37-years of Raïmana Li Fung Kuee: a legend of Tahitian football

🇫🇷Français In the last week Raïmana Li Fung Kuee scored the decisive penalty kick goal to give AS Dragon the Coupe Élite title over Tamari Punaruu. This week – exactly on April 10th – Li Fung Kuee turned 37-years-old, one more year to be celebrated for the Tahitian multi-sports star. Li Fung Kuee is aContinue reading “37-years of Raïmana Li Fung Kuee: a legend of Tahitian football”

New Zealand beats Tahiti and advances to the WCQ Final

New Zealand and Tahiti played at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha to decide who would face the Solomon Islands in the final of the OFC World Cup qualifiers. New Zealand just missed the midfielder Marko Stamenic in their squad meaning the All Whites were virtually at full strength. Tahiti, meanwhile, had only one changeContinue reading “New Zealand beats Tahiti and advances to the WCQ Final”

New Zealand and Tahiti duel for a spot in the WCQ final

New Zealand and Tahiti meet again in a World Cup qualifying match for the first time in almost ten years. On that occasion, the All Whites beat the reigning continental champions 3-0. Alvin Tehau, Chris Wood, Teaonui Tehau and Tommy Smith are the only remnants of that game. The All Whites are on a highContinue reading “New Zealand and Tahiti duel for a spot in the WCQ final”

The OFC World Cup qualifiers’ semifinals are defined

The OFC World Cup qualifiers have reached their decisive stage. New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tahiti dream of a place in the intercontinental play-off against a team from CONCACAF – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. New Zealand and Tahiti will face each other at senior level forContinue reading “The OFC World Cup qualifiers’ semifinals are defined”

Raphael Lea’i scores a hat-trick as Solomon Islands defeat Tahiti in WCQ

Solomon Islands and Tahiti clashed at Al-Arabi Stadium in Doha to decide which side would finish on top of Group A after the withdrawal of Vanuatu and the Cook Islands from the tournament. The team coached by Felipe Vega-Arango had only one change to its starting eleven compared to their previous game against the CookContinue reading “Raphael Lea’i scores a hat-trick as Solomon Islands defeat Tahiti in WCQ”

Solomon Islands and Tahiti to battle for first place at Group A of WCQ

After both Vanuatu and Cook Islands were forced out of the OFC World Cup Qualifiers due a COVID-19 outbreak in their squads, Solomon Islands and Tahiti – the remaining teams that composes the Group A of the qualyfing tournament – were awarded the spots directly to the semifinal stage. The 2-0 win of Solomon IslandsContinue reading “Solomon Islands and Tahiti to battle for first place at Group A of WCQ”

Tahiti vs Vanuatu for World Cup qualifier is suspended

The clash between Tahiti and Vanuatu has been postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Vanuatu squad. The tests were conducted prior to the Vanuatu squad departing their team hotel for the stadium. It is not known if Vanuatu will be able to remain in the tournament as head coach Etienne Mermer isContinue reading “Tahiti vs Vanuatu for World Cup qualifier is suspended”

Preview: OFC World Cup Qualifiers – Round 1

Today – 17th March – begins the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers for OFC. In the race we have eight teams battling for a place in the intercontinental playoff. Unlike in other editions, this time the qualifiers will be held in Doha, Qatar in a tournament format, identical to the OFC Nations Cup – theContinue reading “Preview: OFC World Cup Qualifiers – Round 1”

After ten years Tahiti hopes to retake continental glory

🇫🇷Français Tahiti is one of the most successful football nations in Oceania and always gets special attention due to being the only non-New Zealand/Australia team to have won the OFC Nations Cup. Ten years later, the Toa Aito wants to repeat the 2012 OFC Nations Cup success that shocked the world and, this time, qualifyContinue reading “After ten years Tahiti hopes to retake continental glory”

Tahiti plays last friendly before travelling to Qatar

🇫🇷Français Tahiti’s national team returned to the field yesterday – 10th March – in the second preparatory friendly for World Cup qualifiers after losing to Cognac by 4-3. Still on French soil the Toa Aito drew with the national team of Occitania – a CONIFA member – in 0-0. Again Samuel Garcia changed the wholeContinue reading “Tahiti plays last friendly before travelling to Qatar”