Wearer of the captain’s armband Vallar is, without a doubt, the undisputed team leader in every sense for the Toa Aito.

One of the few Tahitians to have played professionally in Europe, Vallar has a strong football brain and provides an unruffled presence in the backline, although he also has the ability to make his physical presence felt within opposition ranks.

Though making a belated international debut, Vallar was immediately handed the captaincy at last year’s OFC Nations Cup. It proved to be a dream entry to the national team as Tahiti secured unimaginable success with their breakthrough continental victory and subsequent passage to Brazil 2013, while Vallar earned personal plaudits after being named player of the tournament.

He scored two important goals from the penalty spot in group matches against New Caledonia and Vanuatu, while also playing a pivotal defensive role as Tahiti hung on for a 1-0 win in the historic final against New Caledonia. Vallar eventually played in nine of Tahiti’s 11 matches during their 2014 FIFA World Cup™ cycle.

Born and bred in the capital Papeete, Vallar enjoyed seven years playing in Europe before eventually returning home. He left his homeland for France when he was only 16-years-old to join the youth academy of SCO Angers. He stayed there for two years before leaving for Montpellier’s youth academy, where he stayed for a further two years. He then signed up with FC Sete in 2003 and two years later helped the club win promotion to Ligue 2.

In 2009, Vallar returned to Tahiti to play for AS Dragon where his arrival coincided with the club’s rise on the local scene. He helped the club to two national titles, and this year captained the team in their debut OFC Champions League campaign.