Armenia national football team

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Armenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Հավաքական Havak'akan (Collective team)
AssociationFootball Federation
of Armenia
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVardan Minasyan
CaptainRoman Berezovsky
Most capsSargis Hovsepyan (132)
Top scorerHenrikh Mkhitaryan (11)
Arthur Petrosyan (11)
Home stadiumRepublican Stadium
Hrazdan Stadium
FIFA codeARM
FIFA ranking89
Highest FIFA ranking41 (February 2012)
Lowest FIFA ranking159 (July 1994)
Elo ranking90
Highest Elo ranking78 (7 October 2011, 29 February 2012)
Lowest Elo ranking126 (May 1995)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Armenia Armenia 0–0 Moldova 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 14, 1992)
Biggest win
Armenia Armenia 4–0 Andorra 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 12, 2010)
 Slovakia 0–4 Armenia Armenia
(Žilina, Slovakia; September 6, 2011)
 Denmark 0–4 Armenia Armenia
(Copenhagen, Denmark; June 11, 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Chile 7–0 Armenia Armenia
(Viña del Mar, Chile; January 4, 1997)
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia Armenia
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)
 
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Armenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Հավաքական Havak'akan (Collective team)
AssociationFootball Federation
of Armenia
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVardan Minasyan
CaptainRoman Berezovsky
Most capsSargis Hovsepyan (132)
Top scorerHenrikh Mkhitaryan (11)
Arthur Petrosyan (11)
Home stadiumRepublican Stadium
Hrazdan Stadium
FIFA codeARM
FIFA ranking89
Highest FIFA ranking41 (February 2012)
Lowest FIFA ranking159 (July 1994)
Elo ranking90
Highest Elo ranking78 (7 October 2011, 29 February 2012)
Lowest Elo ranking126 (May 1995)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Armenia Armenia 0–0 Moldova 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 14, 1992)
Biggest win
Armenia Armenia 4–0 Andorra 
(Yerevan, Armenia; October 12, 2010)
 Slovakia 0–4 Armenia Armenia
(Žilina, Slovakia; September 6, 2011)
 Denmark 0–4 Armenia Armenia
(Copenhagen, Denmark; June 11, 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Chile 7–0 Armenia Armenia
(Viña del Mar, Chile; January 4, 1997)
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia Armenia
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)
Armenia against Poland away from home in March 2007 at UEFA Euro 2008 qualifications

The Armenia national football team (Armenian: Հայաստանի ֆուտբոլի ազգային հավաքական [hɑjɑstɑni futbɔli ɑzɡɑjin hɑvɑkʰɑkɑn]) represents Armenia in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Armenia, the governing body for football in Armenia. After the split of the Soviet Union, the team played its first international match against Moldova on October 12, 1992.

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History[edit]

Armenia became an independent state in 1991. The Armenian national team history began in October 1992, when Armenia met Moldova on October 14, 1992 in Yerevan. Since the Euro 1996 qualifying round, Armenia has participated in the Euro and World Cup qualification rounds.

The first more or less success was in 2007, when under Ian Porterfield's coaching, defeated Kazakhstan 2-1, Poland 1-0, and managed to draw with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal. But soon Porterfield died of cancer, leaving his started work unfinished.

So far, the highest position achieved by Armenia in qualifying rounds of international competitions was in Group B of the Euro 2012 qualifying, when they ended 3rd with the most goals scored in their group. Although, Armenia had the opportunity to advance to the play-offs, they lost the key away game against Ireland. Many Armenians disputed the sent-off of goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky which eventually led Armenia defeated in Dublin.

Stadium[edit]

Hrazdan Stadium, the largest stadium in Armenia with more than 70,000 seats, was used for Armenia national team home matches until 2000. The Republican Stadium was renovated in 1999 and since 2000 has been the home ground for Armenia.

In 2008 the politically controversial Armenia-Turkey match was played in Hrazdan after partial renovation earlier during the year. The capacity of the stadium was 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.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup records[edit]

Finals record
Qualification record
Year
Result
Group
Pos (Size)
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
France 1998Did Not QualifyGroup 94 (6)10154817−9
South Korea Japan 2002Group 56 (6)10055719−12
Germany 2006Group 16 (7)12219925−16
South Africa 2010Group 56 (6)10118622−16
Brazil 2014TBDGroup B4 (6)620468-2
Russia 2018To Be Determined
Qatar 2022

UEFA European Championship records[edit]

Finals record
Qualification record
Year
Result
Group
Pos (Size)
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
England 1996Did Not QualifyGroup 26 (6)10127517−12
Belgium Netherlands 2000Group 45 (6)10226815−7
Portugal 2004Group 64 (5)8215716−9
Austria Switzerland 2008Group A7 (8)12237413−9
Poland Ukraine 2012Group B3 (6)105232210+12
France 2016To Be Determined

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad has been called for the World Cup 2014 qualifying matches against Malta on 7 June 2013 and Denmark on 11 June 2013. Caps and goals correct as of June 11, 2013.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
Goalkeepers
11GKRoman Berezovsky (C)(1974-08-05) August 5, 1974 (age 38)790Russia Dynamo Moscow
121GKGevorg Kasparov(1980-07-25) July 25, 1980 (age 32)200Iran Zob Ahan Isfahan
201GKArtur Harutyunyan(1985-08-12) August 12, 1985 (age 27)00Armenia Shirak Gyumri
Defenders
52DFRobert Arzumanyan(1985-07-24) July 24, 1985 (age 27)604Kazakhstan FC Aktobe
162DFValeri Aleksanyan(1984-09-04) September 4, 1984 (age 28)260Free agent
132DFKamo Hovhannisyan(1992-10-05) October 5, 1992 (age 20)90Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
32DFVarazdat Haroyan(1992-08-24) August 24, 1992 (age 20)30Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
42DFTaron Voskanyan(1993-02-22) February 22, 1993 (age 20)40Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
22DFArtyom Khachaturov(1992-06-18) June 18, 1992 (age 20)10Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
172DFArtur Avagyan(1987-07-04) July 4, 1987 (age 25)00Armenia Gandzasar Kapan
Midfielders
183MFHenrikh Mkhitaryan (vice-captain)(1989-01-21) January 21, 1989 (age 24)3911Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
103MFGevorg Ghazaryan(1988-04-05) April 5, 1988 (age 25)318Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
73MFArtur Yedigaryan(1987-06-26) June 26, 1987 (age 25)300Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
83MFMarcos Pizzelli(1984-10-03) October 3, 1984 (age 28)297Russia FC Krasnodar
63MFKarlen Mkrtchyan(1988-11-25) November 25, 1988 (age 24)291Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
213MFDavid Manoyan(1990-07-05) July 5, 1990 (age 22)150Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
233MFAras Özbiliz(1990-03-09) March 9, 1990 (age 23)93Russia Kuban Krasnodar
153MFArtur Yuspashyan(1989-09-07) September 7, 1989 (age 23)80Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
93MFKaren Muradyan(1992-11-01) November 1, 1992 (age 20)20Armenia Shirak Gyumri
Forwards
224FWEdgar Manucharyan(1987-01-19) January 19, 1987 (age 26)408Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
144FWYura Movsisyan(1987-08-02) August 2, 1987 (age 25)217Russia Spartak Moscow
114FWArtur Sarkisov(1987-01-19) January 19, 1987 (age 26)173Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
194FWNorair Aslanyan(1991-03-25) March 25, 1991 (age 22)20Free agent
4FWSargis Adamyan(1993-05-23) May 23, 1993 (age 20)00Germany Hansa Rostock

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
Goalkeepers
1GKArsen Beglaryan(1993-02-18) February 18, 1993 (age 20)00Armenia Gandzasar Kapan
Defenders
2DFHrayr Mkoyan(1986-09-02) September 2, 1986 (age 26)220Czech Republic Dynamo České Budějovice
2DFArtak Yedigaryan(1990-03-18) March 18, 1990 (age 23)160Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
2DFLevon Hayrapetyan(1989-04-17) April 17, 1989 (age 24)140Poland Lechia Gdańsk
2DFHovhannes Hambardzumyan(1990-10-04) October 4, 1990 (age 22)50Armenia Banants Yerevan
2DFGagik Daghbashyan(1990-10-19) October 19, 1990 (age 22)10Armenia Banants Yerevan
2DFAndranik Voskanyan(1990-04-11) April 11, 1990 (age 23)10Armenia Mika Yerevan
Midfielders
3MFEdgar Malakyan(1990-09-22) September 22, 1990 (age 22)130Czech Republic Dynamo České Budějovice
3MFZaven Badoyan(1989-12-12) December 12, 1989 (age 23)40Belarus BATE Borisov
3MFArtak Dashyan(1989-11-20) November 20, 1989 (age 23)30Armenia Banants Yerevan
3MFArtak Aleksanyan(1991-03-10) March 10, 1991 (age 22)20Russia Khimki
3MFMasis Voskanyan(1990-07-11) July 11, 1990 (age 22)20Belgium K.S.V. Roeselare
3MFWalter Poghosyan(1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 21)10Armenia Banants Yerevan
3MFAghvan Papikyan(1994-02-08) February 8, 1994 (age 19)00Russia Spartak Moscow
Forwards
4FWMikhail Markosov(1985-06-29) June 29, 1985 (age 27)00Russia FC Ufa

World Cup 2014 qualifying[edit]

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Italy6420124+814
 Bulgaria6240114+710
 Czech Republic623164+29
 Armenia620468−26
 Denmark613269−36
 Malta6105214−123
 ArmeniaBulgariaCzech RepublicDenmarkItalyMalta
Armenia 11 Oct0–310 Sep1–30–1
Bulgaria 1–015 Oct1–12–26–0
Czech Republic 6 Sep0–00–30–03–1
Denmark 0–41–10–011 Oct15 Oct
Italy 15 Oct6 Sep10 Sep3–12–0
Malta 0–110 Sep11 Oct6 Sep0–2


Player statistics[edit]

Lists of the 10 players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Armenia, as of June 11, 2013 (players in bold are still available for selection):

Most capped players[edit]

#PlayerCareer periodCapsGoals
1Sargis Hovsepyan1992–20121322
2Roman Berezovsky1996—790
3Arthur Petrosyan1992–20046911
4Harutyun Vardanyan1994–2004621
5Robert Arzumanyan2005—604
6Hamlet Mkhitaryan1994–2008562
7Romik Khachatryan1997–2008541
8Armen Shahgeldyan1992–2007536
9Arthur Voskanyan1999–2010511
10Artavazd Karamyan2000–2010502

Top goalscorers[edit]

RankPlayerCareer periodGoalsCaps
1Henrikh Mkhitaryan2007—1139
Arthur Petrosyan1992–20041169
3Gevorg Ghazaryan2007—831
Edgar Manucharyan2004—840
5Yura Movsisyan2010—721
Marcos Pizzelli2008—729
Ara Hakobyan1998–2008742
8Armen Shahgeldyan1992–2007653
9Arman Karamyan2000–2010548
10Robert Arzumanyan2005—460
Tigran Yesayan1996–1999421

Managers[edit]

As of June 11, 2013
ManagerPeriodPldWonTiedLostGFGAWin %
Armenia Eduard Markarov1992–199461231516.6%
Armenia Samvel Darbinyan1995–1996911752111.1%
Armenia Khoren Hovhannisyan1996–199716259104112.5%
Armenia Souren Barseghyan1998–199914428111928.6%
Armenia Varuzhan Sukiasyan2000–200117377172717.6%
Armenia Andranik Adamyan (caretaker)2002110020100%
Argentina Oscar López20022011240%
Armenia Andranik Adamyan (caretaker)20031001020%
Romania Mihai Stoichiţă2003–200410415111740%
France Bernard Casoni2004–2005811651812.5%
Netherlands Henk Wisman2005–2006811651412.5%
Scotland Ian Porterfield2006–2007102445920%
Armenia Vardan Minasyan (caretaker)
England Tom Jones (caretaker)
200761142816.6%
Denmark Jan Poulsen2008–20091234591925%
Armenia Vardan Minasyan2009–present3412319505135.3%

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