Kevin Edward Doyle is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a forward. He played for St Patrick's Athletic, Cork City in his homeland before he moved to English side Reading, he was part of Reading's record-breaking promotion to the Premier League in 2006. In June 2009, he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a then-club record £6.5 million and finished his career in the United States with Colorado Rapids. Doyle made his debut for the Republic of Ireland national team in 2006, he scored fourteen goals in 62 appearances for Ireland, played at UEFA Euro 2012. In February 2018, Doyle took a job with the Wexford Under-20s GAA football team, he will be an advisor to the team. Doyle signed for his first professional club St Patrick's Athletic in September 2001 as a free agent. Doyle played for the club's under 18 side but within weeks had made his League of Ireland début as a substitute on 24 September at Oriel Park, he had a successful spell with Cork City, who he joined in February 2003, linking up with his former St. Patrick's Athletic manager Pat Dolan, who had taken over at Turners Cross.
Doyle scored 25 goals for Cork City where he began playing on the right-wing but soon reverted to his natural position of striker. He scored two goals from six appearances in the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup, including the winner against Dutch side NEC Nijmegen. Thousands of fans gave him a standing ovation in his final game for Cork City, against Finn Harps, before his transfer to Reading. On 7 June 2005, Doyle signed for Reading on a two-year deal from Cork City, Ireland for €117,000. Despite having left Cork City, Doyle received a championship medal when they won the League of Ireland Premier Division in November 2005, he was signed as a back-up, but injuries to Dave Kitson and Leroy Lita gave him an opportunity in the first team which he retained thanks to a number of important goals along the way. He scored 19 in total including the equalising goal at Leicester City on the day the Royals were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history, 25 March 2006, he became an intrinsic part of Reading's Championship-winning 2005–06 squad, according to the Actim Index was the top player in the Championship.
He was named the official Reading F. C. player of the season for 2005–06. In April 2006, he was named as Championship Fans' Player of the Year and one of the Championship Team of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association. Doyle played an important role for Reading in the 2006–07 Premier League season, his first Premiership goal came in the Royals 2–1 defeat at Aston Villa, when he headed Reading into a third-minute lead. Doyle began to show a great threat in the air, during the year 2007 he scored more headers than any other player in England's leagues, he lost out to Cesc Fàbregas. He finished the season with 13 Premier League goals after being curtailed with a torn hamstring for two months. Reading were relegated in the 2007–08 season, but they decided to hold onto Doyle and many of their top players. On 1 September 2008, he was linked with a move to Aston Villa but in the end the striker remained at Reading. Doyle remained at Reading to try to help them return to the top flight in the 2008–09 season.
He scored 18 league goals but the club failed to achieve promotion after finishing fourth and losing in the play-offs to Burnley. Doyle joined newly promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on 30 June 2009 when he signed a four-year contract for a club record fee £6.5 million. However, he had to undergo an operation to remove a hernia, which hindered his first pre-season at his new club, he picked up another minor injury while on international duty with Ireland that caused him to miss the start of the league season. He made his debut for Wolves on 22 August 2009, as a half time substitute at Manchester City, he scored his first Wolves goal on 20 September 2009 to earn a 2–1 win over Fulham. Throughout much of the season he operated as a lone striker in a 4–5–1 formation, his contribution helped the club finish 15th in their first season in the Premier League. He won the club's Player's Player of the Season Award and their Top Goalscorer Award after reaching nine goals. Doyle continued to play the lone striker role throughout most of the 2010–11 season, despite the arrival of Steven Fletcher who equalled Doyle's club record fee.
After Mick McCarthy rotated systems using various strikers, he reverted to his successful 4–5–1 formation, with Doyle playing the lone front man role. He went on to score five goals for Wolves in the second half of the season – including the winner against Manchester United that halted their 29 match unbeaten run. On 26 March 2011, Doyle tore a knee ligament while on international duty with Ireland, which kept him out of action for up to 6 weeks, he returned to action on 14 May against Sunderland, coming on as a substitute, but played no part in their final game in which they narrowly escaped relegation. Doyle was part of the Wolves squad who suffered successive relegations in consecutive seasons, to drop from the Premier League to League One during the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons. New Wolves manager Kenny Jackett stated that Doyle's wages were "too high for where we are" and that he expected him to leave. No bids materialised for the striker though during the Summer 2013 transfer window and he featured instead for Wolves' first team during the first part of the season as one of the few remaining players from their time in the Premier League.
On 31 January 2014 Doyle was loaned to Championship side Queens Park Rangers in a deal due to run until the end of the season. He scored on his debut against Burnley on 1 Fe
Manchester United F.C.
Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Nicknamed "the Red Devils", the club was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910. Manchester United have won more trophies than any other club in English football, with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields. United have won three UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. In 1998–99, the club became the first in the history of English football to achieve the continental European treble. By winning the UEFA Europa League in 2016–17, they became one of five clubs to have won all three main UEFA club competitions; the 1958 Munich air disaster claimed the lives of eight players.
In 1968, under the management of Matt Busby, Manchester United became the first English football club to win the European Cup. Alex Ferguson won 38 trophies as manager, including 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, between 1986 and 2013, when he announced his retirement. Manchester United was the highest-earning football club in the world for 2016–17, with an annual revenue of €676.3 million, the world's most valuable football club in 2018, valued at £3.1 billion. As of June 2015, it is the world's most valuable football brand, estimated to be worth $1.2 billion. After being floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1991, the club was purchased by Malcolm Glazer in May 2005 in a deal valuing the club at £800 million, after which the company was taken private again, before going public once more in August 2012, when they made an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. Manchester United is one of the most supported football clubs in the world, has rivalries with Liverpool, Manchester City and Leeds United.
Manchester United was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath. The team played games against other departments and railway companies, but on 20 November 1880, they competed in their first recorded match. By 1888, the club had become a founding member of a regional football league. Following the league's dissolution after only one season, Newton Heath joined the newly formed Football Alliance, which ran for three seasons before being merged with the Football League; this resulted in the club starting the 1892–93 season in the First Division, by which time it had become independent of the railway company and dropped the "LYR" from its name. After two seasons, the club was relegated to the Second Division. In January 1902, with debts of £2,670 – equivalent to £280,000 in 2019 – the club was served with a winding-up order. Captain Harry Stafford found four local businessmen, including John Henry Davies, each willing to invest £500 in return for a direct interest in running the club and who subsequently changed the name.
Under Ernest Mangnall, who assumed managerial duties in 1903, the team finished as Second Division runners-up in 1906 and secured promotion to the First Division, which they won in 1908 – the club's first league title. The following season began with victory in the first Charity Shield and ended with the club's first FA Cup title. Manchester United won the First Division for the second time in 1911, but at the end of the following season, Mangnall left the club to join Manchester City. In 1922, three years after the resumption of football following the First World War, the club was relegated to the Second Division, where it remained until regaining promotion in 1925. Relegated again in 1931, Manchester United became a yo-yo club, achieving its all-time lowest position of 20th place in the Second Division in 1934. Following the death of principal benefactor John Henry Davies in October 1927, the club's finances deteriorated to the extent that Manchester United would have gone bankrupt had it not been for James W. Gibson, who, in December 1931, invested £2,000 and assumed control of the club.
In the 1938–39 season, the last year of football before the Second World War, the club finished 14th in the First Division. In October 1945, the impending resumption of football led to the managerial appointment of Matt Busby, who demanded an unprecedented level of control over team selection, player transfers and training sessions. Busby led the team to second-place league finishes in 1947, 1948 and 1949, to FA Cup victory in 1948. In 1952, the club won its first league title for 41 years, they won back-to-back league titles in 1956 and 1957. In 1957, Manchester United became the first English team to compete in the European Cup, despite objections from The Football League, who had denied Chelsea the same opportunity the previous season. En route to the semi-final, which they lost to Real Madrid, the team recorded a 10–0 victory over Belgian champions Anderlecht, which remains the club's biggest victory on record; the following season, on the way home from a European Cup quarter-final victory against Red Star Belgrade, the aircraft carrying the Manchester United players and journalists crashed while attempting to take off after refuelling in Munich, Germany.
Julie-Ann Russell is a Republic of Ireland women's international footballer who plays for Sydney University. In 2014, she was voted both FAI Senior Women's International Player of the Year and the Women's National League Senior Player of the Year. Russell has played in three FAI Women's Cup finals for three different teams – the Galway Ladies League, Salthill Devon and UCD Waves. Russell has played Gaelic football at a senior level for both Galway and Connacht. Russell grew up in County Galway where she attended Scoil Mhuire Maigh Cuilinn, her older brother, John is an association footballer and plays in the League of Ireland. In 2007, together with Dora Gorman, Russell was a member of the Salthill Devon team that won the Under 16 Girls FAI Cup. In the final at Tolka Park, Russell scored the winner in a 3–2 extra–time win over Stella Maris; the following week, together with several Salthill Devon team mates including Niamh Fahey and Méabh De Búrca, Russell helped the Galway Ladies League win the 2007 FAI Women's Cup, defeating Raheny United 1–0 at Dalymount Park.
Russell subsequently played for Galway in the 2008–09 UEFA Women's Cup. In 2010 Russell played in her second FAI Women's Cup final, this time with Salthill Devon who lost 4–2 to Peamount United; as well as playing for Salthill Devon and several of her team mates, including Dora Gorman played Gaelic football for Galway in the Ladies' National Football League. Russell played for Connacht at interprovincial level. Between 2009 and 2013 Russell attended the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick where she gained a Business Studies and Marketing, 1st Class Honours degree. Together with Karen Duggan, Russell played for the UL association football team that won the 2010 WSCAI Intervarsities Cup, they defeated a UCD team. Duggan and Russell helped the team win the WSCAI Premier Division in 2010–11, they played for the UL ladies futsal team that won the 2011 WSCAI National Futsal Intervarsities title. In 2011 Russell played for Los Angeles Strikers in the USL W-League, forming a strike partnership with Cherelle Khassal.
In 2012 Russell completed a nine month internship with Doncaster Rovers Belles in the FA WSL, fulfilling the work placement element of her UL degree. In addition to playing for Belles, she worked for Doncaster Rovers F. C. in their marketing department as a digital ambassador. Russell was appointed as one of several FA WSL digital media ambassadors who wore their Twitter account name on their shirt sleeves to raise the profile of the league. Russell, along with fellow UL student Karen Duggan, began playing for Peamount United in August 2011 and subsequently played for the club in their 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League campaign and during the inaugural 2011–12 Women's National League season. Russell helped United win the WNL Cup in 2012–13. While playing for United, Russell was twice selected for the WNL Team of the Season in 2012–13 and 2013–14. In the latter season she was named Senior Player of the Year. Between 2013 and 2014 Russell attended the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin where she achieved an Honours Master’s Degree in Marketing.
Russell played association football for UCD at intervarsity level, playing in teams alongside Dora Gorman, Siobhán Killeen and Ciara Grant. During the 2013–14 season Russell helped UCD win the WSCAI Futsal Cup and the WSCAI Premier Division. In 2014–15 when UCD Waves entered a team in the Women's National League, they appointed the former Peamount United manager Eileen Gleeson to take charge of the team. Russell was one of several United players to follow Gleeson to Waves. Others included Karen Duggan, Dora Gorman, Chloe Mustaki and Emily Cahill. In 2015 Russell started working as a Bing ads account manager for Microsoft. Russell has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-15, under-17, under-19, university and senior level. In December 2011, together with Dora Gorman, Megan Campbell, Ciara Grant, Louise Quinn, Grace Murray and Karen Duggan, Russell was included in an FAI scholarship programme for potential senior women's internationals. Russell made her senior international debut on 29 October 2009, when she came on as a half–time substitute for Marie Curtin during a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.
She created the Republic of Ireland's equalising goal in their 2–1 win. She has subsequently represented the Republic of Ireland during their UEFA Women's Euro 2013, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying campaigns. Russell represented the Republic of Ireland at the 2012 Algarve Cup and in Cyprus Cup tournaments. Russell represented Ireland at the 2013 and 2015 Summer Universiades. IndividualFAI International Football Awards Senior Women's International Player of the Year 2014 FAI International Football Awards Under-19 Women's International Player of the Year 2009 Women's National League Senior Player of the Year 2013–14 Women's National League Team of the Season 2012–13, 2013–14Peamount UnitedWomen's National League Winners: 2011–12: 1 Runners-up: 2012–13, 2013–14: 2 WNL Cup Winners: 2012, 2013: 2 FAI Women's Cup Runners-up: 2012: 1UCD Waves/UCDWomen's National League Runners-up: 2014–15 FAI Women's Cup Runners-up: 2014: 1 WNL Cup Runners-up: 2016: 1 WSCAI Premier Division Winners: 2013–14 WSCAI Futsal Cup Winners: 2014Salthill DevonFAI Women's Cup Runners-up: 2010Galway Ladies LeagueFAI Women's Cup Winners: 2007University of LimerickWSCAI Premier Division Winners: 2010–11 WSCAI Intervarsities Cup Winners: 2010 WSCAI National Futsal Intervarsities Winners: 2011
Sporting de Gijón
Real Sporting de Gijón S. A. D. Commonly known as Real Sporting, Sporting Gijón, RSG or Sporting is a Spanish football club from Gijón, Asturias. Founded on 1 July 1905, it plays in Segunda División. Known as Los Rojiblancos because of their red and white striped jerseys, their home ground is El Molinón stadium, the oldest professional football ground in Spain, in use since at least 1908; the club was established in 1905 with the name Sporting Gijonés, Anselmo López being the first club president. The first game of the club is dated on 18 August 1907, against Sport Ovetense; the decline of other local clubs like Gijón Sport Club and Sportiva Gijonesa allowed Sporting Gijonés to become the main team in the city. In 1912, King Alfonso XIII accepted the Royal patronage of the club for the Spanish Crown, introducing the term "Real" to its name, becoming Real Sporting Club Gijonés. In 1914, Sporting Gijón won its first Regional Championship of Asturias, success repeated two years when the club started the first steps to buy El Molinón, where Sporting started to play its games in 1915.
On 2 April 1916, a new change took place to adopt today's Real Sporting de Gijón. Thank to the win at the Regional Championship, on 24 April 1917 the club made its debut in the Copa del Rey, but was eliminated in the first round by Arenas Club de Getxo. Sporting lost both games by 0 -- 1 in 0 -- 7 at the Basque Country. On 9 October 1921, Manolo Meana became the first Sporting Gijón player to be called up with the Spanish national team, for a friendly game against Belgium. In 1929, Sporting Gijón joined Segunda División. In its first season, the club finished in the fourth position. From 1940 until 1970, due to a temporary law forbidding the use of foreign words in football club names, the team's official denomination was Real Gijón. In 1944, the club was promoted to La Liga for the first time as champion of the 1943–44 Segunda División; the first game in the top tier was played on 24 September 1944, against Español at Sarriá. The game finished without goals; the first goal was scored in the next game against Deportivo de La Coruña, by Gundemaro, but the first win did not arrive until the week 6, when the team beat Atlético Aviación by 2–0.
Sporting remained four seasons in La Liga before its relegation, but it would come back in 1951, after winning the 1950–51 Segunda División and scoring 100 goals. Until the 1970s, Sporting alternated both divisions, spending all the decade of the 1960s in Segunda División. At the end of the 1960–61 Segunda División the club was relegated to Tercera División after losing the relegation playoffs against Burgos, but the resignation of Condal to continue playing in the second tier allows Sporting to play a repechage playoff against Sevilla Atlético and Castellón. In the first match, Sporting tied 3–3 against Castellón; the winner of the match would be decided by a coin toss. After winning the two previous coin tosses during the match, choosing tails in both, captain Pepe Ortiz decided to choose again tails, Sporting became the winner of the game. In the final for remaining in the category, Sporting defeated Sevilla Atlético by 2–1. In 1970, with the name of "Sporting" recovered, the club would start its consolidation in La Liga despite a relegation to Segunda División in 1975.
This year would mean the start of the golden era of the club. Just after promoting in 1976, Sporting Gijón started the 1977–78 season by accumulating eight matches without losses; the Rojiblancos finished in the fifth position qualifying for the first time to the UEFA Cup. Players like Quini, Enzo Ferrero or Antonio Maceda and others would make history in the 1978–79 club's season, considered the best one in the history of the club; the season started with the first round of the UEFA Cup, where on 13 September 1978 Sporting beat Torino by 3–0 at El Molinón. In the second round, Sporting was eliminated by Red Star Belgrade; the club finished the first half of La Liga as leader, tied in points with Real Madrid, but a loss against the Merengues by 0–1 kept off the possibilities of the club to win the league title. In 1981, the club played for the first time the Cup Final. In the game played at Estadio Vicente Calderón on 18 June 1981, Sporting was defeated 1–3 by Barcelona. Former Sporting Gijón player Quini, considered as the most important player in the club's history, scored two goals for the blaugranas.
Sporting repeated success in 1982, but this time Real Madrid beat the rojiblancos 1–2. During the 1980s Sporting accumulated four more participations at UEFA Cup, but always was eliminated in the first round. On 16 September 1987, Sporting won the first leg game against Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan, but a 0–3 defeat in Italy cut off Sporting's possibilities. In the previous 1986–87 season, Sporting beat Barcelona at Camp Nou by 0–4, the biggest win away in the club's history in La Liga. One year before, Manuel Vega-Arango, president since 1977, left office; the last UEFA Cup participation was during the 1991–92 season. Sporting Gijón eliminated Partizan after a penalty shootout, but failed to defeat Steaua București in the second round. In 1992, following the law, Real Sporting de Gijón became a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva, its official name since that moment is Real Sporting de Gijón, S. A. D; the internal financial crisis and the departure of important players triggers the decline of the club, pushing it to the lower positions in La Liga.
In the 1994–95 season, Sporting remained in La Liga thanks to winning the relegation playoffs against Lleida, but three years following a disastrous 1997–98 campaign where Sporting only earned 13 points (two wins and seven draws in 38 gam
Séamus John James Given is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is the goalkeeper coach at Derby County. Having surpassed the total of 100 caps required for membership, he is part of the FIFA Century Club. Given gained his first international cap in 1996 and played in goal during every match for his country during the 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign, helping them reach the knockout stage, he was on the pitch in Paris when the Republic of Ireland were knocked out of the play-offs for a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup by France before helping his team qualify for UEFA Euro 2012. Given played at UEFA Euro 2012 and was selected in Martin O'Neill's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016 but didn't appear in any of Ireland's four matches at the tournament. Given is the second most capped Republic of Ireland player, he announced his international retirement in July 2016, having amassed 134 caps for his country and kept 52 clean sheets. Given started his career at Celtic, however he never made a first-team appearance and he was released and signed by Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in 1994.
Given was part of both the Sunderland team who won the Football League First Division title in 1995–96 and the Swindon Town team who won the Football League Second Division title that same season, while on loan from Blackburn Rovers. He was signed by Newcastle United in 1997 for a fee of £1.5 million, it was there that he began competing to be a first-choice Premier League goalkeeper. Given was part of the teams who came runners-up in the 1998 and 1999 FA Cup campaigns, was named in the Premier League Team of the Season for 2001–02 and 2005–06, he played in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup with Newcastle, was involved in the club's title challenge in 2001–02. Although he submitted a transfer request during the 2000–01 campaign after losing his position in the starting line-up, it was denied, Given went on to regain his place. On 1 February 2009, Given transferred to Manchester City for £6 million on a four-and-a-half-year contract. While Given was at Manchester City, the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history after finishing third in the Premier League, as well as winning the FA Cup, though he did not appear in the league in the campaign that City reached the Champions League, nor did he play in the FA Cup.
On 18 July 2011, he joined Aston Villa for a fee believed to be around £3.5 million, signing a five-year contract. Four years Given joined Stoke City in July 2015. Born in Lifford, County Donegal, Given's footballing career began at local amateur side Lifford Celtic where he shot to notoriety for conceding seven goals on his debut, he was propelled into the limelight when he played in an FAI Junior Cup semi-final for Lifford Celtic. At 14, his performances for the club attracted attention from Celtic, he was invited to train with their youth side during a pre-season tour of Ireland in 1991. Given signed for the club a year later. Despite being named to the substitutes bench for the Old Firm derby against Rangers on 1 January 1994, Given never made a first-team appearance, his performances for Celtic's youth team did bring him to the attention of Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish, he signed for the English side on a free transfer in the summer of 1994. The season after Given's arrival saw Blackburn win the Premier League title and Given was unable to oust first-choice goalkeeper and England international Tim Flowers from the team.
He made two loan moves to Swindon Town. Given acted as understudy during his first spell at the Wiltshire club but helped them start their Championship winning Division Two campaign during the 1995–96 season, he played in five games for Swindon before returning to Blackburn at the end of 1995. Given was sent on loan again in January 1996, this time to Division One side Sunderland. Given kept 12 clean sheets during his 17 games for the club, formed part of the team who won promotion to the Premier League as champions, his performances on loan impressed Kenny Dalglish, appointed manager of Newcastle United, prompted him to sign Given again. Given signed for the North-East club in the summer of 1997 for a fee of £1.5 million. Given had earlier made his Premier League debut for Blackburn in a game against Wimbledon on 14 December 1996. Given was one of the first signings of then-newly appointed manager Dalglish. Given made his debut in Newcastle's 2–1 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday on 9 August 1997 and established himself in the first team, beating fellow goalkeepers Pavel Srníček, Shaka Hislop and Steve Harper to the position.
Newcastle advanced to the final of the FA Cup, Given played the whole match as the team were defeated 2–0 by league champions Arsenal. The club progressed to the final the following year, but Given was replaced by Steve Harper as Newcastle lost 2–0 in the final, this time to Manchester United. In November 1997, Given conceded a strange goal against Coventry City when, after collecting a cross, he rolled the ball out in preparation to make a long clearance. However, he had forgotten that Coventry striker Dion Dublin was still behind him, Dublin took advantage of the situation by rolling the ball into the empty net; the coincidence of the goalscorer's name led to the popular word game among football fans that Given "is the only Irishman who doesn't know where Dublin is" and the goal itself is still featured on lists compiled of bizarre goals. Given submitted a written transfer request in December 2000, after failing to regain his place in the first team from Steve Harper after a thigh injury had ruled him out of a match against Leeds United.
Manager Sir Bobby Robson stated at the time: "A lot of clubs have a go
Robert David Keane is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a forward and is the current assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national team. He served as captain of Ireland from March 2006 until his international retirement in August 2016. Keane began his professional career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, scoring twice on his first-team debut aged 17; the following season he was the club's leading goalscorer and scored his first international goal for the Republic of Ireland. He changed club 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 seven-and-a-half years over two spells and amassed 306 appearances across all competitions, scoring 122 goals. The 2007–08 season was the most fruitful of his career as he set a career record of 23 goals in a season, including a landmark 100th competitive goal and won his first senior honour, the League Cup.
Keane moved to Liverpool in July 2008 but he spent only six months at the club before returning to Tottenham, where he was made first team captain. In January 2010, he moved on loan to Scottish Premier League side Celtic for the rest of the season, spent the second half of the following season loaned to West Ham United, he left Tottenham for LA Galaxy in 2011, in January 2012 went to Aston Villa on a two-month loan during the Major League Soccer off-season. He departed LA Galaxy in 2016 having scored 104 goals across six seasons, before a short stint with Indian club ATK. Keane announced his retirement from professional football in November 2018. In total, he scored 126 Premier League goals for six different clubs, which ranks him as the 14th-most successful goalscorer in the history of the Premier League. Keane scored 68 goals for the Republic of Ireland national team over an 18-year international career, making him the all-time record Irish scorer, his 146 caps is an Irish record. Keane is the joint fifth-highest European international goalscorer of all time, the only player in the history of world football to have scored at least one international goal in 19 consecutive years.
He is the all-time top scorer in European Championship qualification matches. Keane was Ireland's top scorer at the 2002 FIFA World Cup with three goals as they reached the last 16, played at UEFA Euro 2012 and UEFA Euro 2016. Throughout his club and international career he was known for his goal celebration where he performed a cartwheel followed by a forward roll. Keane was born on 8 July 1980 in Tallaght, Republic of Ireland, his parents are Anne Keane. He started his football career with local club Fettercairn before joining Dublin schoolboy team Crumlin United at the age of 10 where his talent was seen and recognised at an early age. 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, he moved to Wolverhampton four days before his 16th birthday in July 1996. 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. He went on to be the club's leading scorer, with 16 goals in the 1998–99 season. 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. However, with three years left on his contract, Wolves sought a high price for their Irish star and managing director John Richards stated his reluctance to sell Keane unless their asking price was met. Just weeks into the 1999–2000 season, he was sold to Premier League club Coventry City for £6 million a British record for a teenager. Keane got off to a great start, scoring two goals on his debut against Derby County. 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 and formed a productive strike partnership with Cédric Roussel.
Keane played in a total of 34 games, scoring 12 goals. After an impressive first season in the Premier League, Keane was signed by Italian Serie A club Inter Milan for a fee of £13 million in July 2000, signing a five-year contract; the Inter manager at the time was Marcello Lippi, who 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." However, Keane's dream move to Italy soon soured. Lippi's successor, Marco Tardelli, deemed Keane to be surplus to requirements and in December 2000, he was loaned out to Leeds United. Keane made 14 appearances for Inter in all competitions scoring three goals, his most memorable coming two minutes into the Supercoppa Italiana match against Lazio, he scored against Ruch Chorzów in the UEFA Cup and Lecce in the Coppa Italia. His Leeds career got off to an impressive start, scoring nine goals in 14 starts for the club 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, he found himself dropping down the pecking order. His form suffered and he only managed nine goals in 33 appearances, three of them being in a 6–0 League Cup win at Leicester City on 9 October 2001. Meanwhile, Leeds sunk deeper into debt and were forced to sell many 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. On signing
Sheffield United F.C.
Sheffield United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The team competes in the second tier of English football; the football club was formed in 1889 as an offshoot of Sheffield United Cricket Club, are nicknamed The Blades due to Sheffield's history of steel production. The club have played their home games at Bramall Lane since their formation in 1889. Bramall Lane is an all-seater ground with a capacity of 32,702. Sheffield United won the original Football League in 1898 and the FA Cup in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925, they were beaten finalists in the FA Cup in 1901 and 1936, reached the semi-finals in 1961, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2014. They reached the semi-finals of the League Cup in 2003 and 2015. For most of the club's history they have played in white striped shirts with black shorts, their closest rivals are Sheffield Wednesday. Sheffield United formed on 22 March 1889 at the Adelphi Hotel, Sheffield by the President of the Cricket Club Sir Charles Clegg.
The Wednesday had moved from Bramall Lane to their own ground at Olive Grove after a dispute over gate receipts and the tenants of Bramall Lane needed to create a new team to generate income. Sir Charles Clegg was incidentally the president of The Wednesday. Undoubtedly United's heyday was the 30-year period from 1895–1925, when they were champions of England in 1897–98 and runners up in 1896–97 and 1899–00, FA Cup winners in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925, finishing runners up in 1901, eleven years after their cup final win in 1936. United have not won a trophy since 1925, bar those associated with promotion from lower-leagues, their best performances in the cup competitions being several semi-final appearances in the FA Cup and Football League Cup, their darkest days came between 1975 and 1981. After finishing sixth in the First Division at the end of the 1974–75 season, they were relegated to the Second Division the following season and three years after that setback they fell into the Third Division.
They reached an absolute low in 1981 when they were relegated to the Fourth Division, but were champions in their first season in the league's basement division and two years afterwards they won promotion to the Second Division. They did fall back into the Third Division in 1988, but new manager Dave Bassett masterminded a quick revival which launched the Blades towards one of the most successful eras in their history. Successive promotions in the aftermath of the 1988 relegation saw them return to the First Division in 1990 after a 14-year exile, they survived at this level for four seasons and reached an FA Cup semi-final in the 1992–93 season before being relegated in 1994. They would remain outside the top flight for the next 12 years, although they did qualify for the play-offs under Bassett's successor Howard Kendall in 1997 and caretaker manager Steve Thompson in 1998, they were struggling at the wrong end of Division One when Neil Warnock was appointed manager in December 1999, a financial crisis was preventing the club from being able to boost their squad, but in 2002–03 they enjoyed their most successful season for a decade, reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cups and reaching the Division One play-off final, where they were beaten 3–0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Three years however, Warnock delivered a Premier League return as the Blades finished runners-up in the rebranded Championship. They lasted just one season back amongst the elite, before being relegated from the Premier League amidst the controversy surrounding Carlos Tevez, the player, controversially signed by West Ham United and whose performances played a big part in their remarkable escape from relegation. Neil Warnock resigned as manager; the club struggled to come to terms with life back in the Championship, with a spiralling wage bill not being matched by the quality of the players brought in, a succession of managers within a short period of time. The Blades did reach the Championship playoff final in 2009 under Kevin Blackwell, but a period of decline set in; the 2010–11 season proved disastrous, with the club employing three different managers in the space of a season, which ended in relegation to League One under Micky Adams, meaning they would play in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1989, only five years after gaining promotion to the Premiership.
In the 2011–12 season, the club finished third in League One, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion to rivals Sheffield Wednesday, entered the playoffs. With victory over Stevenage in the semi-final, United missed out on an immediate return to the Championship after suffering a penalty shootout defeat to Huddersfield Town; the Blades again made it to the League One playoffs in 2012–13 after a fifth-place finish, but were knocked out by eventual promotion winners Yeovil Town on an 85th-minute goal in the second leg of the semi-finals. On 3 September 2013 it was confirmed that Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the royal House of Saud had bought a 50% stake in United's parent company'Blades Leisure Ltd' for the fee of £1 with the promise of providing "substantial new capital" with the aim of returning the Blades to the Premier League as "quickly as possible". In 2014 the Blades began to be described by areas of the media as "giant-killers", having reached the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, losing 5–3 to Hull City.
In 2014–15 the team reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and semi-finals of the Football League Cup, desp