CHRISTIAN Karembeu has a dream — to have a Pacific team playing in the A-League.
The 1998 World Cup winner with France revealed to Times Sport that the idea had been floated to the Oceania Football Confederation and talks have been held.
He said they were trying to think of ways to make it happen.
"We need to find ways and ideas to implement the team considering the costs that will be involved," said Karembeu, who was here for the Coca-Cola FIFA World Trophy Tour.
"We are also trying to work out as to where the team will be based, New Zealand or Australia.
"There are so many things to look at. We have to lift our finances and whether the states can pitch in.
"It won't be easy but the ideas are there and they remain and could eventually come through."
He said playing in a big league like Australia's A-League would greatly help us make inroads into Europe.
"The potential is there, take Tahiti for example. Everyone thought that it was going to be New Zealand but Tahiti came through to go to the Confederations Cup. That was a big achievement. So yeah, if they can do it, Fiji and other Pacific Islanders can do it too."
Originally from New Caledonia, Karembeu, the first Pacific Islander to be part of a FIFA World Cup-winning team, said the higher we aim, the better we achieve.
"Competitions such as the O League give us the visibility so we have to lift our game as professionals."
Coca-Cola's global football manager Brad Ross said Karembeu was the right man to help lift football in the region.
"It's fantastic to have an ambassador coming out of the Pacific that is able to fly the flag really high for the region.
"He's just a great guy and such an inspiration to many."
Karembeu jetted out of the country on Saturday night and the FIFA and Coca-Cola delegation left with the trophy yesterday.