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Javier Cohene

Javier Cohene

Sector : Sports, Athletes

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Paraguay
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1987
  • Age: 30
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Javier Antonio Cohene Mereles "born in Paraguay on May 3, 1987" is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back for the Palestine national team. some of his ancestors came from Bethlehem.

Club career

After several short spells with General Díaz, and Brazilian clubs Gaúcho and Passo Fundo, Cohene moved to Europe to play in Portugal for second division side S.C. Olhanense, where he would remain for two seasons before moving back to South America to play for River Plate andSportivo Luqueño.

In the summer of 2010, Cohene returned to Portugal to play for F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

His first two, of his three seasons with Os Castoresproved to be successful as he featured regularly in Paços' defense alongside Ricardo in the 2010–11 season, and Ozéia in the 2011–12 season. His first two seasons saw him make 60 appearances, and contributing six goals in the process.

His first season with Paços de Ferreira would see Cohene help his side reach the 2011 Taça da Liga Final, where his side were defeated by Benfica.

The arrival of Paulo Fonseca at the Mata Real for the 2012–13 season saw Cohene feature less than previous seasons. He was primarily used as a back up to Ricardo and Tiago Valente, and would only feature regularly in domestic cup competitions. Despite Paços de Ferreira's historic third place league finish which granted qualification to the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-off round, Cohene left Paços in the summer of 2013.

Following his departure from Os Pacenses, Cohene signed for Vitória de Setúbal. He debuted for Os Sadinos on the 18 August againstPorto.

Cohene would score his first goal since arriving at Vitória on the 31 August, against Vitória de Guimarães in a 4–1 away win.

In Summer 2014 he signed a contract with Serbian SuperLiga side FK Borac Čačak.

On 1 August 2015, Cohene joined to Portuguese club Atlético CP.

International career

Cohene committed to the Palestinian national team where he was eligible to play because of his Palestinian grandmother.

Known as Javier Mereles when playing for Palestine, he received his first call-up by Jamal Mahmoud for the Peace Cup taking place in September 2014.

He scored his first goal on his debut against Chinese Taipei on 6 September 2014.


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