Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Pioneering Israeli footballer dies

Avi Cohen, who joined Liverpool Football Club in 1979, has died

Former Liverpool defender Avi Cohen, who became the first Israeli to play in England's top league, has died in a motorbike accident aged 54.

Mr Cohen died from injuries sustained last week, despite extensive brain surgery.

He was among the first Israeli players to sign for a major European team when he joined Liverpool in 1979. He made 24 appearances and scored one goal for the club before returning to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

He also played for Rangers in 1987-88, and was a long-time captain of the Israeli national team.

His son Tamir currently plays for Bolton in the Premier League.

Mr Cohen is survived by his wife and three children.

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