Armenia preparing to bid for 2020 European Championship

Artak Barseghyan

Head coach of the Armenian national team Vardan Minasyan submitted his resignation after the match between the national teams of Armenia and the Czech Republic, but it was not accepted by President of the Football Federation of Armenia Ruben Hayrapetyan.

Hayrapetyan does not blame Minasyan for the three consecutive defeats of the national team.

He also brought several reasons that could explain the defeat in the match against Czechs, in particular injuries and disqualifications of certain players, hindering their participation in recent matches.

“Our team does not need changes. The injured and disqualified should return to the field, and we will have the desirable results. Of course, there are certain issues, but I promise to solve them,” said Hayrapetyan.

Armenia is preparing to bid to host matches of the 2020 European championship, head of Armenia’s Football Federation said.

In 2020 will mark the 60th anniversary of the European Championship. The tournament will involve 24 teams, the matches will take place in 13 cities across Europe.

Hayrapetyan announced that the 55,000-seat Hrazdan stadium in the capital city of Yerevan could stage three group matches and one quarterfinal.

“The Armenian president has set a goal to reconstruct Hrazdan stadium in the next five years and it will be one of the best in Europe,” the football chief said.

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