Aleksandre Karapetian

Aleksandre Karapetian (Armenian: Ալեքսանդր Կարապետյան; born 23 December 1987) is an Armenian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Russian club PFC Sochi.

Aleksandre Karapetian
Aleksandre Karapetian 2019.jpg
Karapetian with PFC Sochi in 2019
Personal information
Full name Aleksandre Karapetian
Date of birth (1987-12-23) 23 December 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Soviet Union
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
PFC Sochi
Number 87
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Wehen Wiesbaden II 12 (0)
2009–2010 FC Oberneuland 31 (9)
2010–2012 SV Elversberg 15 (2)
2012–2013 FC Homburg 16 (9)
2013 Dudelange 5 (2)
2013–2014 CS Grevenmacher 12 (10)
2014–2015 Dudelange 23 (15)
2015–2017 Victoria Rosport 35 (25)
2017–2019 Progrès Niederkorn 47 (40)
2019– PFC Sochi 14 (2)
National team
2014– Armenia 12 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:01, 15 November 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Karapetian began his playing career in the German fourth-tier Regionalliga with Wehen Wiesbaden II, FC Oberneuland, SV 07 Elversberg and FC 08 Homburg. In 2013, he moved to F91 Dudelange of the Luxembourg National Division, and then on to CS Grevenmacher before returning to F91.

At the end of the 2014–15 Luxembourg National Division, his contract expired and he considered offers from China, Hong Kong and Armenia but opted to remain in Western Europe, having trials at Germany's FC Erzgebirge Aue and SSV Jahn Regensburg before signing for FC Victoria Rosport in January 2016.[1]

In May 2017, he signed a two-year contract with the option of a third at FC Progrès Niederkorn.[2]

On 12 July 2019, he signed a contract with Russian Premier League newcomer PFC Sochi.[3]

International careerEdit

He made his debut for the Armenian national team in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying on 11 October 2014, replacing Marcos Pizzelli for the last six minutes of a 1–1 draw with Serbia at the Republican Stadium in Yerevan, one minute after Pizzelli's penalty was saved by Vladimir Stojković.[4]

After over four years without a cap, Karapetian was recalled in November 2018 ahead of UEFA Nations League away games at Gibraltar and Liechtenstein.[5] He scored his first international goal to complete a 6–2 UEFA Nations League win against the former on 16 November,[6] and struck again three days later to ensure a 2–2 draw against the latter.[7]

In June 2019, Karapetian scored in consecutive games to win UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Greece. On 5 August that year, he netted again to give Armenia a surprise lead at home to Italy in the next game of the campaign, but was sent off before half time in a 3–1 loss.[8]

International goalsEdit

Armenia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Karapetian goal.[9]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 November 2018 Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar 3   Gibraltar 6–2 6–2 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D
2 19 November 2018 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz 4   Liechtenstein 2–2 2–2
3 8 June 2019 Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan 7 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
4 11 June 2019 Olympic Stadium, Athens 8   Greece 1–0 3–2
5 5 September 2019 Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan 9   Italy 1–0 1–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jochum, Henning (19 February 2016). "Karapetian, du cauchemar au nouvel espoir" [Karapetian, from nightmare to new hope]. L'essentiel (in French). Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Alexander Karapetian enfin officialisé du côté du Progrès" [Alexander Karapetian finally officially signed for Progrès]. Le Quotidien (in French). 6 May 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Федор Кудряшов и Александр Карапетян стали игроками «Сочи»" [Fyodor Kudryashov and Aleksandre Karapetian became Sochi players] (in Russian). PFC Sochi. 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Timely Tošić gives Serbia point in Armenia". UEFA. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  5. ^ Nadin, Christophe (13 November 2018). "Karapetian de retour dans la sélection arménienne" [Karapetian back in Armenian national team]. Luxemburger Wort (in French). Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Movsisyan scores four as Armenia beat Gibraltar 6-2". Public Radio of Armenia. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Nicolas Hasler scores for Liechtenstein against Yura Movsisyan's Armenia in UEFA Nations League play". Chicago Fire. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Armenia 1–3 Italy". BBC Sport. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Karapetyan, Alexander". National Football Teams. Retrieved 16 November 2018.

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