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Israeli soccer giant dies of injuries
Posted By ISRAEL21c Staff On December 30, 2010 @ 3:55 am In | No Comments
In 1979, he joined the Reds for a fee of $450,000, becoming the first Israeli to play for an English team.
Cohen’s greatest moment in a Liverpool shirt came on September 25, 1979, when he was selected in the starting 11 for his team’s game against Aston Villa. The Reds, who were reigning league champions at the time, needed a win to retain their title – and things looked to be going according to plan when they took an early lead. Just before half time, however, Cohen scored an own goal to level the score.
But five minutes after the restart, he made amends by scoring his side’s second goal. Liverpool went on to win 4-1 and the championship remained on Merseyside.
He retired as a player in 1990 and has since coached six teams. For the past five years he has been chairman of the Israel Professional Footballers Association.
Cohen’s son, Tamir Cohen, is a midfielder for the Bolton Wanderers in northern England. He flew back to Israel after the accident to be by his father’s bedside.
Dozens of Liverpool fans paid tribute to Cohen on the club’s website, many of them recalling his two-goal performance in September 1979. “YNWA,” many of the tributes read, quoting Liverpool’s famous anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
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