Vardan MinasyanWednesday, September 23, 2020
Vardan Minasyan (born on 5 January 1974) is a former Armenian footballer who played as a midfielder, and a football manager who most recently coached FC Ararat-Armenia.
Minasyan has been largely credited for advancing Armenia international and domestic football. He led Armenia to a record 3rd-place finish in Euro 2012 qualifications, where Armenia scored 22 goals, in his first qualification cycle. Minasyan was also the longest serving manager of the Armenian national squad to date and has the best match record of all the former managers of the national team. When he resigned in October 2013 after the FIFA 2014 qualifications, Armenia was ranked #38 by FIFA, the highest rank in the Armenian national team's history.
Vardan Minasyan had played for several clubs in the Armenian Premier League. His main achievements had been made playing for Pyunik Yerevan. Minasyan was a member of Pyunik before going abroad and Pyunik after returning from abroad. He played one season in Swiss Super League club Lausanne Sports, which won the Swiss Cup, and later moved to Lokomotiv St. Petersburg, which he played on for nearly two years.
Minasyan was a member of the Armenia national team. He participated in 11 international matches since his debut in an away friendly match against Peru on 20 June 1996.