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Robbie Keane
Gender Male
Birthplace South Dublin, Ireland
Born 1980 07 08
Nationality Ireland
Ethnic Irish
Job Irish Footballer
Desc The 14th-most successful goalscorer in the history of the Premier League. Played for numerous clubs but enjoyed the most success at Spurs, scoring just shy of 100 league goals


Org Ireland National Team
Club as Coach Middlesbrough [Assistant Coach]
Club as Player LA Galaxy
  Tottenham Hotspurs


Father Robert Keane
Mother Anne Keane


Morrissey Robbie Keane is the second cousin once-removed of Morrissey. Morrissey’s father and Robbie Keane’s grandfather were cousins
2009 01
Benitez is left frustrated by the club’s transfer policy, as funds are denied following the sale of striker Robbie Keane, and the club fail to act swiftly over the contract of Daniel Agger. Benitez himself refuses to commit to a long-term deal until assurances are made regarding the control of the club.

2010 08 10 Retrieve

[Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni hospitalised. Ireland skipper Robbie Keane, who will a monumental 100th appearance for his nation side on Wednesday, also wished his manager well] We are all hoping he will be fit. It won’t be the same without him

2012 03 20 Retrieve

[Ireland team-mate Robbie Keane on Shay Given] He is the best keeper in the Premier League; a world-class goalkeeper and someone who is great to have around the dressing room as well

2013 03 20 Retrieve

[Ireland captain Robbie Keane surprised by Kevin Doyle omission] I think probably everybody was [surprised]. Kevin has done fantastic for the country since he starting playing. Things are not going too well at Wolves and that’s certainly not down to Kevin. But the manager made the decision and you have to respect him

As we know in this game, anything can happen. Kevin scored at the weekend so it can easily change around. He could be in the next squad, you just don’t know

[The newly-instated LA Galaxy captain believes that the Boys in Green will also miss the experience and reputation of key players such as Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Damien Duff, and suggested that it was a difficult task for a young squad to beat Sweden]

It’s not going to be easy, we certainly know that, when you are missing big players. [Richard Dunne] is injured and Shay [Given] and [Damien Duff] have retired and they are certainly big players.

When the team you are playing against sees these names on the sheet, it kind of worries them a bit. Now at the moment there are a lot of young players that the Swedish big players probably would not see too much or hear too much of.

Certainly it’s a lot to ask of a young squad to come in. It probably takes a little bit of time but the problem is we don’t have that - we only have six games left. We have to be right on it.

[Keane says that he will not be retiring any time soon] I want to become a coach, a manager but I want to play as long as I can. I see someone like Michael Owen retiring from football, and the two of us came through at the same time. I dread the day I have to finish playing because this is my life, and what I love doing. As soon as I get the feeling that I don’t want to do it anymore [I’ll quit], but I can’t see that happening for a very long time

2013 10 20 Retrieve

[Robbie Keane on who he wants as the next Republic of Ireland manager] I want someone who is honest, who doesn’t mess around, who understands how important it is to be proud to be an international manager, to be proud of what we are trying to achieve in Ireland. Someone who is honest, somebody who has balls, someone who doesn’t take any sht from anyone

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] His crossing was incredible. I’ve never seen a player more efficient in dead-ball situations: he was able to find someone every time, which is amazing

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] He led by example on the pitch, got the best out of other players, had great energy and could take a game by the scruff of the neck. If things weren’t going well, his attitude would change that

2015 03 30 Retrieve

[Defeat would have seen Adam Nawalka’s side open up a gap of six points between the teams, which would have put a significant dent in Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification hopes] Defeat would have seen Adam Nawalka’s side open up a gap of six points between the teams, which would have put a significant dent in Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification hopes. When you go behind against anybody it’s difficult and when you’re chasing the game you feel like it’s not going to come, so to get that goal at the end it was certainly a relief and it was certainly deserved

When you go behind and you equalize in the last minute of the game, it’s certainly a point gained. If we had scored earlier maybe [it could be seen as two points dropped] but when you score in the last minute, it’s a point gained. It’ll give us confidence going into the next game as well, knowing that we can keep going, fighting until the very end and get something out of the game

James McClean, I thought he was brilliant when he came on. He put some tremendous crosses in. He put them on the back foot. When we’ve got players like that running at defenses, naturally they drop off and it pushes the whole team further up the field. Full credit to them, they pushed us to the very end and we got our rewards in the end. It would have been a dour atmosphere had we gone and lost that game, because we certainly didn’t deserve [to lose]. We’re still in it

2016 03 12 Retrieve

[Republic of Ireland’s leading goalscorer and captain Robbie Keane questioning the fashion choices of a reporter asking the LA Galaxy forward about last weekend’s UFC bout between fellow Republic of Ireland native Conor McGregor and the eventual victor, Nate Diaz] Are you going to sail there? Are you going on a boat?

2016 08 27 Retrieve

[Robbie Keane announces his retirement from international football] I have been very fortunate to play at major tournaments for Ireland over the years and I will cherish all of those memories but one in particular stands out - the 2002 World Cup and scoring the late goal in Ibaraki, Japan against Oliver Kahn. The atmosphere, the adrenaline & the buzz from the fans that night is something I will always remember

2016 09 03 Retrieve

[Robbie Keane speaks following his last match for the Republic of Ireland national team, where he scored in a 4-0 friendly win over Oman] I’ll be watching now as a fan. I said a few words to the players after the game and told them: ‘Never underestimate putting on that green jersey on because it’s the best feeling in the world.’ It has been for me for 18 years. We’re very fortunate that we have a group of players in there who are desperate to play for their country and turn up when given the nod. I think the future is certainly bright

2016 11 19 Retrieve

[Robbie Keane announces his plans to find a new club before bringing his illustrious playing career to an end] I believe that now is the right time for a new challenge, as I look towards the next chapter of my playing career. I still feel as fit and sharp as ever and I am looking forward to my next adventure. Having now retired from international football, I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football and will be taking time out to consider my options before announcing my next move

2019 07 29 Retrieve

[Robbie Keane has outlined his expectations as he moves into coaching, but refused to discuss sensational stories from his stellar playing career. Keane will be an assistant coach to Jonathan Woodgate at Middlesbrough in the Championship next season. When he was asked if he would sing for the players he will coach] What the fck?! I’m not a clown. I’m not here to entertain people. What’s that got to do with me being a coach? I like a laugh and a joke. We don’t want people coming in here as miserable fcks. We want them to be happy, but for it to be done properly. It’s a serious job we’re doing

[The former Inter, Spurs and Liverpool striker was no happier when asked about rumours he took his Tottenham team-mates for a Christmas party without manager Harry Redknapp’s knowledge or permission] I’m not answering these stupid questions. If you want to talk about me being here, no problem, but I’m not getting into cr*p questions like that. I’m not interested. Why talk about that. This isn’t about that. It’s about me being at Middlesbrough.

[True to his word, Keane was less combative when the subject turned to how he sees himself helping the players at his club] You’ll have to ask the players [if I’ll be a good coach]. I know the game. I can help strikers and defenders because I’ve played against defenders for 21 years. I will demand the very best from players, it’s all about high standards. I want players to express themselves, like I did. We want players to have no fear, don’t be frightened to try things. We don’t want them to be robots. Use your imagination, be clever and cheeky around the box. Those are the players who win games. We will encourage that freedom. Then, it’s up to them

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, whose Republic of Ireland team potentially would have benefitted from VAR when Thierry Henry handled the ball in the play-off for the 2010 World Cup, believes that there are currently too many grey areas] I was [in favour of VAR] at the start, but now I’m swaying towards ‘no’. Some of the decisions that have been made have been appalling, really