|Date of Birth
|November 7, 1987
Keegan Pereira is an Indian footballer born on the 7th of November, 1987 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He presently plays for the Indian Super League side NorthEast United as a left back.
Keegan started his professional career in 2006 by playing for Mumbai in the i-league at the age of 19. He spent six years at his first club. Despite being a defender he provided much strength to the attacking line up of the club’s squad.
He gained much fame and attention by scoring the winning goal for Mumbai in a match played against Salgaocar in 2011.
Keegan made his international debut on 7th June, 2016 for India in a match played against Laos. In the away game played at Vientiane, Laos which was an Asia Cup qualifier India beat the hosts by a narrow margin of 1-0.
Rise To Glory
Keegan moved from Mumbai to the league champions Salgaocar. However, this move proved detrimental to him as he spent the entire season without playing a single game.
After a brief spell in the Goa football league, he returned to the i-league by getting signed by the second tier side DSK Shivajians. In the six appearances he made, he managed to score once.
Keegan’s move to Salgaocar was very detrimental to his professional career. It not only stagnated his career but also kept him away from the top tier and the eyes of the selectors of the national side. It took him almost two years to get back to playing close to what his potential after his move to Bengaluru F.C.
In June 2013, it was announced that Pereira had signed with new direct-entry side Bengaluru FC for the 2013–14 season of the i-League. He made his debut against the heavyweights Mohun Bagan. He gained a penalty for his team which made them draw the match 1-1, which many expected them to lose.
After spending two years at Bengaluru FC he was drafted to Mumbai City F.C. of the Indian Super League. He then spent two seasons playing for Bengaluru FC and ATK on loan. Finally in 2017, he was transferred to ATK where he has made 12 appearances.
For the 2018-19 season of the ISL, Keegan moved to NorthEast United from ATK.