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SOCCER PLAYERS from Armenia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Armenian Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,880 Soccer Players, 20 of which were born in Armenia. This makes Armenia the birth place of the 78th most number of Soccer Players behind Mali and Togo.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Armenian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Armenian Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Armenian Soccer Players.

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1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (1989 - )

With an HPI of 52.07, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 64 different languages on wikipedia.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenian: Հենրիխ Մխիթարյան, [hɛnˈɾiχ məχitʰɑˈɾjɑn] (listen); born 21 January 1989) is an Armenian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Serie A club Inter Milan. Mkhitaryan won four Armenian Premier League titles with Pyunik, and joined Metalurh Donetsk in 2009; he moved to city rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010 for €6.1 million. At Shakhtar, Mkhitaryan set the league goalscoring record in the 2012–13 season, and was named the league's Footballer of the Year. After also winning three domestic doubles, he signed for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of €27.5 million, making him the most expensive Armenian player of all time. There, he won a DFL-Supercup in 2014, and in the following campaign, registered the most assists in the Bundesliga, with 15, the second most in Europe. He then joined Manchester United for £30 million (€34.3 million), becoming the first Armenian to play in the Premier League. He won the FA Community Shield, and scored the winner to win the UEFA Europa League title. Mkhitaryan's subsequent lukewarm form led him to sign for Arsenal in 2018, and then to Serie A club Roma on an initial loan. He signed permanently in 2020. Mkhitaryan was a member of the senior side in his native country from 2007 until his international retirement in 2022. He is Armenia's all-time top goalscorer, scoring 32 goals in 95 matches, as well as registering their first hat-trick. He has been named Armenian Footballer of the Year ten times, being awarded the distinction every year since 2009 (with the exception of 2010 and 2018). Mkhitaryan was also voted the CIS Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2013, making him the first Armenian footballer to be named the best player from post-Soviet countries.

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2. Khoren Oganesian (1955 - )

With an HPI of 44.39, Khoren Oganesian is the 2nd most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Khoren Oganesian (Armenian: Խորեն Հովհաննիսյան; born 10 January 1955), also known as Khoren Hovhannisyan, is a former Armenian and Soviet football player who played as a midfielder and current manager and coach. He was awarded the Master of Sport of the USSR, International Class title in 1976. Oganesian was a member of the USSR national football team and mostly played at club level for Soviet Top League and Armenian Premier League club Ararat Yerevan. He is widely considered a legend of Ararat and Armenian football in general. In official games of the USSR championships, Oganesian had 295 matches and scored 93 goals for Ararat. His number of scored goals is a record of the USSR in Armenian football. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Armenia by the Football Federation of Armenia as the nation's most outstanding player of the past 50 years.In a survey taken in 2005 by the Football Federation of Armenia, Oganesian was chosen as the best player of Armenia in the 20th century. On May 28, 2010, on the occasion of the Armenian Republic Day, a number of prominent figures of different areas were honored. For his contribution to the Fatherland Order of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, the law on State Awards, the highest award of the country, were given to Oganesian, who was awarded the Khorenatsi medal.

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3. Michel Der Zakarian (1963 - )

With an HPI of 44.09, Michel Der Zakarian is the 3rd most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Michel Der Zakarian (Armenian: Միշել Տեր-Զաքարյան, born on 18 February 1963) is an Armenian football manager and former professional player who played as a defender. Raised in France, he played for Nantes and Montpellier, and earned five caps for the Armenia national team in the mid-1990s. As a manager, he led Nantes (two spells), Montpellier and Brest in Ligue 1, and Clermont and Reims in Ligue 2.

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4. Sargis Hovsepyan (1972 - )

With an HPI of 39.05, Sargis Hovsepyan is the 4th most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Sargis Hovsepyan (Armenian: Սարգիս Հովսեփյան; born on 2 November 1972) is an Armenian former professional footballer who played as a right-back for the Armenia national team. Hovsepyan was the long-time captain of the Armenia national team. He participated in 133 international matches and scored two goals since his debut in the national team's first game in a home friendly match against Moldova on 14 October 1992. Hovsepyan ended his career on 14 November 2012 at the age of 39, just over a month before turning 40 years old. He was the last member of the first Armenian national team to retire. After his final match, he was awarded the Medal of the City Hall. A month after the completion of his playing career, he was appointed director of the Armenian national team.

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5. Artur Petrosyan (1971 - )

With an HPI of 35.99, Artur Petrosyan is the 5th most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Artur Petrosyan (Armenian: Արթուր Պետրոսյան; born 17 December 1971) is a former Armenian football player who played as a midfielder. He worked as the manager of Armenia national football team. He is currently the manager of Grasshopper Club Zürich's under 18 squad.

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6. Roman Berezovsky (1974 - )

With an HPI of 35.10, Roman Berezovsky is the 6th most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Roman Anatoliyevich Berezovsky (Armenian: Ռոման Բերեզովսկի; Russian: Рома́н Анато́льевич Березо́вский [rɐˈman ɐnɐˈtolʲjɪvʲɪdʑ bʲɪrʲɪˈzofskʲɪj]; born 5 August 1974) is an Armenian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Berezovsky is the acting captain of the Armenia national team . He previously played for Zenit Saint Petersburg, Khimki and Torpedo Moscow, among other clubs. He also holds a Russian passport.

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7. Arsen Avetisyan (1973 - )

With an HPI of 34.48, Arsen Avetisyan is the 7th most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Arsen Avetisyan (Armenian: Արսեն Ավետիսյան, born 8 October 1973) is a retired Armenian footballer who played as a forward.

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8. Hamlet Mkhitaryan (1973 - )

With an HPI of 33.22, Hamlet Mkhitaryan is the 8th most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Hamlet Vladimiri Mkhitaryan (Armenian: Համլետ Վլադիմիրի Մխիթարյան;, born 24 November 1973 in Yerevan, Armenia) is a retired Armenian football player. He also played for the Armenia national team.

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9. Edgar Manucharyan (1987 - )

With an HPI of 31.70, Edgar Manucharyan is the 9th most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Edgar Manucharyan (Armenian: Էդգար Մանուչարյան, born 19 January 1987) is a former Armenian football player who played as a forward.

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10. Varazdat Haroyan (1992 - )

With an HPI of 30.65, Varazdat Haroyan is the 10th most famous Armenian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Varazdat Haroyan (Armenian: Վարազդատ Հարոյան, born on 24 August 1992) is an Armenian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta and the Armenia national team.

Pantheon has 20 people classified as soccer players born between 1955 and 1993. Of these 20, 20 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Khoren Oganesian, and Michel Der Zakarian. As of April 2022, 3 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Varazdat Haroyan, Sargis Adamyan, and Tigran Barseghyan.

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