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Socceroos legend Tim Cahill buys Extreme E racing team

Socceroos legend Tim Cahill plunges into another sport when he buys an off-road car racing team – revealing his crucial role in preparing the national team for the 2022 World Cup

  • Tim Cahill, 42, new owner of Extreme E racing team, part of XE Sports Group
  • Team will be based in Australia, international road series will start in 2023
  • All electric-powered cars, former Socceroo that wants to leave a ‘lasting impact’
  • Cahill will also help the Socceroos in Qatar from November

Socceroos legend Tim Cahill has revealed his newfound sporting interest by purchasing an off-road car racing team.

Cahill has bought his own team Cahill to compete in season three of the Extreme E series next year.

The former Everton midfielder, 42, enjoys the prospect of becoming a first-time racing series owner, especially the ‘combination of exciting, competitive racing and leaving a lasting, positive impact’.

Cahill’s team, part of the growing XE Sports Group, will become Australia’s first Asia Pacific team to launch the 2023 international off-road series of electric-powered cars.

The current Extreme E lineup includes teams run by legendary motorsport names including McLaren, seven-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton (X44), Nico Rosberg (Rosberg X Racing) and Jenson Button (JBXE).

Socceroos greatness Tim Cahill (pictured) has branched out of the world game and bought his own race team Extreme E

Socceroos greatness Tim Cahill (pictured) has branched out of the world game and bought his own race team Extreme E

Cahill looks forward to leaving 'a lasting, positive impact' in the international off-road series of electric-powered cars (pictured)

Cahill looks forward to leaving ‘a lasting, positive impact’ in the international off-road series of electric-powered cars (pictured)

As a child growing up in western Sydney, images of Ferraris and a Lamborghini graced Cahill’s bedroom walls.

A self-proclaimed revhead, he also realized one of his life dreams after purchasing a Lamborghini Gallardo when he graced the English Premier League with the Blues from 2004-2012.

“In the end I didn’t ride it much, but it had a huge meaning to me because it meant I had accomplished a childhood goal,” he said. News Corp.

“In football you spend all your time training, and in the UK I lived 30-40 minutes from the training ground (Finch Farm on Merseyside), so being comfortable for that journey was definitely a luxury.”

When Australia enters the World Cup in Qatar from November, Cahill will take on the role of global sports ambassador for the tournament – as well as helping Graham Arnold’s squad with their preparations.

It could be critical as Cahill has lived and worked in the Arab nation for the past few years.

He boasts extensive knowledge of Qatari football, its layout and facilities, which puts him well placed to provide an expert insight into the benefit of Arnold’s side.

Tim Cahill was a legendary figure for the Socceroos, scoring 50 goals in 108 appearances

Tim Cahill was a legendary figure for the Socceroos, scoring 50 goals in 108 appearances

Cahill was also a constant presence at the Socceroos camp during the World Cup qualifying campaign, giving a speech to the team days before their penalty shootout win over Peru (pictured, coach Graham Arnold)

Cahill was also a constant presence at the Socceroos camp during the World Cup qualifying campaign, giving a speech to the team days before their penalty shootout win over Peru (pictured, coach Graham Arnold)

In 2020, Cahill was hired as chief sports officer of the government-funded football school – the Aspire Academy – in Qatar.

“We didn’t want to count our chickens before they hatch, but now that we know we’ll be here in November this year those discussions have already started,” FFA boss James Johnson told the Sydney Morning Herald of Socceroos’ potential training base for the world cup.

“The good news for us is that we have one of our all-time greats, Timmy Cahill… we’re already in talks with him about where we’re staying. He’s local, he cares about the team.”

Cahill was a constant presence in Socceroos’ camp during the World Cup qualifying campaign and gave a speech to the team days before their penalty shootout victory over Peru.

The Socceroos kick off their tournament against reigning world champions France on November 23, in a tough Group D alongside Denmark and Tunisia.

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