Armenak Alachachian

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Armenak Alachachian
Medal record
Men's Basketball
Representing the  Soviet Union
Summer Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place Tokyo 1964 National Team
FIBA EuroBasket
Gold medal – first place USSR 1953 National Team
Gold medal – first place Yugoslavia 1961 National Team
Gold medal – first place Poland 1963 National Team
Gold medal – first place USSR 1965 National Team

Armenak Alachachian (alternate spelling: Armenak Alatchatchan) (Armenian: Արմենակ Միսակի Ալաջաջյան, December 25, 1930 – December 4, 2017) was an Armenian basketball player and coach. A point guard, he reached European stardom with CSKA Moscow and the senior men's Soviet Union national team. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt.

Club career[edit]

Alachachian helped CSKA lift its first EuroLeague title in 1961. He added a second title in 1963, and reached another final in 1965, before retiring.

Soviet National Team[edit]

As a player of the senior men's Soviet national team, Alachachian won four gold medals at the 1953, 1961, 1963, and 1965 EuroBasket, as well as a silver medal at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games.

Coaching career[edit]

Aleksandar Gomelsky, at the time CSKA's sports director, assigned him at the coach position in the late 1960s, and Alachachian led the Reds to the 1969 Euroleague title, thus becoming the first man to lift the trophy, as both a player and a coach.

2014 Yerevan Youth International Basketball tournament in honor of Armenak Alachachyan

See also[edit]


  • FIBA Profile "Armenak Alachachian"
  • FIBA Profile "Armenak Alatchatchan"
  • Profile
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Armenak Alachachian". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  • - Player nominees for Euroleague's 50 Greatest Contributors
  • Armenak Alachachian's obituary