Avaraham "Avi" Cohen (Hebrew: אבי כהן; November 14, 1956 - December 29, 2010) was the first international football star to come from Israel. Born in Cairo, he joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv football club in 1975 and within a year was playing for the Israel national football team. He joined the Liverpool F.C. in 1979 and played with 24 games for them. He went back to Israel but did return to Britain to play 15 games with the Glasgow Rangers. He retired from playing in 1990 and became the chairman of the Israel Professional Footballers Association. He was also football manager.
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- "Israeli soccer giant Avi Cohen dies of injuries after motorcycle crash". haaretz.com. http://www.haaretz.com/news/sports/israeli-soccer-giant-avi-cohen-dies-of-injuries-after-motorcycle-crash-1.334032. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- "World Football - Former Liverpool star Cohen dies - Yahoo! Eurosport". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/29122010/58/world-football-former-liverpool-star-cohen-dies.html. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- "Avi Cohen's injury may have been avoided with legal helmet". jpost.com. http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=200457. Retrieved 31 December 2010.