Gevorg Kasparov

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Gevorg Kasparov
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Kasparov with Armenia against Denmark (0-0) in 2015.
Personal information
Full name Gevorg V. Kasparov
Date of birth (1982-01-25) 25 January 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Yerevan, Armenian SSR
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Alashkert FC
Number 1
Youth career
1997–1998 Dvin Artashat
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 BKMA Artsakh 5 (0)
2000–2002 Zvartnots-AAL 51 (0)
2003 Ararat Tehran 12 (0)
2003–2004 MIKA 12 (0)
2005–2006 Pyunik 41 (0)
2007 PAS 10 (0)
2007–2008 Rah Ahan 22 (0)
2008–2009 Ulisses 25 (0)
2008–2009 Tractor Sazi 11 (0)
2009–2010 Sanati Kaveh 14 (0)
2010–2012 MIKA 48 (1)
2012–2014 Zob Ahan 23 (0)
2014–2015 MIKA 39 (0)
2015– Alashkert 33 (0)
National team
1996 Armenia U-16 3 (0)
1997–1998 Armenia U-18 7 (0)
2000 Armenia U-21 2 (0)
2004– Armenia 29 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 Oct 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2015

Gevorg Kasparov (Armenian: Գևորգ Կասպարով, born 25 July 1980), is an Armenian football player who currently plays goalkeeper for Alashkert FC and also the Armenian national team.

Club career[edit]

Dvin Artashat[edit]

Kasparov is a graduate of the Artashat football school. As a youth, he played with the team Dvin Artashat. At the age of 17 years, he became the main goalkeeper of the club. Because of the club's poor defensive line, the number of goals scored against Kasparov were 51 goals in 18 matches. The following season, the situation had changed. In 10 matches, Kasparov caught the ball outside of the gate 19 times. He played for the youth club from 1997 to 1998.

Zvartnots-AAL[edit]

In 2000, Kasparov signed a contract with the club Zvartnots-AAL, which reached the final of the Armenian Cup twice and became runners-up in the 2001 Armenian Premier League. Perhaps Kasparov would have continued his career in this club, but at the end of the season, the club withdrew from the Armenian Premier League because of financial problems.

Ararat Tehran[edit]

Kasparov was forced to find a new job. A proposal came from neighboring Iran, from Tehran's F.C. Ararat Tehran. He played there for the 2003 season, then went back home.

MIKA Yerevan[edit]

In 2004, he moved to the Mika Yerevan. Kasparov's debut match for the club was held in Ashtarak on April 17, where the opponent was the Armenian Premier League champion last year, Pyunik Yerevan. In that match, Mika was defeated by a score of 1:3. Together with the team, they were runners-up in the 2004 Armenian Premier League.

Pyunik[edit]

Kasparov with FC Pyunik in 2005–2006.

The following year, Kasparov became a player for Pyunik Yerevan. After the first round, Apoula Edel left the team, and Kasparov became the main goalkeeper of the team. With Kasparov as part of Pyunik, the club won the Armenian Premier League in 2005 and 2006 and the Armenian Supercup in 2005 and runners-up in 2006, as well as Kasparov was voted the best Armenian Premier League goalkeeper in 2005 and 2006.

PAS Tehran and Rah Ahan[edit]

Kasparov with PAS in 2007.

In 2007, he once again moved to Iran. He played for both PAS and Rah Ahan for a season each.

Ulisses[edit]

Kasparov returned to Armenia in 2008 when he received an offer from Ulisses Yerevan. In Ulisses, Kasparov played for two full seasons. In the 2009 Armenian Premier League championship, the club came in third place. At the end of the second season, he went to the Tehran club Sanati Kaveh Tehran. A contract was signed with the club for five months, until the end of the championship in the Azadegan League First League.[1]

Return to MIKA Yerevan[edit]

Ulisses FC 0-0 (3-5) FC Mika (Armenian Supercup after Hakob Tonoyan) in 2012.

In 2010, during the summer transfer window, there wasinformation about the interest of Kasparov by MIKA Yerevan again. Further negotiations were set to acquire the player.[2] In the end, a contract was signed, and Kasparov, after 6 years, returned to Mika. In the 2010 season, he was the fourth goalkeeper in the club during the 2010 Armenian Premier League. Before Kasparov joined, former goalkeeper, Klevinskas Grishikashvili, left the club. In the first round against Kilikia F.C., Kasparov took part. As a result, the team won over their rival up 4-1.[3] In the Armenian Cup, with the help of the actions by Kasparov, Mika reached the finals, where they were defeated by Shirak Gyumri - 4:1. On December 1, Kasparov's contract with Mika expired and before it could be renewed, Kasparov began negotiations himself with a number of Iranian clubs playing in the First League. The possibility that the player will extend the current agreement with the club Mika was not excluded.[4] What eventually happened was Kasparov signed a one-year agreement with Mika.[5] The performance of Mika in the first half of the season was impressive. The team was in the lead with a value card stock before their closest rivals. Posed game coach Zsolt Hornyák instilled confidence in the team's actions. Kasparov considerable the impeccable playing defensive line part in the success of the club. However, in the summer, Kasparov left the club by going to loan in Ulisses. In early July, Kasparov and teammate Aghvan Mkrtchyan moved to Ulisses. The transition has been associated with an increase of the club before the matches of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League qualifier against Sheriff TiraspolHaving not played a single match for Ulisses in the Champions League, Kasparov and Mkrtchyan returned to Mika. After returning to FC Mika, they finish championship in second place, and won Armenian Supercup after the first half of championship, Kasparov left Mika for Zob Ahan on loan. After he signed a contract with Zob Ahan for one year, but six month later, he returned FC Mika, with signing 6 months contract. In 2013/14 championship Kasparov participate in all matches in the second half of Championship and help Mika to achieve bronze medals.[6][7]

Alashkert[edit]

After the financical problems in Mika, Kasparov joined Alashkert to help them in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League qualifiers. After great games he signed a contract with Alashkert for one year.

International career[edit]

Gevorg is a member of the Armenia national team since 2004. He has participated in 29 international matches since his debut in an away 2006 World Cup qualification match against Andorra on 12 October 2005, in which Armenia won 3-0. Kasparov had been instrumental in Armenia's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

From September 2015 he is the starting goalkeeper again.

Personal life[edit]

Gevorg is married with 3 children, Gor, Avet, Maria. The eldest boy of Kasparov is also a goalkeeper, and he is trying to go by his father's steps.

Kasparov is a Russified version of the Armenian surname Gasparyan.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Armenia Zvartnots-AAL

Armenia Ulisses FC

Armenia Mika Yerevan

Armenia Pyunik Yerevan

Armenia Alashkert FC

Individual[edit]

  • Best Goalkeeper of Armenia: 2005, 2006,2015,2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ Геворг Каспаров: намерен завершить карьеру в Иране, если... (in Russian). ArmFootball.com. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Голкипер сборной Армении может перейти в "Мику" (in Russian). ArmFootball.com. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Возвращение в "Мику" спустя 6 лет (in Russian). armsport.am. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Каспаров вновь может отправиться в Иран (in Russian). armsport.am. Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Геворг Каспаров продолжит выступления за "Мику" (in Russian). armsport.am. Retrieved 20 March 2013. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Геворг Каспаров и Агван Мкртчян помогут "Улиссу" в Лиге Чемпионов (in Russian). armsport.am. Retrieved 20 March 2013. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ {{cite web|script-title=ru:Агван Мкртчян идет на поправку|url=http://armsport.am/ru/news/2/26/37550/%7Cpublisher=armsport.am%7Caccessdate=20 March 2013|language=ru}}

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