Star players:Marama Vahirua (Nancy)
Pacific Island nation Tahiti are the minnows of the Confederations Cup.
They qualified for the tournament as Oceania region champions, after they beat New Caledonia to win the 2012 OFC Cup.
It was the first time in the OFC region’s history that a team other than Australia (who are now competing in Asia) and New Zealand were crowned champions.
Tahiti’s trip to football Mecca Brazil is not expected to be anything more than a holiday on the beach, when their squad of virtually all local-based players will get to rub shoulders with some of the best players in the world.
Drawn in Group B with world and European champions Spain, South American champions Uruguay and African champions Nigeria, Team Fenua will be hoping their opponents show them some footballing mercy.
Ranked just 138 in the world, Tahiti is lowliest side to enter the Confed Cup, and it will surely be the only time in most of their players’ careers when they will be on the same field as luminaries such as Andres Iniesta, Jon Obi Mikel and Luis Suarez.
Of their 23-man squad, all but one player plies his trade in the Tahitian First Division.
The only exception is their best and most experienced player, 33-year-old centre-forward Marama Vahirua, who is on the books of French Ligue 2 side Nancy.
Vahirua is a wise old head, who was considered good enough to represent France Under 21 six times from 2001 to 2002.
Since 1998, he has had a workmanlike career in French club football at clubs like Nice, Lorient and Monaco.
He is currently on loan at Panthrakikos in the Greek top-flight.
Vahirua has scored 76 senior goals in his career, and if he gets just one at the Confederations Cup, he will surely be a national hero.