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Armenia national football team

The Armenia national football team (Armenian: Հայաստանի ֆուտբոլի ազգային հավաքական, Hayastani futboli azgayin havak'akan) represents Armenia in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Armenia, the governing body for football in Armenia. After gaining independence from the Soviet Union, the team played its first international match on October 12, 1992. Armenia's home ground is the Republican Stadium in Yerevan . The national team has participated in the qualification of every major tournament from the UEFA Euro 1996 onwards, though they are yet to qualify for the knockout stage in either a UEFA European Football Championship or a FIFA World Cup.[3] In what was the Armenian national squad's greatest success at present, the team came in third place in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying stage, with controversial officiating preventing them from achieving second place, and hence moving on to the final tournament.[4]

Armenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Հավաքական Havaqakan (The Collective team)
Association Football Federation of Armenia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach vacant
Captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Most caps Sargis Hovsepyan (132)[1]
Top scorer Henrikh Mkhitaryan (25)
Home stadium Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan[2]
FIFA code ARM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 100 Steady (20 September 2018)
Highest 30 (February 2014)
Lowest 159 (July 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 93 Steady (20 August 2018)
Highest 65 (27 May 2014)
Lowest 126 (May 1995)
First international
 Armenia 0–0 Moldova 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 14, 1992)
Biggest win
 Armenia 7–1 Guatemala 
(Los Angeles, California, USA; May 28, 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Chile 7–0 Armenia 
(Viña del Mar, Chile; January 4, 1997)
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)

The primary training ground is at the Technical Center-Academy of the Football Federation of Armenia in the northern Avan District of the capital Yerevan, and the team plays their home matches at the Republican Stadium.

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HistoryEdit

Armenia became an independent state in 1991, the Armenian SSR having previously played for the Soviet Union national football team. The Football Federation of Armenia was founded on 18 January 1992 and established relations with FIFA in 1992 and with UEFA in 1993.[5] The history of the Armenia national team began on 14 October 1992, when Armenia played its first match against Moldova. That meeting ended in a goalless draw. Since 1996, the team is a member of qualifiers European and World Championships.[6] Armenia has competed in every UEFA Euro qualification and FIFA World Cup qualification since 1994.[7]

The first head coach of the Armenian national squad was Soviet Armenian football star Eduard Markarov. Armenian winner of the UEFA Jubilee Awards and fellow Soviet Armenian football great Khoren Hovhannisyan also became a head coach. Many of the early coaches of the national team never stayed for longer than two years. Scottish coach Ian Porterfield became head coach in 2006 and began to lead the team to some of its first successes in the international stage. Under his leadership, the Armenian team had played a series of great matches with victories over Kazakhstan 2–1, Poland 1–0 and Portugal 1–1, with Cristiano Ronaldo in the lineup. But then tragedy struck; the 62-year-old Porterfield died of cancer, leaving his started work unfinished. An acting assistant coach, Vardan Minasyan, became acting head coach following Porterfield's death. Minasyan learned much from Porterfield and Samvel Darbinyan, another former head coach of Armenia, during this time about coaching and managing.[8] On February 10, 2009, after the draw for the qualifying round teams of the UEFA Euro 2012, by order of the President of the Football Federation of Armenia Ruben Hayrapetyan, Minasyan continued to lead the Armenian national squad, only now as the official head coach.[9][10][11]

In the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches, Minasyan led Armenia in Group B against Russia, Slovakia, Ireland, Macedonia and Andorra. Armenia, considered a heavy underdog, defeated the group favorite Slovakia with two crushing defeats 4–0 and 3–1, defeated Andorra in two matches as well 4–0 and 3–0, drew with Macedonia 2–2 and defeated them in the deciding match 4–1 and tied with the group winners Russia 0–0. The Armenian team scored the most goals out of Group B, with a total of 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Armenia scored 6 goals, the most goals scored by a single player in Group B.[12][13] The national team almost made the final draw, but controversially lost in a decisive match against Ireland 1–2. Armenian goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky was given a red card by Spanish referee Eduardo Gonzalez at the 26th-minute for supposedly touching the ball outside the goal area. However, replays clearly showed the ball touched his chest and never touched his hands. Replays also showed that Ireland striker Simon Cox had actually touched the ball with his right hand.[14] Despite this, Gonzalez did not penalize Cox. Cox would later admit he touched the ball with his hand.[15] Had Cox’s offence been punished, Armenia would have been awarded a free-kick.[4] Berezovsky was substituted with 19-year-old debuting Arsen Petrosyan. Valeri Aleksanyan later accidentally scored an own goal past Petrosyan, which ended up deciding the match. Armenia and Ireland would each score another goal. The Football Federation of Armenia unsuccessfully filed protest over the match.[14][16] Gonzalez had later resigned after the match.[17] Despite not getting to play in the UEFA Euro 2012, Minasyan brought the Armenian national team to a record #41 FIFA ranking, placed the team in a personal best third place in the group stage and went on to become the longest leading head coach of the Armenian football team. Minasyan stated he was proud of the entire team.[18][19] They were all welcomed in the airport back in Armenia as heroes.[20]

StadiumEdit

 
Armenia vs Portugal during a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match at the Republican Stadium in Yerevan

Hrazdan Stadium was built from 1969 to 1970 on Athens St., Kentron in a period of 18 months with the financial support of the oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. A total amount of 5 million rubles was allocated for Hrazdan.[21] The stadium was named after the slope of the Hrazdan River. It is the largest stadium in Armenia, with more than 70,000 seats. The opening of the stadium took place on 29 November 1970.[21] The Armenia national team played home matches in Hrazdan until 2000. Several Armenian football clubs also played in Hrazdan. In Soviet times, it was one of the largest stadiums in the Soviet Union (among the top four) and one of the few double-tiered stadiums. Hrazdan was the football ground stadium for Ararat Yerevan. Hrazdan Stadium hosted its first official football match on 19 May 1971 when Ararat Yerevan defeated Kairat 3–0 in front of a record 78,000 spectators.[22] The stadium would host Ararat Yerevan for the final victory of the club in the 1973 Soviet Top League and in the 1973 and 1975 Soviet Cup. The Soviet Union national football team played only two matches at the stadium, both of which date back to 1978. In April of that year, in a friendly game against Finland, the USSR won 10–2. Six months later, in a qualifying match for the UEFA Euro 1980 against Greece the Soviet team won again 2–0. The match with Finland hosted 12,000 spectators and the match with Greece hosted 40,000.[5] The capacity of the stadium decreased from 70,000 to an all-seater of 53,849 spectators. By the second half of 2012, Hrazdan was completely renovated to become the regular venue of the national team's home matches.

The Republican Stadium was renovated in 1999 and, since 2000, has been the home ground for Armenia. The stadium was built in 1953 and finished within a year's time.[23] Republican Stadium has a capacity of 14,968. During the Soviet period and onward from 1953 to 1999, it was known as Dinamo Stadium. The stadium had its official name changed to "Republican Stadium named after Vazgen Sargsyan" in 1999, after Armenian war hero and former Prime Minister of Armenia Vazgen Sargsyan, who died that year. Local clubs Pyunik and Ulisses play home matches at the Republican Stadium. In 2008, the stadium went under a large-scale development in order to modernize the playing surface and to create a high level VIP section and other facilities which met UEFA standards.[5]

Armenia played a match in Hrazdan in 2008 against Turkey after partial renovation earlier that year. The number of seats decreased from 75,000 to 53,849.[24] It is planned to hold Armenia's home matches after a complete renovation in 2012. On 12 October 2012, Armenia played a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Italy, but has not used Hrazdan since. Hrazdan is used mostly for Armenian football clubs and a number of other athletic competitions.[5]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA Position
  1930 to   1990 Part of   Soviet Union - - - - - - -
  1994 Did not enter - - - - - - -
  1998 Did not qualify 10 1 5 4 8 17 4/6
    2002 10 0 5 5 7 19 6/6
  2006 12 2 1 9 9 25 6/7
  2010 10 1 1 8 6 22 6/6
  2014 10 4 1 5 12 13 5/6
  2018 10 2 1 7 10 26 5/6
  2022 To be determined - - - - - - -
      2026 - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - 62 10 14 38 52 122 -

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
  1960 to   1992 Part of   Soviet Union - - - - - - -
  1996 Did not qualify 10 1 2 7 5 17 6/6
    2000 10 2 2 6 8 15 5/6
  2004 8 2 1 5 7 16 4/5
    2008 12 2 3 7 4 13 7/8
    2012 10 5 2 3 22 10 3/6
  2016 8 0 2 6 5 14 5/5
  2020 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/6 58 12 12 34 51 85 -

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2017Edit

2018Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D matches against Liechtenstein and Macedonia on 6 and 9 September, 2018 respectively.
Caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2018 after the match against Macedonia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Arsen Beglaryan (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 25) 14 0   Liepāja
12 1GK Anatoly Aivazov (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Banants
16 1GK Aram Ayrapetyan (1986-11-22) 22 November 1986 (age 31) 5 0   Banants

2 2DF Hayk Ishkhanyan (1989-06-24) 24 June 1989 (age 29) 6 1   Gandzasar
3 2DF Varazdat Haroyan (1992-08-24) 24 August 1992 (age 26) 36 2   Ural Yekaterinburg
4 2DF Taron Voskanyan (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 25) 25 0   Alashkert
5 2DF Narek Petrosyan (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Banants
13 2DF André Calisir (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 28) 3 0   Göteborg
19 2DF Hovhannes Hambardzumyan (1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 27) 25 2   Enosis Neon Paralimni

6 3MF Karlen Mkrtchyan (1988-11-25) 25 November 1988 (age 29) 50 2   Pyunik
7 3MF Edgar Malakyan (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 28) 20 0   Zhetysu
8 3MF Marcos Pizzelli (1984-10-03) 3 October 1984 (age 33) 63 10   Aktobe
9 3MF Gor Malakyan (1994-06-12) 12 June 1994 (age 24) 12 0   Ararat-Armenia
10 3MF Gevorg Ghazaryan (1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 (age 30) 59 10   Chaves
15 3MF Erik Vardanyan (1998-06-07) 7 June 1998 (age 20) 2 1   Pyunik
17 3MF Artak Yedigaryan (1990-03-18) 18 March 1990 (age 28) 30 1   Alashkert
18 3MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Captain) (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 29) 76 25   Arsenal
20 3MF Tigran Barseghyan (1993-09-22) 22 September 1993 (age 25) 17 2   Vardar
21 3MF Rumyan Hovsepyan (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 26) 12 2   Pyunik
23 3MF Aras Özbiliz (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 28) 37 6   Willem II

11 4FW Artur Sarkisov (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 31) 39 6   Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
14 4FW Ivan Yagan (1989-10-11) 11 October 1989 (age 28) 3 1   Eupen
22 4FW Sargis Adamyan (1993-05-23) 23 May 1993 (age 25) 9 0   Jahn Regensburg

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Valeri Voskanian (1994-04-06) 6 April 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Mykolaiv v.   Moldova, 4 June 2018
GK Gor Manukyan (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 24) 1 0   Pyunik v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
GK Sevak Aslanyan (1998-05-17) 17 May 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Pyunik v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
GK Arman Meliksetyan (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Artsakh v.   Cyprus, 13 November 2017
GK Grigor Meliksetyan (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 32) 4 0   Gandzasar v.   Kazakhstan, 8 October 2017

DF Armen Manucharyan (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Pyunik v.   Liechtenstein, 6 September 2018
DF Hrayr Mkoyan (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 32) 45 1   Alashkert v.   Liechtenstein, 6 September 2018 PRE
DF Gaël Andonian (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 23) 23 0 Unattached v.   Moldova, 4 June 2018
DF Jordy Monroy (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Boyacá Chicó v.   Moldova, 4 June 2018
DF Gagik Daghbashyan (1990-10-19) 19 October 1990 (age 27) 11 0   Alashkert v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
DF Robert Darbinyan (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Ararat-Armenia v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
DF Artur Kartashyan (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Pyunik v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
DF Artyom Mikaelyan (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 27) 2 0   Shirak v.   Cyprus, 13 November 2017

MF Artem Simonyan (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 23) 9 0   Alashkert v.   Moldova, 4 June 2018
MF Edgar Babayan (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Hobro v.   Moldova, 4 June 2018
MF Kamo Hovhannisyan (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 25) 39 0   Zhetysu v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
MF Artak Grigoryan (1987-10-19) 19 October 1987 (age 30) 13 1   Alashkert v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
MF Gegham Kadymyan (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 25) 10 2   Vorskla Poltava v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
MF David Manoyan (1990-07-05) 5 July 1990 (age 28) 26 0   Sandecja Nowy Sącz v.   Kazakhstan, 8 October 2017

FW Gegham Harutyunyan (1990-08-23) 23 August 1990 (age 28) 0 0   Shakhter Karagandy v.   Moldova, 4 June 2018
FW Norberto Briasco-Balekian (1996-02-29) 29 February 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Huracán v.   Lithuania, 27 March 2018
FW Ruslan Koryan (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 30) 14 3   Pyunik v.   Cyprus, 13 November 2017
FW Edgar Manucharyan (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 31) 53 9   Alashkert v.   Kazakhstan, 8 October 2017

RecordsEdit

Lists of the ten players with the most caps top goalscorers and top assists for Armenia, as of 9 September, 2018 (players in bold are still available for selection):

2018–19 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Macedonia 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6 Promotion to League C 2–0 13 Oct 19 Nov
2   Armenia 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3[a] 16 Oct 2–1 13 Oct
3   Liechtenstein 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3[a] 16 Nov 19 Nov 2–0
4   Gibraltar 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0 0–2 16 Nov 16 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 9 September 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Armenia 3, Liechtenstein 0.

ManagersEdit

 
Vardan Minasyan, previously held the position from 2009 to 2014, the longest period of time.
As of 6 September 2018
Manager Period Pld Won Tied Lost GF GA Win %
  Eduard Markarov 1992–1994 6 1 2 3 1 5 16.7%
  Samvel Darbinyan 1995–1996 9 1 1 7 5 21 11.1%
  Khoren Hovhannisyan 1996–1997 16 2 5 9 10 41 12.5%
  Souren Barseghyan 1998–1999 14 4 2 8 11 19 28.6%
  Varuzhan Sukiasyan 2000–2001 17 3 7 7 17 27 17.6%
  Andranik Adamyan (caretaker) 2002 1 1 0 0 2 0 100%
  Oscar López 2002 2 0 1 1 2 4 0%
  Andranik Adamyan (caretaker) 2003 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
  Mihai Stoichiță 2003–2004 10 4 1 5 11 17 40%
  Bernard Casoni 2004–2005 8 1 1 6 5 18 12.5%
  Henk Wisman 2005–2006 8 1 1 6 5 14 12.5%
  Ian Porterfield 2006–2007 10 2 4 4 5 9 20%
  Vardan Minasyan (caretaker)
  Tom Jones (caretaker)
2007 6 1 1 4 2 8 16.7%
  Jan Poulsen 2008–2009 12 3 4 5 9 19 25%
  Vardan Minasyan 2009–2014 39 14 4 21 56 58 35.9%
  Bernard Challandes 2014–2015 9 1 1 7 9 23 11.1%
  Sargis Hovsepyan (caretaker) 2015 4 0 1 3 2 9 0%
  Varuzhan Sukiasyan 2015–2016 7 2 1 4 12 12 28.6%
  Artur Petrosyan 2016–2018 10 5 1 4 21 21 50%
  Vardan Minasyan 2018 4 1 2 1 3 4 25%

Team imageEdit

NicknameEdit

The Armenia team is called the Lernakanner (Լեռնականներ), literally the "Mountaineers".[25]

Jerseys and ColourEdit

The home gear color were previously the Red-Blue-Orange Armenian tricolour, designed by Stepan Malkhasyants. All three colors were on the first Armenian national team jerseys ever designed. The definition of the colors, as stated in government website, is:

The Red emblematizes the Armenian Highland, the Armenian people's continued struggle for survival, maintenance of the Orthodox Christian faith, Armenia's independence and freedom. The Blue emblematizes the will of the people of Armenia to live beneath peaceful skies. The Orange emblematizes the creative talent and hard-working nature of the people of Armenia.[26]

In the Euro 2012 qualification matches, played in 2010 and 2011, Armenia's home colors were red-blue-red, produced by Hummel. Beginning with May 2012 friendly with Greece, Armenia switched to all-red home colours and all-white away kit produced Adidas.[5]

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit provider Period
  Puma 1992–1999
  Lotto 2000–2003
  Hummel 2004–2011
  Adidas 2012–2018
  Macron 2018–

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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