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Vardan Minasyan

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 22.33CET
Vardan Minasyan
Armenia coach Vardan Minasyan ©90rope
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 22.33CET

Vardan Minasyan


Date of birth: 5 January 1974
Nationality: Armenian
Playing career: FC Ararat Yerevan, FC Homenetmen Yerevan, FC Pyunik (twice), FC Lokomotiv St. Petersburg
Coaching career: Armenia, FC Pyunik

• A forceful midfielder, he spent the bulk of his playing career with Pyunik (formerly FC Homenetmen Yerevan), winning six Armenian championships with the club in two spells (1992-97 and 2001-03).

• Capped 17 times by Armenia between 1996 and 2003.

• Began coaching career as an assistant both with Pyunik and Armenia; stood in as joint-caretaker for the latter following coach Ian Porterfield's death in September 2007 and was in sole charge for the country's final two UEFA EURO 2008 qualifiers.

• Assistant coach since 2005, he took sole command at Pyunik in May 2008 and led the club to eighth successive Armenian championship; stretched sequence to nine in his first full season at the helm in 2009 and also secured the domestic double with victory in the Armenian Cup.

• After previous experience with national team as caretaker, assistant and Under-21 coach, he was handed head role in April 2009 (in addition to his day job with Pyunik), replacing Dane Jan Børge Poulsen. Led Armenia to their only 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying win – 2-1 at home to Belgium – five months later.

Last updated: 09/09/10 15.41CET

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