FFA recognises Tim Cahill’s international retirement & contribution to football

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has congratulated Caltex Socceroos great Tim Cahill on a magnificent international career following the announcement of his retirement from international football earlier today.

Cahill represented Australia at a remarkable four FIFA World Cup™ Finals and amassed 107 appearances for the green and gold during an international career spanning 15 years. He scored a record 50 goals for Australia in senior internationals, including goals at three consecutive FIFA World Cup™ Finals (2006, 2010, & 2014).

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Most recently, Cahill was a senior member of the Caltex Socceroos’ squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia. 

Cahill, who has enjoyed a glittering club career in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia, also represented Australia at three AFC Asian Cups and one Olympic Games (2004).

Cahill scored in all three AFC Asian Cup tournaments in which he played (2007, 2011, 2015), and was a key member of Australia’s AFC Asian Cup winning squad on home soil in 2015. 

FFA Chairman Steven Lowy AM today praised Cahill’s immense contribution to football. 

“Tim Cahill is a football great in Australia. As a player and as a person he has had an enormous impact on the game,” said Lowy.

“Tim’s performances on and off the pitch and his feats at FIFA World Cups and AFC Asian Cups have inspired millions across the globe, but it is in Australia, where Tim is a household name, that his influence is most profound. He has our very best wishes for whatever new challenges he takes on. We hope to continue to work with Tim to promote football in Australia.”

FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop AM echoed Lowy’s sentiments, and added that FFA would look for an appropriate opportunity to recognise Cahill’s contribution on home soil. 

“Tim is a genuine legend of our game and for a long time has been a great ambassador for football. I am sure all football fans will want to find a way to thank him for everything he has done in the green and gold and we’ll discuss that with him in the coming days.

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup saw Cahill score an audacious bicycle kick versus China