Tahiti". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Spain 10−0 Tahiti". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Uruguay 8−0 Tahiti". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  14. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 - Statistics - Teams - Top goals". FIFA.com. FIFA. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Técnico confirma 'carisma' do Taiti e cumprimenta jornalistas na despedida". UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). 23 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Nada de pancadaria: 'fair play' do Taiti em goleada arranca elogios da Fúria". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 21 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  17. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - Matches - Tahiti-Papua New Guinea". FIFA.com. FIFA. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2017.

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