The name Tim Cahill is synonymous with football, both here in Australia and in England where he spent the majority of his professional playing career, first with Millwall, before joining powerful Merseyside club Everton.
Tim would also play professionally in Australia, China, India, and spend three seasons with the New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer competition in the United States.
He represented Australia on 108 occasions, scoring a record 50 goals, including the first ever by Australian at the World Cup finals, when he scored against Japan in 2006. He was also a part of the side that won the Asian Cup in 2015, Australia’s first major trophy in Asia.
Tim would collect numerous awards during his illustrious career, including Oceania Footballer of the Year (2004), Everton’s Player of the Year (2004-05) and the Best MLS Player Espy Award (2014).
Among his lengthy list of goals, three of the more notable are the historic 2006 World Cup goal, a 2013 strike for New York against Houston, just seven seconds after kick-off, the fastest goal ever scored in MLS history, and his iconic thunderous volley in the 2014 World Cup finals against The Netherlands.
In 2019 Tim not only became the inaugural ambassador for the Greyhound As Pets NSW organisation, he showed his commitment to the program when he adopted a beautiful blue greyhound who his daughter named Luna Moana – or Lumo for short – which means Blue in Samoan. The name also tied perfectly with his footballing past, with blue the colour of both Millwall and Everton.
While he is working overseas as the Chief Sports Officer for Aspire Academy in Qatar, Lumo spends her time “living with the cows and other dogs” at the Byron Bay property of Tim’s parents.
“I couldn’t become an ambassador without skin in the game. I didn’t want to stand up and talk about adopting a greyhound without doing it myself first,” he said.
"Adopting Lumo has been such a great decision for all of us. She has such a gentle nature and my parents love having her there, and she’s got a beautiful life on my mum and dad’s farm. They have another dog and they've become best friends.
“Animal welfare is something which has always been close to my heart, and the amazing work that GAP NSW do with retired greyhounds in transitioning them into the next phase of their lives, is something I’m proud to be a part of.”