Sander Keller

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Sander Keller
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Personal information
Date of birth (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1985–1992 Zeeburgia
1992–1999 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Utrecht 1 (0)
2000–2003 RBC Roosendaal 77 (3)
2003–2010 Utrecht 198 (16)
2010–2012 Neuchâtel Xamax 16 (3)
2012–2015 Almere City 53 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2015 (UTC).

Sander Keller (born 18 September 1980 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a centre back.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Amsterdam, Keller began his career at his local club, Zeeburgia, at the age of six. He played regularly for the team before being spotted by AFC Ajax's youth scouts. He was then offered a place in the Ajax Amsterdam Academy a year later, and started training with the club before he had even reached 15 years of age.

FC Utrecht and RBC Roosendaal[edit]

In 1999, Keller wanted to play more matches, and therefore he joined FC Utrecht. In Utrecht he only played one match, and therefore he went to RBC Roosendaal. Here, he played 25 matches in his first season, but he could not prevent RBC Roosendaal from relegating. Eventually, he would play 77 matches for RBC, before moving back to FC Utrecht.

Second period at FC Utrecht[edit]

In Utrecht, he now played often in the Utrecht-defense. In Utrecht, Keller enjoyed many successful years, including winning the KNVB Beker two times and playing 6 UEFA Cup matches.[1]

In the 2006/07 season, Keller could not count on a place in the start-11. Therefore, he went on a look for a new club. He did not find any, and the following summer he renewed his contract until 2010.[2]

Since the 2007/08 season, he played regularerly and became a very stabile defender.

Neuchâtel Xamax[edit]

Keller signed a one-and-half-year contract with Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax on 11 January 2011.[3] On 2 January 2012, Keller should sign a loan with De Graafschap until the end of the season but the deal broke.[4] Xamax went bankrupt shortly after his return to the club.[5]

Almere City FC[edit]

June 2012 Keller signed a three-year contract with the Dutch side Almere City FC. He retired, after having played three seasons with the club, in July 2015.

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1999/00 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 1 0
2000/01 RBC Roosendaal Netherlands Eredivisie 25 0
2001/02 RBC Roosendaal Netherlands Jupiler League 28 2
2002/03 RBC Roosendaal Netherlands Eredivisie 24 1
2003/04 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 23 2
2004/05 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 23 2
2005/06 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 30 1
2006/07 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 8 2
2007/08 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 26 2
2008/09 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 29 5
2009/10 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 23 5
2010/11 FC Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 3 0
Neuchâtel Xamax Switzerland Swiss Super League 16 3
2011/12 Neuchâtel Xamax Switzerland Swiss Super League 0 0
2012/13 Almere City Netherlands Eerste Divisie 4 0
2013/14 Almere City Netherlands Eerste Divisie 18 2
2014/15 Almere City Netherlands Eerste Divisie 31 4
Total 312 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report: FC Utrecht vs Djurgarden – UEFA Cup". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 16 September 2004. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Keller Pens New Utrecht Deal". Give Me Football. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sander Keller est le nouveau No. 17 de Xamax !". Neuchâtel Xamax. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  4. ^ De Graafschap ziet af van Sander Keller, degraafschap.nl, 9 January 2012
  5. ^ "Swiss club Xamax bankrupt, Chechen owner arrested - - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 

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