Michael Theo made his first professional debut for the Football Kingz at the age of 20 against the Brisbane Strikers. He made 20 appearances for the Kingz before being picked up by League Two outfit, Blackpool FC in the UK.
Michael returned to Australia in 2003 where he played for South Melbourne FC in the final year of the National Soccer League. In 2004 prior to being picked up by the Melbourne Victory, Michael played in the Victorian Premier League Grand Final for the Bulleen Zebras, where he saved 3 out of 4 penalties to ultimately win his team the title.
He joined Melbourne Victory for their inaugural season in the Hyundai A-League in 2005-06. In the 2006-07 Hyundai A-League season, Michael kept 10 clean-sheets from 21 games and helped his team to go on and win the Premiership/Championship double. Michael was also awarded the Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2007-08 season and went on to win the Goalkeeper of the Year Award back to back in 2008-09.
In the 2008-09 season, Michael played an integral part in Melbourne Victory’s Premiership and Grand Final success by keeping 5 clean-sheets at the end of the season. His form earned him another call-up to the Australian National squad for the match against Kuwait on 5 March 2009. In 2009 Michael was recruited by League One side Norwich City FC, before returning to the A-League with Brisbane Roar the following year.
Since signing with the Brisbane Roar, Michael has had one of the most successful seasons in his career to date. Firstly breaking Jeff Olver’s clean sheet record of 790 minutes, Michael managed to keep the ball out of the net for 876 consecutive minutes and set a new record in Australia. Michael also broke the record for the most clean sheets kept in a season and currently holds this record at 13 clean sheets.
His exceptional form played a major role in his team winning the Premiership/Championship double in the 2010-11 Hyundai A-League season. In a match that will go down in history as one of the best Australian sporting moments, Michael saved 2 out of 4 penalties and helped his team prevail in an epic Grand Final. To complete a record breaking season, Brisbane Roar went undefeated in 28 games and Michael went on to win his 3rd Goalkeeper of the Year award. He was also named in the PFA A-League “Team of the Season” voted by his peers.
Michael has a passion for coaching and mentoring young aspiring footballers which has encouraged him to run his own soccer clinics.
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