Arsenal star’s compliment to Aussie trailblazers

Arsenal's star goalkeeper Petr Cech and Socceroo legend Tim Cahill during his days with Everton.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 – 

John Greco @Grecs7
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has paid tribute to a trio of Caltex Socceroo greats for setting the path for Australian players to forge careers in Europe.

Ahead of his trip to Australia next week as part of Arsenal’s tour Down Under, Cech spoke to the Gunners website about the impact of Aussies in the EPL.

AUSSIE TRAILBLAZERS IN THE EPL

“We played against Tim Cahill when he was at Everton and I think it’s an interesting one because you are miles away [from home],” Cech told Arsenal Player.

Tim Cahill and David Moyes in their Everton days.

“Australia is very far and Mark Schwarzer was going 20 years to play with the national team so you can imagine you go all the way, just before the game you played in the Premier League.  It’s not easy but I think it just shows how committed they were to the national team, going back and forth.

“Once they have success it obviously opens the door for everybody and I thought Mark, having played so many games at Middlesbrough and then Fulham, left a huge mark on the Premier League.

Mark Schwarzer in goals for during during last season's UEFA Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.

“Then with [Mile] Jedinak, Cahill, when you have players like this coming in and doing really well it obviously opens gates and opens the doors for the other players as well.

“If they qualify for big tournaments and then the players do well, they can end up in the Premier League or Bundesliga or the European top leagues.”

Mile Jedinak helped Aston Villa to a narrow win in the Championship overnight.

ARSENAL IN AUSTRALIA

The Gunners will touch down in Australia on Monday and spend a more than a week in Sydney as part of their preparations for the new English Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger’s side will play two friendlies against Hyundai A-League clubs, starting with a clash against champions Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Thursday, July 13.

 

They’ll then take on Western Sydney Wanderers at the same venue two days later.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s impact on Confederations Cup – Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill (Melbourne City) – The Caltex Socceroos legend brought up 100 games in the Green and Gold as he appeared in all three of Australia’s Confederations Cup games. Started and played a huge role in the Socceroos’ impressive 1-1 draw with Chile in the final group game.

Source :  Football Federation Australia

Tim Cahill on cusp of amazing Socceroos milestone

Tim Cahill will make his 100th appearance for the Caltex Socceroos if he gets on the pitch against Chile at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Tim Cahill will make his 100th appearance for the Caltex Socceroos if he gets on the pitch against Chile at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Tim Cahill is 99 not out. And as he sits on the cusp of becoming the first outfield player to appear 100 times for the Caltex Socceroos, one of Australia’s most iconic sportsmen has revealed the secret to his longevity.

CONSISTENCY THE KEY FOR CAHILL

“The main thing for me is professionalism,’ Cahill told www.socceroos.com.au

“As an athlete you’ve got certain goals and parameters you want to live up to as a footballer.

“I think I’ve been around the game long enough to know the levels of the game and what I need to do and where I need to be.

“I’m still playing consistently and that’s the biggest thing.

“The reason I’m still here and I’ve been around forever in the top clubs is because I consistently produce on and off the park,” he said.

A DOZEN YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE

Cahill debuted for the Caltex Socceroos as a 24-year-old substitute against South Africa in 2004. Since then, he’s been a fixture in the side, attending three World Cups and scoring an Australian record 48 goals.

Only goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (109) has appeared more often for the Caltex Socceroos.

And with so much experience, it’s inevitable Cahill has now become a mentor to the younger members of the squad, a role he relishes.

“Always,” he declared. “My job is always to encourage the boys, be around them and show them where the danger areas are to score, give them the information for games and do extra things like that.

“For Maclaren, Juric, Rogic and Mooy, it’s just about playing games now.

“The more games these guys can play at the highest level domestically and internationally, the more they’ll get their chance to shine.

“But it’s also about being consistent,” he added.

Tim Cahill chats to the media after Australia's 1-1 draw with Cameroon.

NOWHERE I’D RATHER BE

But any thoughts of an easy ride for the oldest player in the Australian squad have been quickly consigned to the trash can.

“This camp is not for the faint-hearted,” smiled Cahill.

“The environment is awesome and very relaxed but when it comes down to competitiveness and competing to be a part of the group, everyone has to be at a professional level that can reflect what we do on the pitch.

“That helps the young guys understand the levels they need to leave camp with and come back in with.

“This regime is 24/7 – even when we leave here, we’re being monitored; we have to put in our data.

“But once the kids come here, they don’t want to be anywhere else.

“I’m pretty sure anyone who is not here today wishes they were,” said Cahill.

 

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Tim Cahill talks about Australia draw against Cameroon

Socceroos secure draw with Cameroon

Caltex Socceroos striker Tim Cahill pointed to a more composed performance by Australia in their 1-1 draw with Cameroon at the Confederations Cup on Friday morning (AEST).

After a 3-2 loss to Germany earlier in the week, a win was needed in the second group game in St Petersburg.

But after they equalised in the second half, in the end the Socceroos could not find a winner against a physically imposing Cameroon.

Cahill was a second half substitute for Australia in his 99th appearance for the national team.

BIG POINT

“It’s a big point,” he told SBS TV.

“We knew we had to start well. Keep the ball and we knew they’d [Cameroon] put pressure on and they are quick on transition.

Caltex Socceroos players celebrate Mark Milligan's equaliser against Cameroon.

“They caught us a little off guard with their goal… we knew they were going to play balls over the top.

“[But] we dealt with it well and overall it’s good to see us get back our composure and get back in the game.”

DEFENSIVE STRENGTH

“The back three or four were unbelievable.

“Overall today’s display is a just reward for the result and maybe we could’ve gone one better [and scored a second].

“It’s all to play for in the last game.”

CHILE A MUST-WIN

‘We knew all the boys would be needed. And now we look forward to recovery then Chile.

Jackson Irvine

“Really excited by it. We played them in the last World Cup and did well. And now we’re looking to go one better.”

Australia face Chile on Monday morning AEST in their final group game.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Tim Cahill reaction to 4-0 Brazil loss

Tim Cahill played just under an hour in Australia's friendly loss to Brazil.

Tim Cahill played just under an hour in Australia’s friendly loss to Brazil.

Caltex Socceroo great Tim Cahill says the 4-0 loss to Brazil was useful preparation for the Confederations Cup, where he hopes to see more composure from the Australians.

Cahill spoke to Fox Sports after the game.

Reaction to conceding after 12 seconds

“The start could’ve been avoided. It’s not like us to concede so early …it was pretty harsh.

“But we played well after that. We kept the ball and pressured them.”

Brazil’s display

“There was a lot of class in their team and it showed in the end.

Brazil proved too classy for the Caltex Socceroos at the MCG on Tuesday night.

“For us the biggest benchmark is playing against the best and tonight was a lesson we wanted and wanted to embrace.

“And they were exceptional goals some of them [conceded] from world-class players.

Australia’s display

“We’ll analyse this but we held our own for some periods of the game.

“I’m always proud of the boys and the effort and it’s great to see everyone getting the minutes they needed and it’s definitely planning for the Confederations Cup.

Robbie Kruse on the ball during Australia's 4-0 loss to Brazil.

“And Mitchy [Langerak] and Milos [Degenek] were outstanding tonight.

“Look, it’s unfortunate to concede four goals but the fans could see we were pressing them well and playing some good football in patches and we’ll still believe in what we can do.”

What Australia can do better at the Confeds

“We definitely can have a little more composure. And be a little more settled before we try go forward and try not play in too many tight areas.

“We’re going to the Confeds Cup in good spirits. And looking forward to our first game [against Germany].”

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s Confeds Cup men – Tim Cahill

 Tim Cahill (Caltex Socceroos) – Still an important cog of Australia’s squad at the ripe old age of 37. Super Timmy did the business for Melbourne City all season in his first campaign in the Hyundai A-League.

Source : Football Federation Australia