|Full name||Joe Zen Robert Bell|
|Date of birth||27 April 1999|
|Place of birth||Bristol, England|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2014–2017||Wellington Phoenix Reserves||34||(0)|
|2015||New Zealand U17||3||(0)|
|2016–2019||New Zealand U20||15||(3)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 28 May 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 November 2019
Joe Zen Robert Bell (born 27 April 1999) is a New Zealand footballer who plays as a midfielder for Eliteserien club Viking FK and the New Zealand national team.
Bell moved to Wellington to join the Wellington Phoenix Academy where he started playing for the Wellington Phoenix Reserves in the New Zealand Football Championship for the 2014-2015 season, playing 12 games with 4 starts.He played for the reserves for another two seasons, appearing 14 times in the 2015-2016 season with 10 starts and 8 times with 6 starts in the 2016-2017 season. With the New Zealand football championship played over the summer, Bell played for Wellington United in the Central League during the winter.
Bell joined the Virginia Cavaliers who play in the NCAA Division I in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Bell started 55 straight games since joining the University.He scored six goals and had ten assists across three seasons, while also spending time with amateur club Charlottesville Alliance during the 2018 NPSL season.
Following his successful FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign, Bell drew the interest of several European sides, trialing with Eliteserien side Viking and eventually being offered a contract. However, with the University of Virginia offering him a full scholarship at year's end, Bell decided to delay going professional to get his degree.
Bell had a successful 2019 season with the Cavaliers as co-captain of the team which won the ACC Coastal Division and won the ACC Men's Tournament for the first time since 2009. The team ended the season winning 21 games, which was one shy of a school record.The Cavaliers entered the 2019 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed. After wins over Campbell, St. John's, SMU and Wake Forest, Virginia lost in the final to Georgetown finishing runner up for the second time in school history. Bell ended the season playing 21 games of which he started all 21 of them, only missing two games during the ACC tournament while on International duty. He scored 7 goals, of which 4 came during the NCAA tournament, as well as had 4 assists.
Bell also won a number of awards both on the field and academic, including United Soccer Coaches Scholar Player of the Year, First Team Scholar All-American,ACC First Team and ACC Midfielder of the Year He was also one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy for best player in the country.
On 10 January 2020, Bell signed a three-year contract with Viking in the Norwegian Eliteserien.
Bell was selected for the New Zealand U-17 team that played in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.He played in two of the group games, a 0–0 draw with Syria and a 2–1 win over Paraguay. As well as there loss to Brazil in the Round of 16 with a stoppage-time penalty seeing them eliminated from the competition.
Bell has played for and captained the New Zealand U-20 team. Playing in the 2018 OFC U-19 Championship where he was the tournament MVP and they qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. He has also played and captained the team at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
Bell made his national team debut for New Zealand in a friendly against Ireland, starting in their 1–3 loss.
Bell was born in Bristol, England but holds dual citizenship. He was raised in Wanakabefore moving up to Wellington to attend Scots College and play for the Phoenix.
|Wellington Phoenix Reserves||2014–15||NZFC||12||0||—||—||12||0|
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