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Tamir Cohen

Tamir Cohen (; born 4 March 1984 in Tel Aviv) is an Israeli Association football midfielder who plays for Maccabi Haifa F.C.. Tamir Cohen is the son of the late Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. and Liverpool F.C. player Avi Cohen.

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Tamir Cohen biography


Tamir Cohen (; born 4 March 1984 in Tel Aviv) is an Israeli Association football midfielder who plays for Maccabi Haifa F.C.. Tamir Cohen is the son of the late Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. and Liverpool F.C. player Avi Cohen.

Club career

Early career

Cohen started Tamir Cohen career in Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.'s youth team where in 2001–02 Tamir Cohen won the double. Tamir Cohen first game in the Israeli Premier League was in November 2002 during Maccabi's 1–0 win over Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv, when Tamir Cohen came on as a substitute. Tamir Cohen scored Tamir Cohen first goal against Maccabi Petah Tikva in a 2–1 in the Toto Cup, where Tamir Cohen scored the winning goal.

On 11 January 2007 Cohen moved to Maccabi Netanya.

Bolton Wanderers

On 1 January 2008 Tamir Cohen transferred to English club Bolton Wanderers F.C. for a fee of £39,000. Tamir Cohen made Tamir Cohen Bolton debut in the 1–0 FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United F.C., wearing the squad number 25, previously occupied by Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye. Tamir Cohen first Premier League goal was scored on 2 March 2008 in a match against Tamir Cohen father's former club Liverpool FC at the Reebok stadium, which ended in a 3–1 win for Liverpool.
The 25-year-old made 11 appearances in Tamir Cohen first season in English football.

In the 2008/2009 campaign, Cohen played a peripheral role for Bolton Wanderers this campaign with a longstanding thigh injury keeping Tamir Cohen out of action for over five months. The Israeli man eventually returned to the first team fold in the final couple of months of the season, earning Tamir Cohen first start against Aston Villa F.C. at the Reebok Stadium on 25 April. Cohen stole all the headlines with a vibrant midfield performance and capped off the afternoon with a neatly taken equaliser to earn Bolton a vital point. Tamir Cohen celebrated Tamir Cohen goal by saluting Tamir Cohen friends and family who were sat in the West Stand after Tamir Cohen had been handed a 'lucky shekel' to put down Tamir Cohen sock. Cohen expressed hope that Tamir Cohen injury problems would be behind Tamir Cohen and that Wanderers fans would see more of Tamir Cohen footballing talents in the 2009/2010, saying "It's been very frustrating because it's not easy for a football player to be injured. But that is football and you need to live with that. Now hopefully I won't be out anymore while I'm with Bolton".

Cohen was released by Bolton Wanderers at the end of the 2010–11 season, after three and a half years at the club.

Maccabi Haifa

On 8 August 2011, Cohen signed a 4-year deal with Israeli giants Maccabi Haifa F.C.. Tamir Cohen rejected an offer from Greek side Panathinaikos FC in order to play in Israel where Tamir Cohen can be closer to Tamir Cohen family. Tamir is earning €300,000, the highest salary in Maccabi Haifa F.C..

International career

Cohen made 7 appearances for the Israel national under-21 football team. Tamir Cohen first appearance on the U-21 team was on the losing side to Cyprus national under-21 football team.

Tamir Cohen played for the Israel national football team against Croatia national football team on 13 October 2007.

Personal life

Israeli-born Cohen also holds an Italian passport owing to Tamir Cohen Italian people ancestry. Tamir Cohen citizenship of a European Union country gives Tamir Cohen the option of playing for an EU football club without having to be classified as a foreigner.

Tamir Cohen is the son of Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. and Liverpool F.C. player Avi Cohen. Following Tamir Cohen father's ultimately fatal motorcycle accident in December 2010, Tamir Cohen flew to Israel to be at Tamir Cohen father's bedside. On 24 April 2011, Cohen emotionally celebrated by taking off Tamir Cohen shirt to reveal a picture of Tamir Cohen father after scoring the winning goal in Bolton's 2-1 victory over Arsenal F.C..

Cohen is also the Nephew and niece of the former association football player Vicky Peretz and the cousin of Peretz sons – Adi Peretz and Omer Peretz.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamir_Cohen

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