YOUR SAY: Fans decide Tim Cahill's best Caltex Socceroos moment
Australian football fans have had their say and now Tim Cahill's greatest Caltex Socceroos moment can be revealed.
LEGEND: Cahill to get Caltex Socceroos send-off in Lebanon game
DON'T MISS OUT: Be there when we farewell a legend
Ahead of his farewell to international football - against Lebanon in Sydney on November 20 - a poll was opened to determine the great man's most memorable highlight in green and gold.
SEE THE FULL POLL RESULTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE
There was no shortage of options but, topping the count with 58 per cent of the vote, one special moment in particular clearly continues to resonate.
WINNER: Scoring the Caltex Socceroos' first ever FIFA World Cup™ goal against Japan in 2006
"It's a landmark moment for Australian football"
If John Aloisi's penalty against Uruguay ended 32 years of hurt, it was this goal that ushered in a new era of belief and belonging.
We know the story.
In a match that loomed as pivotal to escaping a tough group, Australia fell behind midway through the first half in controversial circumstances.
Japan clung on to their lead for well over an hour and seemed destined to snatch all three points as the clock ticked into the 84th minute.
Then came the spine-tingling moment.
From a Lucas Neill throw-in on the left, Josh Kennedy wedged himself between goalkeeper and defender, managing to force the ball to the floor.
Harry Kewell's initial attempt was blocked before a predatory Cahill, introduced off the bench after half-time, etched himself into history with one stab of his right boot.
It was a moment to savour, and asking for anything more seemed greedy at that stage. Celebrations. The finger wag. Boxing the corner flag.
But our greatest ever goalscorer wasn't satisfied.
Five minutes later he spectacularly made it a match-turning brace, sparking wild scenes as the Caltex Socceroos earned their first FIFA World Cup™ win in the most remarkable fashion imaginable.
Aloisi added a third in stoppage time to put the final seal on a fairy-tale result that proved just the beginning of Australia's adventure in Germany.
That unforgettable first Cahill goal in Kaiserslautern gave rise to both the knockout rounds appearance that followed and to a truly exceptional international career full of many more wonderful moments, to borrow a phrase from Simon Hill.
Vote for your favourite
Aussies Abroad: Rogic, Vukovic primed for big Europa League ties
Tom Rogic and Celtic will face traditional La Liga powerhouse Valencia while Danny Vukovic’s Gent take on Czech giants Slavia Prague after the draw for the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 was made on Tuesday morning (AEDT). Celtic scrapped through by the skin of their teeth, af
Aussies Abroad: Jeggo stars in Vienna derby, Ryan edged by Chelsea in Premier League
A clean sheet, a title race and a derby goal headlined an action-packed night for our overseas Australians. In Austria, James Jeggo opened his account for the season in Austria Wien’s 6-1 hammering of Rapid Wien in the Vienna derby. DEGENEK REFLECTS: Caltex Socceroos defend
Aussies Abroad: Luongo, Irvine help sides to important Championship wins
Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine both braved atrocious English weather to help steer their sides to Championship victories on Sunday morning (AEDT). And in warmer temperatures, Matt Jurman’s Al Ittihad broke through for their first win of the Saudi Arabia Pro League season at
Degenek not taking his foot off the gas
Twelve months ago, Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek was playing in Japan — now, he’s tearing up Serbia’s SuperLiga, having been named in the league’s best eleven for the first half of the season. It’s a credit to Degenek, 24, who signed with Red Star Belgrade in July