Michael O'Keeffe

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Michael O'Keefe
Personal information
Full name Michael Peter O'Keefe[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand[2]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Team Wellington
Number 1
Youth career
Avon United
2009–2012 Fairfield Stags
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Canterbury United 14 (0)
2013 Ocean City Nor'easters 5 (0)
2014– Team Wellington
National team
2007 New Zealand U17 1 (0)
2008–2012 New Zealand U23 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:01, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:01, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

Michael O'Keefe (born 9 August 1990)[3] is a New Zealand football player who plays as a goalkeeper for Team Wellington and the New Zealand national under-23 football team.

He grew up in Blenheim, New Zealand and was schooled at Marlborough Boys' College and Christchurch Boys' High School. He then moved to Fairfield, Connecticut where he began his university studies whilst also on a full soccer scholarship. Before each soccer game freshman year he and his roommate would listen to Forever by Drake to get pumped up, although his main source of success was his aunty's macaroni and cheese. O'Keeffe graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Television New Media.

In June 2012 O'Keeffe received a late call-up to the All Whites as an injury replacement for Mark Paston in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup.

O'Keeffe was selected for the New Zealand football team, participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics.[4][5]

In 2013 O'Keefe joined USL Premier Development League team Ocean City Nor'easters.[6]

In 2014, he returned to New Zealand to play for Team Wellington in the 2014/2015 ASB Premiership.[7]

Since 2017, he is also a sports reporter/journalist for Newshub.


  1. ^ "FIFA Tournaments - Players & Coaches". FIFA.com. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Michael O'Keefe". Goal.com. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Soccer: Goalkeeping mistake costs Oly Whites". Nzherald.co.nz. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Belarus kick off with Kiwi victory". Fifa.com. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  6. ^ "International Experience In The Nor'easters Lineup". oceancityfc.com. Archived from the original on 29 April 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  7. ^ "O'Keeffe, Calcott sign with Team Wellington". Stuff.co.nz. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2017.

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