YEREVAN, October 23. / ARKA /. Armenia’s Football Federation (FFA) has denied a report posted on the official website of UEFA that Rafael Nazaryan was picked to replace Vardan Minasyan as head coach of the national soccer team.
Vardan Minasyan, 39, will end his successful four-year tenure as Armenia's head coach at the end of the month after turning down the offer of a new contract. He announced his decision to leave after meeting with Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) president Ruben Hayrapetyan, ending his successful tenure.
Appointed in 2009, Minasyan guided Armenia to the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs and finished just three points short of second place in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B. They beat every side in the section bar winners Italy, with whom they drew 2-2 in their last outing. Armenia have risen to a record high of 38th in the FIFA national team rankings as a result.
“The UEFA information on the appointment of Rafael Nazaryan resulted from a translation error, « the Armenian Football Federation said.
Rafael Nazaryan, who previously served as head coach of the national youth team , was replaced Tuesday by Abraham Hashmanyan, the head coach of Yerevan Ararat FC. Nazarian has recently been criticized by fans and professionals due to bad performance of Armenian youth team. -0 -