Armenia national football team

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Armenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Հավաքական Havakakan (Collective team)
Association Football Federation of Armenia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Bernard Challandes
Captain Roman Berezovsky
Most caps Sargis Hovsepyan (131)
Top scorer Henrikh Mkhitaryan (12)
Home stadium Republican Stadium[1]
FIFA code ARM
FIFA ranking 33
Highest FIFA ranking 30 (February 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 159 (July 1994)
Elo ranking 69
Highest Elo ranking 69 (15 October 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 126 (May 1995)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Armenia 0–0 Moldova 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 14, 1992)
Biggest win
 Armenia 4–0 Andorra 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 12, 2010)
 Slovakia 0–4 Armenia  Armenia
(Žilina, Slovakia; September 6, 2011)
 Denmark 0–4 Armenia  Armenia
(Copenhagen, Denmark; June 11, 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Chile 7–0 Armenia  Armenia
(Viña del Mar, Chile; January 4, 1997)
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia  Armenia
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)

The Armenia national football team (Armenian: Հայաստանի ֆուտբոլի ազգային հավաքական Hayastani futboli azgayin havakakan) 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 and their head coach is Bernard Challandes. 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.[2] 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.[3]

History[edit]

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.[4] The history of the Armenia national team began on 14 October 1992, when Armenia was 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.[5] Armenia has competed in every UEFA Euro qualification and FIFA World Cup qualification since 1994.[6]

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.[7] 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 will continue to lead the Armenian national squad, only now as the official head coach.[8][9][10]

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.[11][12] 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.[13] Despite this, Gonzalez did not penalize Cox. Cox would later admit he touched the ball with his hand.[14] Had Cox’s offence been punished, Armenia would have been awarded a free-kick.[3] Berezovsky was substituted with 19-year old debuting Arsen Petrosyan. Valeri Aleksanyan later accidentally scored an own goal on 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.[13][15] Gonzalez had later resigned after the match.[16] 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 is proud of the entire team.[17][18] They were all welcomed in in the airport back in Armenia as heroes.[19]

Stadium[edit]

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.[20] 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.[20] 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 May 19, 1971 when Ararat Yerevan defeated Kairat Almaty 3-0 in front of a record 78,000 spectators.[21] 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.[4] 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.[22] 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 Yerevan and Ulisses Yerevan play home games in 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.[4]

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.[23] 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.[4]

Competitive record[edit]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

A list of players called up for the friendly match against Russia on March 5, 2014.

Caps and goals correct as of March 5, 2014 after the match against Russia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Roman Berezovsky (Captain) (1974-08-05) 5 August 1974 (age 39) 84 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
12 1GK Gevorg Kasparov (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 (age 33) 23 0 Armenia Mika Yerevan
21 1GK Arsen Beglaryan (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Armenia Gandzasar Kapan
3 2DF Varazdat Haroyan (1992-08-24) 24 August 1992 (age 21) 8 0 Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
4 2DF Taron Voskanyan (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
5 2DF Robert Arzumanyan (Vice-captain) (1985-07-24) 24 July 1985 (age 28) 64 4 Kazakhstan Aktobe
13 2DF Kamo Hovhannisyan (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 21) 14 0 Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
15 2DF Hrayr Mkoyan (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 27) 27 0 Armenia Shirak Gyumri
17 2DF Artak Yedigaryan (1990-03-18) 18 March 1990 (age 24) 17 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
19 2DF Hovhannes Hambardzumyan (1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Armenia Banants Yerevan
2 3MF Davit Hakobyan (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Armenia Shirak Gyumri
6 3MF Karlen Mkrtchyan (1988-11-25) 25 November 1988 (age 25) 35 2 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
7 3MF Artur Yedigaryan (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 26) 35 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
8 3MF Marcos Pizzelli (1984-10-03) 3 October 1984 (age 29) 35 7 Kazakhstan Aktobe
9 3MF Karen Muradyan (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Armenia Shirak Gyumri
10 3MF Gevorg Ghazaryan (1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 (age 26) 38 9 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
18 3MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Vice-captain) (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 25) 44 12 Germany Borussia Dortmund
20 3MF Aghvan Papikyan (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
22 3MF Artak Dashyan (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 24) 4 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
23 3MF Aras Özbiliz (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 24) 15 4 Russia Spartak Moscow
11 4FW Artur Sarkisov (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 27) 22 3 Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod
14 4FW Yura Movsisyan (1987-08-02) 2 August 1987 (age 26) 26 9 Russia Spartak Moscow
16 4FW Sargis Adamyan (1993-05-13) 13 May 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Germany Neustrelitz

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Gor Manukyan (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Armenia Pyunik Yerevan v.  Albania, 14 August 2013
GK Artur Harutyunyan (1985-08-12) 12 August 1985 (age 28) 0 0 Armenia Shirak Gyumri v.  Denmark, 11 June 2013
DF Valeri Aleksanyan (1984-09-04) 4 September 1984 (age 29) 27 0 Unattached v.  Italy, 15 October 2013
DF Levon Hayrapetyan (1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 (age 24) 19 0 Czech Republic Příbram v.  Italy, 15 October 2013
DF Artur Avagyan (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 26) 1 0 Armenia Gandzasar Kapan v.  Italy, 15 October 2013
DF Andranik Voskanyan (1990-04-11) 11 April 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Armenia Mika Yerevan v.  Denmark, 10 September 2013
DF Artyom Khachaturov (1992-06-18) 18 June 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Moldova Tiraspol v.  Albania, 14 August 2013
MF David Manoyan (1990-07-05) 5 July 1990 (age 23) 17 0 Armenia Pyunik Yerevan v.  Italy, 15 October 2013
MF Edgar Malakyan (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 23) 14 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň v.  Italy, 15 October 2013
MF Masis Voskanyan (1990-07-11) 11 July 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Belgium Roeselare v.  Bulgaria, 11 October 2013
MF Norair Aslanyan (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Netherlands Willem II Tilburg v.  Albania, 14 August 2013
MF Vardges Satumyan (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Armenia Mika Yerevan v.  Albania, 14 August 2013
MF Artur Yuspashyan (1989-09-07) 7 September 1989 (age 24) 8 0 Armenia Pyunik Yerevan v.  Denmark, 11 June 2013
FW Edgar Manucharyan (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 27) 40 8 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast v.  Denmark, 11 June 2013

Records[edit]

Lists of the 10 players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Armenia, as of 15 October 2013 (players in bold are still available for selection):

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Armenia is preparing to compete in Group I in qualification for UEFA Euro 2016.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Armenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Albania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Albania Armenia Denmark Portugal Serbia
Albania  29 Mar '15 11 Oct '14 7 Sep '15 8 Oct '15
Armenia  11 Oct '15 7 Sep '15 13 Jun '15 11 Oct '14
Denmark  4 Sep '15 7 Sep '14 14 Oct '14 13 Jun '15
Portugal  7 Sep '14 14 Nov '14 8 Oct '15 29 Mar '15
Serbia  14 Oct '14 4 Sep '15 14 Nov '14 11 Oct '15


Managers[edit]

Vardan Minasyan held the position from 2009 to 2014, the longest period of time.
As of 5 March 2014
Manager Period Pld Won Tied Lost GF GA Win %
Armenia Eduard Markarov 1992–1994 6 1 2 3 1 5 16.6%
Armenia Samvel Darbinyan 1995–1996 9 1 1 7 5 21 11.1%
Armenia Khoren Hovhannisyan 1996–1997 16 2 5 9 10 41 12.5%
Armenia Souren Barseghyan 1998–1999 14 4 2 8 11 19 28.6%
Armenia Varuzhan Sukiasyan 2000–2001 17 3 7 7 17 27 17.6%
Armenia Andranik Adamyan (caretaker) 2002 1 1 0 0 2 0 100%
Argentina Oscar López 2002 2 0 1 1 2 4 0%
Armenia Andranik Adamyan (caretaker) 2003 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
Romania Mihai Stoichiţă 2003–2004 10 4 1 5 11 17 40%
France Bernard Casoni 2004–2005 8 1 1 6 5 18 12.5%
Netherlands Henk Wisman 2005–2006 8 1 1 6 5 14 12.5%
Scotland Ian Porterfield 2006–2007 10 2 4 4 5 9 20%
Armenia Vardan Minasyan (caretaker)
England Tom Jones (caretaker)
2007 6 1 1 4 2 8 16.6%
Denmark Jan Poulsen 2008–2009 12 3 4 5 9 19 25%
Armenia Vardan Minasyan 2009–2014 39 14 4 21 56 58 35.9%
Switzerland Bernard Challandes 2014– 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%

Team image[edit]

Nickname[edit]

The Armenia team is called the Havakakan (Հավաքական), literally the "Collective team".[24]

Jerseys and Colour[edit]

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 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.[25]

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.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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