Timothy F. Cahill is an Australian former footballer who has played for the clubs Millwall, the New York Red Bulls, Melbourne City, and Shanghai Shenhua. He last played for Jamshedpur Fan Club. He has also played for the Australia national team. A box-to-box midfielder and the all-time leading goal scorer for Australia, Cahill was also the first Australian player to score at a FIFA World Cup. In 2007, he became the first Australian footballer to score at an AFC Asian Cup. Born in Sydney to a Samoan mother and an English father, Cahill grew up alongside his brother Chris, a former Samoa football captain. Although he grew up in a family that was more interested in rugby, he was encouraged to play football in childhood. He played for several clubs in his youth, intensifying his passion for the sports and eventually started his professional career in 1997. Cahill played for both clubs and the national team until his retirement in March 2019. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Rebekah. The couple has four kids. An extremely benevolent personality, Cahill frequently contributes to the UNICEF children's charity.
Childhood & Early Life
Timothy F. Cahill was born on 6 December 1979, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to a Samoan mother and an English father. He has a brother named Chris.
In his youth, Cahill played football for the Marrickville Football Club and Balmain Police Boys Club among others.
He received his education from Annandale North Public School, Bexley North Public School, Kingsgrove North High School, and Tempe High School.
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Timothy F. Cahill began his professional career in 1997 when he was signed by Millwall. He made his debut for the club in May 1998 against Bournemouth in a match that his club lost 2-1.
During the 2000–01 season, he helped Millwall win the Football League Second Division championship. He progressed with his team to the 2004 FA Cup final after scoring the winning goal in the semi-final match against Sunderland.
After playing his last game for Millwall against Manchester United, Cahill was transferred to Everton where he was the top goal-scorer in his first season.
In October 2006, he became the first Everton footballer in 18 years to be nominated for the Ballon D'Or.
He played in the club's first UEFA Cup Group match during the 2007-08 season against the Greek side Larissa. His 100th career goal was against Arsenal on 28 January 2009.
During the 2009–10 season, the talented footballer served as the replacement captain for Everton. He scored his 50th goal for the club later in the season, in a 3–1 defeat of Carlisle United in the FA Cup league.
Following his contribution to the 2011 Asian Cup tournament, he couldn’t find the net in about 34 games. However, this dry run ended when he scored the opening goal in a 1–1 draw with Blackburn Rovers in early 2012.
In July 2012, Cahill was drafted by the New York Red Bulls. He made his debut in a match against the Houston Dynamo in August.
On 20 October 2013, he set a new record for the fastest goal in MLS history in a 3–0 win against the Dynamos.
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Following his departure from the Red Bulls in February 2015, he signed to the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. He debuted for them on 9 March 2015 in a 6–2 win over Shanghai Shenxin of the Chinese Super League.
In 2016, Cahill signed with Hangzhou Greentown, another Chinese Super League club. His debut was on 6 March 2016, in a 2–1 win over Changchun Yatai.
On 11 August 2016, he joined the A-League club Melbourne City and made his debut for them in the FFA Cup against Brisbane Strikers that month.
On 30 November 2016, he scored a trademark header in the final match of the FFA Cup tournament and enjoyed a victory over Sydney FC.
Following his departure from the Melbourne City in December 2017, Cahill re-joined Millwall in early January 2018. In the first week, he played in the under-23 team and scored a goal in the club’s 3–2 victory over Coventry City in the Professional Development League.
He was released by the club at the end of the 2017-18 season. He next joined the Indian Super League club Jamshedpur in September 2018. After playing for them for a few months, Cahill announced his retirement from football on 28 March 2019.
Timothy F. Cahill made his international debut in 1994 when he represented Samoa at the 1994 OFC U-20 Championship.
He then began playing for Australia and made his national debut in a match against South Africa in March 2004.
His competitive debut for Australia came at the 2004 OFC Nations Cup where he finished as the second-highest scorer with six goals.
Cahill helped Australia reach the quarter-final at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He next played for the nation in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first Australian player to score a World Cup goal in a group game against Japan.
On 5 March 2014, he became the nation’s all-time top goal-scorer with 31 goals in a pre-World Cup friendly game against Ecuador.
On 15 November 2017, Cahill helped Australia earn a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In July 2018, he ended his international career by announcing his retirement. Cahill retired with a record of 50 goals in 108 games with the national team.
Family & Personal Life
Timothy F. Cahill is the brother of Chris Cahill, a former Samoa football captain. Many of his relatives, including Jeremy Stanley, Ben Roberts, Joe Stanley, and Chase Stanley, are professional rugby players.
In 2010, Cahill tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Rebekah Greenhill. They have a daughter named Sienna and three sons, Kyah, Shae, and Cruz.