Avi Cohen, Israel’s best-known football player of the late 1970’s and early 80’s, passed away on Tuesday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
The former Liverpool and Rangers defender was thrown from his motorcycle after a collision with a car in Tel Aviv on December 20. Doctors declared Cohen brain dead on Tuesday. He was 54.
Cohen was the first Israeli to play in the English top flight when he signed with Liverpool in 1979.
Cohen’s 18-year playing career began in 1974. He went on to make 64 appearances for Israel, 33 of them as captain. He made 24 appearances for Liverpool, scoring one goal in the match against Aston Villa which secured the team the 1979-80 league title.
Cohen was chairman of the Israeli Professional Footballers Association for the past eight years, and was a regular local radio and television pundit.
Our hearts go out to Cohen’s family and those whose lives he touched.