Armenia national football team

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Armenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Հավաքական Havak'akan (The Collective team)
AssociationFootball Federation of Armenia
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJoaquín Caparrós
CaptainHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Most capsSargis Hovsepyan (132)[1]
Top scorerHenrikh Mkhitaryan (31)
Home stadiumVazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium[2],
Hrazdan Stadium
FIFA codeARM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 89 Decrease 1 (16 September 2021)[3]
Highest30 (February 2014)
Lowest159 (July 1994)
First international
 Armenia 0–0 Moldova 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 14 October 1992)
Biggest win
 Armenia 7–1 Guatemala 
(Los Angeles, United States; 28 May 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 9–1 Armenia 
(Palermo, Italy; 18 November 2019)

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 12 October 1992. 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 final stages of either a UEFA European Football Championship or a FIFA World Cup.[5] The team's main achievements were coming in third place in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying stage,[6] and being promoted to the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B.

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.

History[edit]

Armenia became an independent state in 1991, the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic 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.[7] 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.[8] Armenia has competed in every UEFA European Championship qualifying and FIFA World Cup qualification since 1994.[9]

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 Oganesian 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.[10] On 10 February 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.[11][12][13]

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.[14][15] 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.[16] Despite this, Gonzalez did not penalize Cox. Cox would later admit he touched the ball with his hand.[17] Had Cox’s offence been punished, Armenia would have been awarded a free-kick.[6] 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.[16][18] Gonzalez had later resigned after the match.[19] 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.[20][21] They were all welcomed in the airport back in Armenia as heroes.[22]

After the incredible UEFA Euro 2012 run, the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 qualifiers were not successful, with the Armenian side stood near bottom in the 2014 World Cup run and even finished last without a single win in Euro 2016 campaign. Armenia salvaged some few pride in 2018 World Cup qualification when the Armenians managed to create a shocking 3–2 home win over Montenegro, which contributed to Montenegro's failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[23] After these disappointments, Vardan Minasyan returned to lead Armenia in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D, but finished behind Macedonia, including a humiliating 0–1 home loss to Gibraltar.[24] Due to this humiliation, Minasyan was sacked and Armen Gyulbudaghyants was appointed new coach of Armenian side. The Armenians participated in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying along with giants Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former European champions Greece, Finland and Liechtenstein. Armenia lost two opening fixtures to Bosnia 1–2 away[25] and Finland 0–2 at home,[26] and was supposed to get eliminated pretty early. However, Armenia began their resurgence following these losses, with a convincing 3–0 home cruise to Liechtenstein[27] before managed to create a shocking 3–2 away win over Greece, former UEFA Euro 2004 champions.[28] Armenia suffered a minor setback after losing at home to powerhouse Italy 1–3,[29] before created another shock in their qualification with a 4–2 convincing win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the same ground.[30] Armenia was pulled back to the ground when they faced Greece, Finland and Italy in their games, with Armenia defeated in both games and eventually finished fifth in their group, failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020.

Armenia participated in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League C and was seen as a minnow in a group containing strong North Macedonia and Georgia, along with fellow minnow Estonia. Armenia began with a 1–2 loss to North Macedonia away, before bounded back with an encouraging 2–0 home win to Estonia in September 2020.[31][32] In October, Armenia had to play their designated "home game" away from their country in Poland due to 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War, and disappointed with only a 2–2 draw to Georgia and 1–1 draw to Estonia, thus leaving impression that Armenia would flounder from the chance to get promotion.[33][34] Yet, in November the same year, despite having to play away from home, and without their talisman and captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Armenia managed what would be the country's greatest comeback in the history, beating Georgia right in Tbilisi 2–1 before stunned the Macedonians, who had qualified for Euro 2020, 1–0, in their designated home game in Cyprus.[35][36] These wins had not just ensured Armenia's promotion to 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B, but it also meant Armenia could be the first Caucasus country to get a FIFA World Cup playoff ticket. Moreover, the League B season in 2022–23 could also ensure Armenia a playoff place for the UEFA Euro 2024.

Armenia is currently participating in the 2022 World Cup qualification and was seen weak to the group containing strong Germany, Iceland, Romania and North Macedonia. Armenia started with a difficult 1–0 win to Liechtenstein away, leaving yet again an impression that Armenia would just end up being mopped by the remainders. However, Armenia stunned both Iceland and Romania on their home fixtures 2–0 and 3–2 to top the group for the first time ever, increased the country's hope to qualify for their maiden FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Later in September they draw North Macedonia before losing 6-0 to Germany, they returned home to face Liechtenstein, expected to pick up all 3 points but they drew 1-1 [37][38]

Stadium[edit]

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.[39] 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.[39] 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.[40] 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.[7] 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.[41] 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.[7]

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.[42] 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.[7]

Team image[edit]

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 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.[43]

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.[7]

Kit suppliers[edit]

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

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

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
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 1990 Part of  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 10 1 5 4 8 17 4/6
South Korea Japan 2002 10 0 5 5 7 19 6/6
Germany 2006 12 2 1 9 9 25 6/7
South Africa 2010 10 1 1 8 6 22 6/6
Brazil 2014 10 4 1 5 12 13 5/6
Russia 2018 10 2 1 7 10 26 5/6
Qatar 2022 To be determined - - - - - - (P/O)
Canada Mexico United States 2026 - - - - - - -
Total 0/8 - 62 10 14 38 52 122 -

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

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
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Part of  Soviet Union
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 1 2 7 5 17 6/6
Belgium Netherlands 2000 10 2 2 6 8 15 5/6
Portugal 2004 8 2 1 5 7 16 4/5
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 2 3 7 4 13 7/8
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 5 2 3 22 10 3/6
France 2016 8 0 2 6 5 14 5/5
Europe 2020 10 3 1 6 14 25 5/6
Germany 2024 To be determined - - - - - - -
Total 0/8 68 15 13 40 65 110 -

UEFA Nations League record[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018–19 D 4 Group stage 2nd 6 3 1 2 14 8 Rise 45th
Italy 2020–21 C 2 Group stage 1st 6 3 2 1 9 6 Rise 36th
2022–23 B Future event
Total Group stage
League C
2/2 12 6 3 3 23 14 36th

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2020[edit]

5 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
North Macedonia  2–1  Armenia Skopje, North Macedonia
15:00
Report
Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
8 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Armenia  2–0  Estonia Yerevan, Armenia
20:00
Report Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: David Coote (England)
7 October 2020 Friendly Armenia  Cancelled  Albania Yerevan, Armenia
17:00 Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Armenia  2–2  Georgia Tychy, Poland
20:00
Report
Stadium: Tychy City Stadium
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Estonia  1–1  Armenia Tallinn, Estonia
20:45
Report Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Referee: Luis Godinho (Portugal)
15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Georgia  1–2  Armenia Tbilisi, Georgia
21:00
Report
Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

2021[edit]

25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Liechtenstein  0–1  Armenia Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Report
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Armenia  2–0  Iceland Yerevan, Armenia
18:00
Report Stadium: Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
31 March 2021 (2021-03-31) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Armenia  3–2  Romania Yerevan, Armenia
20:00
Report
Stadium: Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
1 June 2021 (2021-06-01) Friendly Croatia  1–1  Armenia Velika Gorica, Croatia
18:00
Report
Stadium: Stadion Radnik
Attendance: 0
Referee: Luka Bilbija (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
5 June 2021 (2021-06-05) Friendly Sweden  3–1  Armenia Solna, Sweden
20:45 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Friends Arena
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification North Macedonia  0–0  Armenia Skopje, North Macedonia
Report Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
5 September 2021 (2021-09-05) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Germany  6–0  Armenia Stuttgart, Germany
20:45 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)
8 September 2021 (2021-09-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Armenia  1–1  Liechtenstein Yerevan, Armenia
18:00
Report
Stadium: Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan
Referee: Duje Strukan (Croatia)
8 October 2021 (2021-10-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Iceland  v  Armenia Reykjavík, Iceland
Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Romania  v  Armenia TBA, Romania
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Armenia  v  North Macedonia TBA, Armenia
14 November 2021 (2021-11-14) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Armenia  v  Germany TBA, Armenia

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the FIFA World Cup qualifying against  North Macedonia,  Germany and  Liechtenstein on 2, 5, and 8 September 2021 respectively. [44]
Caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2021 after the match against Liechtenstein.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK David Yurchenko (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 35) 13 0 Armenia Alashkert
16 1GK Arsen Beglaryan (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 28) 15 0 Armenia Urartu
12 1GK Anatoli Ayvazov (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Armenia Urartu
12 1GK Stanislav Buchnev (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Armenia Pyunik

3 2DF Varazdat Haroyan (1992-08-24) 24 August 1992 (age 29) 60 3 Spain Cádiz
13 2DF Kamo Hovhannisyan (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 28) 62 1 Kazakhstan Kairat
15 2DF Hrayr Mkoyan (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 35) 46 1 Armenia Ararat
19 2DF Hovhannes Hambardzumyan (1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 30) 44 4 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
4 2DF Taron Voskanyan (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 28) 36 0 Armenia Alashkert
2 2DF André Calisir (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 31) 19 0 Denmark Silkeborg
21 2DF Arman Hovhannisyan (1993-07-07) 7 July 1993 (age 28) 6 0 Armenia Pyunik
3 2DF Davit Terteryan (1997-12-17) 17 December 1997 (age 23) 4 0 Armenia Ararat-Armenia

18 3MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Captain) (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 32) 91 31 Italy Roma
11 3MF Tigran Barseghyan (1993-09-22) 22 September 1993 (age 28) 41 8 Kazakhstan Astana
5 3MF Artak Grigoryan (1987-10-19) 19 October 1987 (age 33) 37 1 Armenia Alashkert
7 3MF Khoren Bayramyan (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 (age 29) 10 2 Russia Rostov
6 3MF Wbeymar Angulo (1992-03-06) 6 March 1992 (age 29) 8 2 Armenia Ararat-Armenia
23 3MF Vahan Bichakhchyan (1999-07-09) 9 July 1999 (age 22) 9 1 Slovakia Žilina
17 3MF Solomon Udo (1995-07-15) 15 July 1995 (age 26) 9 0 Kazakhstan Atyrau
14 3MF Erik Vardanyan (1998-06-07) 7 June 1998 (age 23) 6 1 Armenia Pyunik
10 3MF Arshak Koryan (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 26) 5 0 Russia Orenburg
8 3MF Eduard Spertsyan (2000-06-07) 7 June 2000 (age 21) 4 1 Russia Krasnodar
11 3MF Zhirayr Shaghoyan (2001-04-10) 10 April 2001 (age 20) 5 0 Armenia Ararat-Armenia
3MF David Davidyan (1997-12-14) 14 December 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Russia Khimki
7 3MF Artyom Avanesyan (1999-07-17) 17 July 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Armenia Ararat-Armenia

22 4FW Sargis Adamyan (1993-05-23) 23 May 1993 (age 28) 28 2 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
20 4FW Aleksandr Karapetyan (1987-12-23) 23 December 1987 (age 33) 23 6 Armenia Noah
9 4FW Ishkhan Geloyan (1992-08-31) 31 August 1992 (age 29) 2 0 Russia Baltika

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 Grigor Meliksetyan (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 35) 4 0 Armenia Pyunik v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
GK Arman Nersesyan (2001-10-19) 19 October 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Armenia BKMA Yerevan v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
GK Vardan Shahatuni (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Armenia Ararat-Armenia v.  North Macedonia, 18 November 2020

DF Jordy Monroy (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 25) 4 0 Armenia Noah v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
DF Hakob Hakobyan (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Armenia Urartu v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
DF Albert Khachumyan (1999-06-23) 23 June 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Armenia Ararat-Armenia v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
DF Serob Grigoryan (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 26) 3 0 Armenia Pyunik v.  Romania, 31 March 2021
DF Hayk Ishkhanyan (1989-06-24) 24 June 1989 (age 32) 12 1 Armenia Pyunik v.  Iceland, 28 March 2021
DF Erik Simonyan (2003-06-12) 12 June 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Armenia Urartu v.  Liechtenstein, 25 March 2021

MF Gevorg GhazaryanINJ (1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 (age 33) 73 14 Armenia Pyunik v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
MF Edgar Babayan (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 25) 13 1 Cyprus Pafos v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
MF Karen Muradyan (1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 28) 10 0 Armenia Ararat v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
MF Petros Avetisyan (1996-01-07) 7 January 1996 (age 25) 5 0 Armenia Noah v.  Liechtenstein, 25 March 2021
MF Yuri Gareginyan (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Armenia Pyunik v.  Liechtenstein, 25 March 2021
MF Aram Kocharyan (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Armenia Pyunik v.  Liechtenstein, 25 March 2021

FW Norberto Briasco (1996-02-29) 29 February 1996 (age 25) 8 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Romania, 31 March 2021
FW Gegham Kadimyan (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 28) 15 2 Kazakhstan Kaisar v.  Estonia, 14 October 2020
FW Artur Miranyan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 25) 3 0 Armenia Urartu v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021
FW Karen Melkonyan (1999-03-25) 25 March 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Armenia Urartu v.  Sweden, 5 June 2021

PRE Preliminary squad
SUS Player suspended
INJ Player withdrew from the roster due to an injury
COV Player withdrew from the roster due to COVID-19
RET Retired from the national team
WD Player withdrew from the roster for non-injury related reasons

Records[edit]

As of 2 September 2021[45]
Players in bold are still active with Armenia.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Germany Armenia Romania North Macedonia Iceland Liechtenstein
1  Germany 6 5 0 1 17 2 +15 15 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 6–0 8 Oct 1–2 3–0 11 Nov
2  Armenia 6 3 2 1 7 9 −2 11 Advance to second round 14 Nov 3–2 11 Nov 2–0 1–1
3  Romania 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 0–1 11 Oct 3–2 11 Nov 2–0
4  North Macedonia 6 2 3 1 11 6 +5 9 11 Oct 0–0 0–0 14 Nov 5–0
5  Iceland 6 1 1 4 6 14 −8 4 0–4 8 Oct 0–2 2–2 11 Oct
6  Liechtenstein (Y) 6 0 1 5 2 15 −13 1 0–2 0–1 14 Nov 8 Oct 1–4
Updated to match(es) played on 8 September 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
(Y) Cannot qualify directly, may only advance to the play-offs

Managers[edit]

Vardan Minasyan, previously held the position from 2009 to 2014 and again briefly in 2018, the longest period of time.
Joaquín Caparrós, Armenia's current manager.
As of match played 2 September 2021
Manager Period Pld Won Tied Lost GF GA Win %
Armenia Eduard Markarov 1992–1994 6 1 2 3 1 5 16.67
Armenia Samvel Darbinyan 1995–1996 9 1 1 7 5 21 11.11
Armenia Khoren Hovhannisyan 1996–1997 16 2 5 9 10 41 12.5
Armenia Souren Barseghyan 1998–1999 14 4 2 8 11 19 28.57
Armenia Varuzhan Sukiasyan 2000–2001 17 3 7 7 17 27 17.65
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 Stoichiță 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 16.67
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 2014–2015 9 1 1 7 9 23 11.11
Armenia Sargis Hovsepyan (caretaker) 2015 4 0 1 3 2 9 0
Armenia Varuzhan Sukiasyan 2015–2016 7 2 1 4 12 12 28.57
Armenia Artur Petrosyan 2016–2018 10 5 1 4 21 21 50
Armenia Vardan Minasyan 2018 4 1 2 1 3 4 25
Armenia Armen Gyulbudaghyants 2018–2019 12 5 2 5 25 20 41.67
Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan 2019–2020 2 0 0 2 1 10 0
Spain Joaquín Caparrós 2020– 13 6 4 3 18 15 46.15

All-time head-to-head record[edit]

Key
Positive balance (more wins)
Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative balance (more losses)

See also[edit]

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