Dekel Keinan

Dekel Keinan (Hebrew: דקל קינן; born 15 September 1984) is an Israeli footballer who plays as a central defender for Sacramento Republic FC.

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 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sacramento Republic
Number 21
Youth career
Maccabi Haifa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Maccabi Haifa 136 (6)
2004–2005Bnei Sakhnin (loan) 23 (3)
2005–2006Maccabi Netanya (loan) 21 (2)
2010–2011 Blackpool 6 (0)
2011–2012 Cardiff City 19 (2)
2011–2012Crystal Palace (loan) 3 (0)
2012Bristol City (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2017 Maccabi Haifa 137 (15)
2018 FC Cincinnati 22 (2)
2019– Sacramento Republic 21 (0)
National team
2001–2003 Israel U-19 11 (1)
2003–2007 Israel U-21 30 (0)
2007–2013 Israel 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 August 2011

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 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'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

Keinan 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 2011–12 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]

FC Cincinnati

On 10 November 2017, the club FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League, a second-division soccer league in the United States, announced that they had signed Keinan for the 2018 season.[18]

Sacramento Republic

On 22 December 2018, Keinan signed with Sacramento Republic FC of the USL Championship.[19]

Club career statistics

As of 30 December 2017
Israel League State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
2002–03Maccabi HaifaIsrael League7020000090
2004–05Bnei Sakhnin (loan)23320233
2005–06Maccabi Haifa1000610071
2005–06Maccabi Netanya (loan)212212
2006–07Maccabi Haifa2803030120460
2002–10Maccabi Haifa Total13661203922702148
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11BlackpoolPremier League 60101080
2010–11Blackpool Total6010100080
2010–11Cardiff CityChampionship 2020000202
2011–12 10102040
Crystal Palace (loan)30000030
Bristol City (loan)10000010
2012–13Cardiff City00001010
2010–2013Cardiff City Total2121030252
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Israel League State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2012–13Maccabi HaifaIsraeli League305302000355
2016–173042[lower-alpha 1]04010374
2012–2017Maccabi Haifa Total107151202616015116
Total Israel 239161502032028316
England 302205000362
Career total 2351314033132042613

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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22] In 2008 and 2009 he made six appearances in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[23]



Maccabi Haifa


  1. One appearance in Israeli Super Cup


  1. "UEFA Champions League – Keinan". UEFA. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  2. Haberman, Yitzhak (10 November 2007). "Haifa returned to Bloomfield to win again-this time on Bnei-Yehuda 3:0". Maccabi Haifa F.C. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  3. "Blackpool agree one-year deal for Maccabi Kaifa's Israeli defender Dekel Keinan". Daily Mail. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  4. "Pool close-in on first summer signing". Blackpool Gazette. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  5. Watt, William (15 July 2010). "Monaco star impresses at Pool". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  6. "Pool hopeful over defender deal". Blackpool Gazette. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  7. "Edging Closer To First Signing". Blackpool F.C. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  8. "Football Tonight". 16 August 2010. Sky Sports. Sky Sports News. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  9. "Keinan to tie up Pool move". Sky Sports. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  10. "Keinan Makes It Seven". Blackpool F.C. 18 August 2010. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  11. "MK Dons v Blackpool". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  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. Kimura, Fumi (10 November 2017). "FCC Inks Maccabi Haifa Captain Dekel Keinan". FC Cincinnati. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  20. "Keinan Dekel, U19". Israel Football Association. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  21. "Keinan Dekel, Israel U-21". Israel Football Association. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  22. "Keinan Dekel". Israel Football Association. Archived from the original on 18 February 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  23. Dekel KeinanFIFA competition record
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Yossi Benayoun
Maccabi Haifa F.C. captain
Succeeded by
Neta Lavi
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