Marc Keller (born 14 January 1968) is a French former professional footballer who played primarily as a midfielder.[1][2] In his club career he played in France, Germany and England. For the national side he played seven times, scoring one goal against Brazil. He later became general director of RC Strasbourg and AS Monaco.

Marc Keller
Marc Keller au local des supporters du Racing Club de Strasbourg en 2017.jpg
Keller in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-01-14) 14 January 1968 (age 55)
Place of birth Colmar, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
SR Colmar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Mulhouse 118 (15)
1991–1996 Strasbourg 149 (35)
1996–1998 Karlsruher SC 61 (13)
1998–2001 West Ham United 44 (5)
2000–2001Portsmouth (loan) 3 (0)
2001–2002 Blackburn Rovers 2 (0)
Total 377 (68)
International career
1995–1998 France 7 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Keller began his career in France playing for Mulhouse. In 1991 he moved to Strasbourg whom he helped win the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup, scoring a hat-trick in the second leg of the final against FC Tirol Innsbruck.[3] In 1996 he moved to Germany to play for Karlsruher SC.

West Ham UnitedEdit

Keller was signed by West Ham in July 1998 on a free transfer from Karlsruher SC by manager Harry Redknapp. He made his debut on 12 September 1998 in a 2–1 home win against Liverpool coming on as a substitute for John Hartson.[4] His first West Ham goal came on 22 November 1998 in a 2–0 away win against Derby County.[4] Keller played 22 games in his first season in all competitions scoring five goals as West Ham finished in fifth place in the Premier League to qualify for the Intertoto Cup.[4]

The following season, he played four games in the tournament including the second leg of the final away against FC Metz. West Ham won the game 3–1 to win the trophy 3–2 on aggregate,[5][6][7] this being the second time Keller had won the tournament having also won it four years previously at Strasbourg. West Ham therefore qualified for the UEFA Cup as one of the three winners of the competition for that season.[4][8] Keller played in three of West Ham's four games in the UEFA Cup and 34 games with one goal in all competitions during the 2000–01 season.[4] However, in the 2001–02 season he played just a single game, against Walsall in the League Cup. In September 2000 Keller was sent on loan to Portsmouth, then playing in Division One. He played three games before returning to West Ham.[9] In January 2001 he was allowed to leave, on a free transfer, to Blackburn Rovers.[4] This was part of a deal which saw Christian Dailly move to West Ham for £1.7 million.[10]

Blackburn RoversEdit

Keller played only five games for Blackburn Rovers, two in the league and three in the FA Cup, all as substitute appearances.[9] His last game came on 7 March 2001, a 3–0 home win against Bolton Wanderers, when he was a 73rd-minute substitute for Damien Duff.[9] It was his last game in professional football.

International careerEdit

Keller made his debut for France in January 1993 in a friendly match in Dakar against Senegal coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Corentin Martins.[11] He played seven times for France, scoring once. On 3 June 1997 in a match in Le Tournoi, Keller equalised an earlier goal by Roberto Carlos in a 1–1 draw against Brazil.[12] His last game was in March 1998 against Russia.[13]


  1. ^ "Marc Keller". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Keller, Marc" (in German). Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Strasbourg-Wacker 1995". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Marc Keller". Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Game played on 24 Aug 1999". Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  6. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999". Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Metz made to pay". Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  8. ^ "West Ham United". Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "Games played by Marc Keller in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Dailly set for West Ham switch". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Senegal v France, 12 January 1993". Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  12. ^ "France v Brazil, 03 June 1997". Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Marc Keller". Retrieved 25 February 2014.

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