Daniel Michel Cousin (born 7 February 1977) is a Gabonese retired footballer who played as a striker.

Daniel Cousin
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Cousin playing for Hull City in 2009
Personal information
Full name Daniel Michel Cousin[1]
Date of birth (1977-02-07) 7 February 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Libreville, Gabon
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Martigues 36 (5)
1998–2000 Chamois Niortais 46 (5)
2000–2004 Le Mans 129 (44)
2004–2007 Lens 101 (26)
2007–2008 Rangers 28 (11)
2008–2010 Hull City 31 (4)
2010Larissa (loan) 9 (2)
2010–2011 Larissa 27 (6)
2011–2014 Sapins 13 (11)
Total 420 (114)
National team
2000–2014 Gabon 56 (13)
Teams managed
2018 Gabon (joint manager)
2018–2019 Gabon
2019 ES Fos-sur-Mer
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played for Martigues, Chamois Niortais, Le Mans Union Club 72, RC Lens, Rangers, Hull City, Larissa and Sapins, as well as the Gabon national team.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Libreville, Estuaire Province, Cousin (pronounced [kuzɛ̃]) moved to Marseille, France when he was three.[3]

Club careerEdit


Cousin played in the lower leagues in France for Martigues and Niort before moving to Le Mans Union Club 72.

He joined RC Lens in the summer of 2004. Whilst at RC Lens he appeared in the UEFA Cup in both 2005–06 and 2006–07 starting 13 games with 2 appearances as a sub netting 8 goals in the process. Lens qualified for the 2005–06 tournament after triumphing in the UEFA Intertoto Cup competition with Cousin starting in 5 games, making 3 sub appearances and scoring 3 goals including one in the final itself versus CFR Cluj of Romania.


On 9 August 2007, Cousin arrived at Murray Park in Glasgow to hold contract talks over a move and signed a three-year deal for a reported fee of £750,000.[4] He scored his first goal for Rangers on his debut in a 2–0 home league win against St Mirren on 11 August 2007,[5] and scored twice on his first start a week later against Falkirk.[6]

Cousin played at Ibrox, against Lyon in the UEFA Champions League on 12 December 2007. Rangers lost 3–0 with Cousin playing the first half before getting substituted for Steven Naismith in that game.[7] In November 2007 he was linked with a transfer away from Rangers, and it was reported that he had a release clause in his current contract which means he could leave in January 2008. This was denied by Rangers but the club did reveal there was a £3 million release clause during the 2008 summer transfer window.[8]

Cousin intensified speculation about his departure when he was reported as ridiculing his Rangers teammates over their drinking and dietary habits ahead of a crucial game with Lyon.[9] This was later denied by Cousin, who said he had been misquoted.[10]

On 21 January 2008 it was reported that Premier League side Fulham had had a £2 million bid rejected by Rangers manager Walter Smith.[11] The next day a bid of £3 million from Fulham activated a release clause,[12] however FIFA regulations meant Cousin required special dispensation to complete the move.[13] On 29 January, the transfer was cancelled as FIFA did not grant permission[14] but it later emerged that FIFA had not reached a decision over the transfer.[15] On 29 February, FIFA announced it would not allow the deal to be completed.[16]

On 1 May 2008, Cousin was sent off during extra time of the Fiorentina v Rangers UEFA Cup semi-final second leg match for a headbutt.[17] Despite Cousin's sending off, Rangers progressed to win the game on penalties.[17] A matter of days later, he did the same to Dundee United defender Lee Wilkie, in a 3–1 win[18] mired in refereeing controversy.[19][20] Although he was not sent off, Cousin was widely criticised for his stupidity.[21] On 31 August, Cousin scored the opening goal in the first Old Firm match of the season. Rangers went on to win the match 4–2 and he was later sent off for two bookable offences.[22] This was the player's final game for Rangers, but Rangers' then-assistant manager Ally McCoist said: "That was as good a centre-forward performance in an Old Firm game as I've ever seen from anybody. That particular day he was phenomenal."[23]

Hull CityEdit

Cousin playing for Hull City in 2009

On 1 September 2008, Cousin signed for English Premier League side Hull City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[24] Cousin scored his first Hull goal against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 27 September 2008.[25] His header was the decisive goal and helped to exalt Hull City to a historic 2–1 victory over Arsenal.[26] He scored against Manchester United at Old Trafford[27] before scoring again at home to Manchester City.[28] On 1 September 2009, a loan deal to Premier League rivals Burnley fell through.[29] In total, Cousin scored five goals in 33 matches for the Tigers.


Cousin joined the Greek side Larissa on loan for the second half of the 2009–10 season.[30] He was the second player from Gabon to play for Larissa after Henry Antchouet.[citation needed] The transfer was made permanent on 18 August 2010.[31] Despite a good performance the following season, Larissa were relegated from the top tier, and he left the club.[32]


On 13 October 2011, Cousin returned home to Gabon to play for local team Sapins FC in an attempt to boost his chances of playing at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.[33] The deal with Sapins allowed the striker to leave without any conditions if he received an offer from a club in Europe.[33] Cousin was released by Sapins on 31 January 2012.[34] Cousin agreed personal terms to rejoin Rangers until the end of the season,[35] but Rangers entered administration and had a transfer embargo applied by the Scottish Premier League.[36] When Rangers attempted to register Cousin with the league, their application was rejected.[36]

International careerEdit

Cousin made his debut for Gabon on 23 January 2000 in a 3–1 defeat to South Africa. He participated in all three of Gabon's matches at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations. On 2 September 2006 he was made captain of the national team and led them to a 4–0 win over Madagascar. He scored the only goal in a 1–0 win at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations over Cameroon.

Coaching careerEdit

On 4 September 2014, Cousin was named general manager of Gabon.[37]

In September 2018, he became manager of the Gabon national team.[38] He left in March 2019.[39]

On 20 May 2019, Cousin was appointed manager of French club ES Fos-sur-Mer.[40] He was sacked already on 30 September 2019.[41]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Gabon's goal tally first.[42][43]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 April 2000 Stade Omar Bongo, Libreville, Gabon   Madagascar 1–0 1–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 25 June 2000 Stade Omar Bongo, Libreville, Gabon   Congo 2–? 2–3 Friendly
3. 2 June 2001 Stade Omar Bongo, Libreville, Gabon   Tunisia 1–0 1–1 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4. 2 September 2006 Stade Omar Bongo, Libreville, Gabon   Madagascar 2–0 4–0 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5. 9 September 2009 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon   Cameroon 1–2 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 10 October 2009 Stade Omar Bongo, Libreville, Gabon   Morocco 3–0 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 6 January 2010 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa   Mozambique 2–0 2–0 Friendly
8. 13 January 2010 Estádio Nacional da Tundavala, Lubango, Angola   Cameroon 1–0 1–0 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
9. 11 August 2010 July 5, 1962 Stadium, Algiers, Algeria   Algeria 1–0 2–1 Friendly
10. 9 February 2011 Stade Aimé Bergeal, Paris, France   Mozambique 2–0 2–0 Friendly
11. 27 January 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville, Gabon   Morocco 2–1 3–2 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
12. 8 September 2012 Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou, Benin   Togo 1–0 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
13. 26 January 2014 Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South Africa   Libya 1–1 1–1 (2–4 pen.) 2014 African Nations Championship


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