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The 1998 born striker from Toronto signed with SC Dnipro in the Ukranian Premier League. He was on trial with them and impressed in pre-season, scoring a goal or two I believe. He also used to play in the NCAA for the University of Pennsylvania. Last year he was with Obolon-Brovar in the Ukranian second tier, scoring three times in 19 games. 

He is an interesting prospect to watch, especially with Olympic qualifiers coming up.

Also, credit to @Toje for tracking Kouzine while he was playing in the lower tiers in recent years.

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At first I thought this was FC Dnipro which was a really successful club (they made the Europa League final in 2015). Then I started looking them up and saw that they got relegated due to financial shenanigans and are basically done.

Then I saw that Kouzine's club is actually a new club called SC Dnipro-1 that was founded in 2017. They started in the third tier and have won back to back promotions to make it to the top tier, while making the cup semi-finals in each of their first two seasons.

Interesting stuff in Dnipro!

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What is the quality like in the Ukraine first division ? Obviously they have giants Shakhtar and Dyanmo who are head and shoulders above the rest. More curious on what the average teams are like ? 

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2 hours ago, Reign said:

Is he only eligible for Canada ?

 

2 hours ago, Fullback said:

That’s what he said a few months ago 

That's not true at all, he was born in Markham but only lived in Canada for one year before moving away. He still visits family here regularly, but he actually grew up in the US and Russia. He has Ukrainian grandparents (which is how he got in contact with his previous club there), so he is at the very least eligible to play for Ukraine and he presumably has Russian and/or American citizenship as well.

That said, he did indicate in a Reddit AMA that he wants to play for Canada:

It's a great AMA btw, worth the read.

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3 minutes ago, Zem said:

 

That's not true at all, he was born in Markham but only lived in Canada for one year before moving away. He still visits family here regularly, but he actually grew up in the US and Russia. He has Ukrainian grandparents (which is how he got in contact with his previous club there), so he is at the very least eligible to play for Ukraine and he presumably has Russian and/or American citizenship as well.

That said, he did indicate in a Reddit AMA that he wants to play for Canada:

It's a great AMA btw, worth the read.

That is where I got my information from.

"Of course. I think it might be thought that I am just one of these "Canadians" on paper that has some other citizenship that is my primary one but no... Canada is my only nationality,the only country I'm eligible to play for"

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2 hours ago, Reign said:

What is the quality like in the Ukraine first division ? Obviously they have giants Shakhtar and Dyanmo who are head and shoulders above the rest. More curious on what the average teams are like ? 

I used to follow quite closely, but not lately. The war in the east has thrown the whole league off kilter. At least three teams don’t play at home and are based elsewhere.  Traditionally strong teams like Dnipro (relegated due to financial fair play penalties and now in the amateur leagues) and Metalist Kharkiv are in turmoil. For some reason teams that should be strong like Chornomorers Odessa and Karpaty Lviv can never get their act together. Karpaty is a real mystery - they have a great stadium and great fans, but are always garbage.  The league has contracted down to 12 teams (I think they used to have 16) to create more parity. There is at least one club folding or merging every year it seems. From a quality perspective, Dynamo and Shakhtar buy up pretty much every quality young player in the country and then loan them out. They dominate the league in a way the Celtic and Rangers do, so the comparison is apt. On a whole, I would rate the Ukrainian league above Scotland and Shakhtar and Dynamo are certainly better than Celtic and Rangers have been lately. Ukraine also continues to have excellent youth teams and Shakhtar and Dynamo (in particular) are starting to play more young Ukrainians and less Brazilian imports. At the recent U20 world cup, Konoplia and Buletsa were outstanding and are ones to watch. Sorry for the Ukrainian soccer blather. 

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1 hour ago, Zem said:

 

That's not true at all, he was born in Markham but only lived in Canada for one year before moving away. He still visits family here regularly, but he actually grew up in the US and Russia. He has Ukrainian grandparents (which is how he got in contact with his previous club there), so he is at the very least eligible to play for Ukraine and he presumably has Russian and/or American citizenship as well.

That said, he did indicate in a Reddit AMA that he wants to play for Canada:

It's a great AMA btw, worth the read.

When asked if he would consider playing for the national team he said “Absolutely! I would play for Canada's national team even if I was given the chance with U23/Olympics!”

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Get to know Aramis Kouzine: Canucks Abroad Interview Series Episode 1

From playing one year of Futsal with CSKA Moscow, to being cut from Philadelphia Union U15’s, having Pulisic’s old Youth Coach , trialing at Rangers U20, being told he’s not good enough at college to then forgoing his ncaa eligibility and now playing in the Ukrainian Premier League against the likes of Dynamo Kiev and Shaktar Donetsk

Also on the countries he’s eligible for and everything in between 

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He has got to a great level but the minutes thing is a worry this year, he needs pitch time to develop. He has only made the bench twice in 11 games. A loan in January would be a good plan if he doesn't break through before. 

Looks like a great option to call up to a U23 camp to take a look at him, if we only had one. 

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It was announced yesterday that Kouzine will be leaving SC Dnipro as of January 1. He scored 6 goals in 15 matches for the reserve team. He was also on the bench for the first team for 2 games.

https://www.footboom.com/ukrainian/high/1576503474-kobakhidze-zagalskiy-kuzin-i-romanjuk-pokidayut-dnepr-1.html

According to TransferMarkt, he recently signed with TJ Player advice, an agency whose primary clients are American and African players in Denmark. I'd be watching out for a potential move to Denmark in the near future.

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18 hours ago, Jith12 said:

It was announced yesterday that Kouzine will be leaving SC Dnipro as of January 1. He scored 6 goals in 15 matches for the reserve team. He was also on the bench for the first team for 2 games.

https://www.footboom.com/ukrainian/high/1576503474-kobakhidze-zagalskiy-kuzin-i-romanjuk-pokidayut-dnepr-1.html

According to TransferMarkt, he recently signed with TJ Player advice, an agency whose primary clients are American and African players in Denmark. I'd be watching out for a potential move to Denmark in the near future.

It would be great to see a guy like this come out of nowhere (in terms of being a relatively unknown factor) and get elevated into the selection conversation for national-level play.  Best of luck to the kid - hope he lands somewhere solid.

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On 12/17/2019 at 1:18 PM, Jith12 said:

According to TransferMarkt, he recently signed with TJ Player advice, an agency whose primary clients are American and African players in Denmark. I'd be watching out for a potential move to Denmark in the near future.

 

On 1/14/2020 at 3:45 PM, Buchta said:

He is currently on trial with Fredericia in the Danish 2nd tier.

https://www.bold.dk/fodbold/nyheder/fredericia-tester-tidligere-nykoebing-bomber/

Today he played in a friendly for Fredericia against Randers who are currently fifth in the Superligaen (first tier). He scored in the 14th minute, 2-2 final score.

 

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On 2/18/2020 at 2:36 PM, Buchta said:

He has been on trial over the past week (or so) with AaB in Denmark (1st tier).  Apparently, he showed well in a reserves match over the weekend, and the club is now trying to decide if they will sign him or not.

He played in a Reserveligaen match for AaB reserves against AGF, scoring in the 16th minute of a 3-2 loss. By the looks of it, he played well, and will be rewarded with a contract.

 

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Wow, that is a high level signing for the guy if it works, thanks for the info. He gets rejected by a 2nd tier team in Denmark, another in Norway, a team at a lower level in Finland, and a mid-level top flight Danish side picks him up. Here's a Google translation of another article, pls excuse the oddities:

https://www.tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/superliga/aab-overvejer-kontrakt-til-proevespiller-han-passer-godt-ind

 

Aramis Kouzine scored for the AaB's reserve team on Monday afternoon, and now the club has to decide whether the test player should have a contract. The head coach thinks Kouzine is reminiscent of a former AaB bomber.

When you attack as a trial coach in a new club, the best thing you can do is score goals. So did Aramis Kouzine for the AaB in the reserve team league on Monday afternoon. Now the club is considering giving him a contract, head coach Jacob Friis told Nordjyske.

The Canadian with the musket name just had to spend ten minutes on the board against AGF. Later, the overlap also hit him. So Aramis Kouzine turned out well and in the coming time, AaB will decide whether to have an appointment.

He is an exciting player. We have been searching for a different type of kidney than the ones we have in the squad right now. And there he fits in well. Without wanting to make the comparison one by one, I think I can see a little Lukas Spalvis in him, says Jacob Friis to Nordjyske.

The striker has recently been associated with the Ukrainian club Dnipro, but he never broke through on the first team. In December he got his contract canceled.

In January, Aramis Kouzine appeared in FC Fredericia, where he was on trial training, and here he also scored in a test match, but it was not enough for a contract. Neither in Finnish IFK Mariehamn nor Norwegian Raufoss did he succeed in signing a deal.

AaB is missing a striker after the club sold Mikkel Kaufmann to FC Copenhagen in January. In the first round of spring, head coach Friis had moved Kasper Kusk in centrally, which was a success. Kusk scored twice in the 2-0 win over Silkeborg IF.

Edited by Unnamed Trialist

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According to this article:

https://www.tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/superliga/aab-traener-afsloerer-arbejder-paa-aftale-med-proevespiller

It's very likely that he'll sign with them. It will be a short-term contract (till summer, probably with club option) and the coach says he won't be playing for at least a month (for fitness reasons). 

Nice move!

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Signed now

https://aabsport.dk/nyheder/2020/februar/aab-skriver-kontrakt-med-kouzine/

AaB initially made an agreement until June 30, 2020, with clubless Canadian striker Aramis Kouzine.

For the past six months, Aramis Kouzine has stayed with SK Dnipro-1, which is ranked eighth in the best Ukrainian series.

Prior to that, 21-year-old Aramis Kouzine was also affiliated with Ukrainian Obolon-Brovar Kyiv, turning it into four scores in 26 official matches.

Aramis Kouzine has recently been a guest player at AaB, and in addition to making a good impression overall, he also appeared on the scoreboard in a reserve team match against AGF.

AaB's Managing Director and Acting Sports Manager Thomas Bælum states:

- We can see that Aramis has a development potential and some skills purely offensive, which we do not already have as much of in our squad.

- Aramis' cutting edge skills are in the field where he uses his positioning ability and aggressive running to defend the opponent. He is a good finisher with fine kicking technique, says Thomas Bælum.

Aramis Kouzine hopes that the stay in AaB can be of longer duration:

- I am very excited to enter into an agreement with AaB. It is a high quality team and I hope to be able to help the club reach its goals this spring.

- The club's facilities, the high-intensity training environment and the talented teammates can definitely help me get better, faster and stronger, and then it is up to me to deliver on the pitch and prove that we need to extend the agreement this summer, says Aramis Kouzine .

- I got a really good impression of the squad during the two weeks I trained with, and from the grandstand on Sunday I experienced the impressive atmosphere at Aalborg Portland Park against Brøndby, and I look forward to being part of AaB and down from the greenery to feel the backing of the fans, says Aramis Kouzine.

Aramis Kouzine, who is awarded shirt number 19 in AaB, is now awaiting his work and residence permit before being available to head coach Jacob Friis.

 

 

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