Michael Obafemi

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Michael Obafemi
Personal information
Full name Michael Oluwadurotimi Obafemi[1]
Date of birth (2000-07-06) 6 July 2000 (age 18)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 61
Youth career
Ryan[3][4]
Chelsea[3]
Arsenal[3]
Watford[3][4]
Leyton Orient[3][4]
2016–2018 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Southampton 6 (1)
National team
2017– Republic of Ireland U19 3 (1)
2018– Republic of Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:38, 23 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:11, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Michael Oluwadurotimi Obafemi (born 6 July 2000) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Southampton.[5]

Club career[edit]

Obafemi was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents and was raised in the London area,[4] He joined Southampton from Leyton Orient in 2016.[6]

Obafemi made his professional debut as a substitute in the 82nd minute of a 1–1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 21 January 2018.[7] Aged 17 years and 199 days, Obafemi became the second youngest player to make a Premier League appearance for Southampton after Luke Shaw, who was 17 years and 116 days old.[8]

He scored his first professional goal with the third goal in a 3–1 victory at Huddersfield on 22 December 2018; at 18 years and 169 days old, he became Southampton's youngest scorer in the Premier League.[9]

International career[edit]

Obafemi was eligible to represent England, Nigeria, and the Republic of Ireland.[10] However, in November 2018 he committed to the Republic of Ireland.[11]

Obafemi has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-19 level, debuting during the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification campaign.[12]

On 6 November 2018, Obafemi was named in the senior Republic of Ireland squad for the first time for the friendly against Northern Ireland on 15 November and the UEFA Nations League match against Denmark on 19 November 2018.[13][14] He came on as a substitute in the second half of the 0–0 draw against Denmark to make his debut.[15] He also became the first player born in the 2000s to win a senior cap for Ireland.[16]

Personal life[edit]

His older brother Afolabi Obafemi is also a footballer.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs publish retained lists".
  2. ^ "M. Obafemi". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Former Ryan FC player Michael Obafemi makes Premier League debut". Ryan F.C. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "'I can't stop here' - Irish youngster makes his Premier League debut...and now he wants more". Irish Independent. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  5. ^ Michael Obafemi at Soccerway. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Michael Obafemi". Southampton FC.
  7. ^ "17-year-old Irish striker makes debut in Southampton's Premier League clash". The 42. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  8. ^ Henson, Mike (21 January 2018). "Southampton 1–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  9. ^ Oscroft, Tim (22 December 2018). "Huddersfield Town 1 Southampton 3". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Michael Obafemi: Martin O'Neill won't rush Southampton player to make international decision". BBC Sport. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Michael Obafemi: Southampton starlet commits to the Republic of Ireland". BBC Sport. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  12. ^ Michael ObafemiUEFA competition record
  13. ^ "18-year-old Southampton striker earns praise after first Ireland call-up". The 42. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Nigerian-eligible Southampton teenager among four new call-ups in Ireland squad". The 42. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0". BBC Sport. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Proud Obafemi 'never had any doubts' about representing Ireland". The 42. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Michael Obafemi at Soccerbase