Robbie Keane


Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane
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Personal information
Full name Robert David Keane
Date of birth 8 July 1980 (1980-07-08) (age 31)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Los Angeles Galaxy
Number 14
Youth career
Crumlin United
1995–1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers 73 (24)
1999–2000 Coventry City 31 (12)
2000–2001 Internazionale 6 (0)
2001 Leeds United (loan) 18 (9)
2001–2002 Leeds United 28 (4)
2002–2008 Tottenham Hotspur 197 (80)
2008–2009 Liverpool 19 (5)
2009–2011 Tottenham Hotspur 41 (11)
2010 Celtic (loan) 16 (12)
2011 → West Ham United (loan) 9 (2)
2011– Los Angeles Galaxy 4 (2)
National team
1998– Republic of Ireland 114 (53)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07 November 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2011

Robert David "Robbie" Keane (Irish: Roibeárd Ó Catháin; born 8 July 1980) is an Irish association football player who plays as a striker for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer (MLS) and captains the Irish national football team.

Keane has scored 53 goals for his national side making him the all-time record Irish goalscorer, having become the first Irish player to score 50 international goals in June 2011. He is rated the 25th highest international scorer in the world on the list of association football players with 50 or more international goals, and the world's 3rd highest international scorer still active, after Stern John and Miroslav Klose. Keane was Ireland's top scorer at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, with three goals plus a converted penalty in the shoot-out with Spain. With 114 full caps, he is Ireland's second most capped player of all time and is a member of the FIFA Century Club. He is the tenth highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League with 123 goals (as of 18 April 2011) and is the ninth highest goalscorer in Tottenham Hotspur history.

Keane began his professional career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, scoring twice in his first team debut aged 17. The following season he was the club's leading goalscorer and scored his first international goal with Republic of Ireland. He changed club frequently between 1999 and 2002, breaking transfer fee records, but his brief spells at Inter Milan and Leeds United were unexceptional. He joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2002 and played there for six years. The 2007–08 season was the most fruitful of his career as he set a career record of 23 goals in a season, scored a landmark 100th competitive goal for Tottenham and won his first senior honour, the League Cup. He moved to Liverpool in July 2008 but he spent only six months at the club and soon returned to Tottenham and was made first team captain. In January 2010, Keane moved on loan to Scottish Premier League side Celtic for the rest of the season. He left Tottenham for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011.

Keane's pedigree was reinforced when he became Ireland's record goalscorer in 2004 and Steve Staunton appointed him national team captain in 2006.

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Early life

Keane was born on 8 July 1980 in Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland; the son of Robert Senior and Ellie Keane He started his football career with South Dublin schoolboy team Crumlin United F.C. where his talent was recognised at an early age.[2] Keane received offers from both Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers but decided to go to the First Division side, judging that it would be harder to break into the first team at Liverpool.[3] He moved to Wolves at the age of fifteen, joining their youth team.[4]

Club career

Wolves

Keane progressed through Wolves' youth ranks and made his professional debut aged 17 on 9 August 1997, scoring twice against Norwich City. The following season he excelled at the club, earning praise from both the press and Wolves manager Colin Lee.[5] He went on to be the club's leading scorer, with 16 goals in the 1998–99 season.[3] Keane's performances and goalscoring record with both Wolves and his national team attracted much interest from larger clubs and a move for the young striker seemed imminent given Wolves' finances.[6][7] However, with three years left on his contract, Wolves sought a high price for their Irish starlet and managing director John Richards stated his reluctance to sell Keane unless their asking price was met.[8]

Coventry City

Just weeks into the 1999–2000 season, he was sold to Premier League club Coventry City for £6m, then a British record for a teenager.[9] Keane got off to a great start, scoring two goals in his debut. During a successful season at Coventry, he played a major role in a stylish attacking side boasting the likes of Gary McAllister, Mustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo. He scored 12 goals in 34 games, many of them showpiece finishes, and came to both national and international prominence.

Inter Milan

Marcello Lippi signed Keane for a fee of £13 million.[10] Lippi later said "At that time at Inter, they had a policy of going for young players and Robbie Keane was the best one that I saw."[11] However, Keane's dream move to Italy soon soured when Lippi was sacked. Lippi's successor, Marco Tardelli, deemed Keane to be surplus to requirements. Keane's ambition refused to let him stagnate in Italy and in December 2000, he was loaned out to Leeds United after only 14 appearances and three goals for Internazionale in all competitions, his most memorable coming in the Italian Supercup against Lazio after two minutes into the match. He also scored against Ruch Chorzów in the UEFA Cup[12] and U.S. Lecce in the Coppa Italia.[13]

Leeds United

His Leeds career got off to an impressive start, scoring 9 goals in 14 starts before the Leeds manager, David O'Leary, made his loan deal permanent in May 2001 at an original cost of £12 million. The following season was not so bright, and he found himself dropping down the pecking order. His form suffered and he only managed 10 goals in 33 appearances. Meanwhile, Leeds' financial troubles forced the club to sell many of its players and Keane joined the exodus when he was sold to Tottenham Hotspur just before the 2002–03 transfer deadline for a fee of £7 million.[14]

Tottenham Hotspur

Robbie Keane, about to take a penalty at White Hart Lane

On signing him for Tottenham, manager Glenn Hoddle said that Keane was ideally suited to Tottenham and could make White Hart Lane his "spiritual home" for years to come. Keane had an impressive debut at Spurs, winning a penalty during a 3–2 win over West Ham. Keane's first goal for Tottenham came in a 2–1 win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Although Spurs finished in a disappointing tenth place, Keane was their success story of the season, finishing as Tottenham's top scorer with 13 goals, including a spectacular hat-trick in a win over Everton at White Hart Lane.

In the 2003–04 season, Spurs battled with relegation, but Keane's goals played a major part in helping secure Tottenham's Premier League status. A hat-trick against Wolves and a last minute penalty to equalise in the North London derby against Arsenal were highlights as Keane once again ended the season as Tottenham's top scorer with 16 goals.

His third season, 2004–05, was more frustrating. Despite finishing with his highest return of goals in a season for Spurs, 17, he played second-fiddle to the likes of Jermain Defoe, Frédéric Kanouté and Mido for much of the season. The frustration culminated in Keane storming from the dugout towards the end of a game against Birmingham City in April 2005 after all the substitutes had been used, meaning he would not get a chance to appear. He was fined £10,000 and forced to train with the reserves after the outburst and his future at the club was thrown into doubt.[15][16]

The 2005–06 season started as the previous one had ended, with Defoe being preferred to partner Mido in Tottenham's strikeforce. However, Defoe's strike-rate continued to disappoint and Keane's persistence paid off in November when manager Martin Jol eventually gave Keane a chance to replace Defoe and stake his claim. By March he had overtaken Mido as the top goalscorer at the club. Keane went on to finish the season with 16 league goals – making him the Premier League's joint fourth top goalscorer that season. He had also been made the vice-captain, taking the captaincy on occasions when Ledley King was not available.[16]

Hoddle once said of Keane's personality:

"He's such a bubbly lad that anyone who meets him loves him."

[17]

Keane was involved in a training ground fight with teammate Edgar Davids in December 2005, but the pair subsequently made up publicly and were seen encouraging each other on the pitch.[18] In February 2006, Inter's owner and president, Massimo Moratti, admitted his regret at letting Keane go after being impressed by his performances at Tottenham.[19] Keane extended his commitment to Tottenham, signing a new four year contract in March 2006.[20] Keane was named as one of ten Spurs squad members to be struck down by norovirus on 6 May 2006. However, he still managed to play in their final game of the season against West Ham United.[21]

Keane had a slow start to the 2006–07 season which was further set back by a knee ligament injury that Keane suffered against Middlesbrough on 5 December 2006. His coming back from injury marked the beginning of a return to form and a dynamic partnership with Dimitar Berbatov. Keane and Berbatov were jointly awarded the FA Premier League's Player of the Month Award for April 2007. Keane finished the season with a total of 22 goals in all competitions – the highest ever season tally of his career – scoring 15 goals in his last 15 appearances of the season.

Keane started in his 200th appearance for Tottenham in the final game of the 2006–07 season against Manchester City scoring the first goal in a 2–1 victory that saw Tottenham secure fifth place in the league.

He signed a new five year contract with Tottenham on 28 May 2007.[22] On 26 December 2007 he became the thirteenth player in the history of the league to score 100 Premier League goals.[23] 2007 proved to be a remarkable year for the striker with a total of 31 goals and 13 assists from just 40 starts. His tally of 19 league goals in the calendar year was the highest of any player in the Premier League throughout 2007.[24]

He scored his 100th competitive goal for Tottenham in the 2–0 win against Sunderland on 19 January 2008. He is the fifteenth Tottenham player to achieve this feat. On 24 February 2008 he won his first senior honour as a player as his Tottenham side won the first League Cup Final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, beating Chelsea 2–1 after extra time.[25] On 12 April 2008 Keane made his 250th appearance for Spurs in the 1–1 draw with Middlesbrough. Keane finished the 2007–08 season equal top scorer for Spurs with Berbatov, with 23 goals in all competitions. His 15 Premier League goals making him the first Spurs player to score double figures in the Premier League in 6 consecutive seasons.[26] Keane in his Tottenham career won the player of year three times (2003–04, 2005–06 and 2007–08); the first player to do so.[3]

His consistency and strike-rate attracted the attention of Premier League rivals Liverpool. Despite initial resistance to the sale and accusations of misconduct,[27][28] Tottenham agreed to a £20.3 million deal for the player.

Liverpool

Liverpool publicly announced their interest in Keane on 1 July 2008.[29] Amid accusations that Liverpool had unsettled the player, Tottenham Hotspur filed a complaint to the Premier League regarding the club's conduct.[28] However, on 28 July 2008, Tottenham confirmed the sale of Keane for £19 million (plus a potential £1.3 million in performance based compensation).[30][31] Keane agreed terms with Liverpool shortly afterwards, signing a four year contract with the Merseyside club.[32] Upon his arrival to Liverpool, Robbie Keane said, "I've been a Liverpool fan all my life, going back to when I was a kid growing up in Dublin, and I always had a Liverpool shirt on my back. So, to be here now as a Liverpool player is incredible and I couldn't be happier."[33] Following the transfer, Tottenham withdrew their official complaint against Liverpool after the club made a donation to the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and apologised for their behaviour prior to the deal.[34] Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy publicly stated his dissatisfaction, saying he had been forced into transferring the player due to Liverpool's interference.[35] Keane was given the squad number 7, and scored his first goal for Liverpool on 1 October 2008 in a Champions League win against PSV Eindhoven at Anfield.[36] A second Champions League goal quickly followed scoring the opening goal in Liverpool's 1–1 draw with Atlético Madrid.[37] Premier League goals were less forthcoming but he scored twice for Liverpool against West Bromwich Albion on 8 November.[38] The brace after a goalless spell came as a relief to the striker but he reflected upon the situation with maturity:

"The goals have been a long time coming but deep down I knew they would. I might have worried about it when I was younger but not now."

[39]

Six weeks passed before Keane scored again but it was a crucial equaliser against Arsenal, giving Liverpool a 1–1 away draw against their league rivals.[40] In the following Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers, Keane scored two more league goals to seal a 3–0 win for Liverpool.[41] During the January transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur made an approach for the striker and Liverpool accepted the offer, allowing the Irishman to return to his former club.[42][43][44]

Return to Tottenham Hotspur

Robbie Keane, playing against Chelsea on 21 March 2009 at White Hart Lane

Keane rejoined Tottenham on 2 February 2009, signing for a basic fee of £12 million, potentially rising to £16 million with add-ons.[45] The deal meant that the cumulative transfer fees paid for Keane over his career amounted to around £75 million.[46]

Despite his spell at Liverpool being short and disappointing, he was at that time the most expensive player ever to be sold by the club.[citation needed]

He signed a four-year contract with the north London club.[47] Keane was one of three players to make returns to Tottenham during the transfer window, along with Jermain Defoe and Pascal Chimbonda.[30] He was also made Tottenham vice-captain a week later,[48] after often deputising for Ledley King during his first spell there.[49][50][51][52][53] Keane scored his first goal since his return to the club on 4 March,[54] opening the scoring in the crucial 4–0 home victory against Middlesbrough.[55][56] He followed this up by scoring another vital goal, this time a last-minute equaliser, away to Sunderland in a 1–1 draw on 7 March.[57][58]

Soon after Keane's return to White Hart Lane, railway service Virgin Trains ran an advertisement with the slogan "A Liverpool to London return faster than Robbie Keane."[59] On his return to Liverpool on the final day of the season, he scored in a 3–1 defeat.[60] He received a generally warm reception from the fans despite scoring against them.

On 31 July 2009, Keane captained Tottenham to winning the Premier League Asia Trophy in a pre-season competition in China. He scored twice in the 3–0 win over Hull City inside Beijing National Stadium. On 26 September 2009, Keane scored four goals in a 5–0 win over Burnley.[61] During Tottenham's Carling Cup Fourth Round match, Keane scored one of two goals against Everton on 27 October 2009 at White Hart Lane.[62][63] He continued his scoring form with another against Sunderland in their 2–0 home win on 7 November 2009.[citation needed]

Celtic loan

On 1 February 2010, Keane signed for Celtic in a loan deal until the end of the 2009–10 season and was assigned the number 7 shirt, previously worn by Jimmy Johnstone and Henrik Larsson.[64][65] After signing for Celtic, Keane said "The club is brilliant. I am a Celtic fan and did not have to ask much about it. I always wanted to play for Celtic.[64] It's absolutely fantastic to be here."[66]

He made his Celtic debut in a 1–0 defeat on 2 February at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock.[67] He scored his first goal for Celtic in a 4–2 victory in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup against Dunfermline at East End Park.[68] He scored his first goal in the SPL against Aberdeen in a 4–4 draw on 13 February.[69] His first goal at Celtic Park proved to be the winner against Dundee United on 20 February.[70] Keane's first Old Firm match against Rangers was on the 28 February, with Celtic losing 1–0.[71] On 13 March, Keane scored his first Celtic hat-trick in a 3–0 Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock,[72] and then scored a brace in a league clash against them two weeks later.[73] Keane's penultimate match was a 2–1 Old Firm win over Rangers on 4 May[74] his last match for Celtic came against Hearts on 9 May, he scored the first goal in a 2–1 victory.[75] He stated that he enjoyed his time at Celtic and that it had given him back his 'hunger for football'.[76]

On 12 April, Keane was announced as SPL Player of the Month for March 2010.[77] On 19 April 2010, Keane was announced as Celtic's Fans' Player of the Year.[78]

West Ham United loan

On 30 January 2011, Keane joined West Ham United on loan for the remainder of the season.[79] Keane made his debut for West Ham on 2 February in a 3–1 victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, scoring his first goal in the process.[80] West Ham had an option to extend the deal by two years if they avoided relegation from the Premier League.[81] However, in May 2011 West Ham were relegated and Keane returned to Tottenham.[82]

Los Angeles Galaxy

After playing one match for the newly reformed New York Cosmos in Paul Scholes's testimonal match[83] Keane joined American club Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer,[84] becoming one of the club's three allowed designated players, alongside David Beckham and Landon Donovan. Galaxy traded their previous third Designated Player, Juan Pablo Angel, to Los Angeles rivals CD Chivas USA in order to make room for Keane.[85] He made his debut on August 20, 2011, in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes, and scored his first goal for his new team in the 21st minute.[86] His first CONCACAF Champions League goal was scored in September 2011 against Monarcas Morelia of Mexico.[citation needed] Keane assisted the winning goal for Landon Donovan in the 72nd minute of the 2011 MLS Cup Final on 20 November as the Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo by a 1-0 score.[87]

International career

Robbie Keane warming up for Ireland

Keane is currently ranked as the 45th highest international scorer in the world.[88] He is joint second, with Raúl and Jan Koller, on the list of all-time top scorers in European Championship qualification.[89]

Keane was part of the so called "Golden Generation" of Republic of Ireland youth football of the late 1990s. Under the guidance of Brian Kerr, the unfancied Republic won the UEFA U-16 and U-18 European championships in 1998, and Robbie was part of the victorious U-18 side in Cyprus.[90] In 1999, he played at the World Youth Cup in Nigeria, where the Republic reached the last 16 before going out on penalties to the hosts. His first Ireland cap came against the Czech Republic in Olomouc in March 1998, scoring his first senior goal against Malta in October that year. He won his 70th cap in the Republic's 5–0 defeat of San Marino, scoring a hat-trick along the way.[91]

Keane was selected by Mick McCarthy as part of the Republic of Ireland squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, scoring three goals in Ireland's four games. Keane scored an injury-time equaliser against Germany in the group stage match as the Irish surprised many by holding the former champions to a draw. This was the first of only three goals which Germany conceded in the tournament (the other two were scored in the final by Brazilian legend Ronaldo). In the Round of 16 match against Spain, he scored a last-minute penalty to force the game into extra-time and a penalty shoot-out after the Irish had gone a goal down early in the first half, but eventually lost 3–2 on penalties.

Although the Republic of Ireland failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Keane scored four goals in the Republic's eight qualifying matches. Following Steve Staunton's appointment as the manager of the Republic of Ireland, Keane was appointed captain.[92] In their first game under Staunton, Keane scored the second goal in the 3–0 victory against Sweden at Lansdowne Road, and celebrated the final match at the Lansdowne Road stadium, against San Marino, with a hat trick.[91] Giovanni Trapattoni, who took over from Staunton, maintained Keane as team captain starting in his first game in charge against Serbia on 24 May 2008 which ended in a 1–1 draw.[93]

As captain, Keane led the team to a second place finish in the 2010 World Cup qualifying. He scored his 40th international goal against Cyprus, a header in the 83rd minute, which secured a 2–1 win for Ireland.[94] Along with Dimitar Berbatov, he topped the scoring chart in the qualifying group with 5 goals in 10 games. His 41st international goal came in the 2010 World cup play-off with France on 18 November 2009.[95] This was his 26th goal in competitive (non-friendly) internationals.

Keane won his 100th cap against Argentina in a 1–0 friendly defeat on 11 August 2010. This match was also the first international football match at the new Aviva Stadium.[96] He scored his 45th international goal against Russia in October 2010.[97] It was the first time Ireland had lost a game in which Robbie Keane had scored. Previously, Ireland had won 26 and drew 10 of the 36 games in which Keane had scored (Note: This counts the 1–1 result against Spain in the knockout stages of the 2002 World Cup as a draw. Ireland lost in a penalty shootout). He broke the record for most appearances as a captain on 26 March 2011, beating Andy Townsend's record and also scored a goal in the process.

Keane took part in the inaugural Nations Cup for Ireland, which took place in February and May 2011. He ended the tournament as top scorer, despite not having played in the Republic's first game against Wales. Keane scored three goals in total, two against Northern Ireland in a 5–0 victory, and what proved to be the tournament's winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Scotland. The Republic of Ireland emerged from the competition victorious, having won all three of their games without conceding a goal. On 4 June 2011, Robbie Keane scored twice against the Republic of Macedonia in qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 to become the first Irish player to score more than 50 goals. Following the game with Macedonia his total stood at 51 goals. Now, following the Republic of Ireland's play-off hammering of Estonia which secured qualification for UEFA Euro 2012in Poland and Ukraine, Keane's international goal tally stands at 53.

Personal life

On 7 June 2008, he married former Miss Ireland contestant Claudine Palmer, in Ballybrack, South Dublin.[98] The couple had their first child on 10 May 2009, a boy named Robert Ronan Keane Jr.[99][100] He is also noted for his singing skills.[101][102][103]

Honours

Club

Tottenham
Los Angeles Galaxy

International

Republic of Ireland

Individual

(* Jointly shared with Dimitar Berbatov)

Career statistics

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wolves

(First Division)

1997–98 38 11 3 0 4 0 45 11
1998–99 33 11 2 2 4 3 39 16
1999-00 2 2 1 0 3 2
Total 73 24 5 2 9 3 87 29
Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Coventry City

(Premier League)

1999–2000 31 12 3 0 34 12
Total 31 12 3 0 34 12
Serie A Coppa Italia Supercoppa Italiana Europe Total
Internazionale
(Serie A)
2000–01 6 0 3 1 1 1 4 1 14 3
Total 6 0 3 1 1 1 4 1 14 3
Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Leeds United

(Premier League)

2000–01 18 9 2 0 20 9
2001–02 25 3 2 3 6 3 33 9
2002–03 3 1 3 1
Total 46 13 2 0 2 3 6 3 56 19
Tottenham Hotspur

(Premier League)

2002–03 29 13 1 0 2 0 32 13
2003–04 34 14 3 1 4 1 41 16
2004–05 35 11 6 3 4 3 45 17
2005–06 36 16 1 0 1 0 38 16
2006–07 27 11 5 5 3 1 9 5 44 22
2007–08 36 15 3 2 5 2 10 4 54 23
Total 197 80 19 11 19 7 19 9 254 107
Liverpool

(Premier League)

2008–09 19 5 1 0 1 0 7 2 28 7
Total 19 5 1 0 1 0 7 2 28 7
Tottenham Hotspur

(Premier League)

2008–09 14 5 - - - - - - 14 5
2009–10 20 6 1 1 2 2 - - 25 9
Total 34 11 1 1 2 2 - - 39 14
Spurs Total 231 91 20 12 21 9 19 9 293 121
League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Celtic

(Scottish Premier League)

2009–10 16 12 3 4 0 0 - - 19 16
Total 16 12 3 4 0 0 - - 19 16
Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Tottenham Hotspur

(Premier League)

2010–11 7 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 10 1
Total 7 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 10 1
West Ham United

(Premier League)

2010–11 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Total 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Major League Soccer Open Cup MLS Cup Playoffs North America Total
Los Angeles Galaxy

(Major League Soccer)

2011 4 2 0 0 3 1 2 1 9 4
Total 4 2 0 0 3 1 2 1 9 4
Career Total 438 159 38 19 38 18 39 15 570 214
As of November 8, 2011[104][105]
Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 5 2
1999 8 3
2000 9 2
2001 7 1
2002 11 6
2003 7 4
2004 10 6
2005 7 1
2006 6 4
2007 8 3
2008 7 3
2009 11 6
2010 8 4
2011 10 8
Total 114 53

International goals and caps

Ireland's goal tally first.

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Accolades

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ledley King
Tottenham Hotspur captain
2009
Succeeded by
Ledley King
Preceded by
Kenny Cunningham
Republic of Ireland captain
2006–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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