I expect and understand screams from those who do not want Timmy to fly to Oz for a friendly, especially before a Derby game. Though permanently based in Australia, I also would rather he did not travel for this one. Australia's new coach needs to get to know the players and bed in a number of newbies. This friendly against Paraguay is an important part of preparing for next summer's Asian games.
We all must recognise how passionate Tim Cahill is about representing this country where his remarkable popularity coupled with his promotion of good causes deserves and I think will earn an Order of Australia medal. Since this country dropped the British system of honours the OM has become the equivalent of a knighthood.
Tim is equally proud of his Everton connection and is an excellent ambassador of all things good about our club. If Everton has a formal means of recognising those players or backroom staff who give exceptional service then Tim must surely be a candidate.
Like everybody else, I keep fingers crossed that his international duty does not impinge on the derby game. One thing for sure is that Tim will be at the forefront of the battle, and not hiding, like one or two that I could mention.
Dick Fearon, Posted 29/09/2010 at 22:53:07
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1 Posted 30/09/2010 at 05:38:08
2 Posted 30/09/2010 at 05:58:53
3 Posted 30/09/2010 at 08:39:35
4 Posted 30/09/2010 at 08:46:07
5 Posted 30/09/2010 at 09:12:58
The same thing crossed my mind, I have flown first class once and if given the choice would move in.
He'll be fresh as a daisy after all them manicures and shoulder massages.
6 Posted 30/09/2010 at 09:36:55
I think some people continuously go overboard for mediocre players. Don't get me wrong: I love the goals... but I'll tell you, passion alone will win you nothing ? he needs to be delivering on the pitch consistently.
Maybe learning to run and make decent passes is his first step. :p
7 Posted 30/09/2010 at 10:16:46
8 Posted 30/09/2010 at 10:26:19
9 Posted 30/09/2010 at 10:31:27
I have in the past questioned Timmys footballing acumen and been slaughtered by the Aussie mafia for it.
10 Posted 30/09/2010 at 10:39:24
11 Posted 30/09/2010 at 10:56:31
The man is the epitomy of dedication and arguably my favourite player. I know he isn't the best player we have ever had but there is something about Tim Cahill that sets him apart.
12 Posted 30/09/2010 at 10:59:34
I refer you to the ball he played to set Baines away before Pienaars back heel for Osmans goal in the Uefa Cup a couple of years ago and also his ball for Pienaars goal at the emirates last season.
Watch them again you will see two very clever delays in playing the ball to create the space for him to play them. A lot he does goes unnoticed as he doesnt do all the back heels and step overs. Its the result that matters not the style. Its football not Strictly come dancing.
13 Posted 30/09/2010 at 10:56:35
First class is great for the fine wines and the sleeper seat, but its doubtful if Cahill could take too much advantage of the booze.
He'll be knackered when he gets back trying to adjust to the time zone changes within a short space of time.
14 Posted 30/09/2010 at 11:10:02
15 Posted 30/09/2010 at 11:27:02
Passion alone will win you nothing eh? You'll certainly win @#%& all without it! Give me ten more Tim Cahills please. I can't understand the constant knocking of this guy on this site. He and Phil Neville are more passionate about this club than a lot of people I could mention! Get back in your box pal.
16 Posted 30/09/2010 at 11:51:07
Besides, he doesn't play in EVERY Australia game, he is granted leave a lot more often than most of us realise, otherwise he'd have earnt a lot more than 44 caps.
17 Posted 30/09/2010 at 11:59:59
I just hope that if he plays he gets back fit,. to help our cause.
And especially who the oppostion are.
18 Posted 30/09/2010 at 12:13:05
19 Posted 30/09/2010 at 12:30:18
It's all about sleep management mate.
I'm sure his flights will be well thought out with regards time zones.
Time it to arrive at 930am and pop a Zopliclone at the right time, jobs a good un.
Sorry about that Thor, i'll send the missus round to straighten it up lol.
20 Posted 30/09/2010 at 13:20:28
Rest up Tim, coz not sure where else our goals are coming from at the moment.....
21 Posted 30/09/2010 at 13:54:04
22 Posted 30/09/2010 at 14:20:03
23 Posted 30/09/2010 at 15:11:14
24 Posted 30/09/2010 at 15:33:26
Queue the comments slagging me and my opinions off...
25 Posted 30/09/2010 at 17:07:27
26 Posted 30/09/2010 at 17:43:38
27 Posted 30/09/2010 at 17:54:13
28 Posted 30/09/2010 at 21:08:42
29 Posted 30/09/2010 at 21:29:30
30 Posted 30/09/2010 at 21:48:42
He puts a lot of our media's national darlings to shame, they don't play for national pride but rather for themselves. You just had to look at the faces on them when England were knocked out of the world cup one word - embarrassment! Then you look at the faces of the German players -gutted!
I know for some fans its just a simple club v country thing, but I think it really matters more to foreign players in a foreign league to have a sense of national identity.
There's an awful lot wrong with modern day football, driven by greed, dodgy betting, sky 2-4-6-8, league and cup formats which had worked for decades changed not for the better but for money.
The day pride gets bred out of players will be a sad day for football.
I know someone will probably tell me that money is every players motivation, but it never used to be and I think there are some who still play with passion and pride, it's usually down to the agents to milk the cash cow.
I know a man city fan who said one of the old city players was mending his own roof, when he was asked to ref a kids game on a local park as the ref hadn't turned up, he asked his missus first before duly obliging. What players these days would a) fix his own roof, b) ref a kids game and c) ask his missus if could do anything?
Sorry, longer post than probably necessary.
31 Posted 30/09/2010 at 22:26:58
In the old days after pub closing time in Maghull it was a regular thing for Blues and Reds players to join in a kick about with us local lads.
You never saw one of them on our side nor one of ours on the other. When a pro of either side tackled a local it was always done with care. When they tackled each other you would swear it was done with passion and pride.
32 Posted 30/09/2010 at 22:39:15
33 Posted 30/09/2010 at 23:42:06
I'd like to know how the players back then would have reacted to a fan telling them that their performances on the pitch werent good enough?
I'd bet you'd get two words from most "pro's" these days and the second one would be off!
34 Posted 01/10/2010 at 01:37:55
35 Posted 01/10/2010 at 02:00:52
36 Posted 01/10/2010 at 02:35:31
Further, I said passion alone won't win you anything. Without it, it's debatable; look at United and Chelsea ? they win things by buying them :p
In all seriousness, though, a few good timed passes isn't enough. He runs like a tortoise. He is so slow. I bet that's the only reason he is playing up top when fit... just park him in the area and hoof and hope to him.
Cahill, for all his faults ? passing, running etc ? are made up for by his willingness to go in for headers where most wouldn't bother... and he gets us goals. I like little Timmy for the record. But he is limited and, no doubt some would say, very limited.
Like everyone else, I admire loyalty, but maybe it's the loyalty to the money he receives rather than real loyalty elsewhere. Age is not on his side and he needs to make his money before he retires. He knows he is not good enough to be in the top 4 teams whoever they are now. So he's realized that it's better to stay where he is because anything else would be a step down? That's the cynic in me.
Loyalty and passion + being a top quality player (being able to run, make constant quality passes, being young, and getting a good 15+ goals a season)... Wait, wasn't that Lescott I was talking about until he ran for the money?
37 Posted 01/10/2010 at 09:07:57
Apart from his goals, his defensive headers, his tackling, his winding up of the other players, his commitment, his eagerness to get things going etc etc........what has Tim Cahill ever done for Everton.
One of the few players in this current team that is anywhere near being labelled as a legend of the club.....he isn't one but if you had to chose one, it would certainly be him.
38 Posted 01/10/2010 at 11:32:00
The threads on Tim Cahill always remind me of that great post from last year "If you take Cahill's headed goals away he does not score that many goals".
Still never understood why you would want to take his headed goals away.
39 Posted 01/10/2010 at 13:11:10
He only became an Australian international in 2004 after FIFA changed its eligibility rules. Before that he was unable to play for Ireland due to having played as a teenager in an underage tournament for Samoa.
For the record, I think he is one of our most under-rated and effective players in a long, long time.
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