Tahiti national football team
The Tahiti national football team is the national team of French Polynesia 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.
|Nickname(s)||Toa Aito (Les guerriers de fer; Iron Warriors)|
|Association||Tahitian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Samuel Garcia|
|Most caps||Angelo Tchen (34)|
|Top scorer||Teaonui Tehau (21)|
|Home stadium||Stade Pater Te Hono Nui|
|Current||158 (25 July 2019)|
|Highest||111 (August 2002)|
|Lowest||196 (April–May 2016)|
|Current||159 2 (30 July 2019)|
|Highest||45 (September 1983)|
|Lowest||167 (September 2011)|
| French Polynesia 2–2 New Zealand |
(Papeete, Tahiti; 21 September 1952)
| Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands |
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
| New Zealand 10–0 Tahiti |
(Adelaide, Australia; 4 June 2004)
Spain 10–0 Tahiti
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 20 June 2013)
|OFC Nations Cup|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1973)|
|Best result||Winners, 2012|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2013)|
|Best result||Group 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.
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.
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.
2013 Confederations CupEdit
By winning the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup, held in Brazil, for the first time. 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. On 20 June, Tahiti lost 10–0 against Spain to equal their largest ever loss against New Zealand nine years earlier. On 23 June 2013, Tahiti was beaten 8–0 by Uruguay.
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. 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. 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.
|17 June 2013||Tahiti||1–6||Nigeria||Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte|
|16:00||J. Tehau 54'||Report||Vallar 5' (o.g.)
Oduamadi 10', 26', 76'
J. Tehau 69' (o.g.)
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
|20 June 2013||Spain||10–0||Tahiti||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro|
|16:00||Torres 5', 33', 57', 78'
Silva 31', 89'
Villa 39', 49', 64'
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup|
|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|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
OFC Nations CupEdit
Coupe de l'Outre-MerEdit
Fixtures & ResultsEdit
|21 March 2018 Friendly||Tahiti||0–0||New Caledonia||Papeete, Tahiti|
|20:00 UTC+11||Report||Stadium: Stade Pater Te Hono Nui|
Referee: Kader Zitouni (Tahiti)
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Tahiti||4–3||New Caledonia||Papeete, Tahiti|
|20:00 UTC+11||Li Fung Kuee 26'
T. Tehau 68', 77', 89'
|Stadium: Stade Pater Te Hono Nui|
Referee: Campbell-Kirk Waugh (Tahiti)
|4 June 2019 Friendly||Vanuatu||2–0||Tahiti||Port Vila, Vanuatu|
|Report||Stadium: Korman Stadium|
Referee: George Time (Solomon Islands)
|7 June 2019 Friendly||Fiji||1–1||Tahiti||Port Vila, Vanuatu|
|17:00||Radrigai 90+1'||Tau 26'||Stadium: Korman Stadium|
Referee: Joel Hopken (Vanuatu)
|8 July 2019 2019 Pacific Games Group Stage||Tahiti||1–2||Fiji||Apia, Samoa|
|13:00||Mu 88'||Report||Drudru 8'
Krishna 66' (pen.)
|Stadium: J.S. Blatter Stadium|
Referee: Nick Waldron (New Zealand)
|10 July 2019 2019 Pacific Games Group Stage||Tuvalu||0–7||Tahiti||Apia, Samoa|
|9:00||Report||Stadium: J.S. Blatter Stadium|
Referee: Clifford Daypuyat (Philippines)
|12 July 2019 2019 Pacific Games Group Stage||Solomon Islands||0–3||Tahiti||Apia, Samoa|
|10:00||Report||Stadium: J.S. Blatter Stadium|
Referee: Nazmi Nasaruddin (Malaysia)
|15 July 2019 2019 Pacific Games Group Stage||Tahiti||0–3||New Caledonia||Apia, Samoa|
|19:00||Report||Stadium: J.S. Blatter Stadium|
Referee: Thoriq Munir Alkatiri (Indonesia)
The following players were called up for the 2019 Pacific Games on 8–20 July 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 18 July 2019 after the game against American Samoa.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Teave Teamotuaitau||17 April 1992||7||0||Vénus Mahina|
|16||GK||Benjamin Tardivel||3 December 1987||1||0||Dragon|
|2||DF||Farearii Tuteina||12 May 1998||4||0||Tefana|
|4||DF||Jean-Claude Paraue||24 May 1989||5||0||Tefana|
|6||DF||Tefai Faehau||26 February 1988||4||0||Vénus Mahina|
|7||DF||Marama Amau||13 January 1991||10||0||Vénus Mahina|
|15||DF||Matatia Paama||3 October 1992||9||0||Central Sport|
|19||DF||Tuteramana Teihotua||24 October 1995||3||0||Tiare Anane|
|20||DF||Rico Haring||7 July 1997||7||0||Tiare Tahiti|
|3||MF||Kevin Barbe||2 September 1997||7||1||Vénus Mahina|
|8||MF||Rooarii Roo||11 December 1989||6||1||Manu-Ura|
|12||MF||Mauarii Tehina||16 October 1993||9||0||Vénus Mahina|
|13||MF||Stanley Atani||27 January 1990||21||5||Vénus Mahina|
|14||MF||Tamatoa Tetauira||17 April 1996||11||5||Dragon|
|22||MF||Kitin Maro||1 May 1999||4||0||Vénus Mahina|
|9||FW||Francois Mu||11 August 1995||5||2||Manu-Ura|
|10||FW||Teaonui Tehau||1 September 1992||31||24||Vénus Mahina|
|18||FW||Tevairoa Tehuritaua||15 October 1994||2||1|
|21||FW||Louis Gitton||2 April 2002||1||0||Vénus Mahina|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Jonathan Torohia||22 February 1985||3||0||Manu-Ura|
|GK||Franck Revel||18 July 1984||0||0||Pirae|
|DF||Angelo Tchen||8 March 1982||34||1||Tefana|
|DF||Teheivarii Ludivion||25 September 1988||18||1||Tefana|
|DF||Viritua Tiaiho||23 January 1992||2||0||Tefana|
|MF||Patrick Tepa||28 May 1989||1||0||Pirae|
|MF||Raimana Li Fung Kuee||10 April 1985||7||2||Pirae|
|MF||Sylvain Graglia||12 April 1989||6||2||Central Sport|
|MF||Sandro Tau||30 April 1997||3||1||Tiare Tahiti|
|MF||Heimano Bourebare||15 May 1989||26||1||Tefana|
|MF||Heirauari Salem||28 April 1998||0||0||Pirae|
|MF||Marama VahiruaRET||12 May 1980||5||0||Dragon|
|MF||Alvin Tehau||10 April 1989||24||8||Tefana|
|MF||Gervais Chan Kat||16 December 1993||1||0||Pirae|
|FW||Rainui Tze-Yu||26 February 1992||2||0||Dragon|
|FW||Yohann Tihoni||1 August 1994||4||0||Taiarapu|
|FW||Charles Tearii Labaste||19 July 1991||0||0||Pirae|
List of coachesEdit
- Francois Vernaudon (1973)
- Umberto Mottini (1995–1996)
- Gerard Kautai (1996)
- Richard Vansam (1997)
- Alain Rousseau/Eddy Rousseau (1997–1998)
- Leon Gardikiotis (1999–2000)
- Patrick Jacquemet (2001–2002)
- Gérard Kautai (2004–2007)
- Eddy Etaeta (2010–2015)
- Patrice Flaccadori (2015)
- Ludovic Graugnard (2015–2018)
- Naea Bennett (2018–2019)
- Samuel Garcia (2019–Present)
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