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Mkhitaryan named Armenia's best for fifth time

Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would be glad to miss out in 12 months and targeted international success after being named Armenian player of the year for the fourth year running.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan after scoring in August's German Super Cup
Henrikh Mkhitaryan after scoring in August's German Super Cup ©Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan admitted that he would be glad to miss out in 12 months after being named Armenian footballer of the year for the fourth time in a row, and fifth in total, at a ceremony on Sunday.

"I would be very happy if next year someone else is named player of the year. It would be good for Armenia to have a player considered stronger than me," said the 25-year-old midfielder, who topped the poll ahead of FC Dinamo Moskva goalkeeper Roman Berezovski and new FC Amkar Perm recruit Robert Arzumanyan.

Mkhitaryan helped Dortmund reach the UEFA Champions League round of 16, where they will face Juventus, though has suffered disappointment in the Bundesliga and also with the national team in UEFA EURO 2016 qualification. "In 2014 our national side had more setbacks than victories. I hope that next year it will be only wins," he said.

Sargis Hovsepyan, 42 and a three-time player of the year winner, earned his first title as coach having guided FC Pyunik to second at the winter break and taken the reins of Armenia's Under-21 side.

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