Armenia national football team represents the Republic of Armenia in UEFA confederation. It’s controlled by Football Federation of Armenia. Here, find some information on its members and the most exciting Armenia football games ever!
The story of Armenia soccer team started in 1973, when Armenia was a member of Soviet Union. But don’t make a snap assumption!
That’s not the date the Armenian national football team was established, as you may think!
This was when the Armenian team “Ararat” won the final match and became the champion of USSR!
So, if you are a football fan, find out more about the most memorable Armenia football games of Armenia national football team and discover the names of football players of Armenian descent in famous FCs worldwide! Maybe they are your favorites!
Armenia Soccer Team: The Squad (As of 2016)
Armenia Soccer Team Member #1: Marcos Pizzelli
Marcos Pizzelli is a Brazilian born Armenian football player who is midfielder in Emirati FC Al-Fujairah and the Armenian national football team. Within the national team he netted 9 goals. By the way, he speaks perfect Armenian!
Armenia Soccer Team Member #2: Yura Movsisyan
Though Yura Movsisyan is no longer in Armenian National team, but until March 2016 was one of the best players, who merits respect for his contribution to Armenia national team’s reputation.
He was one of the most prolific strikers in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, who scored 4 goals and assisted in 5 others. Nowadays, he plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer.
Armenia Soccer Team Member #3: Artur Sarkisov
Arthur Sarkisov is an Armenian football player. He currently plays as a forward for FC Moldova Saransk and the Armenian national football team. His first goal for the national squad he had in his third game with Slovakia on 6th of September. By the way Armenia won away with a crushing 4-0 victory.
For the 2010 Russian Second Division season, Sarkisov was named the best forward of the West zone and became the division leading scorer, scoring 21 goals.
Armenia Soccer Team Member #4: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the capitan of the Armenian national football team. He is one of the top players and scored 19 goals in 61 international matches since his debut in January 2007, including first hat-trick.
Mkhitaryan has been chosen Armenian Footballer of the Year five times In 2012, Mkhitaryan was named in UEFA’s Top 100 players by UEFA European Football Yearbook 2012–13.
Now Heno (as Armenian fans call him) is Red! He is a member of England’s Manchester United and made his debut in a 2-0 victory against Wigan Athletic.
Armenia National Football Team: Memorable Matches
The Armenian national football team has established relations with FIFA since establishment. Beginning from May 2012, Armenia switched to all-red home uniform and all-white away kit produced by Adidas. The new age of the history of Armenian football started in 1992, when Armenian national football team played its first Armenia football games against Moldova.
The meeting ended in goalless draw. However, through 24 years there were moments when fans of national team witnessed breathtaking, one of the best Armenia football games!
In 2010, Armenian national football team beat Slovakia with 3-1 score in Yerevan. However, the Slovakians would never predict another defeat a year later by such a dramatic outcome. The outcome was Yura Movsisyan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Gevorg Ghazaryan and Arthur Sarkisov, scoring to send Armenian side in sight of a top-two finish in a supremely competitive section.
The match took place in Zilina, Slovakia. In the first half Slovakia shaded the action, when the captain of the team Marek Hamšík was denied three times by Roman Berezovsky. Armenia had mastered little in response before half-time, but turned up the heat ominously after the interval.
However, Movsisyan’s angled effort opened the scoring on 57 minutes. Filip Hološko almost struck back on the break, before Mkhitaryan’s shot from 18 meters just silenced the home supporters once more 20 minutes after the main time.
With the hosts pushing on, Mkhitaryan broke, laying on a third goal for Ghazaryan, and while Slovakia battled on gamely, peppering Berezovsky’s goal with shots, Sarkisov scored Armenia’s fourth goal into an empty net in added time. Score was 4:0 in favor of Armenia. In other words, Slovakia was laid waste to by sparkly Armenian national football team at home!
One of the most memorable Armenia football games won by national squad took place in Los Angeles, USA on May 28 in 2016. It was a friendly game against Guatemala.
Usually there is nothing special to say about friendlies, but the Armenian national football team recorded the victory with the largest score in the history of the national football. The Armenian team beat the opponents by a score of 7:1.
This was a real achievement, because until this game, however, Armenia had not won in fourteen consecutive matches and set somehow a “negative” record in team history. So, the team had nothing else to do, but show a spectacular game and win.
This was just the beginning! Another friendly was at their nose. The opponent was El Salvador. At that time Armenian national football team was the 110th in FIFA ranking. Thus, El Salvador was the 97th. Armenians defeated the opponents by a score of 4:0.
Armenia came from behind to beat Montenegro in the framework of the fourth round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Armenia national football team beat Montenegro with the score 3-2 in the match, which took place in Yerevan’s Republican Stadium.
The score was opened by midfielder of Macedonian Vardar, Damir Kojašević, in the 36th minute. In the 38th minute, the guests scored the second goal.
At the outset of the second half, Alashkert midfielder Artak Grigoryan reduced the difference in score. After the goal, the Armenian squad defended quite skillfully and counter-attacked effectively.
Artur Sarkisov, who came off the bench, added sharpness to the attack. In the 74th minute, Varazdat Aroyan leveled the score-line after a corner kick (2-2). During the stoppage time, Gevorg Kazaryan scored the last goal and the Armenian national football team won the game.
Several days later The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) issued its new World Ranking. So, imagine the excitement of national squad when learning about the place they occupy within the ranking!
Accordingly, the Armenia national football team have “climbed” 38 spots and are now ranked 87th in the new FIFA standings. This is actually a record-breaking high for the team and an incentive to strive for better results!
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