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04th Aug 2017

Robbie Keane has a new club, and the reaction was inevitable

He'll be coached by a former Manchester United striker

Robert Redmond

Everyone’s a comedian.

Robbie Keane has a new club. The veteran striker has joined Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League, who are coached by Teddy Sheringham, his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate.

Keane has been without a club since leaving Los Angeles Galaxy late last year. The former Liverpool and Inter Milan striker won three MLS Cups out in the United States, and was one of the most successful designated players in the league’s history.

The 37-year-old had been linked with a move to Birmingham City, who are managed by his old boss Harry Redknapp. But he’s decided instead to take his talents to Calcutta.

Atletico de Kolkata are Keane’s 11th club in a nomadic career, which began with Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 years ago. The Irishman has scored goals everywhere he’s been, including 68 goals for the Republic of Ireland.

However, any mention of Keane usually results in one joke – about his boyhood clubs.

When the striker joined Liverpool in 2008, he said he grew up supporting the club. When he arrived at Celtic for a short loan spell in 2010, he said he grew up supporting the club.

In Ireland, many football fans follow Celtic as well as an English club, with Manchester United and Liverpool the best supported English clubs in the country. So, Keane’s claim wasn’t as strange as it might sound, but it became infamous and the butt of endless jokes.

And even now, years after the joke was first made and stopped being funny, it was doing the rounds when Keane’s transfer was announced.

Seriously, they just kept coming.

No mate, the entire internet beat you to the joke. Seven years ago.

Keane has had a lot of clubs though.


Robbie Keane