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Tim Cahill: The Australian Soccer Legend and Fan-Favorite

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There have been plenty of Australian soccer players who have made a mark in international football. However, few players have become as highly regarded as the legendary midfielder   Tim Cahill, the leading favorite of Australian sports betting fans at . The Australian is regarded as a cult hero with some of the standout teams in England after enjoying excellent spells in the Championship and Premier League for much of his long playing career. You can learn all about Cahill’s career on the pitch here.

Early Life

Cahill was born in Sydney in December 1979 and raised in a soccer-loving family. He and his brother regularly watched Premier League matches, with his father being an avid supporter of West Ham United. However, aside from his love of soccer, the Australian icon would also enjoy playing rugby.

But, his main love would be soccer, and he would play frequently for teams around the Sydney area before joining Sydney United and played for the U18 and U21 sides. However, his first steps in the professional game were made after he was offered the chance to live with relatives in England in 1997.

Millwall

Cahill would finally achieve his dream of making steps in the professional game in 1998, as he was signed on a free transfer by Millwall. He made his senior debut for the Lions in May 1998, coming off the bench in a 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth. However, he would continue to play a prominent role for the team in 1999, as he helped Millwall reach the final of the Football League Trophy.

His excellent performances continued in the 2000-01 season, as he was part of the record-breaking side that hit a points tally of 93. Millwall would continue to succeed with Cahill in the side, as they reached the playoff semi-finals in two of three seasons. Cahill was also a key player in the club’s run to the FA Cup final 2004, scoring the winner against Sunderland in the semi-final.

This would mark the club’s first-ever appearance in the domestic cup final before Manchester United easily beat them in the final. Cahill’s final appearance would come against United, as he departed the club in the summer of 2004 after scoring 56 goals in 250 appearances for the Lions.

Everton

After gaining cult legendary status at Millwall, Cahill decided to step into the Premier League to test himself against the best in England. Everton agreed to pay £1.5 million for the midfielder, and he would enjoy great success with the Toffees in his first season. He was voted the club’s player of the season and would end the campaign as the top scorer. His performances were rewarded before the 2005-06 season started, as the club handed him a new and improved deal.

His appearances continued to capture the imagination, and in 2006, he was among 50 nominations for the prestigious Ballon d’Or. Cahill’s ability to score goals was a trademark to his game, and he would net his 100th for the Toffees in a success against Arsenal in January 2009. His versatility was a key factor for Everton in the 2008-09 season, as he played across various positions. He was also handed the responsibility of captaining the club in the absence of Phil Neville in 2009-10. 

Cahill’s final season with the club would come in 2011-12, as he scored three goals across 41 matches for the Toffees. His status as a club legend was assured, as the midfielder netted an impressive 68 goals in 278 games for the club before moving to the MLS.

Later Moves 

After calling time on his stay in the Premier League, Cahill moved to New York Red Bulls. Cahill played in the MLS for three seasons, scoring 16 goals in 72 appearances. He also played a key role in the team’s success in the 2023 MLS Supporters’ Shield.

The midfielder would later enjoy spells in China with Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou Greentown before returning to Millwall for a short spell in the 2017-18 campaign. His final move came when he signed for Jamshedpur in 2018, as he played 12 times for the club, scoring twice.

Conclusion

There have been few more influential Australian soccer players than Cahill, who enjoyed esteemed success with Millwall and Everton. His performances on the field were acknowledged in 2023, as he was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame.

Balachandran B

Co-founder & Head of Operations @ SoccerSouls Sports Network. Nick Name: Jin. Favorite Sports team: Arsenal Follow me @Jin

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