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Armenia
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is Armenia's chief goal threat ©Getty Images

Armenia

Best result: never qualified
Coach: Vacant
Leading scorer: all-time – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (12); current – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (12)
Most appearances: all-time – Sargis Hovsepyan (132); current – Roman Berezovski (83)
Association formed: 1992
Nickname: none
Where they play: Yerevan Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan

Armenia have competed as an independent nation since 1992 but have yet to qualify for the final tournament of a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. They are certainly an improving force, however, the appointment of former midfielder Vardan Minasyan as coach in April 2009 having raised their performance level to such an extent that they came within one game of reaching the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying play-offs and also recovered from a slow start to register 13 points in the 2014 World Cup campaign. A number of the country's leading players, foremost among them Henrikh Mkhitaryan, have made their mark abroad at club level.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P50 W12 D10 L28 F46 A71
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P50 W12 D10 L28 F46 A71

Though Armenia finished bottom of their EURO '96 qualifying group, their debut campaign was notable for the team's first competitive victory, 2-1 away to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The former Soviet republic ended the next three campaigns one off the foot of their section, but things improved markedly on the road to UEFA EURO 2012.

Minasyan put his faith in youth and, after a slow start, momentum was soon gathered. A 3-1 defeat of Slovakia and goalless draw at home to Russia, either side of a 4-0 triumph over Andorra, revived hopes. Three successive wins set up a decider against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, where they had goalkeeper Roman Berezovski dismissed and ultimately lost 2-1 to finish third.

Memorable EURO matches
06/09/11: Slovakia 0-4 Armenia, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Mkhitaryan scored one and set up two as a young Armenia side underlined their potential.

22/08/07: Armenia 1-1 Portugal, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Armenia took the group favourites by surprise and held on to claim a memorable point.

07/09/02: Armenia 2-2 Ukraine, UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying
Albert Sarkisyan's 90th-minute penalty completed a sterling comeback in front of a sell-out crowd.

Did you know?
Armenia completed the double over Slovakia, a team that competed at the 2010 World Cup, in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.

* Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 28/01/14 15.11CET

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Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    06/09/2011, Slovakia 0-4 Armenia, Zilina
    12/10/2010, Armenia 4-0 Andorra, Yerevan
  • Biggest defeat:
    11/10/2003, Armenia 0-4 Spain, Yerevan
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 47
    Sargis Hovsepyan (ARM)
  • Top scorers: 6
    Henrikh Mkhitaryan (ARM)
 
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