Have you ever grumbled about a long drive home after a game? Is it possible to travel from Plymouth to Carlisle? Is it possible to get from Brighton to Newcastle?
Spare a thought for Tahiti AS Venus, the 10-time winners, whose 20,000-mile round trip for a cup game on Saturday has forced them to begin on an arduous journey home.
And they lost 2-0.
The squad from French Polynesia, a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, has recently had domestic success, qualifying them for the French Cup, which includes teams from all of France’s overseas territories.
JS Saint-Pierroise, a team from the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, made news in 2020 when they advanced to the final 32 of a competition in which the majority of teams are from the mainland, 6,000 miles away.
AS Venus’s 10,000-mile trek to French fourth-tier side Trelissac, on the other hand, was easily eclipsed. Venus head coach Samuel Garcia informed the Oceania Football Confederation before the match that his team was “delighted to be in France.”
Victory would have guaranteed them a home tie in round eight, but their elimination means they must now focus on domestic affairs, including defending their Coupe de Polynesie title, which earned them a spot in the competition.
Source: BBC Sport