Aslanyan with Willem II
|Full name||Norair Aslanyan|
|Date of birth||25 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Karahunj, Armenian SSR|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2009–2010||→ SC Veendam (loan)||0||(0)|
|2010||→ SC Cambuur (loan)||7||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ FC Emmen (loan)||27||(6)|
|2014–2015||→ Almere City (loan)||35||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 May 2015
Aslanyan was born on 25 March 1991 in the village of Karahunj in the Armenian SSR, to Armenian parents. Prior to his birth, the family had adopted the Azerbaijani surname of "Mamedov" in order to move to Europe easily and get the status of Azeri refugees during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. The family later moved to the Netherlands. Aslanyan grew up speaking both Dutch and Armenian.
Aslanyan started playing football in the Netherlands at the age of 13 with the youth team of FC Groningen. At 17, Aslanyan was part of the FC Groningen team that became the junior champions of the Netherlands; he also participated in a youth tournament held in the United States, where the team took 2nd place.
While playing with the youth team, he was noticed by coaches from the first team. In 2009, he was loaned to SC Veendam, scoring two goals in his debut game for their youth team. In October 2010, Aslanyan was loaned to SC Cambuur. He played for the club's senior team in the Eerste Divisie, while also training with FC Groningen. As part of Cambuur, he made his senior, professional debut on 15 October 2010 in a match against RKC Waalwijk; the match ended in a 1–1 draw. Aslanyan made a total of 7 league appearances during his loan spell, as well as one appearance in the KNVB Cup.
Following the end of his loan, Aslanyan made his senior debut for Groningen on 3 March 2011 in the Eredivisie league, losing 1–4 at home to Heracles Almelo. He made four further league appearances for the club. Aslanyan was loaned to FC Zwolle later in the season. At the end of the season, he moved to FC Emmen on a free transfer.
On 20 February 2012, Armenian national manager Vardan Minasyan called Aslanyan up to the senior national team squad for forthcoming friendly matches against Serbia and Canada. However, he was forced to withdraw from the squad due to an injury he had picked up playing club football. Aslanyan received a further call-up in May 2012.
Style of play
Aslanyan plays as an attacker, and is known for his speed and acceleration.
Norair is married to Anna Aslanyan. They both met at an Armenian party in the Netherlands and began dating afterwards. He changed his surname to hers before he joined the Armenian national squad. After changing his name to Norair Aslanyan, he briefly played under the name "Aslanyan-Mamedov" before a final decision on his documents was made.
Aslanyan has a number of tattoos – a drawing of some roses are depicted, and the first letters are the names of his family, written in the Armenian language, on his hands.
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