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Cahill Earns Oceania Award
Thu 17 Mar, 9:09 AM

Everton's Australian midfielder Tim Cahill has been named Oceania Football Confederation player of the year for 2004.

An impressive debut season in the Barclays Premiership following his move to Merseyside from Millwall has impressed Down Under and helped Cahill pip countryman Mark Schwarzer to the award.

OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas said the award was well-deserved.

"Tim has had a wonderful season and is a deserved winner of the OFC player of the year award," Nicholas said.

"He is unique in that he has played for two Oceania nations, Western Samoa and Australia at various levels.

"It was a fabulous year for Tim scoring the winner in an FA Cup semi-final (for Millwall last season) which has catapulted his career to the next level.

"He has certainly served as a fantastic role model not just for youngsters in Australia but also in Samoa."

Cahill's cup heroics saw him line-up against Manchester United in the final and though the first division outfit were defeated, Cahill had already caught the eye and he went on to make his debut for Australia against South Africa before competing in the Olympics last summer.

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Schwarzer and Parma midfielder Marco Bresciano, Cahill's Socceroo team-mates, finished second and third respectively with the Solomon Islands striker Commins Menapi having to settle for fourth in a vote among all of the Oceania national federations.

Cahill joins Mark Viduka, Brett Emerton, Christian Karembeu and Mark Bosnich among some of the past winners of the award, which has been in existence since 1988.
 

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Evertons best summer signing, deserves all the accolades. He has done a great job this season.
 

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Quite right Paul. Looks good business next to Cisse (who was being slated by all of the kpoites I know before he got injured and became a vital player in their team) and Alonso (who was left out of their most important game of the season against us because Benitz didn't think the style suited him).

Well done Tim. But please learn to pronounce your name correctly. It is Carrrhill as oppose to Cayhill.
 

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I don't know if Benitez has a clue who to put out there. If it wasn't there form in the CL I think he would be gone. Granted they do have a lot of injuries but face it they needed to beat Blackburn yesterday and they have Riise on the bench. You have to admit his team selection this season would have to make one wonder what the hell is he doing.
 

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Really pleased for him, he's always been our type of player through his hard work rate, and you would have to wonder where we would be without his forward runs to help out the attack.
I think RB needs some success before he can start being picky with his squad, liverpool just don't have the same depth as a team such as chelsea (or even man U), probably why they were knocked out of the FA Cup by burnley. RB is going to be under a hell of a lot of pressure next year if liverpool don't get into the CL next year.
 
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