Matt McKay

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Matt McKay
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McKay with Australia in 2012
Personal information
Full name Matthew Graham McKay[1]
Date of birth (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder, left midfielder, left back
Club information
Current team
Brisbane Roar
Number 17
Youth career
1999–2000 QAS
2001 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Brisbane Strikers 51 (2)
2004 Eastern Suburbs 12 (1)
2005–2011 Brisbane Roar 131 (18)
2009 Changchun Yatai (loan) 15 (0)
2011–2012 Rangers 3 (0)
2012–2013 Busan IPark 27 (1)
2013 Changchun Yatai 16 (0)
2013– Brisbane Roar 19 (1)
National team
2003 Australia U-20 4 (0)
2004 Australia U-23 1 (0)
2006– Australia 50 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Matthew Graham "Matt" McKay (born 11 January 1983) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Brisbane Roar in the A-League. He also plays for the Australia national team. McKay played for Brisbane Roar since their first season in the A-League, and was their club captain. His most successful season, on both the club scale and at international level, came in the 2010–11 season, in which he led Brisbane to their first ever A-League championship and premiership, and also played an integral role in Australia's second placing in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He was also part of the Australian squad at the 2014 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

McKay attended Brisbane Grammar School and played for the School's First XI. After graduating from Brisbane Grammar, McKay spent his formative youth years at both the QAS and AIS. McKay's first club signing was in 1991 for the Sunnybank Saints Soccer Club, competing under the Queensland Christian Soccer Association.[2] McKay was signed by NSL team the Brisbane Strikers in 2001, where he stayed until the conclusion of the 2003–04 National Soccer League season. McKay's last game for the Strikers was a 4–1 Victory over Adelaide United in the Elimination Final #1 as the Strikers could only level the tie 4–4 and bow out of the finals on away goals.[3]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

McKay signed on as an inaugural member of the, then, Queensland Roar prior to the 2005–06 season – the first in the history of the A-League. McKay was given the number 15 shirt, which he has retained throughout his career at the Roar. Initialliy signed as a squad player behind the more established South Korean duo Hyuk-Su Seo and Tae-Yong Shin, McKay quickly got his opportunity due to a career-ending injury suffered by Shin in the clubs' first ever A-League fixture, against the now defunct, New Zealand Knights. Following the departure of club captain, Craig Moore midway through the 2009–10 season, McKay was named as club captain. He has played the second highest number of games for the Roar on 130 (Massimo Murdocca currently holds that record – 146), scoring 18 goals.

McKay led Brisbane to their first A-League premiership and championship in 2011. The Roar topped the table, and continued their record-breaking 28-game (run finished at 36) unbeaten run[4] with a miraculous 4–2 (2–2 aet) penalty shoot-out win over the Central Coast Mariners in the 2011 A-League Grand Final.[5] It was reported after the match that a stirring speech by McKay at half-time in extra time boosted the Roar's morale sufficiently to unbelievably overcome a 2–0 deficit.[6]

During his time at Brisbane Roar, McKay had a loan spell in 2009 during the A-League off season.. He joined Changchun Yatai F.C.[7] in the Chinese Super League where he made 15 appearances.

Rangers[edit]

On 16 August 2011 Rangers confirmed the signing of McKay awaiting a work-permit,[8] which was granted three days later, with a UK work visa granted a week later.[9] McKay made his Rangers debut against Dundee United on 10 September 2011, coming on as a late substitute.[10]

On 10 January 2012, McKay played and scored in a 4-1 friendly win over Scottish Premier League team Kilmarnock F.C.. On 12 January 2012, it was reported that he had rejected the chance to go on loan to Al Ittihad who reportedly made an offer to Rangers of a loan-to-buy deal.[11]

Busan IPark[edit]

Rangers began to have financial problems and on 14 February 2012 a dispute with HMRC came to a head when the business was placed into administration. Rangers were deducted 10 points as per SPL rules, which left them 14 points behind leaders Celtic.[12]

On 22 February 2012, Rangers confirmed that they had agreed a fee with South Korean club Busan IPark for midfielder Matt McKay.[13]

Changchun Yatai[edit]

In January 2013, McKay signed a two-year deal with Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.[14] In July 2013, McKay mutually terminated his contract by the club.[15]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

On 11 August 2013, McKay was announced as Brisbane Roar Australian Marquee for the next 2 seasons [16]

International career[edit]

McKay represented Australia at U-20 level in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

On 16 August 2006, McKay came on as a substitute for Australia in the 90th minute of the 2007 Asian Cup qualifying match against Kuwait at Aussie Stadium for his first Socceroo cap.[17]

McKay would have to wait until 28 January 2009 for his second cap, starting in Australia's 2011 Asian Cup qualifying match against Indonesia in Jakarta. He would also feature in two more qualification games for the 2011 Asian Cup, starting against Kuwait on 5 March 2009 at Canberra Stadium and playing the second half of the return tie against Indonesia on 3 March 2010 at Suncorp Stadium.

McKay missed out on Pim Verbeek's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, however he returned to the Socceroos under new manager Holger Osieck and featured in three of Australia's friendlies in the leadup to the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He came off the bench in the match against Paraguay on 9 October 2010 at the Sydney Football Stadium as well as coming off the bench against Egypt in Cairo on 17 November 2010.

McKay was selected for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup squad by Holger Osieck,[18] and started in the team's pre-tournament friendly against the United Arab Emirates on 5 January 2011 in Al Ain.[19] McKay went on to play a part in every game Australia played at the tournament, initially coming off the bench in the first two games against India and South Korea. He was named in the starting 11 for both the final group stage match against Bahrain and the subsequent quarter-final match against Iraq, and played a vital role in the latter, leading Australia to a 1–0 extra time victory, executing an inch-perfect cross for striker Harry Kewell to head into the goal for the match winner.[20] McKay retained his starting position for the semi-final against Uzbekistan, and was again a key player for Australia in the team's 6–0 win, setting up three goals and being awarded man of the match.[21] Due to McKay's excellent form, he was retained in the starting XI by Osieck for the Asian Cup Final, playing the full 120 minutes as the Socceroos lost by one–nil to Japan.

McKay captained Australia for the first time on 7 December 2012 against Guam in the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup qualifiers. Australia won the match 9-0.

McKay also represented Australia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, playing in his preferred midfield position.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 March 2014
Club Season Division League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brisbane Strikers 2001–02 NSL 15 0 - - - - 15 0
2002–03 NSL 21 1 - - - - 21 1
2003–04 NSL 15 1 - - - - 15 1
Total 51 2 - - - - 51 2
Eastern Suburbs 2004 Brisbane Premier League 12 1 - - - - 12 1
Total 12 1 - - - - 12 1
Brisbane Roar 2005–06 A-League 18 2 4 0 0 0 22 2
2006–07 A-League 20 3 3 2 0 0 23 5
2007–08 A-League 23 3 5 0 0 0 28 3
2008–09 A-League 24 5 4 1 0 0 28 6
2009–10 A-League 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
2010–11 A-League 27 3 0 0 0 0 27 3
2013–14 A-League 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Total 149 19 16 3 0 0 165 22
Incheon United (loan) 2006 K-League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changchun Yatai (loan) 2009 Chinese Super League 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Rangers 2011–12 Scottish Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Busan IPark 2012 K-League 27 1 1 0 0 0 28 1
Total 27 1 1 0 0 0 28 1
Career Total 257 23 17 3 0 0 272 26

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)

International[edit]

As of 18 November 2014[1][22][23][24][25]

Honours[edit]

With Brisbane Roar:

Personal Honours:

  • Football Media Association Player of the Year 2010–11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Matt McKay". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Signing of Matt McKay". Sunnybank Saints Soccer Club Inc. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Demack, Andrew. "Brisbane Strikers v Adelaide United". OzFootball.net. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brisbane Defeats Central Coast in Shootout to Win Its First A-League Title". Bloomberg. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Lynch, Michael (14 March 2011). "Brisbane stage a miracle ending to their season of perfection". smh.com.au. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Rugari, Vince (14 March 2011). "McKay speech inspired Roar". sportal.com.au. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Fox Sports: Queensland's Matt McKay signs four-month loan deal with Changchun Yatai". foxsports.com.au. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Matt McKay signs for Rangers subject to work permit". Scottish Television. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "McKay Gets UK Visa". Rangers F.C. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Match Commentary, FT: Dundee Utd 0 Rangers 1". skysports.com. 13 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "McKay rejects loan deal". skysports.com.au. 12 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rangers' 10-point deduction confirmed by SPL". BBC Sport. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Rangers agree fee for Matt McKay with South Korean club Busan I'Park". BBC Sport. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "McKay signs for Changchun Yatai". The World Game. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  15. ^ https://sslcam.news.com.au/cam/authorise?channel=pc&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.heraldsun.com.au%2fsport%2ffootball%2fsocceroos-utility-matt-mckay-reportedly-dumped-by-his-chinese-super-league-club-changchun-yatai%2fstory-fni2wcjl-1226686201927
  16. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/brisbaneroar/news-display/roar-sign-australian-international-mckay/72493
  17. ^ "Australia into 2007 Asian Cup with Kuwait win". FFA. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Schedule & Results". the-afc.com. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Socceroos Held By UAE". FourFourTwo. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  20. ^ "Kewell Fires Socceroos Into Semi-Finals Of Asian Cup". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  21. ^ "Socceroos enjoy Australia Day party". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "Socceroo Internationals for 2006". OzFootball.net. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  23. ^ "Socceroo Internationals for 2009". OzFootball.net. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  24. ^ "Socceroo Internationals for 2010". OzFootball.net. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  25. ^ "Socceroo Internationals for 2011". OzFootball.net. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 

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