FC Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan has been named Armenian player of the year for a second time.
The 22-year-old topped a poll involving Football Federation of Armenia (HFF) members, club representatives and national media, with forward Yura Movsisyan and goalkeeper Roman Berezovski second and third respectively. "Obviously, I am very happy," said Mkhitaryan, also a winner in 2009. "However, with this honour comes responsibility and I would not be here without my team-mates."
The shortlisted trio played crucial roles as Armenia came close to reaching the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs, being denied only by a 2-1 last-day defeat by the Republic of Ireland. Mkhitaryan scored the visitors' consolation in Dublin – his sixth goal in ten qualifying games. The squad received special prizes marking their achievement, while boss Vardan Minasyan was voted coach of the year.
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