The remarkable statistics behind Tim Cahill's 50 Caltex Socceroos goals
Tim Cahill. Legend. Hero. Absolute freak. The striker has tallied 50 goals for Australia in his glittering international career.
Combining technical quality with the knack of delivering when it matters, there have been few Australian footballers able to match the 38-year-old's prowess.
Here are the top 10 statistics you need to know about Cahill and his goals for Australia.
- Of his 50 A international goals, 25 have been from headers.
- His first goal for the Socceroos was scored 14 minutes in to Caltex Socceroos v Tahiti match in Adelaide 13 years ago, on 31 May 2004 (W, 9-0).
- His first five goals for the Caltex Socceroos were all headers: two v Tahiti (W9-0), three v Fiji (W6-1), May-June Adelaide 2004.
- Luke Wilkshire provided the assist for seven of Cahill's goals, the most for any Caltex Socceroos player.
- Robbie Kruse provided the assist for three of Cahill's last five goals.
- He has two hat-tricks among the 50 goals: v Fiji (W6-1), Adelaide, June 2004 AND v Bangladesh (W4-0), Dhaka, November 2015
- Cahill overtook Damian Mori as record goalscorer in A international matches with his 30th goal, against Ecuador (L3-4) in March 2014.
- Not only is he the Caltex Socceroos' top goalscorer, he is the oldest goalscorer - aged 37 years 308 days against Syria, more than a year older than the second-oldest goalscorer Mehmet Durakovic, v Tahiti, Auckland, 2002 (W2-1).
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OTHER AUSSIE GOALS
Cahill has scored two other goals for Australian national teams.
1. A strike for the Olympic team v Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Olympics.
2. An effort for the Caltex Socceroos against VV Kloetinge in a warm-up game for 2006 FIFA World Cup.
And of course, both of these goals were headers!