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Dekel Keinan

Dekel Keinan
Keinan playing for Maccabi Haifa in 2015
Personal information
Full name Dekel Keinan
Date of birth (1984-09-15) 15 September 1984
Place of birth Rosh HaNikra, Israel
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Haifa
Number 21
Youth career
Maccabi Haifa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Maccabi Haifa 136 (6)
2004–2005 Bnei Sakhnin (loan) 23 (3)
2005–2006 Maccabi Netanya (loan 21 (2)
2010–2011 Blackpool 6 (0)
2011–2012 Cardiff City 19 (2)
2011–2012 Crystal Palace (loan) 3 (0)
2012 Bristol City (loan) 1 (0)
2012– Maccabi Haifa 68 (6)
National team
2001–2003 Israel U-19 11 (1)
2003–2007 Israel U-21 30 (0)
2007– Israel 27 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:56, 30 April 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 August 2011

Dekel Keinan (Hebrew: דֶקֶל קֵינַן‎; born 15 September 1984) is an Israeli footballer who plays as a central defender for Maccabi Haifa.

Keinan has previously played for Bnei Sakhnin, Maccabi Netanya, Blackpool, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and Bristol City. He has played for Israel at under-19, under-21 and full levels.


  • Club career 1
    • Maccabi Haifa 1.1
    • Blackpool 1.2
    • Cardiff City 1.3
    • Return to Maccabi Haifa 1.4
  • Club career statistics 2
  • International career 3
  • Honours 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

Maccabi Haifa

Keinan started his career with the Maccabi Haifa youth team. He made his first team debut in the 2002–03 season, making seven appearances. On 6 November 2003 he made his European debut in the second round of the 2003–04 UEFA Cup, a 0–0 draw with La Liga side Valencia.[1]

In the 2004–05 season, he went on loan to fellow Israeli Premier League side Bnei Sakhnin, making 23 appearances and scoring five goals. The following season he joined Maccabi Netanya on loan, making 21 appearances and scoring two goals.

His first goal for Maccabi Haifa came in the 2007–08 Israeli Premier League season, a 3–0 win over Bnei Yehuda at the Bloomfield Stadium on 10 November 2007.[2]

In the 2009–10 season he made eleven appearances in Maccabi Haifa's UEFA Champions League campaign as they reached the group stages.[1]


On 12 July 2010 it was reported that Keinan had agreed a one-year contract with recently promoted Premier League club Blackpool, and that subject to a medical, he would join on a free transfer two days later.[3] Blackpool chairman, Karl Oyston confirmed that the club had held discussions with Keinan and were hopeful of signing him,[4] after a medical on 15 July.[5] Five days later it was revealed that Keinan had passed the medical and that he was waiting on a work permit before he could link-up with the Blackpool squad in Devon where they were competing in the pre-season South West Challenge Cup tournament.[6]

On 23 July, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway confirmed that Keinan was about to sign, after finally being granted a work permit, saying, "Dekel has got to fly to Tel Aviv to get his passport done. And he's got to do an English test, which he'll pass and I would fail. I think he's a quality lad and a good player. And I'm delighted to have someone with his experience. "[7] Over three weeks later on 16 August, Sky Sports News reported that Keinan had finally joined Blackpool,[8] claiming that he had signed a two-year contract.[9] Two days later he finally joined the Tangerines, on a one-year contract with an option for a further 12 months. Speaking about the move, Keinan said: "I'm looking forward to the first game and I'm very happy that everything is done. I just want to play for Blackpool and help this team. I had different offers but after I met the gaffer I was sure that I wanted to play for Blackpool."[10]

His debut came on 21 August in the 6–0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. After defender Ian Evatt was sent off in the 32nd minute, Keinan was then brought on to replace sacrificed midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre.

He made his full debut in the second round of the 2010–11 League Cup, a 4–3 defeat to Milton Keynes at Stadium MK.[11]

Cardiff City

He joined Cardiff City, for an undisclosed fee, in January 2011. Keinan made his debut for Cardiff in a 1–0 away win against local rivals Swansea City. His first goal in English football came in a 2–2 draw with Barnsley on 13 March. Cardiff City had reached the play-offs, Cardiff were drawn against Reading, the first leg was 0–0 draw at Madjeski Stadium. During the return leg, Keinan pulled on Matthew Mills' shirt in which referee Howard Webb gave a penalty, Shane Long scored his second of the match from the penalty and Cardiff ended losing the match 3–0.

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Keinan found himself not in the starting eleven, being replaced by Anthony Gerrard who returned from his loan spell at Hull City. He got his first call up to the team on 23 August against Huddersfield Town in the League Cup. Keinan didn't find himself on the bench until a start against Leicester City, on 21 September. Due to a mass of injuries, Keinan found his first league appearance under Malky Mackay against Southampton a week later. On 21 November 2011, Keinan joined Crystal Palace on a six-week loan after finding himself far down the pecking order.[12] Manager Malkay criticised Keinan for revealing his loan move to Crystal Palace.[13]

He returned to Cardiff on 7 January after a £500,000 move to Selhurst Park fell through and the loan deal couldn't be extended.[14] Keinan found himself straight in the starting line up for the following game against West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup, which was his 250th career appearance. However a lack of opportunities continued, which saw Keinan sent out on loan again, but this time to Severnside rivals, Bristol City until the end of the season.[15]

Following his disappointing first full season in Cardiff, Keinan was left out of the squad to travel to Switzerland during the pre-season tour.[16] Despite being left out of the pre-season, Keinan started the first game of the season against Northampton Town.

Return to Maccabi Haifa

On 18 September 2012, Keinan signed for his former club Maccabi Haifa following his release from Cardiff City.[17]

Club career statistics

As of 14 June 2014
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Maccabi Haifa Israeli Premier League 7 0 7 0
2003–04 13 0 13 0
2004–05 1 0 1 0
2004–05 Bnei Sakhnin (loan) 23 3 23 3
2005–06 Maccabi Haifa 1 0 1 0
2005–06 Maccabi Netanya (loan) 21 2 21 2
2006–07 Maccabi Haifa 28 0 28 0
2007–08 24 2 24 2
2008–09 28 3 28 3
2009–10 34 1 11 0 45 1
2002–10 Maccabi Haifa Total 136 6 11 0 147 6
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Blackpool Premier League 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
2010–11 Blackpool Total 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
2010–11 Cardiff City Championship 20 2 0 0 0 0 20 2
2011–12 1 0 1 0 2 0 4 0
Crystal Palace (loan) 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Bristol City (loan) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 Cardiff City 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010–2013 Cardiff City Total 21 2 1 0 3 0 25 2
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Maccabi Haifa Israeli Premier League 30 5 3 0 2 0 0 0 35 5
2013–14 24 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 30 0
2012– Maccabi Haifa Total 54 5 4 0 2 0 5 0 65 5
Total Israel 239 16 15 0 2 0 32 0 283 16
England 30 2 2 0 5 0 0 0 36 2
Career total 235 13 14 0 5 0 32 0 325 13

a. All cup appearances for Maccabi Haifa included in 2009–10 total as specific season details not yet known
b. All European appearances for Maccabi Haifa details not known, therefore known total included only in totals

International career

Keinan, a full international for Israel, has also played at under-19 and under-21 levels.

He made his under-19 debut, two months after his 17th birthday, in a 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualifier on 30 November 2001, a 0–0 draw with Yugoslavia at the Herzliya Municipal Stadium. On 3 October 2002 he scored as Israel beat Azerbaijan 4–0 in a 2003 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualifier. He made a total of eleven appearances at under-19 level, scoring one goal.[18]

Keinan made his under-21 debut on 30 April 2003 in a 3–0 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualififier defeat to Cyprus. In June 2007 he was part of the Israel squad for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship finals, held in the Netherlands, playing in all three groups games.[19]

He made his Israeli senior national team debut on 2 June 2007, in a 2–1 win over Macedonia, a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group E game at the Skopje City Stadium.[20] In 2008 and 2009 he made six appearances in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[21]


With Maccabi Haifa


  1. ^ a b "UEFA Champions League – Keinan".  
  2. ^ Haberman, Yitzhak (10 November 2007). "Haifa returned to Bloomfield to win again-this time on Bnei-Yehuda 3:0".  
  3. ^ "Blackpool agree one-year deal for Maccabi Kaifa's Israeli defender Dekel Keinan".  
  4. ^ "Pool close-in on first summer signing".  
  5. ^ Watt, William (15 July 2010). "Monaco star impresses at Pool".  
  6. ^ "Pool hopeful over defender deal".  
  7. ^ "Edging Closer To First Signing".  
  8. ^ "Football Tonight". 16 August 2010.  
  9. ^ "Keinan to tie up Pool move".  
  10. ^ "Keinan Makes It Seven".  
  11. ^ "MK Dons v Blackpool".  
  12. ^ "Cardiff defender Keinan makes loan move to Crystal Palace". TalkSport. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Cardiff boss Mackay rages at Keinan over Twitter leak of loan to Crystal Palace". Daily Mail. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Keinan's move hits the Dek". The Sun. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Bristol City sign Hogan Ephraim, Andre Amougou & Dekel Keinan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Cardiff City defender Anthony Gerrard on his way out after pre-season snub". South Wales Echo. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Maccabi Haifa strengthens soccer squad". Haaretz. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Keinan Dekel, U19".  
  19. ^ "Keinan Dekel, Israel U-21".  
  20. ^ "Keinan Dekel".  
  21. ^ Dekel Keinan – FIFA competition record

External links

  • Profile at maccabi-haifafc
  • Dekel Keinan career statistics at Soccerbase
  • Israel Football Association profile
  • Dekel Keinan at
  • Profile at
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