Damn - didn't expect to trigger a reaction like this. You utter fanboys.
I understand sympathy for those who have cancer or can't walk or suffer from blindness, not a ****ing shit football team.
If a minor football team causes an upset that's great and admirable, like Bradford in the Carling Cup last season for instance. Or when that amateur French club made the French cup final (Callais? sp?) or the FA Cup upsets throughout the years..
I also loved Greece winning Euro 2004 :thmbup:
Iraq whilst a big name in Asia, but winning the Asian Cup during the US bombing was pretty amazing. That's something I find praise worthy.
Tahiti winning the Oceania or whatever tournament isn't much of an achievement to begin with.
Tahiti are great though, making Oceania proud.
doesn't matter if you or me or others care or not, it's an official FIFA tournament regardless.
Tahiti made Gargano look like Xavi (if you saw the game)
Still more likely to get to the WC than Egypt
Anyway, do you really think Tahiti's players regret attending, thinking they should have stayed at home? **** off, they had the time of their lives, particularly as they may never get to play on such a big stage again, in the Maracana, against the World champions.
As cam said, they were enjoyable to watch. They were probably the first "new" team to really gain popular support since Croatia in Euro 96 and WC 98. Obviously Croatia were way more competent than Tahiti, but with the increasing globalisation and media coverage of football then there are no new sides to discover any more, or so it felt. You may not know an entire side, but if you follow football quite closely you'll know a few players at least. Even Zambia's success in 2012 was not entirely surprising after TP Mazembe's success with 6 Zambian players.
What's wrong with enjoying a team who play naively? I don't think anyone was laughing at them, they just enjoyed a side playing in such spirit. Many sides who have recently debuted in a big tournament have performed very cynically. I'm guessing many people found Tahiti's attitude refreshing. I personally enjoyed Greece's 2004 European Championship, but many did not due to their style. Tahiti were determined not only to enjoy themselves, but resisted the temptation to spoil others' enjoyment of their games. Similarly look at lesser nations in European Qualification. Andorra are a bunch of cynical cheats (must be something to do with the Iberian Peninsula). The Faroes get a lot more respect because they try to play, same as Liechtenstein. Guess which minnows also get better results?
All this post to defend the worst team ever to play in a FIFA tournament
Don't really care if Egypt make the WC or not (not really fond of the country atm, kinda sick of it actually) but when Egypt did feature they didn't get demolished like this.
And our players were more or less amateurs in 1990.
Egypt's last Confeds Cup showing was kinda better than Tahiti's..
If you tell me that we'll lose 6-1, 10-0 and 8-0, then I'd rather not qualify to begin with!
anyhow last time you said something similar Inter ended up winning the CL (you said that City are more likely to win the CL before Inter)
so your cheap shots have backfired before