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I just read this great article on Armenianow.com, great reporting by Suren, answered a lot of questions I had and I think it paints a pretty bright future. I think the FFA is on top of things and is definately doing very well. Let me drink an e-shot to Armenian football. (e-shot as in e-mail, lol). Tell me what you guys think of the article.

Armenian Football 2005: Expectations ride on upcoming season

By Suren Musayelyan
ArmenianNow Reporter

With the official start of the 2005 football season in Armenia less than two weeks away, many observers believe it will become a crucial stage in the development of the country’s number one sport.

The season that will open with the first round of the Armenian Cup on March 8 will continue on April 12 when nine clubs (unlike eight in 2004) will embark on a two-stage tournament to decide the winner.


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The Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) has decided to allow Gyumri’s Shirak, which finished last in the 2004 championship and was to be relegated, to play on in the premier league saying that “Gyumri is too important a city for Armenian football not to have a team in the top division.”

The tournament will take place according to the following pattern: nine teams will play each other home and away and then split into two groups. The first six teams will continue to battle for the title, while the bottom three will enter playoffs with the runners-up from the lower division. The champion of Division One will win automatic promotion and thus next year’s premier league will have ten clubs.

Armenia’s champions FC Pyunik remain a strong favorite in the coming season as well. The title-holders had an active preseason having participated in the Commonwealth Cup in Moscow in January and currently taking part in an international tournament in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

The Yerevan side began well in the Moscow tournament but failed to impress towards the end. They beat a strong Latvian side, Skonto, and managed to qualify from their group only to lose to Baku’s Neftchi in a highly politicized quarterfinal.

The international tournaments resulted in intensified transfer activity in the Yerevan side and many of the club’s talented players are currently on trial with other clubs.

FC Pyunik coach Vardan Minasyan is currently looking to reinforce his team ahead of the new season. “We need to bring in new quality players to defend our title,” he said in this regard.

Meanwhile, FC Pyunik’s main rivals, FC Mika of Ashtarak, are actively reinforcing their side too. Last year’s runners-up in the Armenian league recently participated in an eight-team international tournament in Ashgabad (Turkmenistan) – Turkmenbashi Cup – where they finished fourth losing 2-3 to FC Aviator of Tajikistan in the match for 3rd place.

Among other clubs who might challenge the title-holders are FC Banants of Yerevan and FC Kotayk of Abovyan. The former have a new coach, Ararat-73 star Hovhannes Zanazayan, and a few new signings, including players from Moldova and Georgia, while the Abovyan side are reported to have found Iranian sponsors to support their 2005 campaign.

While international football will come for the clubs only in the middle of summer when Pyunik, Mika and Banants will try to win the right to progress to the late stages of UEFA competitions, the Armenian national team will continue its World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign on March 26 hosting Andorra.

Armenia’s last match against Romania in November raised hopes among fans for a better performance in 2005. It was after that match that Armenia’s teenage talents and teammates from FC Pyunik Edgar Manucharyan and goalkeeper Apoula Edima Edel Bete (both are 18 years old) were approached by scouts from leading European clubs.

Armenia’s best player of 2004, Manucharyan, was trialed by Ajax in December but a foot injury after 14 minutes of play in a friendly against FC Barcelona made him unfit for three months.

FFA press officer Arayik Manukyan confirmed that Manucharyan would remain in Amsterdam where he is being treated by the club’s doctors, hoping to be signed once he has recovered.

“Manucharyan’s post-traumatic treatment at Ajax is passing successfully and he is on his way to recovery,” he said. “He continues to train with the club according to a special system, working on his uninjured foot.”

But according to Manukyan, the striker is unlikely to participate in Armenia’s upcoming qualifiers against Andorra and the Netherlands. “It is difficult to say with certainty at this stage whether he will be fit enough to take part in those matches or not,” he said. “It will be up to the doctors to decide immediately before the matches. But in all likelihood he will be fit only for Armenia’s qualifiers in June.”


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Manucharyan’s former teammate Bete, who has won his number 1 jersey in Armenia’s full national team, is now in France hoping to sign for French Ligue 1 side FC Girondins de Bordeaux. However, according to the FFA spokesman, it is yet unclear whether he will sign a permanent deal with the French club or not.

Another piece of alarming news for Armenia ahead of the new season came recently from Switzerland where the team’s veteran skipper Harutyun Vardanyan, playing for Arau, had injured his knee. The injury is likely to sideline him for at least half a year, which means that Armenia will not be able to use his services until autumn.

Armenia is now bottom of their group with only one point. Andorra is three points clear after holding Macedonia to a goalless draw on February 9.

On March 30, Armenia will be hosted by the strong Dutch side after which the schedule will be as follows: Macedonia (home, June 4); Romania (away June 8), the Netherlands (home, September 3), the Czech Republic (away, September 7) and Andorra (away, October 12).

If Armenia manage to gain points and finish 6th or 5th in their group it might take the team further up in the list of international rankings where it holds the 123rd place (according to the FIFA rankings as of November 2004).

But many specialists are inclined to think that it is more important for the team to play its youths and show mature football, while points are not a top priority at this stage.

FFA President Ruben Hayrapetyan sounded optimistic about the future of Armenian football at the end of last season when Armenia held Romania to a 1-1 draw in their qualifier in November. “I think we lost two points rather than gained one,” he said then. “It is the play and not the draw that are important to me. The most important thing is that footballers play selflessly.”

According to the FFA president, if the young players continue to grow at this pace Armenia will have a solid national team in three or four years’ time.

“Only patient work with the youths can ensure a bright future for Armenian football,” he said in this regard. “If we want a strong national team in a few years, we have to start the work with our young footballers now.”

According to FFA press officer Arayik Manukyan, there are 2,357 young footballers aged 14-17 registered with the country’s Football Federation today, while the total number of footballers reaches 10,000.

In contrast, he said, there were only 3-4,000 footballers of all ages registered with the Federation two years ago. “The number of young players is steadily growing and our task is to upgrade our infrastructure to accommodate to this growth,” he said.

At the same time, Manukyan attaches special importance to the establishment of a press service at the Football Federation. “No studies related to our football have been done in the past, most things were unregulated. Now we are going to bridge this gap,” he said.

According to Manukyan, the FFA will soon create and launch a new website, which will no longer be hosted on the FIFA server, but will have its own domain. “Unlike the previous one, which was a disgrace, this website will be regularly updated and will feature all the latest information and statistics related to Armenian football,” said Manukyan.

Meanwhile, football analyst Armen Nikoghosyan thinks that what is being done in Armenian football at this stage is not enough to expect progress any time soon. According to him, the number of footballers training in Armenia on all levels makes a mere 1% of the entire population, which is a way too little for a country with a rich football past.

“The percentage of footballers in medium football countries of Europe, such as Sweden or Norway, is 20-26% of their populations, while in Russia, which is not considered to be a well-developed football country, this percentage makes 10%,” he says. “Therefore I think Armenia has a lot to do in terms of creating its football base, especially nurturing young players.”

According to Nikoghosyan, one should not have any big expectations in the next several years. “Our national team should concentrate on getting the ‘smell of big football’ rather than on how to win points in the new season,” he said.
 

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I believe good work is being done by the AFF
Its the best idea to work with our young footballers
They are finally going to make a website good website guys!!!
 

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Yerevan United said:
I believe good work is being done by the AFF
Its the best idea to work with our young footballers
They are finally going to make a website good website guys!!!
I think updating AFF website is the first thing they have to do.

Imagine, fifa and uefa are referencing a website to an Football Federation that hasn't update its info since 2001. That's insane!!!
:nono: :nono: :nono:
 

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Yerevan United said:
I believe good work is being done by the AFF
Its the best idea to work with our young footballers
They are finally going to make a website good website guys!!!

Yes, A website damn it, I looks like we are getting some where now. But no Vartanyan.....We are lossing our experienced players.
 
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I still have a hard time believing that the FFA will actually have a website soon.

It must be Christmas.
 

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Baron Dants said:
I still have a hard time believing that the FFA will actually have a website soon.

It must be Christmas.
Loool, I don't understand why a lousy website for them would be a big deal to maintain. :yuck:
 

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Its not just that but i was always pissed why they have to get their website hosted on Fifa website and now its like my question is answered they decided to get their own domain. It will be good hopefully. Armenia is moving into the info age. I mean its glorious how much information we have nowadays on big western clubs, people wouldnt have imagined this a few decades ago, its amazing how far technology takes us. And it might sound like cliched bullsh$it but it really is the information age.
 

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That web site is one thing that has pissed me of for the last three years. and our form is more like the armenian national soccer website. this is wher we get all the news. they have to do something fast.
 

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edonno1 said:
That web site is one thing that has pissed me of for the last three years. and our form is more like the armenian national soccer website. this is wher we get all the news. they have to do something fast.
I agree THIS is where Armenian Football info,pics,videos, and news IS...Even A link to Buy the Damn Jersey!
 

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TooDamnHYE4U said:
I agree THIS is where Armenian Football info,pics,videos, and news IS...Even A link to Buy the Damn Jersey!
All they need is to put a link to our thread and that's it!!!!

We are better than the AFF website :thmbup: :thmbup: :D :D
 

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Well for now at least we are. Its pretty pathetic. But actually putting a link to htis place wouldnt be a bad idea, its already so active and instead of making their own forum which would take a pretty long while to get members they could talk with the management at xt and link up to here.
 

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FCArarat said:
Well for now at least we are. Its pretty pathetic. But actually putting a link to htis place wouldnt be a bad idea, its already so active and instead of making their own forum which would take a pretty long while to get members they could talk with the management at xt and link up to here.
That's a good idea!!!

Let's try to email AFF. Although, I contacted them once with regards to their shitty website, they didn't response.
 

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Yeah lol i contacted them about the website, basicall "Chek amachum es site-i vichakits. Xaytaraka..."lol

Lets wait until they make the new one, God know when that will be, because right now its no use writing them anything.
 

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all nt games played by armenia

17-NOV-04 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Romania 1:1 (0:1)
13-OCT-04 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Czech Republic 0:3 (0:2)
09-OCT-04 TAMPERE (Finland) Finland vs. Armenia 3:1 (2:1)
08-SEP-04 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Finland 0:2 (0:1)
18-AUG-04 SKOPJE (FYR Macedonia) Macedonia FYR vs. Armenia 3:0 (2:0)
28-APR-04 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Turkmenistan 1:0 (0:0)
21-FEB-04 NICOSIA (Cyprus) Armenia vs. Georgia 2:0 (1:0)
19-FEB-04 PAPHOS (Cyprus) Kazakhstan vs. Armenia 3:3 a.e.t (3:3, 0:0) 3:2 PSO
18-FEB-04 PAPHOS (Cyprus) Hungary vs. Armenia 2:0 (0:0)
11-OCT-03 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Spain 0:4 (0:1)
10-SEP-03 BELFAST (Northern Ireland) Northern Ireland vs. Armenia 0:1 (0:1)
06-SEP-03 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Greece 0:1 (0:1)
07-JUN-03 LVIV (Ukraine) Ukraine vs. Armenia 4:3 (1:1)
02-APR-03 LEON (ESP) (Spain) Spain vs. Armenia 3:0 (0:0)
29-MARS-03 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Northern Ireland 1:0 (0:0)
12-FEB-03 TEL AVIV (Israel) Israel vs. Armenia 2:0 (1:0)
16-OCT-02 ATHENS (Greece) Greece vs. Armenia 2:0 (1:0)
07-SEP-02 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Ukraine 2:2 (0:2)
07-JUN-02 ANDORRA LA VELLA (Andorra) Andorra vs. Armenia 0:2 (0:1)
06-OCT-01 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Norway 1:4 (0:0)
05-SEP-01 LVOV (Ukraine) Ukraine vs. Armenia 3:0 (1:0)
01-SEP-01 CARDIFF (Wales) Wales vs. Armenia 0:0
06-JUN-01 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Poland 1:1 (1:1)
02-JUN-01 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Belarus 0:0
28-MARS-01 WARSAW (Poland) Poland vs. Armenia 4:0 (2:0)
24-MARS-01 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Wales 2:2 (1:1)
12-FEB-01 ALBENA (Bulgaria) Uzbekistan vs. Armenia 0:2
11-OCT-00 MINSK (Belarus) Belarus vs. Armenia 2:1 (2:0)
07-OCT-00 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Ukraine 2:3 (2:1)
02-SEP-00 OSLO (Norway) Norway vs. Armenia 0:0
04-JUN-00 KAUNAS (Lithuania) Lithuania vs. Armenia 1:2 (1:2)
26-APR-00 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Georgia 0:0
06-FEB-00 LIMASSOL (Cyprus) Georgia vs. Armenia 2:1 (1:1)
04-FEB-00 NICOSIA (Cyprus) Cyprus vs. Armenia 3:2 a.e.t (2:2, 2:0)
02-FEB-00 LARNACA (Cyprus) Armenia vs. Moldova 2:1 a.e.t (1:1, 1:0)
09-JAN-00 LOS ANGELES (USA) Armenia vs. Guatemala 1:1 (1:1)
09-OCT-99 ANDORRA LA VELLA (Andorra) Andorra vs. Armenia 0:3
08-SEP-99 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. France 2:3 (1:1)
04-SEP-99 MOSCOW (Russia) Russia vs. Armenia 2:0 (1:0)
18-AUG-99 PARNU (Estonia) Estonia vs. Armenia 2:0
09-JUN-99 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Ukraine 0:0
05-JUN-99 REYKJAVIK (Iceland) Iceland vs. Armenia 2:0
31-MARS-99 SAINT-DENIS (France) France vs. Armenia 2:0
27-MARS-99 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Russia 0:3
03-MARS-99 WARSAW (Poland) Poland vs. Armenia 1:0 (0:0)
21-NOV-98 ABOVIAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Estonia 2:1 (2:0)
14-OCT-98 KYIV (Ukraine) Ukraine vs. Armenia 2:0 (1:0)
10-OCT-98 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Iceland 0:0
05-SEP-98 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Andorra 3:1 (1:0)
18-AUG-98 ABOVIAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Lebanon 1:0 (0:0)
11-OCT-97 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Ukraine 0:2 (0:1)
10-SEP-97 DORTMUND (Germany) Germany vs. Armenia 4:0 (0:0)
06-SEP-97 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Albania 3:0 (0:0)
20-AUG-97 SETUBAL (Portugal) Portugal vs. Armenia 3:1 (2:0)
07-MAY-97 KYIV (Ukraine) Ukraine vs. Armenia 1:1 (1:0)
30-APR-97 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Northern Ireland 0:0
30-MARS-97 TBILISI (Georgia) Georgia vs. Armenia 7:0 (2:0)
06-JAN-97 ASUNCION (Paraguay) Paraguay vs. Armenia 2:0 (1:0)
04-JAN-97 VINA DEL MAR (Chile) Chile vs. Armenia 7:0 (3:0)
09-NOV-96 TIRANA (Albania) Albania vs. Armenia 1:1 (0:0)
09-OCT-96 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Germany 1:5 (0:3)
05-OCT-96 BELFAST (Northern Ireland) Northern Ireland vs. Armenia 1:1 (1:1)
31-AUG-96 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Portugal 0:0
30-JUN-96 PORTOVIEJO (Ecuador) Ecuador vs. Armenia 3:0 (1:0)
25-JUN-96 ASUNCION (Paraguay) Paraguay vs. Armenia 1:2 (1:1)
20-JUN-96 LIMA (Peru) Peru vs. Armenia 4:0 (1:0)
05-JUN-96 LILLE (France) France vs. Armenia 2:0 (1:0)
17-JAN-96 VITROLLES (France) Morocco vs. Armenia 6:0 (4:0)
15-NOV-95 COPENHAGEN (Denmark) Denmark vs. Armenia 3:1 (2:0)
07-OCT-95 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Belgium 0:2 (0:2)
06-SEP-95 SKOPJE (FYR Macedonia) Macedonia FYR vs. Armenia 1:2 (1:0)
16-AUG-95 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Denmark 0:2 (0:1)
07-JUN-95 SEVILLE (Spain) Spain vs. Armenia 1:0 (0:0)
10-MAY-95 ABOVIAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Macedonia FYR 2:2 (1:0)
26-APR-95 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Spain 0:2 (0:0)
16-NOV-94 LIMASSOL (Cyprus) Cyprus vs. Armenia 2:0 (1:0)
08-OCT-94 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Cyprus 0:0
07-SEP-94 BRUSSELS (Belgium) Belgium vs. Armenia 2:0 (1:0)
16-JUL-94 YEREVAN (Armenia) Armenia vs. Malta 1:0 (0:0)
15-MAY-94 FULLERTON (USA) USA vs. Armenia 1:0 (0:0)
 

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i have wrote to them about eskendarian when he was in college and many other topics but no respond.
 
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