Jason Koumas

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Jason Koumas
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Personal information
Full name Jason Koumas[1]
Date of birth (1979-09-25) 25 September 1979 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Wrexham, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tranmere Rovers
Number 8
Youth career
000?–1997 Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Tranmere Rovers 127 (25)
2002–2007 West Bromwich Albion 123 (23)
2005–2006 Cardiff City (loan) 44 (12)
2007–2011 Wigan Athletic 54 (2)
2010–2011 Cardiff City (loan) 23 (2)
2013– Tranmere Rovers 29 (3)
National team
2001–2009 Wales 34 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2008

Jason Koumas (born 25 September 1979 in Wrexham) is a Welsh professional footballer. Currently in a second spell with Tranmere Rovers, his former clubs include Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic. Koumas (Greek Ιασωνας Κούμας) is of Greek Cypriot descent and is a former Welsh international.

Koumas operated as a creative midfield playmaker having played as a winger earlier in his career, creating goals for others as well as scoring many himself. He was selected in both the 2005–06 and 2006–07 Football League Championship team of the season.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

During his School years Koumas played for Olympic F.C., before playing youth football at the Liverpool Academy with players such as Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen. However, he did not sign Youth Training Scheme forms with the club, instead opting to join Tranmere Rovers.

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Koumas made his professional debut for Tranmere Rovers in the 1998–99 season. A series of impressive performances over the next four years won him many plaudits, including a place in the PFA Division Two team of the year for 2001–02.[2] Koumas established himself as a talented youngster with immense potential. He scored one of Tranmere's goals when they knocked out Merseyside rivals Everton in the 2000–01 FA Cup in a memorable 3–0 victory at Goodison Park.[3] In August 2002, this potential was spotted by then West Bromwich Albion manager, Gary Megson, who paid Rovers a fee of £2.25m to secure his services.[4]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

A successful first season at Premiership level, including sensational solo goals against Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers, saw Koumas win the club's Player of the Season award.[5] However, this was not enough to prevent Albion from suffering relegation to the Football League. Koumas inspired the Baggies promotion back to the Premiership in 2004, winning the First Division player of the month award for November 2003,[6] as well as being named in the First Division team of the year.[7] In the summer of 2004, Koumas signed a new contract with Albion,[8] but during the following season fell out with new boss Bryan Robson. Robson stated that he was "disappointed" with Koumas' attitude and placed him on the transfer list.[9]

Loan to Cardiff City[edit]

At the start of the 2005–06 season, Koumas was loaned out to Cardiff City.[10] This move proved an immediate success, with Koumas coming off the bench to score on his debut against Leeds United. Throughout the remainder of the season, Koumas consistently turned in man-of-the-match winning performances, scoring 13 times in 44 appearances from midfield, including a hattrick away at Luton in a pulsating victory. Koumas earned himself hero status amongst the Bluebirds faithful as well as the club's Player of the Year award and a place in the Championship's PFA team of the season.[11]

Cardiff City then attempted to negotiate a transfer fee for Koumas before the start of the 2006–07 season, however they failed to come to an agreement with West Brom. Koumas was effectively on strike throughout the negotiations and refused to return to the Hawthorns, even resorting to training on his own away from the club. On 23 August, Koumas made a U-turn in his West Bromwich Albion career by signing a new three-year deal at the club.[12]

Return to West Brom[edit]

His club career was then rejuvenated under new manager Tony Mowbray, becoming a first team regular again, and put in several man of the match performances during 2006–07. He won the Powerade Championship player of the month award for December 2006.[13] Koumas was named the Championship player of the year at the Football League Awards in March 2007,[14] and was also honoured in April with a place in the Championship team of the year.[15]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

In July 2007, West Brom agreed a fee of £5.3 million with Wigan Athletic, stating that it was a head-turning offer. Koumas completed the move to Wigan on 10 July.[16] He made his Wigan debut on 11 August 2007 in a 2–1 defeat away at Everton.[17] The following month he marked his 300th career league appearance by scoring his first goal for his new club, converting an 80th minute penalty to rescue a 1–1 home draw with Fulham.[18] Due to injury and a lack of first team opportunities under three different managers during his three years at Wigan, Koumas was linked with a return to previous club West Bromwich Albion along with Newcastle United and Leicester City on a loan deal until the end of the 2009–10 season, however a loan move never materialised. Koumas was released at the end of 2010/11 season following his return from a loan period at Cardiff City.

Second loan to Cardiff City[edit]

On 5 August 2010, Koumas agreed a deal to re-join Cardiff City on a season-long loan, but was unable to complete the move until after Cardiff's transfer embargo was lifted.[19] The following day, the clubs transfer embargo was lifted and Koumas was able to register with the club two days prior to the start of the 2010–11 season.[20] Koumas made his second Cardiff City debut in the 4–0 home victory over Doncaster Rovers, coming on as a late substitute for Craig Bellamy. Koumas' second stint at the Bluebirds was severely hampered with injuries and further niggley setbacks. However Koumas redeemed himself with an incredible super sub cameo away to Doncaster Rovers. The Bluebirds needed a win to keep the pressure on second placed Norwich and to keep the automatic promotion dream alive. With it 1–1 at the keepmoat Stadium in the 87th minute, Cardiff boss Dave Jones sent Koumas on. Within 3 minutes of his arrival he curled a 25-yard freekick into the top left hand corner and sent the Cardiff fans into jubilation. Koumas then killed off the game by passing the ball past the Doncaster keeper to make it 3–1 after some intricate link up play with Craig Bellamy.

Retirement (temporary)[edit]

After being released by Wigan in 2011, Koumas remained as a free agent and considered his playing career.

Return to Tranmere Rovers[edit]

It was revealed by BBC on 8 July 2013 that Koumas asked to train with former club Tranmere Rovers as he attempted to rebuild his footballing career.[21] After a successful trial, he signed a one-year deal on 1 August. On 23 May 2014, Koumas signed a one year extension with recently relegated Tranmere Rovers.[22]

International career[edit]

Koumas (red) and Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson (blue) during international match between Iceland and Wales

Born in Wrexham to a Greek Cypriot father and an English mother, Koumas was eligible to play for Cyprus, England and Wales.[23] When he received call ups for both Cyprus and Wales, he opted for the latter. Koumas played 34 times for his country, making his international debut against Ukraine in 2001. He was part of Mark Hughes's Welsh team which narrowly missed out on qualification for Euro 2004, losing 1–0 to Russia in the play-offs.[citation needed]

His international career was blighted by his persistent failure to turn up to training. In May 2006, he pulled out of a squad get-together in San Sebastián. However, manager John Toshack accepted his reasons, and Koumas himself vowed to improve his poor attendance record.[citation needed] He came back onto the international scene with three goals in two matches, one in a 3–1 win against Cyprus in October 2006 and two in a 4–0 win in November 2006 against Liechtenstein.

Koumas captained his country for the first time on 1 June 2008, as Wales lost 2–0 to the Netherlands.[24] He missed a penalty for Wales in a World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan. Koumas retired from international football on 6 September 2009,[25] having scored ten goals in 34 caps. His final appearance for Wales was in a 2–0 defeat to Finland on 28 March 2009.[26]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result
1 31 March 2004 Hungary  Hungary 1–2 Win
2 11 October 2006 Cardiff, Wales  Cyprus 3–1 Win
3 14 November 2006 Wrexham, Wales  Liechtenstein 4–0 Win
4 14 November 2006 Wrexham, Wales  Liechtenstein 4–0 Win
5 28 March 2007 Cardiff, Wales  San Marino 3–0 Win
6 17 November 2007 Cardiff, Wales  Republic of Ireland 2–2 Draw
7 17 November 2007 Cardiff, Wales  Republic of Ireland 2–2 Draw
8 6 February 2008 Wrexham, Wales  Norway 3–0 Win
9 6 February 2008 Wrexham, Wales  Norway 3–0 Win
10 20 August 2008 Cardiff, Wales  Georgia 1–2 Loss

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Double joy for Zamora". BBC Sport. 15 April 2002. Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Tranmere shame Everton". BBC. 27 January 2001. Retrieved 6 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "West Brom tie up Koumas deal". BBC Sport. 29 August 2002. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  5. ^ "Koumas wins West Brom award". BBC Sport. 29 April 2003. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Koumas named player of the month". BBC Sport. 3 December 2003. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Henry retains PFA crown". BBC Sport. 25 April 2004. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  8. ^ "Koumas commits to Baggies". BBC Sport. 15 July 2004. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  9. ^ "West Brom put Koumas up for sale". BBC Sport. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  10. ^ "Koumas seals Cardiff loan switch". BBC Sport. 27 July 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  11. ^ "Welsh stars in team of the year". BBC Sport. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  12. ^ "Koumas signs new Baggies contract". BBC Sport. 23 August 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Koumas handed Championship award". BBC Sport. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  14. ^ "Koumas handed Championship award". BBC Sport. 4 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-05. 
  15. ^ "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC Sport. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  16. ^ "Wigan complete signing of Koumas". BBC Sport. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  17. ^ "Everton vs Wigan Athletic". Wigan Athletic F.C. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 
  18. ^ "Wigan 1–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 
  19. ^ "CITY SWOOP FOR KOUMAS RETURN". Cardiff City F.C. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  20. ^ "Embargo lifted, players registered". Cardiff City F.C. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  21. ^ "Koumas trains with Tranmere". BBC Sport. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  22. ^ "Jason Koumas: Tranmere Rovers midfielder signs new contract". BBC Sport. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jason Gets A Push to Join Wales". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Robben sinks Wales". The Press Association. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  25. ^ "Jason Koumas retires from International football". WalesOnline. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  26. ^ "Wales 0–2 Finland". Football Association of Wales. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 

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