International City: Cahill and City Alumni qualify for Russia

Wednesday night saw the Socceroos qualify for a historic fourth FIFA World Cup, booking their ticket to Russia 2018 and a little bit of Melbourne City was there to be a part of it.

Of course, Tim Cahill is a part of the current playing group, playing a monumental role in his side’s qualification to one of the largest sporting tournaments in the world but former players Aaron Mooy and Aziz Behich were also a part of the triumph in Sydney.

Cahill was the hero for the Socceroos during their second-leg against Syria as he came to the fore twice to secure his side’s place in the intercontinental play-off against Honduras.

His record for the national team speaks for itself however City fans were just as proud with the exploits of Mooy and Behich, who forged their careers in the A-League with the Club.

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Socceroos Tim Cahill and Aziz Behich (L&R) Mile Jedinak (centre)

Behich made his first Socceroos appearance while with the Club in 2012 against South Korea and since his move to Turkey with Bursaspor, the full-back has established himself as a fully-fledged international.

His past month domestically has been impressive, scoring twice in the Turkish Super Lig and played his role in both legs against Honduras last week.

Aaron Mooy on the other hand has become Australia’s most high-profile player abroad, impressing in the English Premier League with Huddersfield Town.

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Tim Cahill and Aaron Mooy celebrate during the Socceroo's win over Jordan.

Mooy took the A-League by storm during his time with City and was incredibly unlucky to miss the 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad.

Since that tournament, Mooy has been one of the Socceroos’ main players, pulling the strings in the midfield and working his way from the Australian domestic league to the English Championship and of course, the English top tier.

We’re proud of the Socceroos, especially the players who have also pulled on the Club’s shirt and wish them all the best in their journey to Russia!