“Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia do not participate in the tournament for political reasons”: Director of “Commonwealth Cup”

As it is reported, in”Commonwealth Cup” youth soccer tournament starting on January 18 in St. Petersburg, will participate all the post-Soviet countries, with the exception of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.

Director of “Commonwealth Cup” Dmitry Schneider believes that the non-participation of the national teams of the three South Caucasus republics is because of political reasons.

“Unfortunately, no matter how often we say that football is beyond politics, in practice this does not always work – says Schneider.- Three Transcaucasian republics do not participate in our tournament for reasons in this field.”

Armenian Championship is the 75th in the world. IFFHS

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has made the list of the world’s best football championships of 2012. The total number of the national championships is 125.
Armenian Championship is the 75th in the list. The results of the neighbors of our country are the following: Turkey is the 15th, Iran- 36th, Georgia – 46th, and Azerbaijan – 84th.
The first five in the list are Spain, Brasil, Germany, Italy and England.

Fans believe in Mkhitaryan’s new record

Donetsk Shakhtar made a survey in its official web site to estimate the Armenian National Football team player Henrik Mkhitaryan.

To surpass the record of the Ukrainian Premier League of goals, Mkhitaryan has to score 5 more. The results of the survey stated 10.05% doubt he will beat the record, 14.95% believes Mkhitaryan can beat it, and the overwhelming part (48.78%) believes Mkhitaryan will score 30 and more goals.

Levon Aronyan Wins World Blindfold Chess Championship

Asbarez writes that World Chess Champion Levon Aronian won the blindfold chess championship Wednesday in Beijing, where the World Mind Games have been taking place since December 12.

In the final day of the tournament Aronian played draw with Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Peter Leko of Hungary and defeated Wang Hao representing China.

In a final result Aronian scored 5.5 points and topped the ranking list of the tournament. Hikaru Nakamura representing the United States came in second place and Azerbaijani Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was third.
Blindfold chess (also known as “sans voir”) is a form of chess play wherein the players do not see the positions of the pieces or touch them.

Henrikh Mikhitaryan may be transferred to Barcelona

It is not a secret Henrikh Mikhitaryan drives the attention of the European grand clubs towards him.

It was previously mentioned that Henrikh Mikhitaryan’s services interest “Chelsea”, “Arsenal”, “Milan”, “Fiorentina” and “Bavaria”.

As was later clarified, Henrikh Mikhitaryan is a topic of discussion in Barcelona too. Tito Vilanova’s team believes Mikhitaryan can be a good addition in the club because his playing tactics match with those of the club. Mikhitaryan can be a good substitute to Xavi or Fabregas.

Barcelona is expected to come up with a transfer offer to the Ukrainian “Shakhtar” to get Mikhitaryan so that he could help Barcelona on the coming Champions’ League games.

Armenia’s got talent. Shaktar.com

The official UEFA Champions League magazine has published Shakhtar midfielder’s story. Shaktar.com on their website presentes the most interesting extracts from the Group E column about Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

– Voted FC Shakhtar Donetsk’s player of the season for 2011/12, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is, if anything, even better this time around. The Pitmen won their first 15 league games of the season, Mkhitaryan played in 14 and scored 16 goals. It’s a barely credible statistic, particularly as he is more of a midfielder than a striker, and spent much of last season as a deep-lying creator or even the holding player. He isn’t 24 until January, yet already it seems legitimate to hail Mkhitaryan as the greatest Armenian footballer since the demise of the Soviet Union, in the pantheon alongside striker Nikita Simonyan and midfielders Eduard Markarov and Khoren Hovhanisyan. Since Fernandinho, out injured for most of last season, has returned Mkhitaryan has enjoyed more freedom, advancing into the role previously occupied by Jadson, who is back in Brazil.
– The other reason he finds the net so often is that he can score goals of all kinds. Clinical finishes, sublime volleys from the edge of the penalty area, rapid counterattacks where he sprints clear after hovering by the shoulder of the last defender, a 360 degree turn and shot from close range – these are all in Mkhitaryan’s repertoire. He doesn’t swell on his goal tally. To an extent he is the beneficiary of Shakhtar’s fluid system in which centre-forward Luiz Adriano’s main role is not to score himself but to create space for the mobile trident of Mkhitaryan, Alex Teixeira and Willian who play behind him.

– Mkhitaryan was born into football. His father, Hamlet, was a striker for FC Ararat Yerevan, Armenia’s most successful club in the Soviet era, in the late 1980s. He had a brief stint at FC Kotayk Abovyan, and in 1989, a few months after Henrikh’s birth, was transferred to the French club ASOA Valence, where he spent five years before a move to ASA Issy, picking up two caps for the newly independent Armenia. Even then, Henrikh’s love for football was clear. “When I was a child I’d watch my father play and always wanted to follow him to training,” he said. “When he didn’t take me I’d stay by the door crying. I always wanted to become a football player and I thank my parents, who helped me so much to realise this dream. They always supported me on my path.”

– Much support has come from his mother. The Mkhitaryans returned to Yerevan in 1995. A year later, when Henrikh was seven, his father died from a brain tumour. Football became his solace and a family business. Henrikh’s mother works as head of the national team’s department at the Football Federation of Armenia, and his sister Monica works at UEFA. No other Armenian enjoys such a high profile as Mkhitaryan. He knows he has a great responsibility as a standard bearer for the Armenian game.

– With no local star to idolise, Mkhitaryan looked further afield in his quest for inspiration. “I appreciated the style of Zinedine Zidane, what he did on the pitch,” he says. “He was like a magician to me.” While Zidane had to move to Italy to reach his peak, Mkhitaryan believes he can scale the heights with Shakhtar. The question of whether the club can establish themselves as one of Europe’s elite rather than a decent side that sometimes make the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League seems to surprise him. “Of course we will!” he says. “We’ve got a really good team, a good coach who gets better year after year and who gives everything he’s got to his players, to make them improve. I’m growing up with him and I thank him for that. Following his lead, we’ll be able to achieve great success.”
– He enjoys a close relationship with Mircea Lucescu, a coach who prefers to mould young talent. “It wasn’t easy for him,” says Lucescu, “but his integration was speeded up by his football intelligence. His game awareness may be his most valuable quality – that and the speed, power and technique Henrikh was gifted by nature and has developed. Because of that, he’s one of the players who most consistently fulfils the tasks set by the coaching staff. Working with him is fun.”

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Henrikh Mkhitaryann is the best foreign player in Ukraine Football Championship 2012

Due to the result of voting made by “Ukrainian Football” daily, striker of Armenia and Donetsk “Shakhter” FC Henrikh Mkhitaryan became the best foreign player in Ukraine Football Championship 2012.

According to the official website of “Shakter” FC, this request is the 22nd in the history of edition, as well as the large-scaled one; including more than 2000 letters.
Besides Mkhitaryan, “Shakhtar” won two more awards: Mircea Luchesku, as the best coach, and Andrei Pyatov – the best goalkeeper. Note, midfielder of “Dnepr” FC Yevgeny Konoplyanka became player of the year.

Mkhitaryan is not only revelation in Ukraine but also in whole Europe

Journalist of Time Football made the symbolic team after 18th tour of Ukrainian competition and Armenian forward, midfielder of Ukrainian Donetsk “Shakthar” FC Henrikh Mkhitaryan was included in the team.

“This football player is not only revelation in Ukraine but also in whole Europe. While playing the game against “Krivbas” Mkhitaryan, as always, scored and made beautiful passes to his teammates.”

Taron Soghomonyan took a victory against the Azerbaijani boxer

In the Karen Demirchyan Sport Complex , the first fight of the World Boxing Championship took place between Armenian and Azerbaijani boxers. The Armenian boxer won the fight.

As reported, the results of 3 rounds were 5:7, 5:5, 2:6 for our boxer and overall with the score 12:18 Armenian boxer Taron Soghomonyan won the fight against Azerbaijani Nasradin Mammadov.

In the championship it was our first victory and it was against a principal opponent.