Armenia national football team

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Armenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Հավաքական Havakakan (Collective team)
AssociationFootball Federation of Armenia
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachBernard Challandes
CaptainRoman Berezovsky
Most capsSargis Hovsepyan (131)
Top scorerHenrikh Mkhitaryan (16)
Home stadiumV. Sargsyan Republican Stadium[1]
FIFA codeARM
FIFA ranking36 Increase 5 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking30 (February 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking159 (July 1994)
Elo ranking70
Highest Elo ranking65 (27 May 2014)
Lowest Elo ranking126 (May 1995)
First colours
Second colours
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)
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)
 
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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Armenia women's national football team.
Armenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Հավաքական Havakakan (Collective team)
AssociationFootball Federation of Armenia
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachBernard Challandes
CaptainRoman Berezovsky
Most capsSargis Hovsepyan (131)
Top scorerHenrikh Mkhitaryan (16)
Home stadiumV. Sargsyan Republican Stadium[1]
FIFA codeARM
FIFA ranking36 Increase 5 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking30 (February 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking159 (July 1994)
Elo ranking70
Highest Elo ranking65 (27 May 2014)
Lowest Elo ranking126 (May 1995)
First colours
Second colours
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)
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)

The Armenia national football team (Armenian: Հայաստանի ֆուտբոլի ազգային հավաքական Hayastani futboli azgayin havakakan) 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]

History[edit]

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 was 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 in the airport back in Armenia as heroes.[19]

Armenian special appearances in outside Armenia[edit]

Some significant Armenian players had been playing for another national teams.

Stadium[edit]

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[edit]

FIFA World Cup records[edit]

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGASquadPldWDLGFGAPosition
1930 to 1990Part of  Soviet Union-------
United States 1994Did not enter-------
France 1998Did Not Qualify101548174/6
South Korea Japan 2002100557196/6
Germany 2006122199256/7
South Africa 2010101186226/6
Brazil 20141041512135/6
Russia 2018To Be Determined-------
Qatar 2022-------
Total0/20-52813314296-

UEFA European Championship records[edit]

UEFA European Championship recordUEFA Euro Championship Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGAPosition
1960 to 1992Part of  Soviet Union-------
England 1996Did not qualify101275176/6
Belgium Netherlands 2000102268155/6
Portugal 200482157164/5
Austria Switzerland 2008122374137/8
Poland Ukraine 20121052322103/6
France 2016To be determined
Total0/14501210284671-

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

A list of players called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Denmark on 3 September 2014.
Caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2014 after the match against Denmark.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKRoman Berezovsky (Captain)(1974-08-05) 5 August 1974 (age 40)880Russia Dynamo Moscow
121GKGevorg Kasparov(1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 (age 34)240Armenia Mika
141GKArsen Beglaryan(1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 21)00Armenia Ulisses
32DFVarazdat Haroyan(1992-08-24) 24 August 1992 (age 22)130Armenia Pyunik
42DFTaron Voskanyan(1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 21)80Armenia Pyunik
52DFRobert Arzumanyan (Vice-captain)(1985-07-24) 24 July 1985 (age 29)664Kazakhstan Aktobe
152DFHrayr Mkoyan(1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 28)320Iran Esteghlal
192DFHovhannes Hambardzumyan(1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 23)70Republic of Macedonia Vardar
202DFLevon Hayrapetyan(1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 (age 25)241Czech Republic Příbram
232DFAlex(1982-01-06) 6 January 1982 (age 32)20Armenia Mika
63MFKarlen Mkrtchyan(1988-11-25) 25 November 1988 (age 25)372Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
73MFArtur Yedigaryan(1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 27)380Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
83MFMarcos Pizzelli(1984-10-03) 3 October 1984 (age 29)377Kazakhstan Aktobe
93MFRumyan Hovsepyan(1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 22)51Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
103MFGevorg Ghazaryan(1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 (age 26)439Greece Olympiacos
133MFKamo Hovhannisyan(1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 21)160Armenia Pyunik
163MFNorair Aslanyan(1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 23)60Netherlands Almere City
173MFZaven Badoyan(1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 24)50Belarus Gomel
183MFHenrikh Mkhitaryan (Vice-captain)(1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 25)4916Germany Borussia Dortmund
213MFArtak Dashyan(1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 24)50Republic of Macedonia Vardar
24FWArtur Miranyan(1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 18)00Republic of Macedonia Vardar
114FWArtur Sarkisov(1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 27)264Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod
224FWEdgar Manucharyan(1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 27)448Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
DFArtyom Khachaturov(1992-06-18) 18 June 1992 (age 22)20Moldova Tiraspolv.  Germany, 6 June 2014
DFGagik Daghbashyan(1990-10-19) 19 October 1990 (age 23)10Armenia Banantsv.  Germany, 6 June 2014
DFArtak Yedigaryan(1990-03-18) 18 March 1990 (age 24)170Lithuania Žalgiris Vilniusv.  United Arab Emirates, 27 May 2014
DFValeri Aleksanyan(1984-09-04) 4 September 1984 (age 30)270Unattachedv.  Italy, 15 October 2013
DFArtur Avagyan(1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 27)10Kazakhstan Spartak Semeyv.  Italy, 15 October 2013
MFArtur Yuspashyan(1989-09-07) 7 September 1989 (age 25)90Armenia Pyunikv.  Germany, 6 June 2014
MFAleksandr Tumasyan(1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 21)20Finland JBKv.  Germany, 6 June 2014
MFAras Özbiliz(1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 24)174Russia Spartak Moscowv.  Algeria, 31 May 2014
MFKaren Muradyan(1992-11-01) 1 November 1992 (age 21)20Armenia Shirakv.  Russia, 5 March 2014
MFDavit Hakobyan(1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 21)10Armenia Shirakv.  Russia, 5 March 2014
MFAghvan Papikyan(1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 20)10Armenia Pyunikv.  Russia, 5 March 2014
MFDavid Manoyan(1990-07-05) 5 July 1990 (age 24)170Armenia Pyunikv.  Italy, 15 October 2013
MFEdgar Malakyan(1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 23)140Armenia Banantsv.  Italy, 15 October 2013
MFMasis Voskanyan(1990-07-11) 11 July 1990 (age 24)20Belgium Roeselarev.  Bulgaria, 11 October 2013
FWMauro Guevgeozián(1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 28)20Peru Alianza Limav.  Latvia, 3 September 2014
FWYura Movsisyan(1987-08-02) 2 August 1987 (age 27)299Russia Spartak Moscowv.  Germany, 6 June 2014
FWVahagn Militosyan(1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 21)00France Grenoblev.  United Arab Emirates, 27 May 2014
FWSargis Adamyan(1993-05-13) 13 May 1993 (age 21)10Germany Neustrelitzv.  Russia, 5 March 2014

Records[edit]

Lists of the 10 players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Armenia, as of 7 September, 2014 (players in bold are still available for selection):

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

Armenia is preparing to compete in Group I in qualification for UEFA Euro 2016.

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Denmark110021+13
 Albania110010+13
 Serbia00000000
 Armenia100112−10
 Portugal100101−10
 AlbaniaArmeniaDenmarkPortugalSerbia
Albania 29 Mar '1511 Oct '147 Sep '158 Oct '15
Armenia 11 Oct '157 Sep '1513 Jun '1511 Oct '14
Denmark 4 Sep '152–114 Oct '1413 Jun '15
Portugal 0–114 Nov '148 Oct '1529 Mar '15
Serbia 14 Oct '144 Sep '1514 Nov '1411 Oct '15


Managers[edit]

Vardan Minasyan held the position from 2009 to 2014, the longest period of time.
As of 6 June 2014
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 Minasyan2009–20143914421565835.9%
Switzerland Bernard Challandes2014–310251333%

Team image[edit]

Nickname[edit]

The Armenia team is called the Havakakan (Հավաքական), literally the "Collective team".[24]

Jerseys and Colour[edit]

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.[25]

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[edit]

Kit providerPeriod
Germany Puma1992-1999
Italy Lotto2000-2003
Denmark Hummel2004-2011
Germany Adidas2012-present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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