Tim Cahill hangs up green and gold boots
17 July 2018
FOOTBALL: After representing Australia at the highest level for almost 15 years, one of the nation’s greatest footballers has called time on his International football career.
Tim Cahill announced his retirement via social media, confirming that his most recent appearance in the 2018 World Cup would be his last for Australia.
“Today’s the day that I’m officially hanging up my boots on my international career with the Socceroos,” Cahill said.
“No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country.
“It’s been a dream come true and I have so many great memories from the last 15 years with the coaches, support staff and the army of Aussie fans behind us.”
The Australian forward began his international career in 2004, making his first appearance in a friendly against South Africa, before playing in the OFC Nations Cup. His performance helped him secure a spot in the 2004 Olympic Team, where the Socceroos advanced to the quarter finals of the men’s football tournament in Athens, before being knocked out by Iraq.
The 38-year old went on to represent Australia 107 times, just missing out on Mark Schwarzer’s record of 109, while also amassing 50 goals for Australia, making him the nations all-time leading goal scorer.
Cahill also scored both the first and second ever World Cup goals for the Socceroos in 2006, which subsequently lead to their first World Cup win in 2006. He then followed up with another in the 2010 World Cup and three more in the 2014 World Cup taking his total to five.
“The green and gold jersey is like a medal of honour and the last 4 years especially I've understood that this badge and jersey belongs to Australia. Every time I stepped out onto the pitch I was representing 24 million Australians,” Cahill said.
Although Australia didn’t get to see as much of their hero as they would have liked during the 2018 World Cup, the affectionately known, “Timmy” has more than left his mark on Australian sporting history.
Referred to by FIFA as “blessed with a remarkable heading ability and a seemingly talismanic presence” Cahill leaves a legacy that will remain unmatched, giving Australia their first taste of hope and creating a new generation of football.