Andrew Cohen (footballer)

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Andrew Cohen
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Cohen in 2009
Personal information
Full name Andrew Cohen
Date of birth (1981-05-13) 13 May 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth Kalkara, Malta
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gżira United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2017 Hibernians 406 (127)
2017– Gżira United 84 (22)
National team
2004– Malta 68 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Andrew Cohen (born 13 May 1981) is a Maltese footballer who currently plays for Gżira United, where he plays as a striker.

Playing career[edit]

Hibernians[edit]

Andrew Cohen battles with Marsaxlokk's defender Brian Said.

Cohen began his career with this boyhood team Hibernians, making the transformation from the youth squad to the senior squad during the 1999–2000 season. He made seven appearances in his debut season, scoring one goal, as Hibernians recorded a sixth-place finish in the Maltese Premier League.

The 2000–01 season saw Cohen firmly establish himself in the Hibernians first team squad, as he helped to a fourth-place finish in the Maltese Premier League, making 19 appearances and scoring three goals. The following season, Hibernians won the league title with Cohen making 19 appearances.

The inclusion of Terence Scerri in the Hibernians first team for the 2003–04 season helped him to uncover his attacking prowess. The pair started to play together regularly, which turned out to be the start of a devastating strike partnership. Hibernians went on to finish third, with Cohen scoring seven goals. Cohen's good form did not go unnoticed as he received his first cap for the Maltese national team, starting in the 3–2 defeat to the Faroe Islands on 18 August 2004.[1]

The 2004–05 season saw Cohen burst onto the goal scoring scene, hitting for the first time double-digit goals, as he finished the league top scorer with 21 goals. This achievement lead him to being crowned as the Maltese Player of the Year for the first time in his career. Cohen's impressive form continued into the 2005–06 season with 14 goals to his name as Hibernians secured a fourth-place finish. He also helped the club win the Maltese Cup, and Cohen scooped for the second consecutive season the Maltese Player of the Year award.

For the 2008–09 season, under the guidance of new manager Mark Miller, the club shocked the critics and beat Valletta by two points to win the Maltese Premier League title. Cohen made 22 appearances and scored nine goals.

Gżira United[edit]

On 31 January 2017, with the transfer window approaching closure, Cohen joined fellow Maltese Premier League side Gżira United on a free transfer, signing a 2+12-year deal.[2] The transfer bought down the curtain on a career at Hibernians that had spanned over 16 years playing in Paola, but with playing time becoming less frequent, Cohen made the move to help Gżira United in their battle against relegation. It was also suggested the Maroons completed the deal despite interest from fellow Maltese clubs Sliema Wanderers and Hamrun Spartans.

In his first full season with the club, Gżira surprised the league as they finished third, gaining a place in the qualifying stages of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League. For his endeavours, Cohen was awarded for a record fourth time the Maltese Player of the Year award.[3]

Honours[edit]

Hibernians
Individual

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played September 5, 2014.

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Malta League FA Trophy League Decider Europe Total
1999–2000 Hibernians Maltese Premier League 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
2000–01 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
2001–02 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 4
2002–03 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
2003–04 23 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 7
2004–05 27 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 21
2005–06 26 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 14
2006–07 24 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 8
2007–08 23 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 6
2008–09 22 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 9
2009–10 24 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 6
2010–11 24 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 6
2011–12 31 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 9
2012–13 32 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 32 8
2013–14 29 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 5
2014–15 31 9 5 0 0 0 2 1 38 10
Total Malta 378 119 5 0 1 0 2 1 386 120
Career total 378 119 5 0 1 0 2 1 386 120

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faroe Islands national football team defeated Malta 3:2, 18 August 2004". Eu-football.info.
  2. ^ "Andrew Cohen signs for Gżira". Times of Malta. 31 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Cohen captures top award a record fourth time". Malta Football Association. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.

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