World Cup Memories: New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill enters annals of Australian soccer history

There are 19 days until the World Cup and New York Red Bulls Designated Player Tim Cahill will be in Brazil for his third straight tournament, hoping to create a memory that supersedes his current No. 1.

In the 1974 World Cup, it was three and out for the Socceroos, who went goal-less in their maiden voyage. But Cahill rectified that in the first game of the 2006 group stage against Japan. Down 1-0, the New York Red Bulls man singlehandedly overturned the result in the final six minutes in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Being the first-ever goalscorer for Australia [in our group opener vs. Japan in 2006], it’s priceless. Everything you’ve every done as a footballer, World Cups are what mean everything. To score for your country is a blessing, but to be the first-ever for your country is something I’ll never forget.

I remember making it 1-1 and then the fans going crazy. Then, a couple of minutes later, making it 2-1 [with my second goal]. So it was the first three points in a World Cup as well [for Australia]. This is why you play football — a special experience — but at the same time it's a big reward for all the sacrifice you put in as a footballer.


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