Armenian Footballer of the Year

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has already been chosen as the Armenian Footballer of the Year four times at the age of 24.

Armenian Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the best professional Armenian football player. The winner is elected by Football Federation of Armenia members, referees, inspectors, coaches, captains and presidents of the Armenian Premier League clubs, as well as the journalists and media. On the same occasion, an award is also given for Armenian Coach of the Year.[1][2]


The same year the Football Federation of Armenia was founded, an award for the best Armenian football player began being annually given. The first award was given to former Armenia national football team captain Sargis Hovsepyan in 1992. Hovsepyan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both tied with the most number of awards at three. Arthur Petrosyan and Armen Shahgeldyan have both won the award twice. Edgar Manucharyan became the youngest player to win the award in 2004 at the age of 16. Hovsepyan became the oldest player to win the award in 2008 at the age of 36.[1][2]

In 2013, the legendary French football player and incumbent UEFA president Michel Platini announced Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Armenia's Footballer of the Year in Armenian.[3]

List of recipients[edit]

Year Player Club Ref
1992 Sargis Hovsepyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
1993 Armen Shahgeldyan Armenia Ararat Yerevan
1994 Arsen Avetisyan Armenia Homenetmen
1995 Sargis Hovsepyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
1996 Arthur Petrosyan Armenia Shirak
1997 Harutyun Vardanyan Armenia Shirak
1998 Arthur Voskanyan Armenia Tsement Ararat
1999 Harutyun Abrahamyan Armenia FC Yerevan
2000 Arthur Petrosyan Switzerland Young Boys
2001 Vardan Minasyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
2002 Arman Karamyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
2003 Ara Hakobyan Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
2004 Edgar Manucharyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
2005 Aram Hakobyan Armenia Banants Yerevan
2006 Armen Shahgeldyan Armenia Mika Yerevan
2007 Levon Pachajyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
2008 Sargis Hovsepyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
2009 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
2010 Karlen Mkrtchyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
2011 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
2012 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
2013 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Germany Borussia Dortmund

Number of awards per player[edit]

Player Number Years
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 4 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Sargis Hovsepyan 3 1992, 1995, 2008
Arthur Petrosyan 2 1996, 2000
Armen Shahgeldyan 2 1993, 2006
Harutyun Vardanyan 1 1997
Arthur Voskanyan 1 1998
Harutyun Abrahamyan 1 1999
Vardan Minasyan 1 2001
Arman Karamyan 1 2002
Ara Hakobyan 1 2003
Edgar Manucharyan 1 2004
Aram Hakobyan 1 2005
Levon Pachajyan 1 2007
Karlen Mkrtchyan 1 2010