Tahiti national football team
|Nickname(s)||Toa Aito (Les guerriers de fer / Iron Warriors)|
|Association||Tahitian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Eddy Etaeta|
|Home stadium||Stade Hamuta|
|FIFA ranking||157 19|
|Highest FIFA ranking||111 (August 2002)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||210 (November 2009)|
|Highest Elo ranking||45 (September 1983)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||156 (September 2010)|
| French Polynesia 2–2 New Zealand
(Papeete, Tahiti; September 21, 1952)
| Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands
(Papeete, Tahiti; September 2, 1971)
| New Zealand 10–0 Tahiti
(Adelaide, Australia; June 4, 2004)
Spain 10–0 Tahiti
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; June 20, 2013)
|OFC Nations Cup|
|Appearances||8 (First in 1973)|
|Best result||Winners, 2012|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2013)|
|Best result||Group stage|
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 since 1990. They are the current Oceanian football champions, having won the 2012 edition of the OFC Nations Cup, their first victory in the competition.
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, and drew 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.
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 FIFA World Cup in the United States. They were placed in Group A with 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 beat 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 Oceania Football Confederation. However, Tahiti finished second to Australia in the group and did not advance.
2012 OFC Nations Cup
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 Cup
By winning the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil for the first time. On 17 June 2013, even though, Tahiti lost 1–6 to Nigeria in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, with Jonathan Tehau getting 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 2013, Tahiti lost 10–0 against Spain equalling their biggest ever loss against New Zealand nine years earlier. On 23 June 2013, Tahiti was beaten 8–0 by Uruguay. In all, they conceded 24 goals and scored one. They ended with a goal differential of −23, the worst of any national team in any major competition. But even with the bad record and heavy defeats, Tahiti's underdog qualities gathered huge 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)
|23 June 2013||Uruguay||8–0||Tahiti||Arena Pernambuco, Recife|
|16:00||Hernández 2', 24', 45+1', 67' (pen.)
Suárez 82', 90'
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
FIFA World Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
OFC Nations Cup
Coupe de l'Outre-Mer
List of coaches
- F. 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–present)
Caps and goals correct as of: 23 June 2013
Eddy Etaeta named his 23-man squad on 24 May 2013.
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- "Técnico confirma 'carisma' do Taiti e cumprimenta jornalistas na despedida". UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). 23 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "Nada de pancadaria: ‘fair play’ do Taiti em goleada arranca elogios da Fúria". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 21 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "La liste des 23 Toa Aito pour le Brésil" [List of the 23 Toa Aito for Brasil] (in French). FTF. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.