Florin Vașken Halagian (7 March 1939 – 12 August 2019) was a Romanian football player and manager of Armenian descent, hence the nickname Armeanul (The Armenian). He is the manager who has the most matches in Liga I with 878 games.
Halagian as a manager, wearing his lucky Chicago Bulls hat.
|Full name||Florin Vașken Halagian|
|Date of birth||7 March 1939|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|Date of death||12 August 2019(aged 80)|
|1964–1965||Minerul Baia Mare|
|2000||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu for all of his achievements as a football coach, and for forming a young generation of future champions with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Order "The Sportive Merit") class III.
One of Halagian's famous quotes as coach was: Focu' la ei! (Fire at them!), Armeanul explained: This is an expression that I invented to convey to the players on the pitch that the ball is good to be on the opponent half of the pitch, even if we have possession or not, I told them it is better to play there.
- "FLORIN HALAGIAN LA 80 DE ANI Cele mai importante borne ale carierei „Armeanului": a construit generația Stelei din 1986" [FLORIN HALAGIAN AT 80 YEARS The most important moments in the career of " The Armenian ": he built the Steaua's 1986 generation] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "Top 60 antrenori" [Top 60 coaches] (in Romanian). RomanianSoccer.ro. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "DECRET privind conferirea Ordinului și Medaliei Meritul Sportiv" (PDF). Monitorul Oficial al României Nr. 241. 28 March 2008. p. 3. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
- "Decorarea unor personalități ale fotbalului românesc". Administrația Prezidențială. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
- Siminiceanu, Radu (10 January 2004). "Romania National Team 1970–1979 – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
- David Hills (1 May 2011). "Return to Gloria Bistrita". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- Florin Halagian „Focu’ la ei !“. revistaflacara.ro (in Romanian)
- "Doliu în fotbalul românesc! A murit Florin Halagian!" [Mourning in Romanian football! Florin Halagian died!] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.