Armenian Footballer of the Year

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been chosen as the Armenian Footballer of the Year eight times, more than any other player.

Armenian Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the best professional Armenian football player. The winner is elected by Football Federation of Armenia members, referees, inspectors, coaches, captains and presidents of the Armenian Premier League clubs, as well as the journalists and media. On the same occasion, an award is also given for Armenian Coach of the Year.[1][2]

History[edit]

The same year the Football Federation of Armenia was founded, an award for the best Armenian football player began being annually given. The first award was given to former Armenia national football team captain Sargis Hovsepyan in 1992. Hovsepyan, who became the first player to win the award three times, is currently second to Henrikh Mkhitaryan who has won the award eight times. Arthur Petrosyan and Armen Shahgeldyan have both won the award twice. Edgar Manucharyan became the youngest player to win the award in 2004 at the age of 16. Hovsepyan became the oldest player to win the award in 2008 at the age of 36.[1][2] Henrikh Mkhitaryan has now won the award 7 times in a row from 2011-2017.

In 2013, the prominent French football player and incumbent UEFA president Michel Platini announced in Armenian that Henrikh Mkhitaryan had been chosen as Armenia's Footballer of the Year - his fourth award out of a total of eight.[3]

List of recipients[edit]

Sargis Hovsepyan won the inaugural award in 1992. He was also the first person to receive the award a second and a third time.
Year Player Club Ref
1992 Sargis Hovsepyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
1993 Armen Shahgeldyan Armenia Ararat Yerevan
[1]
1994 Arsen Avetisyan Armenia Homenetmen
[1]
1995 Sargis Hovsepyan (2) Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
1996 Arthur Petrosyan Armenia Shirak
[1]
1997 Harutyun Vardanyan Armenia Shirak
[1]
1998 Arthur Voskanyan Armenia Tsement Ararat
[1]
1999 Harutyun Abrahamyan Armenia FC Yerevan
[1]
2000 Arthur Petrosyan (2) Switzerland Young Boys
[1]
2001 Vardan Minasyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
2002 Arman Karamyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
2003 Ara Hakobyan Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
[1]
2004 Edgar Manucharyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
2005 Aram Hakobyan Armenia Banants Yerevan
[1]
2006 Armen Shahgeldyan (2) Armenia Mika Yerevan
[1]
2007 Levon Pachajyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
2008 Sargis Hovsepyan (3) Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
2009 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
2010 Karlen Mkrtchyan Armenia Pyunik Yerevan
[1]
2011 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (2) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
[4]
2012 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (3) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
[5]
2013 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (4) Germany Borussia Dortmund
[6]
2014 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (5) Germany Borussia Dortmund
[7]
2015 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (6) Germany Borussia Dortmund
[8]
2016 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (7) England Manchester United
[9]
2017 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8) England Manchester United
[10]

Number of awards per player[edit]

Player Number Years
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 8 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Sargis Hovsepyan 3 1992, 1995, 2008
Arthur Petrosyan 2 1996, 2000
Armen Shahgeldyan 2 1993, 2006
Harutyun Vardanyan 1 1997
Arthur Voskanyan 1 1998
Harutyun Abrahamyan 1 1999
Vardan Minasyan 1 2001
Arman Karamyan 1 2002
Ara Hakobyan 1 2003
Edgar Manucharyan 1 2004
Aram Hakobyan 1 2005
Levon Pachajyan 1 2007
Karlen Mkrtchyan 1 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Archived copy" ԼԱՎԱԳՈՒՅՆ ՖՈՒՏԲՈԼԻՍՏԻ ՄԽԻԹԱՐՅԱՆԻ 2-ՐԴ ՏԻՏՂՈՍԸ (in Armenian). ArmSport.am. 18 December 2011. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b Հայաստանի ֆուտբոլի ֆեդերացիա հայտարարում քվեարկությանը անվանակարգերում համար կոչում են «Լավագույն ֆուտբոլիստի» եւ «Լավագույն մարզչի» (in Armenian). FFA.am. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  3. ^ "UEFA President speaks Armenian as he announces Armenia's Footballer of the Year". Public Radio of Armenia. 25 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  4. ^ Հենրիխ Մխիթարյանը՝ Հայաստանի 2011թ. լավագույն ֆուտբոլիստ. Tert.am (in Armenian). December 15, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Shakhtar's Mkhitaryan collects Armenia award again". UEFA.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Soccer: Mkhitaryan best player, Minasyan best coach in 2013". ArmeniaNow. 25 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Mkhitaryan named Armenian Footballer of the Year". Bundesliga. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Mkhitaryan named Armenian Footballer of the Year". Bundesliga. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  9. ^ "Mkhitaryan named Armenian Footballer of the Year".
  10. ^ "Mkhitaryan named Armenian Footballer of the Year".