Steven Cohen (footballer)

Steven Cohen (Hebrew: סטיבן כהן; born 27 February 1986) is a French-Israeli professional association football player who is currently without a club.

Steven Cohen
סטיבן כהן
Personal information
Full name Steven Cohen
Date of birth (1986-02-27) 27 February 1986 (age 36)
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Montpellier HSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Montpellier B[1] - (-)
2006–2008 Racing de Ferrol 21 (1)
2008–2009 UD Salamanca 38 (6)
2009–2010 Hapoel Ra'anana 28 (7)
2010–2012 Beitar Jerusalem 51 (5)
2012 Waasland-Beveren 0 (0)
2012–2013 Beitar Jerusalem 18 (1)
2013–2014 Hapoel Ironi Acre 27 (3)
2014–2015 Hapoel Haifa 23 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 02:27, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Cohen was born in Marseille to a French father with Israeli citizenship and Jewish mother.[2]

From Montpellier to FerrolEdit

Cohen was brought up through the youth ranks of French club Montpellier HSC. After being released by Montpellier, Cohen landed at Spanish club Racing Club de Ferrol. The second season for Cohen in Spain proved to be his breakout year and he was courted by Deportivo de La Coruña who agreed to terms with Cohen on a four-year contract. Due to budget issues at Deportivo, the deal was canceled and Cohen traveled to Israel to visit family and friends.[2] During this visit, he went on a week-long trial at F.C. Ashdod. When push came to shove, no final offers had been made and Cohen returned to Spain to play for UD Salamanca.[2]

Move to IsraelEdit

In August 2009, Cohen spurned offers from clubs in Spain and Turkey and signed a two-year deal starting at 80K, with a one-year option, with Israeli club Hapoel Ra'anana. In doing so, Cohen advanced his dream of one day playing for the Israeli national team and became the most expensive signing ever for Hapoel Ra'anana.[3]

Cohen's debut in Israel was on 12 September 2009 in a Premier League match between Hapoel Ra'anana and Maccabi Netanya. In August 2010, Cohen signed for a 1-year contract at Beitar Jerusalem. After two seasons with Beitar, Cohen moved for Waasland-Beveren but after less than a month with the Belgian club he decided to get back to Israel and played another season with Beitar. In the 2013-14 he played for Hapoel Acre. After one season in Acre, Cohen signed a two-year contract with Hapoel Haifa.

HonoursEdit

StatisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2006–2007 Racing de Ferrol Segunda División - - - - - - - - - -
2007–2008 21 1 - - - - - - 21 1
2008–2009 UD Salamanca 38 6 - - - - - - 38 6
Total Spain 59 7 - - - - - - 59 7
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2009–2010 Hapoel Ra'anana Ligat ha'Al 28 7 0 0 5 0 0 0 33 7
2010–2011 Beitar Jerusalem Ligat ha'Al 23 1 3 0 2 1 0 0 28 2
2011–2012 Beitar Jerusalem Ligat ha'Al 28 4 1 0 3 2 0 0 32 6
2012–2013 Waasland-Beveren Belgian Pro League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–2013 Beitar Jerusalem Ligat Ha'Al 18 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 21 1
2013–2014 Hapoel Akko Ligat Ha'Al 27 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 28 3
Total Israel 124 16 5 0 10 3 0 0 139 19

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.joueurs.steven.cohen.33884.en.html[bare URL]
  2. ^ a b c Manor, Inbal; Kidron, Ran (2009-02-12). אולי גם אותו פספסת, קשטן? [Maybe You Also Missed Him, Kashtan?] (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
  3. ^ Manor, Inbal; Blech, Dor (2009-08-25). סטיבן כהן: "החלום שלי לשחק בנבחרת ישראל" [Steven Cohen: "My Dream Is To Play For The Israeli National Team"] (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 12 September 2009.

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