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Born in 1979 in Sydney Australia, fromhis
‘normal’ beginnings, TimCahill now has
superstar status back home inOz. As one of the
finest imports that English football has ever
seen he has worked hard to get to where he is
today. Cahill’s impressive English football
career began withMillwall in 1998. He played a
total of 249 matches for the Lions, scoring 57
times, and played an integral role in the Clubs
unforgettable run to the FACup Final in 2004,
scoring in the semi-final at Old Trafford. As a
highly versatile midfielder, who can also
possesses the versatility to command the role of
an effective striker; it’s no surprise that Everton
recognised the potential in the driven young
Cahill, signing him up in 2004.
As a strong, athletic player of average height, Cahill certainly has a head for the
game – in fact he now holds the record for the most headed goals in the
Premier League! With his hunger and passion he has proved instrumental in
the success of both his club and country in recent seasons. With great faith in
this driven midfielder, David Moyes appointed him Everton’s vice-captain
behind Phil Neville. It’s fair to say Tim Cahill has certainly made his mark on
both sides of the globe. Having represented Samoa aged 14 for the U17 team,
he may have had to wait until 2004 to make his debut for his native Australia
due to the FIFA rules then in place, but went on to become a significant player
for Australia in the Germany 2006 World Cup, scoring twice against Japan in
the group stages, and he also scored against Serbia in the South Africa 2010
tournament. We were lucky enough to catch up with this remarkable player to
chat about his upbringing, his love for the game and his plans for the future.
Tell us how your love for the great game came about.
For a kid growing up in Australia, most youngsters tended to play either rugby
union or rugby league in the winter months – but that was never going to be
me! My mother, Sisifo, who is Samoan, would never allow me to go near a
rugby pitch or the oval ball as she deemed the sport too dangerous! As for my
father, Tim Snr – a Londoner who emigrated down under – he was on her side
because he’s always been a massive soccer fan. I have to thank them for this
decision; however, otherwise I might never have embraced the game I now love
to death.
What are your earliest memories of the game?
As long as I can remember I’ve been playing. My first club was the Tigers boys’
team who were based in the Sydney suburb of Haberfield. I was six years-old
when I first played for them and I can remember getting so nervous that I
sometimes even cried before the matches but when I got out on the pitch, all
the anxiety melted away and I could then focus on my game.
A Chat with the
Talent known as
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill & Simply Abu Dhabi
CEO Arnie S Hira