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Former Spurs, LA Galaxy striker Keane announces retirement

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Following a more than 20-year professional career, Robbie Keane has decided to hang up the boots.

The 38-year-old made the announcement on Wednesday, retiring from his playing career and immediately transitioning into a coaching role as an assistant on Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland Men’s National Team staff. Keane scored 126 goals, good for 13th all time, in more than 250 Premier League games between Wolverhampton, Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa. With Tottenham, Keane scores 91 goals in 238 Premier League appearances, before making his move to MLS.

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“Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer,” Keane said in a statement.

“From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take. It has exceeded all the hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing up in Dublin.”

Keane left MLS following the 2016 season with an impressive legacy. The former Irish international led the LA Galaxy to three MLS Cup titles, one supporters shield, and he won MLS MVP in 2014. He scored 82 goals and had 49 assists in 126 MLS matches.

Unlike some foreign stars who come to MLS at the tail end of their careers and can’t adjust, Keane was an instant star and continued to work hard to score goals and bring the LA Galaxy titles, which will cement his legacy as one of the league’s best foreign imports.

Within the Premier League, Keane will be remembered as a terrific striker for Spurs, though he came just short of reaching the heights of a player of today’s caliber such as Harry Kane. However, the Dublin native will always be a Spurs fan favorite, winning Tottenham player of the year honors three times.

Report: Robbie Keane joining Wolves’ promotion push

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Robbie Keane is heading back where it all began for the Irish striker, hopeful of aiding a return to the Premier League for his Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Keane has two goals in four matches for Atlético de Kolkata in the Indian Super League, but Wolverhampton reporter Tim Nash says they will give him an early release.

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The 37-year-old striker scored 29 goals in 87 games for Wolves from 1997-99 before embarking on a glistening career which took him to Tottenham, Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, and the LA Galaxy.

Wolves have a 12-point lead on Derby County and are 14 points ahead of third- and fourth-placed Cardiff City and Bristol City in the Football League Championship.

Robbie Keane training with Dubai based Al Ahli

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Robbie Keane’s next stop looks like being the United Arab Emirates.

Keane, 36, has been spotted in Dubai in a training session with Al Ahli Club.

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The photos below show Keane training in Dubai on Monday, with the club stating “Irish star Robbie Keane participates in morning drills.”

It is unclear whether or not Keane is set to sign for Al Ahli or is just getting in some warm weather training. The Dubai club have Asamoah Gyan as their star striker and currently sit in fourth place in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.

With his days at the LA Galaxy over after he left following the 2016 MLS season, rumors have persisted that the prolific Irish striker will land with another team in MLS. He has also been linked with plenty of teams in England as a short-term option for the summer.

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Following his stellar time with the Galaxy, Keane’s stock is incredibly high in MLS. He is arguably the greatest Designated Player, in terms of output, to ever play in MLS. He scored 104 goals in 165 appearances in all competitions for LA in his five years in California. Does he have more to offer to other MLS teams? Certainly. It will be intriguing to see if he gets a chance to move back to North America in the coming months.

Keane, the all-time leading goalscorer for the Republic of Ireland with 68 goals in 148 appearances, has recently stated that he’s looking for a new team and is open to all options and seeing what is our there.

He’s certainly true to his word.


Robbie Keane still entertaining offers ahead of return

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Robbie Keane is still sorting out his future, and it seems unlikely he’s heading back to the past.

Keane is training in Dublin ahead of a return to the pitch. The 36-year-old striker left the LA Galaxy this offseason, and says he’s had several offers from Championship squads in England as well as a few clubs abroad.

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Although he’s starred for Wolverhampton and Leeds, destinations where fans would welcome his arrival, Keane says not to hold your breath.

From TalkSport.com:

“I’ve had a lot of people asking me about coming back to Leeds and Wolves, and they’re great clubs I’ve played for, but you can’t go somewhere if people actually don’t offer you anything.

“Until it’s actually in writing to me I can’t comment much on it, but I definitely haven’t heard from Leeds or Wolves.”

Whether Stateside or in England, Keane can still have an impact on a team’s fortunes. We look forward to seeing him back on the field, and to hear some more quips as well.

Consider his answer to whether he’d entertain an offer from China:

“If they gave the money Diego Costa was offered, I’d walk there now,” Keane said.

PST ranks the top Designated Players over the past 10 MLS seasons

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Time flies by when you’re having fun, and since the Major League Soccer’s inclusion of the Designated Player (aka the Beckham Rule) 10 years ago the league has seen its share of exciting moments because of the addition.

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Since the arrival of David Beckham back in 2007, the former England international paved the way for MLS sides signing lucrative players both domestically and abroad.

While U.S. Men’s National Team stars like Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan have graced the pitch in MLS, the implementation of the DP rule has seen some of the world’s biggest names also come stateside.

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Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa have put up astounding goal totals since joining MLS two seasons ago from Europe, while the longevity of Robbie Keane and Bradley Wright-Phillips’ careers in America have dazzled supporters as well.

With that said, the PST staff takes the look at their top ranked Designated Players over the past 10 seasons.


Matt Reed

1. Robbie Keane
2. Landon Donovan
3. Clint Dempsey
4. Sebastian Giovinco
5. Bradley Wright-Phillips
6. Thierry Henry
7. Guillermo Barros Schelotto
8. David Villa
9. David Beckham
10. Juan Pablo Angel


Joe Prince-Wright

1. Landon Donovan
2. Robbie Keane
3. Guillermo Barros Schelotto
4. Sebastian Giovinco
5. David Beckham
6. David Villa
7. Thierry Henry
8. Clint Dempsey
9. Obafemi Martins
10. Diego Valeri


Nick Mendola

1. Landon Donovan
2. Robbie Keane
3. Sebastian Giovinco
4. Thierry Henry
5. Guillermo Barros Schelotto
6. David Beckham
7. David Villa
8. Cuauhtemoc Blanco
9. Clint Dempsey
10. Ignacio Piatti