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ROY KEANE

Date of birth: 10/8/71

Position: Midfielder

Club: Manchester United

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Notes: Roy Keane began his footballing career with Cobh Ramblers before Brian Clough took him to Nottingham Forest as an eighteen-year-old. He played well but eventually after 1992/93 Nottingham Forest were relegated. After this Manchester United bought Keane paying a then club and English record fee of 3.75 million. He has helped United to win five Premier League Championships, including three Doubles in 1994, 1996 and 1999. He was made captain before the 1997/98 season. However, less than two months into the season, Keane injured his knee and spent a frustrating year on the sidelines. The 1998/99 season, which ended with Manchester United winning the treble, saw Roy Keane restored to full fitness. The following season he was voted the Player of the Year by both the PFA and FWA. First capped by Jack Charlton in 1991, Roy has been an important member of the Republic of Ireland squad. He played for them in the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA.

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