Tim Cahill Biography
Tim Cahill (Timothy Filiga Cahill) is an Australian professional footballer born on 6th December 1979 in Sydney, Australia. He plays as a forward and attacking midfielder for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League.
He attended Bexley North Public School, Annandale North Public School, Tempe High School, and Kingsgrove North High School. In his youth, Cahill played football for the Balmain Police Boys Club, Marrickville Football Club, and Plumpton/Oakhurst Soccer Club.
Cahill began his career with English Championship side Millwall and played a major role in the club’s run to the 2004 FA Cup Final, bagging the winner in the semi-final. He joined Premier League side Everton the following season and quickly endeared himself to Toffees fans with regular goals from midfield.
Cahill signed for Major League side New York Red Bulls after eight seasons at Goodison Park and later had spells in Shanghai Shenhua, Hangzhou Greentown, Melbourne City before returning to his first club, Millwall, on 29 January 2018.
Tim Cahill Age
Tim Cahill was born on 6 December 1979 in Sydney to an English father of Irish descent and a Samoan mother. He is 38 years old as of 2018.
Tim Cahill Height
Tim Cahill stands at 178cm.
Tim Cahill Salary & Net worth
He has an estimated net worth of $ 12 million, he has an annual salary of $3.5 million.
Tim Cahill Wife
Tim Cahill married his childhood sweetheart Rebekah Greenhill In 2010 in Las Vegas, en route to Sydney. The couple have four children, Kyah (son, born 2003), Shae (son, born 2005 April 26), Sienna (daughter, born 2007), and Cruz (son, born 2 September 2012).
Tim Cahill Children
Tim Cahill, together with his wife Rebekah Greenhill has four children. They are Kyah (son, born 2003), Shae (son, born 2005 April 26), Sienna (daughter, born 2007), and Cruz (son, born 2 September 2012).
Tim Cahill Family
Many of his relatives are involved in rugby: three cousins who are professional rugby players, Ben Roberts (New Zealand Rugby League), Joe Stanley, and Jeremy Stanley (New Zealand Rugby Union); two nephews who are professional rugby league players, Chase Stanley and Kyle Stanley; and is related to Rugby Union professionals Sam Stanley (Saracens & England U20), Mike Stanley (Samoa), Benson Stanley, and Winston Stanley.
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Tim Cahill Brother
Tim Cahill is the brother of Samoan footballer and former Samoa captain, Chris Cahill.
Tim Cahill Millwall
In 1997 Tim Cahill was signed by Millwall on a free transfer from Sydney United. He made his Millwall debut on 2nd May 1998 against Bournemouth at The Den, which Millwall lost 2–1. Cahill helped Millwall reach the 1999 Football League Trophy Final where they lost to Wigan Athletic.
He was part of the Millwall side that won the Football League Second Division championship with a club record 93 points in the 2000–01 season. He also reached two play-off semi-finals with Millwall in 2000 and 2002. Cahill was a central part of Millwall’s run to the 2004 FA Cup Final, their first appearance
in the showpiece in club history, scoring the winning goal in the semi-final against Sunderland, and securing a UEFA Cup place in the process.
Tim Cahill polled over 100,000 votes to win the FA Cup “Player of the Round” award for his performance during the semi-final victory. His last game for the club was against Manchester United in the final, which Millwall lost 3–0. Cahill made 249 overall appearances for The Lions, scoring 56 goals in the process.
On 29th January 2018 Cahill re-joined Millwall signing until the end of the season. A week after his return, he played for Millwall’s under-23 team in the Professional Development League scoring a goal in their 3–2 victory over Coventry City. The following week, Cahill made his second Millwall debut, coming on in the 90th minute to a standing ovation. He was released by Millwall at the end of the 2017–18 season.
Tim Cahill Jamshedpur
On 1st September 2018 he signed with Indian Super League club Jamshedpur.
Tim Cahill Everton
Before the start of the 2004–05 season, Cahill was transferred to Everton for a fee of £1.5 million. In his first season, he was Everton’s top goalscorer and was the fans’ Player of the Season.
Before the 2005–06 season Cahill’s contract at Everton was extended with a salary increase reflecting the impact he had made at the club.
In October 2006, Cahill was named as one of 50 nominees for the Ballon D’Or, becoming the first Everton player in 18 years to be nominated, and the only player on the list from an AFC nation. He missed much of the 2006–07 season with injuries to his knee and foot, but signed a five-year contract extension at the season’s end.
Everton fans have given him the nickname “Tiny Tim” after the Charles Dickens character because he is slightly short and slim. He has made a corner flag goal celebration his “trademark”.
Cahill made his 200th appearance for Everton on 25 April 2010 in a 2–1 against Fulham and signed a new four-year contract the following month.He scored his 5th goal in a Merseyside derby, in a 2–0 win over Liverpool in October 2010, and his 50th Premier League goal a month later, in a game against Blackpool.
Following his participation in the 2011 Asian Cup, Cahill had the longest goal drought in his career. He scored his last league goal in December 2010 away to Manchester City and went the whole of 2011 without finding the net. The run stretched to 34 games, but was finally ended when he scored the opening goal, a tap in from close range, in a 1–1 draw with Blackburn Rovers in January 2012. He left the club in July 2012 when he signed to New York Red Bulls.
Tim Cahill International Career
Tim Cahill made his debut for the under-20 team at the age of 14. He made his début for Samoa against New Zealand coming on as a substitute. Tim Cahill never represented Samoa again. In February 2002, Cahill received an offer to play for the Republic of Ireland at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. However Cahill was not eligible as he was cap-tied to Samoa.
FIFA changed its eligibility rules in 2004, allowing players capped at junior levels to switch international allegiance, meaning that Tim Cahill was then able to play for England, Ireland, Australia or Samoa. He chose to represent the country of his birth, Australia. Cahill made his debut for Australia in a friendly against South Africa on 30 March 2004 at Loftus Road, London. He then participated at the 2004 Olympic Games.
Tim Cahill made his competitive debut for Australia at the 2004 OFC Nations Cup. Cahill helped Australia reach the quarter final stage of the men’s football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Following his performances in the OFC Nations Cup and Summer Olympics competitions Cahill was named Oceania Footballer of the Year for 2004.
Tim Cahill also participated in 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Cahill played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2007 Asian Cup, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2011 Asian Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, and was in May 2018 named in Australia’s preliminary 26 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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Thank you so much to the FFA and @socceroos for letting me have the chance to say farewell to my international career November 20th against Lebanon at the @anzstadium .I played every game like it was going to be my last and I'm grateful to get one more chance to wear the NUMBER 4 Jersey again. #thanksaustralia
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Tim Cahill retires as the greatest of all the Socceroos
The Guardian – 19/7/2018
When Tim Cahill announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday he did so as the greatest ever representative of Australia’s men’s national team. His 107 caps is a record for an outfield player, and his 50 goals almost double the tally of the next most prolific Socceroo.
“Every single cap has been an honour,” he said on Tuesday. “I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to represent my country.”
Despite these monuments to consistency and longevity, Tim Cahill international career was one defined by moments not aggregates. Examples are not difficult to recall, like netting Australia’s first ever World Cup finals goals in that never-to-be-forgotten comeback in Kaiserslautern, or smashing one of the most spectacular volleys in World Cup history against the Netherlands in 2014, to finding the back of the net twice against Syria at the age of 37 to keep his country’s 2018 World Cup dream alive. He was the definition of a big game player.
Cahill’s on-field success was amplified by his visibility off it. For a decade he bore the brunt of marketing and PR duties for the national team, throughout which he was always the model professional, however misguided the venture. As the Socceroos transitioned away from the household names of the golden generation, Cahill remained a reassuring presence for teammates, coaches, sponsors and supporters, relishing the pressure that could have suffocated others.
He showed it was possible to commit to the national side while also pursuing a top level club career in Europe, no mean feat given the travails of his predecessors. “I’ve never met anyone who loves the Socceroos as much as me,” he asserted in 2015. This devotion manifested in a will to win that improved teammates and galvanised the Australian dressing room. The selection of Cahill had a multiplying effect which will be hard for new coach Graham Arnold to replace.
Tim Cahill achieved all this despite being a player of – comparatively – limited ability. While his status as the greatest Socceroo is surely unchallenged, the title of best perhaps belongs elsewhere, to someone with purer footballing attributes like Harry Kewell or Mark Viduka. But that is not to denigrate Cahill, the opposite in fact, as it is testament to how hard he has trained and how much he has sacrificed, for so long, to extract every ounce of talent in order to maintain such record-breaking standards.
This resilience can be seen in Cahill’s progression as an international footballer from dynamic pest to talismanic target man, to impact substitute, at each stage recognising the need to reinvent himself to continue adding value. Throughout each iteration he remained dangerous in the air, a reflection of his bravery and ability to influence matches by force of will. Despite standing just 180cm tall, Cahill headed half his international goals. “He is very determined and very decisive,” former Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink enthused back in 2009. “He is a wonderful talent, very sharp, full of impact and dangerous around the box.”
While Tim Cahill now retires a national icon, he very nearly didn’t play for Australia at all. As a 14-year old he represented Samoa’s under-20s in a World Youth Championship qualifier. It took almost a decade of lobbying FIFA to convince the world governing body that Cahill should be allowed to also play for the country of his birth. He eventually debuted as a substitute against South Africa in 2004 (replacing Marco Bresciano), the week before firing Millwall into their first FA Cup final.
Tim Cahill final bow was taken against Peru at the conclusion of Australia’s 2018 World Cup campaign. His departure marks the end of an era. Back in 2006 he was the seventh-youngest squad member for that landmark trip to Germany, but from that joyous World Cup only Mark Milligan – who didn’t feature during the tournament – is in the running for future caps.
It remains to be seen what Cahill chooses to do next, but despite being nearer 39 than 38, he is expected to continue his club career somewhere. After barely featuring for either Melbourne City or Millwall last season, however, his next move will most likely be with a view to future coaching ambitions. We will learn more at a press conference on Friday.
For now, we applaud a retiring champion, the greatest of all the Socceroos.
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Tim Cahill has the chance to become only the fifth player to score at four World Cups
Tim Cahill has scored at each of his three World Cup appearances for Australia – 2006, 2010 and 2014 – and another goal in Russia would catapult him into an exclusive club.
Only three players – legendary Brazil striker Pele, West Germany’s prolific Uwe Seeler and the competition’s record scorer, Miroslav Klose and now Cristiano Ronaldo – have scored at four finals. Cahill has his sights set on joining them.
He does, however, face more of a challenge than ever before to find the back of the net at this summer’s showpiece. Once his country’s talisman, Cahill is likely to play the role of impact substitute this time around.
The reasons for that are twofold. With his 39th birthday less than six months away, the former Everton favourite is, understandably, not the same player who shone in the Premier League for eight years.
He retains many of the attributes which made him such a hit in England, firstly as a youngster at Millwall, then during his lengthy stint on the blue half of Merseyside. His movement, fight and ability to outjump defenders – despite being less than 6ft tall – and score with his head are almost undiminished, but he lacks the running power and energy of his best days.
The second reason lies in his last year at club level. He has only 160 minutes of league football under his belt from the 2017-18 season, firstly at Melbourne City and most recently at Millwall. He also failed to score for either side.
Cahill’s emotional return to The Den last January – his home for seven years before a £1.5million switch to Everton – was met with widespread approval from the supporters who had once idolised him, particularly during the club’s unlikely run to the 2004 FA Cup final against Manchester United.
But on the pitch at least, the plucky attacking midfielder failed to live up to expectations. Manager Neil Harris using him sparingly during a late, but ultimately unsuccessful, push for the play-offs and he missed the last two games of the season after being banned for an elbow on Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks.
In total he made 10 appearances off the bench. Fans and team-mates agree that his arrival helped galvanise Harris’ hardworking squad and improve an already strong team spirit, but that alone is not enough to base World Cup inclusion on.
For a player with such limited playing to make Australia’s final 23-man squad appeared a little odd on paper, even when you consider Cahill’s reputation as both a leader in the dressing room and man for the big occasion.
It was a viewed shared by some Down Under, particularly after Cahill’s image was used as part of a commercial partnership with the Socceroos’ main sponsors, Caltex, before manager Bert van Marwijk had named his travelling party.
The ex-New York Red Bulls star’s face has been plastered across five of the company’s petrol stations, which have also been rebranded ‘Cahilltex’ until at least the end of June. That led to accusations that the veteran’s place in Russia was already assured, despite his disappointing recent form.
Football Federation Australia chief executive, David Gallop, strenuously denied that Van Markwijk had been told to include Cahill. ‘Absolutely not,’ he said at Sydney’s North Ryde Caltex station, following its Cahill makeover.
‘Have a look at Tim Cahill’s track record. He’s a guy who has produced for the Socceroos and Australia so many times. He’s going to Turkey (for the training camp), he’s got a few weeks of intense training and he’ll be right up there [for final selection].’
Those fond of a conspiracy theory may doubt Gallop’s words, but he makes a compelling point. Fifty goals in 105 caps – combined with a history of impressive displays on the grandest stage – suggest Cahill does indeed deserve a chance to prove he can still deliver when it counts, even if he will be Plan B this time around.
That was a role he relished in the Aussies’ first World Cup game in 32 years when he emerged from the bench to inspire a dramatic comeback victory over Japan with two late goals in 2006. His first, an instinctive low finish from 10 yards, was the Socceroos’ first ever goal in the competition. His second sealed their first ever win.
Four years later, Cahill’s tournament got off to the worst possible start when he was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger during a 4-0 thrashing by Germany. He missed the 1-1 draw with Ghana but returned with a goal in a 2-1 victory over Serbia as Pim Verbeek’s side just missed out on a place in the last 16.
And despite three group stage defeats in 2014, the former Shanghai Shenhua man made his mark with one of the great World Cup goals, a stunning, left-footed volley off the underside of the bar against Holland. He had also grabbed a consolation against Chile five days earlier.
In total, Tim Cahill has five goals – the same amount as Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane and Raul – in just eight World Cup appearances. He is Australia’s top scorer in the competition and, quite simply, their all-time top scorer. It’s little wonder his experience and knack of popping up with important goals – as he did in the play-off win against Syria to seal a spot in Russia – appealed to Van Marwijk.
However, there are others in front of him in the pecking order. In last week’s 2-1 win over Hungary, Urawa Reds’ Andrew Nabbout started up front, with Celtic star Tom Rogic in an advanced midfield role. The fit-again Tomi Juric and Jamie Maclaren, who enjoyed a productive loan spell in Scotland with Hibernian last season, are also amongst Australia’s attacking options this time around.
Tim Cahill came off the bench for just 10 minutes in that friendly, but, being the confident character he has always been, he will still fancy his chances of making an impact in what could well turn out to be the swansong of a career which has seen him score 218 goals in 800 appearances for clubs and country over two decades.
Released by Millwall last month and yet to sign a deal elsewhere, Cahill is likely to have at least contemplated bowing out once and for all when Australia’s time in Russia comes to an end.
If that turns out to be the case, witnessing his trademark corner flag boxing celebration one last time would certainly be a fitting finale.