Even the biggest game in their history against world and European champions Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 did not deter the Tahiti team from spending time with a group of kids from a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
The men from Oceania invited the youths to their team hotel in Barra for breakfast and a chat, before giving the kids a glimpse of life in the world of top-level football. The youngsters were still present and very much part of the group when coach Eddy Etaeta announced his line-up for the match and held his customary team talk.
After the kids spontaneously gave a concert on the beach in front of the hotel, keeper Mikael Roche, Greece-based Marama Vahirua and their team-mates had one more surprise up their sleeves, as they presented the delighted youths with tickets for their meeting with La Roja at the legendary Maracana.
FIFA.com covered the gathering on video, talking to the Tahitian FA (FTF) President Henri Ariiotima about the idea behind the get-together, and closely observing the players from the Pacific island in the build-up to their historic meeting with the Spanish.