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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Tim Cahill

Position: Midfielder
Nationality: Australian
Nickname: Timmy
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Tim Cahill is a hard working attacking midfielder who can also play upfront.

He left Everton in the summer of 2012 to join U.S.A. side New York Red Bulls.

Did You Know? Tim was given a glowing reference about Everton by ex Liverpool goalkeeper and former Millwall team mate Tony Warner before he signed for us back in 2004!

Before the start of the 2004–2005 season, Cahill was transferred to Everton Football Club for a fee of £1.5 million. In his first season, he was Everton's top goal scorer and was fans' Player of the Season.

Before the 2005–06 season Cahill's contract at Everton was extended with a salary increase reflecting the impact he had made at the club. The third round of that season's FA Cup drew Cahill's former club, Millwall against Everton at The New Den.

He scored the winner in the replay at Goodison Park, but chose not to celebrate his winning goal, stating, " I decided not to go mad and just pay my respects to the club that gave me my start in the game. To celebrate would have been a kick in the teeth, it is all about respect."

In October 2006, Cahill was named as one of 50 nominees for the Ballon D'Or. He was the first Everton player in 18 years to be nominated and was also the only player on the list from the Asian Football Confederation and Oceania. A month later he was out of action for 8 weeks with a knee injury sustained by colliding with teammate Lee Carsley in a home game against Aston Villa on 11 November.

Cahill returned on 14 January 2007, in place of the suspended Mikel Arteta, in the 1–1 home draw against Reading. However, in March, Cahill sustained his second serious injury of 2006–07, breaking his fifth left metatarsal in a 1–1 draw against Sheffield United which ended his season. In June 2007 he signed a contract extension at Everton that will see him stay at the club until 2012.

Cahill returned from injury partway through the 2007–08 season in the club's first UEFA Cup Group match, a home match against Greek side Larissa on 25 October 2007, scoring from a diving header after 14 minutes in a 3–1 win. His extra time winner against Luton Town on 31 October in the League Cup, sent Everton into their first cup Quarter Final in more than 5 years.

His 100th league appearance for Everton came in the 1–1 draw against Sunderland after which Cahill mentioned Duncan Ferguson and Alan Stubbs as his two biggest influences at Everton. Cahill has shown versatility by becoming a makeshift striker during December 2008, due to injuries to all 4 of Everton's senior strikers.

In this role he scored 2 goals in 3 games, both in 1–0 victories away to Manchester City and Middlesbrough, as well as a late equaliser in the Merseyside Derby, and becoming the first player since Dixie Dean to score for Everton in three Anfield derbies. His 100th career goal was scored against Arsenal at Goodison on 28 January 2009.

On 15 February, Cahill scored the third goal in a 3–1 win over Aston Villa and dedicated the goal to the victims of the 2009 Victorian bushfires.0 During the second half of the 2008–09 season, Cahill was used more as the "utility man" due to his versatility as Everton was plagued by injuries to playmaker Mikel Arteta as well as strikers Victor Anichebe and Yakubu and some other key players.

Due to Phil Neville sustaining a knee ligament injury early in the 2009–2010 season, Cahill was named as the replacement captain of Everton. Later in the season he scored his 50th goal for Everton, in a 3–1 defeat of Carlisle United in the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Everton fans have given him the nickname "Tiny Tim" after the Charles Dickens character due to being slightly short and slim. He has made a corner flag goal celebration his "trademark". The celebration, where Cahill pretends to trade punches with the corner flag while putting the Everton badge between his teeth, was first seen in the 2005–2006 season.

On 2 March 2008, Cahill celebrated his goal in the 3–1 home victory of Portsmouth by crossing his wrists as if he had been handcuffed. This was in reference to the recent jailing of his brother, Sean, for Grevious Bodily Harm. The potentially controversial action was defended by Everton, though Cahill has since apologised. Cahill dedicated his winning goal in a Europa League game against BATE Borisov to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Samoa, miming rowing a canoe after scoring in the second half of the match in Belarus.

Cahill scored two goals against Aston Villa on 14 April 2010 both coming from headers to move his goal tally for the season to nine goals all coming from his head. Three days later against Blackburn, Cahill scored a 90th minute winner, to give Everton a 3–2 victory. This was Cahill's 10th goal of the season and first goal since December 2008 to be scored with his feet rather than his head. Cahill has now scored more than half of his goals with his head.

Cahill made his 200th appearance for Everton on 25 April 2010 in a 2–1 against Fulham. On 18 May, Cahill signed a new four-year contract with Everton. On 31 July, Cahill scored a hat-trick for the club in a pre-season friendly against Norwich City. Cahill scored his 5th goal in a Merseyside derby, in a 2–0 win over Liverpool on 17 October 2010.

Cahill scored his 50th Premier League goal against Blackpool on 6 November 2010. On 20 December 2010, Cahill scored the opener as Everton gained three very important points against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Unfortunately, the Aussie received a foot injury during the 2011 Asia Cup finals which limited his appearances until the end of the season to only 9 (8 in Premier League and 1 in FA Cup). Although, he helped Everton to make a comeback against Manchester City on 7 May.

He replaced Jack Rodwell in the 64th minute and immediately won a foul from which Sylvain Distin equalized. Then Leon Osman scored after a marvelous header to give Everton the win. In the last match of the season against Chelsea Tim replaced Mikel Arteta in the 89th minute and took the captain armband for the final minutes of the season. Cahill is also the record holder for most headed goals in the Premier League with his tally standing at 31 goals from 54.

Cahill's form dipped during the 2011-12 season with some fans questioning his place in the starting eleven for the first time since he arrived, Cahill did play a lot of football that season including some time away mid season with the Australia national team and perhaps fatigue just caught up with him in the end.

Timmy showed glimpses of what we all know he's about during the end of the 2011-12 season including a superb header at home to Sunderland in the FA Cup.

Tim brought the curtain down on a splendid Everton career in the summer of 2012 when he joined American side New York Red Bulls.

Because of his love for Everton he cited his desire never to play in a competitive fixture against Everton therefore ruling out a switch to any of Everton's Premier League rivals.

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