Socceroos giant Tim Cahill calls time on a famed career
Australian football legend and former Jamshedpur FC striker, Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from football this afternoon (March 29). The 39-year-old had a marvelous 23-year long career where he represented clubs in England, the US, China and Australia while turning out for his nation 108 times – the second-most in the country’s history.
The most powerful thing is chasing your dreams,as a kid all I ever wanted to be was a footballer. It's been amazing to have played the game I love professionally for 23 years.I want to say thank you to everyone that was a part of this journey.Time to retire and more family time. pic.twitter.com/bLNMa8xwwd— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) March 29, 2019
Cahill signed for Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) outfit, Jamshedpur FC at the start of last season. He made his debut in the Miners’ second fixture away to Bengaluru FC at the start of October, but initially struggled with the intensity of the league. Gaining minutes in the subsequent matches, the striker made his mark at the end of month against Kerala Blasters FC. His final and only other goal in the league came in a 2-1 win over Delhi Dynamos FC in mid-December.
Elsewhere, the Australian is best remembered for his time in England with Millwall and Everton. He signed for the former on a free transfer in 1997 before representing them for the next six years in 251 matches, scoring 57 goals in them. He then, moved to Merseyside and the English Premier League where he would go on to become a lethal striker capable of the spectacular. He scored a total of 56 goals for The Toffees in 226 matches.
Cahill left England in 2012 and has since moved around the world to play for the likes of New York Red Bulls from Major League Soccer (MLS), Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou Greentown from the Chinese top-flight and Melbourne City FC in the A-league. Before moving to India, Cahill had a short stint back at where he began his professional club career, Millwall.
He made his debut for the Socceroos in March 2004 and had since been an ever-present until calling it quits on the international arena four months ago. The 39-year-old is the all-time top-scorer for the national team with 50 goals. He also represented his country in four FIFA World Cups.