In their quest for the title for the third time, two time champions Atletico de Kolkata announced the signing of Irish football legend Robert David “Robbie” Keane for the upcoming season of Indian Super League. Also Read - ISL: Atletico de Kolkata Smash Debutants Hyderabad FC For 5-0 Rout
Keane, who has been a prolific scorer playing for the Republic of Ireland with 146 International appearances scoring 68 goals will be strengthening the new look ATK side. Also Read - Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19: FC Goa Solidifies Play-Off Spot With 3-0 Victory Against ATK
Keane has been Ireland’s top scorer at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also represented his country at UEFA Euro 2012 followed by Euro 2016. Also Check: Indian Super League 2017: FC Pune City Sign Marcos Tebar From Delhi Dynamos Also Read - Indian Super League Season 5: Bengaluru FC Begin ISL Season 5 With 1-0 Win Over Defending Champions Chennaiyin FC, Miku Scores
Robbie has been one of the legends of English Premier League football, leaving his legacy with clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy.
On Keane’s arrival to the ISL club, ATK’s head coach Teddy Sheringham said, “His enthralling skills with the ball and willingness to take on the opposition without inhibition is an asset for any team. I am sure ATK’s striking abilities will be bolstered with Robbie in the side. I am sure the young Indian players we have selected from the domestic draft will learn from him about the way he goes about preparing for a major tournament like ISL.”
A talented, quick, and agile player, Keane is a versatile forward, capable of playing anywhere along the front line always searching to net those memorable goals.
“I feel extremely fortunate to have played for some of the best clubs in England and the USA, as well as representing my country at several major tournaments. At this stage of my career, the offer to experience a new league and culture in Asia appealed to me. To join the current Indian Super League champions is a great pleasure and through hardwork, I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment over the course of the 2017/2018 season,” said Keane.