Tim Cahill’s place in Australian football history is assured. Scorer of Australia’s first goal at the FIFA World Cup™, Cahill added a spectacular second within minutes in the Socceroos’ first-ever win during the nation’s breakthrough showing at Germany 2006.
Blessed with a remarkable heading ability and a seemingly talismanic presence, Cahill boasts a rare hunger to win — a trait that rubs off on his team-mates. Cahill scored at South Africa 2010, and added two more at Brazil 2014, including an extraordinary volley that will feature on World Cup highlights’ reels for years to come. Another goal at Russia 2018 would elevate Cahill into rare territory.
Two trademark headers in the tense Asian play-off against Syria took Cahill to 50 goals, almost double the tally of Australia’s second all-time top scorer. Cahill was Australia’s top-scorer during the Russia 2018 qualifying campaign, though many came during the first stage of qualifying.