The oldest of the Tehau quartet is a key component in the Tahiti midfield.
Indeed, no Tahiti player featured in more games than Jonathan Tehau during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ campaign, with last year’s OFC Nations Cup doubling as the second stage of Brazil 2014 qualifying. The older brother of twins Lorenzo and Alvin, and cousin of Teaonui, Jonathan played in 10 of Tahiti’s 11 matches. He was front and centre throughout the historic OFC Nations Cup victory playing in every match and scoring four goals, including the winner in the semi-final against hosts Solomon Islands.
Unlike the three other national team family members, Jonathan was too old, albeit only narrowly, for Tahiti’s breakthrough appearance at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and therefore will be making his debut on the world stage in Brazil.
The tall and strong Tehau, who identifies Zinedine Zidane as his role model, spent much of his club career with the largely unheralded Tamarii Faa’a. He then made the move to powerhouse side AS Dragon this year, with the club narrowly missing out on a maiden OFC Champions League final appearance last month.