A local papou living roughly 15 km south-east of Melbourne’s central business district, in the suburb of Oakleigh, has shocked his extended family tonight by his adamant claims that Socceroos captain Tim Cahill is of Southern European background.

This comes after the Sydney-Born footballing superstar brought home the score in the dying minutes of tonight’s world cup qualifer against Syria.

Cahill’s second headed goal, deep into extra time, put Australia through to the next stage of World Cup qualifying as theSamoan-Irish-Australian scored the 49th and 50th goals of his international career as the Socceroos won 2-1 against Syria after extra time of their World Cup qualifier.

In Oakleigh, Victoria – a prominent Greek household is now struggling with their patriarch’s insistence that the man of the match is one of their own.

The suburb of Oakleigh is traditionally known to have a strong Greek cultural influence, largely due to the influx of said immigrants to Australia in the mid-20th century. Fourteen per cent of those living in the suburb speak only Greek at home – and the area is responsible for a large number of Australian representative soccer players.

However, for 82-year-old Spero Bartzis, it seems anyone who is good at soccer is not only from Greek background, but also from Oakleigh.

“I’m telling you mate” he says.

“I know his family. He’s Greek”

“No skippy plays like that”

“Samoan? pfffft. He Greek”

Australia will play against Panama, Honduras, or the United States for a place at the Russia 2018 tournament.


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