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Michael O'Keeffe

New Zealand sports journalist and former association football player

1990   -  

country of citizenship: New Zealand
educated at: Christchurch Boys' High School
occupation: association football player

Michael O'Keefe (born 9 August 1990) is a New Zealand football player who plays as a goalkeeper for Team Wellington and played for 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 first 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.In 2013 O'Keefe joined USL Premier Development League team Ocean City Nor'easters.In 2014, he returned to New Zealand to play for Team Wellington in the 2014/2015 ASB Premiership.Since 2017, he is also a sports reporter/journalist for Newshub.
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