Paul Óma-ó-Täó

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Paul Óma-ó-Täó
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Óma-ó-Täó playing for Osĵätoņ Aztecs in 2012.
Personal information
Full namePaul Óma-ó-Täó
Year of birth1980
Place of birthOsĵätoņ, Craitland
Year of death2015
Place of deathOsĵätoņ, Craitland
Playing positionStriker
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)*
2003–13Craitland Osĵätoņ Aztecs FC
National team
2007–13Craitland Craitland28(13)
* Appearances (Goals)
Player received at least one call-up for any emboldened national teams

Paul Óma-ó-Täó was a Craitish footballer who last played for Osĵätoņ Aztecs FC, with whom he spent his entire professional career. An out-and-out striker, he had notable success as a key part of both the Aztecs and Craitish national side. He was a member of Craitland's "Golden Generation".

Óma-ó-Täó died in May 2015 following a diagnosis of stomach cancer in 2013.

Career

Club

Óma-ó-Täó began playing professionally in 2003 after signing for Osĵätoņ Feyenoord FC—as Osĵätoņ Aztecs FC were then known—ahead of the first CrFA League 1 season, and took the number 8 jersey which he wore for his whole career. The striker forged a strong goalscoring combination with Tommy Hjansen and Demetrio Albertini in the club's inaugural campaign, and his four league goals helped the side to second place. The club finished second again in 2004, with Óma-ó-Täó scoring five league goals, but secured a first trophy in the cup, with the forward scoring the first of two goals in the final comeback victory. Óma-ó-Täó once again scored five goals in the league as the newly-renamed Aztecs won a first league title in 2005.

The club secured a second consecutive title the following year, as Óma-ó-Täó found the net seven times. He scored a further eight league goals in the following campaign to help the club to another second place, before hitting a brace in the 2007 final for the club's second cup win. Óma-ó-Täó had a poor 2008 season as the Aztecs could only finish third, but found form again in 2009 to contribute six goals towards the club's third title success as the league expanded by two teams. Óma-ó-Täó maintained consistency into the 2010 season, scoring six more league goals as the Aztecs finished as runners-up; a position they also earned in the 2011 campaign, with the striker hitting double figures by scoring ten times in a doubled schedule. Later in the year, the Aztecs reached the final of the Champions' League, losing to Morfaga North Rangers, with Óma-ó-Täó's three competition goals including strikes in the semi-final and final.

Despite a strong international performance, the club performed poorly domestically in the 2012 season, placing fifth, with the forward's first-team chances limited due to injury and the form of Andrew Miller. However, Óma-ó-Täó played a key role in the 2012 FMF Champions' League later in the year, with the Aztecs becoming only the second Craitish team to win an international title. During the 2013 season, Óma-ó-Täó was diagnosed with cancer which limited his appearances from January onward, but the club's title success that year gave the striker a fourth league winner's medal. Following his diagnosis, Óma-ó-Täó announced his retirement from football at the age of 33 upon the season's conclusion, and ended his career with seven club competition titles to his name.

International

After missing-out on a place in the 2006 FMF World Cup squad, Óma-ó-Täó was first selected to represent Craitland in 2007. The striker played a supporting role behind Freddie Gaärsen and Alexis Tereminus at the 2007 FMF World Cup, as the team won its first ever FMF World Cup title. However, a combination of tactical decisions and poor domestic form led to Óma-ó-Täó being excluded from the following two tournament finals squads.

Óma-ó-Täó earned his way back into international contention throughout 2009, and was handed a starting place at EMU 2009, where he scored two group-stage goals—including a late winner over Nova England—as the team finished as runners-up after losing the final to holders Passas. Óma-ó-Täó appeared in the World Cup later in the year, playing an important role as Craitland reached the last four by scoring four goals through the finals, including a semi-final strike and a brace in the 5–2 victory over Beaugium in the third-place play-off.

Óma-ó-Täó maintained his international place through the 2010 qualifiers, but was utilised behind Hanast Pellegrino in the year's World Cup finals. However, the forward was on hand to hit the most important goal of his career in the final; scoring the only goal against hosts Hamland to secure Craitland's third success and his own second winner's medal. While the Craitish squad for EMU 2011 had a few unexpected big-name exclusions, Óma-ó-Täó kept his place and scored in the tournament's opening match—a 2–1 win over Taeland—to put the team on track to win its first ever confederational title on home soil. With hopes of being included in the squad for the 2011 World Cup, Óma-ó-Täó was injured in a friendly against Babkha that summer and was unable to compete in a fifth consecutive tournament. Following this, Óma-ó-Täó failed to make the 2012 summer training squad, but remained eligible for call-ups up until his full retirement in 2013, having never announced a separate international retirement. He ended his career with the Craitish national team with 28 caps and 13 goals to his name; with five of those being scored at the highest competitive level.

Honours

Craitland


Osĵätoņ Aztecs FC

Personal life

Óma-ó-Täó was born in Osĵätoņ. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in January 2013 and began treatment shortly after. During treatment, he agreed to take on an advisory role with the Afrikaana national football team; a position he held until his health deteriorated further in 2014. He died in May 2015 in his hometown at the age of 34.