Western Armenia national football team

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Western Armenia
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Nickname(s)The Highlanders[1]
AssociationFootball Federation of Western Armenia
ConfederationConfederation of Independent Football Associations
Head coachHarutyun Vardanyan
Top scorerDavid Ghandilyan (5)
FIFA coden/a
First colours
First international
 Western Armenia 12–0 Chagos Islands 
(Sukhumi, Abkhazia;Georgia. 30 May, 2016)
Biggest win
 Western Armenia 12–0 Chagos Islands 
(Sukhumi, Abkhazia;Georgia. 30 May, 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Cascadia 4–0  Western Armenia
(Hayes Lane, Bromley;England. 7 June, 2018)

The Western Armenia national football team is a football team representing the Armenian indigenous people primarily from the region of Western Armenia.

History[edit]

The governing body, the Football Federation of Western Armenia, was formed in 2015 and joined the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (ConIFA) on 1 June of that year.[2] The team's first ever game was played on 6 January 2016, when a Western Armenia XI played against Olympique de Marseille (CFA), the reserve team of the leading French football club.[3] Vahagn Militosyan scored both goals in a 3–2 defeat.[4]

10 days after the team's first ever game, Western Armenia was selected at ConIFA's 3rd AGM to be one of the 12 participants in the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup, to be held in Abkhazia in May and June.[5] In the draw for the competition, the team was selected in Group A alongside the hosts and the Chagos Islands.[6] Western Armenia's first full international, against the Chagos Islands, ended with the team inflicting a record 12–0 defeat on the Chagossians,[7] before going down to a 1–0 defeat against Abkhazia in the final group game.[8] This though was enough for the team to qualify for the quarter-finals where they played the Panjab football team.

International matches[edit]

30 May 2016 ConIFA WFC Group AChagos Islands 0–12 Western ArmeniaDinamo Stadium, Sukhumi
20:00 GET Report Goal 3'20'30'34'45'53' David Ghandilyan
Goal 55' Tamaz Avolian
Goal 58'81' Armen Kapikiyan
Goal 64' Ruslan Trapizoyan
Goal 69' Vahagn Militosyan
Goal 73' Hiraç Yagan
31 May 2016 ConIFA WFC Group AAbkhazia 1–0 Western ArmeniaDinamo Stadium, Sukhumi
20:00 GET Dmitri Kortava Goal 9'
2 June 2016 ConIFA WFC Quarter-FinalWestern Armenia 2–3 PanjabDinamo Stadium, Sukhumi
20:00 GET Tamaz Avolian Goal 67'
Raffi Kaya Goal 79'
Amar Purewal Goal 2'36'44'
3 June 2016 ConIFA WFC Placement R. 1Kurdistan Region 0–0
(5–6 p)
 Western ArmeniaDinamo Stadium, Sukhumi
20:00 GET
Penalties
Miran Khesro Penalty scored
Farhan Shakor Penalty scored
Hunar Ahmad Penalty missed
Farhang Wriya Penalty scored
Diyar Rahman Penalty scored
Aras Mustafa Penalty scored
Znar Faizi (?) Penalty missed
Penalty scored Hiraç Yagan
Penalty missed Raffi Kaya
Penalty scored Tamaz Avolian
Penalty scored Loris Berberian
Penalty scored Jules Tepelian
Penalty scored Herant Yagan
Penalty scored Denis Oz
4 June 2016 ConIFA WFC Placement R. 2Sápmi 3–0 Western ArmeniaDaur Akhvlediani Stadium, Gagra
15:00 GET

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup.

Head Coach: Flag of Armenia.svg Harutyun Vardanyan

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gevorg Kasparov (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 (age 40) 0 0 Armenia FC Gandzasar Kapan
2 2DF Arman Mosoyan (1990-04-24) 24 April 1990 (age 30) 0 0 Unattached
3 2DF Fabrice Guzel (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 29) 5 0 France US Le Pontet
4 2DF Massis Kaya (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 29) 5 0 Unattached
5 2DF Rafael Safaryan (1986-01-30) 30 January 1986 (age 34) 0 0 Armenia FC Ararat
6 3MF Gevorg Najaryan (1998-01-06) 6 January 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
7 3MF Artur Yedigaryan (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 33) 0 0 Serbia Proleter Novi Sad
8 3MF David Azin (1990-01-11) 11 January 1990 (age 30) 2 0 Unattached
9 4FW Vahagn Militosyan (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 27) 3 2 Slovakia FC Nitra
10 3MF Khoren Veranyan (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 33) 0 0 Armenia FC Alashkert
11 4FW David Hovsepyan (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 29) 3 0 Slovakia KFC Komárno
12 1GK Khachatur Hovsepyan (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 29) 2 0 Armenia FC Ararat
13 2DF Jules Tepelian (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987 (age 32) 7 0 France UGA Ardzv
14 2DF Hiraç Yagan (1989-01-03) 3 January 1989 (age 31) 7 1 Switzerland Stade Nyonnais
15 3MF Zaven Varjabetyan (1998-11-12) 12 November 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Germany ESC Rellinghausen
16 3MF Norik Hovsepyan (1998-12-23) 23 December 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Armenia Shirak SC
17 2DF Raffi Kaya (1994-06-08) 8 June 1994 (age 26) 5 1 Switzerland Lancy
18 3MF Herant Yagan (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 25) 6 0 Belgium FC Suryoye
19 4FW Levon Kürkciyan (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Germany 1. FC Kleve
20 3MF Emmanuel Odemis (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Switzerland Stade Nyonnais
21 4FW Vicken Valenza-Berberian (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 27) 1 0 France FC Bords-de-Saône
22 3MF Axel Tashedjian (2000-05-09) 9 May 2000 (age 20) 1 0 France Paris FC
23 3MF Georgi Minasov (1990-08-21) 21 August 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Unattached

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Western Armenia member of ConIFA". ffowa.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Homepage". Football Federation of Western Armenia. 1 June 2016. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Western Armenia will have their very first match in early January!". Twitter. ConIFA. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Football Federation of Western Armenia Plays First Game". asbarez.com. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  5. ^ "#Abkhazia2016 participants". ConIFA. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  6. ^ "CONIFA World Football Cup 2016 Draw is Set!". ConIFA. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Western Armenia Beats Chagos Islands 12:0 in CONIFA World Cup". asbarez.com. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  8. ^ Abkhazia 1–0 Western Armenia (Video). Abkhazia: WFC 2016. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.