A new book about Ireland’s football captain Robbie Keane written by Irish Daily Star soccer writer Paul Lennon is on sale in book stores nationwide from today. Robbie: A Striker’s Story profiles the Tallaght-born striker who has scored 53 goals in 115 games for his country. Since his professional debut with Wolves in 1997, he has made almost 600 club appearances and scored over 200 goals. He now plays for Los Angeles Galaxy.
Keane, 32 next month, has clocked up nearly €100 million in transfer fees since joining Coventry in 1999. He has played for ten clubs, including Leeds, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur. He had loan spells at Glasgow Celtic, Aston Villa and West Ham before being released by Spurs to move to Major League Soccer (MLS) in the US. He married Miss Ireland contestant Claudine Palmer in Dublin four years ago.
Author Paul Lennon, 49, is a native of Drogheda, Co Louth. A lifelong football fan he went to his first game as a seven-year-old when his home club was beaten by Limerick in the 1971 FAI Cup final after a replay. He has worked as a journalist since 1983, first with the Drogheda Local News before joining the Meath Weekender and then the Sunday Tribune. He has worked as the Star football correspondent since 1992.
Robbie: A Striker’s Story (rrp €11.99) has a foreword by former Ireland striker Niall Quinn. It is published in paperback by Independent Star’s Paperweight Publications. It was launched at a Euro 2012 preview event with Star columnists Eamon Dunphy, Ray Houghton and Pat Dolan, chaired by RTE presenter Bill O’Herlihy. Ireland play Croatia in their Euros’ opener in Poznan’s Ferenc Puskas Stadium this Sunday, kick-off 7.45pm.