Players - Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane
Birthdate: 8 July 1980
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Other clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers (1995-99), Coventry City (1999-2000), Inter Milan (2000-01), Leeds United (loan 2000-01 + transfer 2001-02), Tottenham Hotspur (2002-08), Tottenham Hotspur (2 / 2009-11), Celtic (loan / 2010), West Ham United (loan 2011), Los Angeles Galaxy (2011-16), Aston Villa (loan 2012), Atletico de Kolkata (2017-18)
Bought from: Tottenham Hotspur
Signed for LFC: £19m, 28.07.2008
International debut: 25.03.1998 vs. Czech Republic
International caps: 146/68 (4/2 at LFC) - 31.08.2016
Liverpool debut: 13.08.2008
Last appearance: 28.01.2009
Debut goal: 01.10.2008
Last goal: 26.12.2008
Contract expiry: 02.02.2009
Win ratio: 60.71% W:17 D:10 L:1
Games/goals ratio: 4
Games/assists ratio: 5.6
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 18 / 5
League games / goals / assists: 19 / 5 / 4
Total games / goals / assists: 28 / 7 / 5

Player Profile

Keane is the current record goalscorer of Republic of Ireland. He was Britain's most expensive teenager when Coventry paid Wolves £6 million in 1999 and has a total cost of £74 million in transfer fees. He started his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1997 where he scored 29 goals in 87 games during his two-years stay in the First Division. Keane only played one year at Premier League's Coventry before a surprising move to Internazionale for £13 million. He had a torrid six months there as he fell out of favour when Italy's world cup winning coach, Marcello Lippi, who had brought him there, was sacked and replaced by Marco Tardelli. His escape from Italy was David O'Leary's Leeds. However he struggled for form as well as his teammates after Leeds, who reached the 2001 Champions League semi-finals, were facing a financial disaster. Keane was a number of Elland Road stars who were sold to pay off debts. He was only 22-years-old, but Spurs was his fourth club. During his six years at White Hart Lane, Keane consistently finished his first four seasons as one of the club's top scorers. In each of his last two seasons he went past the 20 goal mark and became the thirteenth player to score one hundred Premier League goals, on Boxing Day 2007.

Keane is well known for scoring great goals as well as being a goal creator and no doubt Rafa hoped that Fernando Torres would benefit from being his strike partner as Dimitar Berbatov did. His former manager at Tottenham, Martin Jol, was very surprised when Spurs decided to sell him to Liverpool in the summer of 2008: "He symbolised Spurs. He was the most influential player in the dressing room. I really thought Robbie Keane would have stayed there for the rest of his career." Great things were expected of Keane and he was a regular starter in the early weeks of the season but his first Liverpool goal did not arrive until 1 October in his eleventh first-team appearance after 688 minutes without scoring, in the home Champions League fixture against PSV Eindhoven. Just like Peter Crouch three years earlier, he just couldn't find the net in a Premier League match; and that situation lasted until West Bromwich Albion came to Anfield on the second weekend in November, when he scored twice. Keane got another brace against Bolton on Boxing Day as well as a superb equaliser at Arsenal just before Christmas. On the final day of the January transfer window Keane signed for Spurs for significantly less than Liverpool had paid six months earlier. Many believed former Liverpool Chief Executive, Rick Parry, had initially bought Keane, but Rafa later put that straight, saying he wanted Keane and he hadn't been certainly forced upon him. Rafa said that simply as "a good player sometimes cannot perform in a different team."

Keane's second spell at White Hart Lane was not a particularly happy one. He added only another eleven League goals by the time another January transfer-window opened in 2010. Keane moved on loan to Celtic until the end of the 2009/10 season where he scored 12 times in 16 league games and added another four goals in three Scottish cup matches. Despite being at Celtic Park for a relatively short period of time, he had created enough of an impact to be voted the Fans' Player of the Year. West Ham signed Keane on loan from Spurs in January 2011 until the end of the season. The Hammers had an option to extend his stay by two years if they avoided relegation. However, the Hammers were indeed relegated so Keane returned to Tottenham after scoring twice in nine Premier League matches during his brief stay. Keane was on the move again in August 2011, signing a two-year deal with Los Angeles Galaxy. In January 2012 Keane joined the claret and blue of Aston Villa on a two-month loan from Galaxy, scoring three times in six Premier League matches. On his return to Los Angeles he won the MLS title.On 7 June 2013, Keane played his 126th game for Ireland becoming the new record appearance holder, breaking Shay Given's previous record of 125 appearances. Keane celebrated by scoring Ireland's goals in a 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands.

At the age of 36 Keane was called up to Ireland's squad for Euro 2016 and made two late substitute appearances in the group games before returning to California to continue his LA Galaxy career. At the end of that year's MLS season he announced that he was leaving the club and hoped for one last challenge in club football, having already announced his international retirement. He failed to find another club for the second half of the 2016-17 season in Europe but in August 2017 he announced he had agreed a deal with Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata, managed by his former Spurs teammate Teddy Sheringham. He scored eight goals in eleven games, three of which were as player manager after Sheringham was sacked. After taking some timeout to consider his options, he announced his retirement from the game in November 2018 and was then appointed as an assistant coach of the Irish national team.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 19 1 1 7 0 28
2008-2009 19 1 1 7 0 28
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
2 166 PSV Eindhoven
2 154 Everton
2 151 Standard Liege
2 149 Bolton Wanderers
2 124 Atletico Madrid
2 96 Wigan Athletic
1 90 Fulham
1 90 Middlesbrough
1 90 Manchester United
1 81 Arsenal
1 79 Aston Villa
1 77 Sunderland
1 73 Stoke City
1 73 Preston North End
1 72 WBA
1 66 West Ham United
1 66 Tottenham
1 60 Chelsea
1 20 Manchester City
1 4 Marseille
1 3 Crewe
1 0 Portsmouth
Total Started/substitutions
23 Started
5 On the bench
5 Substitute
18 Substituted
Total Venue
14 Away
14 Home
Total Competition
19 Premier League
7 Champions League
1 FA Cup
1 League Cup
Total W D L Win % Manager
28 17 10 1 60.7% Rafa Benítez
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 5 0 0 2 0 7
2008-2009 5 0 0 2 0 7
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
7 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
5 Premier League
2 Champions League
Total Goal minute period
1 1-15 minutes
4 31-45 minutes
2 46-60 minutes
Total Goal origin
7 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 1 0 5
2008-2009 4 0 0 1 0 5
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 13.08.2008 Standard Liege Stade de Sclessin Europe
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 34 01.10.2008 PSV Eindhoven Anfield Europe
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Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Wolves 1997-1998 England First Division 38 11 45 11
Wolves 1998-1999 England First Division 33 11 39 16
Wolves 1999-2000 England First Division 2 2 3 2
Coventry City 1999-2000 England Premier League 31 12 34 12
Inter Milan 2000-2001 Italy 1 6 0 11 1
Leeds United 2000-2001 England Premier League 18 9 20 9
Leeds United 2001-2002 England Premier League 25 3 33 9
Leeds United 2002-2003 England Premier League 20 0 23 0
Tottenham 2002-2003 England Premier League 29 13 32 13
Tottenham 2003-2004 England Premier League 34 4 41 6
Tottenham 2004-2005 England Premier League 35 11 45 17
Tottenham 2005-2006 England Premier League 36 16 38 16
Tottenham 2006-2007 England Premier League 27 11 44 22
Tottenham 2007-2008 England Premier League 36 15 54 23
Tottenham 2008-2009 England Premier League 14 5 14 5
Tottenham 2009-2010 England Premier League 20 6 25 9
Celtic 2009-2010 Scotland Premier League 16 12 18 15
West Ham United 2010-2011 England Premier League 9 2 9 2
Aston Villa 2011-2012 England Premier League 6 3 7 3
LA Galaxy 2012-2013 USA 1 28 16 39 22
LA Galaxy 2013-2014 USA 1 23 16 32 16
LA Galaxy 2014-2015 USA 1 29 19 35 21
LA Galaxy 2015-2016 USA 1 24 20 30 25
LA Galaxy 2016-2017 USA 1 17 10 20 10
Athletico de Kalkata 2017-2018 India1 9 6 11 8
Total 565 233 702 293