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Armenia national football team

Armenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Հավաքական Havakakan (Collective team)
Association Football Federation of Armenia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Sargis Hovsepyan (caretaker)
Captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Most caps Sargis Hovsepyan (131)
Top scorer Henrikh Mkhitaryan (16)
Home stadium Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium[1]
FIFA code ARM
FIFA ranking
Current 91 8 (1 October 2015)
Highest 30 (February 2014)
Lowest 159 (July 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 81 (9 September 2015)
Highest 65 (27 May 2014)
Lowest 126 (May 1995)
First international
 Armenia 0–0 Moldova 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 14, 1992)
Biggest win
 Armenia 4–0 Andorra 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 12, 2010)
 Slovakia 0–4 Armenia 
(Žilina, Slovakia; September 6, 2011)
 Denmark 0–4 Armenia 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; June 11, 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Chile 7–0 Armenia 
(Viña del Mar, Chile; January 4, 1997)
 ; March 30, 1997) Georgia (
 

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 October 12, 1992. Armenia's home ground is the Republican Stadium in Yerevan and their head coach is Bernard Challandes. 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 knockout stage in either a UEFA European Football Championship or a FIFA World Cup.[2] In what was the Armenian national squad's greatest success at present, the team came in third place in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying stage, with controversial officiating preventing them from achieving second place, and hence moving on to the final tournament.[3]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Stadium 2
  • Competitive record 3
    • FIFA World Cup records 3.1
    • UEFA European Championship records 3.2
  • Recent results and forthcoming fixtures 4
    • 2014 4.1
    • 2015 4.2
  • Players 5
    • Current squad 5.1
    • Recent call-ups 5.2
    • Records 5.3
    • Most Caps 5.4
    • Top Goalscorers 5.5
  • UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying 6
  • Managers 7
  • Team image 8
    • Nickname 8.1
    • Jerseys and Colour 8.2
    • Kit suppliers 8.3
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

History

Armenia became an independent state in 1991, the Armenian SSR 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.[4] 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.[5] Armenia has competed in every UEFA Euro qualification and FIFA World Cup qualification since 1994.[6]

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 Hovhannisyan 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.[7] On February 10, 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 will continue to lead the Armenian national squad, only now as the official head coach.[8][9][10]

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.[11][12] 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.[13] Despite this, Gonzalez did not penalize Cox. Cox would later admit he touched the ball with his hand.[14] Had Cox’s offence been punished, Armenia would have been awarded a free-kick.[3] Berezovsky was substituted with 19-year-old debuting Arsen Petrosyan. Valeri Aleksanyan later accidentally scored an own goal on 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.[13][15] Gonzalez had later resigned after the match.[16] 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 is proud of the entire team.[17][18] They were all welcomed in the airport back in Armenia as heroes.[19]

Stadium

Armenia vs Portugal during a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying qualifying match at the Vazgen Sargsyan 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.[20] 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.[20] 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 May 19, 1971 when Ararat Yerevan defeated Kairat Almaty 3–0 in front of a record 78,000 spectators.[21] 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.[4] 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.[22] 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 Yerevan and Ulisses Yerevan play home games in 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.[4]

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.[23] 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.[4]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup records

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
1930 to 1990 Part of  Soviet Union - - - - - - -
1994 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1998 Did Not Qualify 10 1 5 4 8 17 4/6
2002 10 0 5 5 7 19 6/6
2006 12 2 1 9 9 25 6/7
2010 10 1 1 8 6 22 6/6
2014 10 4 1 5 12 13 5/6
2018 Will not qualify - - - - - - -
2022 - - - - - - -
Total 0/20 - 52 8 13 31 42 96 -

UEFA European Championship records

UEFA European Championship record UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
1960 to 1992 Part of  Soviet Union - - - - - - -
1996 Did not qualify 10 1 2 7 5 17 6/6
2000 10 2 2 6 8 15 5/6
2004 8 2 1 5 7 16 4/5
2008 12 2 3 7 4 13 7/8
2012 10 5 2 3 22 10 3/6
2016
Total 0/14 50 12 10 28 46 71 -

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2014

2015

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the Friendly Match against France on October 8 and UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Albania on October 11, 2015.[24]

Caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2015 after the match against Albania.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Gevorg Kasparov (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 29 0 Alashkert
1GK Arsen Beglaryan (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 0 0 Mika
1GK Gor Manyukan (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 0 0 Pyunik
2DF Robert Arzumanyan (Vice-captain) (1985-07-24) 24 July 1985 74 5 Amkar Perm
2DF Levon Hayrapetyan (1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 31 1 Pyunik
2DF Kamo Hovhannisyan (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 26 0 Pyunik
2DF Varazdat Haroyan (1992-08-24) 24 August 1992 18 0 Pyunik
2DF Taron Voskanyan (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 13 0 Pyunik
2DF Hovhannes Hambardzumyan (1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 10 0 Vardar
2DF Gaël Andonian (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 6 0 Dijon
3MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Captain) (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 56 16 Borussia Dortmund
3MF Gevorg Ghazaryan (1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 50 9 Marítimo
3MF Marcos Pizzelli (1984-10-03) 3 October 1984 47 8 Aktobe
3MF Karlen Mkrtchyan (1988-11-25) 25 November 1988 45 2 Anzhi Makhachkala
3MF Aras Özbiliz (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 22 4 Spartak Moscow
3MF David Manoyan (1990-07-05) 5 July 1990 18 0 Pyunik
3MF Artur Yuspashyan (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 12 0 Pyunik
3MF Norair Aslanyan (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 8 0 Almere City
3MF Artak Grigoryan (1987-10-19) 19 October 1987 1 0 Alashkert
4FW Yura Movsisyan (1987-08-02) 2 August 1987 35 10 Spartak Moscow
4FW Artur Sarkisov (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 32 4 Volga Nizhny Novgorod
4FW Vardan Pogosyan (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 2 0 Pyunik

Recent call-ups

The following players were called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Gevorg Prazyan (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 0 0 Ararat v.  Denmark, 7 September 2015
GK Roman Berezovsky RET (1974-08-05) 5 August 1974 93 0 Retired v.  Portugal, 13 June 2015
GK Artur Toroyan (1992-02-01) 1 February 1992 0 0 Unattached v.  Portugal, 13 June 2015
DF Hrayr Mkoyan (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 35 1 Esteghlal v.  Denmark, 7 September 2015
DF Artur Avagyan (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 1 0 Gandzasar Kapan v.  Portugal, 13 June 2015
DF Artak Yedigaryan (1990-03-18) 18 March 1990 17 0 Alashkert v.  Albania, 29 March 2015
MF Artem Simonyan (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 3 0 Zürich v.  Denmark, 7 September 2015
MF Rumyan Hovsepyan (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 8 1 Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk v.  Portugal, 13 June 2015
MF Zaven Badoyan (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 5 0 Pyunik v.  Portugal, 13 June 2015
MF Artur Yedigaryan (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 42 0 Dinamo Minsk v.  Albania, 29 March 2015
MF Artak Dashyan (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 7 0 Vardar v.  Portugal, 14 November 2014
MF Masis Voskanyan (1990-07-11) 11 July 1990 3 0 Coxyde v.  Portugal, 14 November 2014
FW Ruslan Koryan (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 4 0 Luch-Energiya Vladivostok v.  Denmark, 7 September 2015
FW Edgar Manucharyan (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 47 8 Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast v.  Serbia, 4 September 2015 INJ
FW Artur Miranyan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 0 0 Unattached v.  Portugal, 13 June 2015 PRE
FW Aleksandre Karapetian (1987-12-23) 23 December 1987 2 0 Unattached v.  Portugal, 14 November 2014
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Records

Lists of the 10 players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Armenia, as of 29 March 2015 (players in bold are still available for selection):

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Armenia is competing in Group I in qualification for UEFA Euro 2016.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 8 7 0 1 11 5 +6 21 Qualify for final tournament 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
2  Albania[1] 8 4 2 2 10 5 +5 14 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1
3  Denmark 8 3 3 2 8 5 +3 12 Advance to play-offs 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–1
4  Serbia[1] 8 2 1 5 8 13 −5 4 1–2 0–3[1] 1–3 2–0
5  Armenia 8 0 2 6 5 14 −9 2 2–3 0–3 0–0 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Serbia's abandoned home match against Albania was awarded as a 3–0 win to Albania after decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and Serbia was also deducted three points because home fans invaded the pitch and attacked Albania players when a drone carried a pro-Albanian flag over the stadium.[25] The match was originally awarded as a 3–0 win to Serbia, who also received a three point deduction, after a disciplinary decision from UEFA.[26] The decision was appealed by both Serbia and Albania,[27][28] but was upheld by UEFA.[29] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[30] and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and partially upheld the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia 3–0 and they are still deducted three points.[25]

Managers

Vardan Minasyan held the position from 2009 to 2014, the longest period of time.
As of 09 October 2015
Manager Period Pld Won Tied Lost GF GA Win %
Eduard Markarov 1992–1994 6 1 2 3 1 5 16.7%
Samvel Darbinyan 1995–1996 9 1 1 7 5 21 11.1%
Khoren Hovhannisyan 1996–1997 16 2 5 9 10 41 12.5%
Souren Barseghyan 1998–1999 14 4 2 8 11 19 28.6%
Varuzhan Sukiasyan 2000–2001 17 3 7 7 17 27 17.6%
Andranik Adamyan (caretaker) 2002 1 1 0 0 2 0 100%
Oscar López 2002 2 0 1 1 2 4 0%
Andranik Adamyan (caretaker) 2003 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
Mihai Stoichiţă 2003–2004 10 4 1 5 11 17 40%
Bernard Casoni 2004–2005 8 1 1 6 5 18 12.5%
Henk Wisman 2005–2006 8 1 1 6 5 14 12.5%
Ian Porterfield 2006–2007 10 2 4 4 5 9 20%
Vardan Minasyan (caretaker)
Tom Jones (caretaker)
2007 6 1 1 4 2 8 16.7%
Jan Poulsen 2008–2009 12 3 4 5 9 19 25%
Vardan Minasyan 2009–2014 39 14 4 21 56 58 35.9%
Bernard Challandes 2014–2015 9 1 1 7 9 23 11.1%
Sargis Hovsepyan (caretaker) 2015– 4 0 1 3 2 9 0%

Team image

Nickname

The Armenia team is called the Havakakan (Հավաքական), literally the "Collective team".[31]

Jerseys and Colour

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.[32]

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.[4]

Kit suppliers

Kit provider Period
Puma 1992–1999
Lotto 2000–2003
Hummel 2004–2011
Adidas 2012–present

See also

References

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External links

  • Football Federation of Armenia
  • FIFA profile
  • UEFA profile
  • RSSSF archive of results 1992–
  • RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
  • Armenian football portal
  • Profile at National Football Teams
  • Armfootball.tripod.com
  • All official and unofficial games
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