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Tim Cahill has capped his breakthrough year on to the world football stage by being named Oceania Football Confederation Player of the Year for 2004.

The Socceroo, who now plays for Everton, had an extraordinary 2004 helping his former club Millwall to the FA Cup final, making an Australian debut against South Africa, representing his country at the Athens Olympic Games and then making a move to Goodison Park where he has made a big impression.

He joins Australian coach Frank Farina and Socceroo teammates Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Brett Emerton as winners of the award.

OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas said it was a fitting reward for Cahill.

"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 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."

Mark Schwarzer and Marco Bresciano finished second and third respectively while the Solomon Islands Commins Menapi finished fourth.

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Can't say it's a surprise. Congrats to Tim, thoroughly deserved. If he carries the form in the WC qualifiers then the tickets to Germany should be booked.
 

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VERY deserving of the award. Timmy has been absolutely sensational for Everton this season. He had a great 2004 with Millwall and Everton and his form hasn't dipped at all in 2005. Good stuff Tim.
 

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well done Tim, thoroughly deserved as he has had a cracker of a season
 
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