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Jul 04

Tim Cahill

Personal Life:

Tim Filiga Cahill (born December 06, 1979, Australia) is a professional Football (Soccer) player for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer (MLS), and also the Australian National team – Socceroos. Cahill was born in Sydney, Australia to a Samoan mother and an English Father of Irish descent.

Cahill’s brother, Chris Cahill, is also a professional football player.

 

Professional Career:

In his football club career, Cahill traveled to England in pursuit of playing football professionally. Cahill signed a free transfer contract with Millwall and made his debut appearance with them in May 1998.

Before the start of the 2004-2005 season, Cahill was transferred to Everton Football Club. In his first season, Cahill was the clubs top scorer and ‘Player of the Season’. This led to a new contract drawn up for Cahill at the start of the 2005-2006 season with Everton which was extended and saw an increase in salary, reflecting the impact he had made to the club.

In October 2006, Cahill was named as one of 50 nominees for the Ballon D’Or. He was the first Everton player in 18 years to be nominated and was also the only player on the list from the Asian Football Confederation and Oceania.

Cahill remains with the club til this day, with football fans seeing more than 200 appearances for Everton. Cahill is the record holder for most headed goals in the Premier League with his tally standing at 31 goals from 54.

Cahill’s International football career saw him debut for the Australian national team in 2004, and also participated in the 2004 Olympic Games. Cahill was named Oceania Footballer of the Year 2004.

In 2006, Cahill played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first ever Australian footballer to score a World Cup goal. Cahill scored a further goal in the same game, he became the first Australian World Cup man of the match.

Cahill was on the Australian team in the 2007 Asia Cup, but due to injury, he was used as a substitute throughout the tournament, but in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Cahill was instrumental in Australia’s qualification and scored crucial goals against Qatar and Japan. This led to former Australian coach Rale Rasic, describing Cahill as ‘the best Australian footballer he had seen in his lifetime’.

Photo of Tim Cahill dedicating his winning goal in a Europa League game against BATE Borisov to the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Samoa. Seen here rowing a canoe after scoring in the second half of the match in Belarus.

Cahill had earned the nickname “Tiny Tim” from fans, after the Charles Dickens character because of his slightly short and slim physique. He has made a corner flag goal celebration his “trademark”. The celebration, where Cahill pretends to trade punches with the corner flag while putting the Everton badge between his teeth, was first seen in the 2005–06 season.

On 2 March 2008, Cahill controversially celebrated his goal in the 3–1 home victory of Portsmouth by crossing his wrists as if he had been handcuffed. This was in reference to the recent jailing of his brother, Sean, for Grevious Bodily Harm and Cahill apologised. In 2009, Cahill dedicated his winning goal in a Europa League game against BATE Borisov to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Samoa.

In July 2012 Cahill signed with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer as a designated player, for a fee reported to be approximately £1 million. He made his MLS debut in a game against Houston Dynamo the following month.

 

Highlights and Awards:

  • First Australian to score at the World Cup Finals
  • First Australian to score at the Asian Cup Finals
  • Most Goals by an Australian at the World Cup Finals
  • First Everton player since Dixie Dean in 1931 to score in three separate Merseyside derbies at Anfield
  • Has scored more post-war league goals against Liverpool than any other player
  • Australian Professional Football Association Player of the Year 2008–09
  • PFA First Division Team of the Year 2003–04
  • Everton Player of the Season 2004–05
  • Everton Players’ Player of the Season 2004–05
  • Nominated for Ballon d’Or 2006
  • Nominated for Asian Footballer of the Year 2010
  • Oceania Footballer of the Year 2004

Legacy:

  • First person of Samoan and Pacific Island descent to represent in the Australian national team, and the only internationally recognized Samoan football (soccer) player in the world.
  • In 2006 he became the first ever Australian footballer to score a World Cup goal. He scored a further goal in the same game and also became the first Australian World Cup man of the match.

 

 

Source – Everton profile, Socceroos profile, Wikipedia

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