Wednesday, 23 December 2020 23:04

Arkady Andriasyan's glorious football path

On December 22 the sorrowful news received about the death of Arkady Andriasyan. This saddened all the fans of Armenian football.

Arkady Andriasyan is rightly considered as one of the strongest football players in the history of Armenian football. Bright personality, who became famous by his creative and active game.

"Arkady Andriasyan is a unique football player. He has a special talent, he can play as a striker or as a midfielder. He brought a lot of benefit to the team with his creative contribution", this is how the head coach of the team Nikita Simonyan described him after the Golden Double of "Ararat-73".

In football, since childhood

Arkady Andreasyan was from a football family, his childhood was spent with the ball. His uncle Hayk Andriasyan played for Lokomotiv Moscow and then coached in Armenia, and his father Gevorg Andreasyan was involved in Lokomotiv Baku.

Arkady Andreasyan made his first football steps in the youth teams of Neftchi Baku, but at the age of 16, he moved to Lernagorts Kapan, coached by Hayk Andriasyan. Then he moved to "Shirak", taking with him his cousin who had great prospects.

In Ararat from the second attempt

After a huge amount of work done here, in 1966 he got the opportunity to move to the main team of the republic - Ararat, but the coach of that time Artyom Falyan considers him physically weak, and he did not manage to join the team.

Such a failure could break any young football player, but Arkady Andriasyan finds strength in himself and starts to have good performances in the team "Sevan" from Hoktemberyan.

The next coach of Ararat Alexandr Ponomaryov trusts Andriasyan, and he becomes one of the main players of the team.

Creative and unique

Arkady Andreasyan appeared on the field 242 times with the "Ararat" shirt and scored 61 goals. In the season of 1973, he was one of the main stars of the team and he became the top scorer of Ararat with 13 goals. According to the results of a poll conducted by the "Football-Hockey " weekly, he was recognized as the second-best football player in the country after Oleg Blokhin.

Arkady Andriasyan's goal against Bayern Munich in the second leg of 1/4 final of the European Cup.

In 1972 Andreasyan participated in the Munich Olympic Games and became an Olympic bronze medalist in the USSR team.

He became a member of the USSR team, playing 12 games and scoring 1 goal. He could have played in that team at the 1974 World Cup, but the return match of the play-off against Chile did not take place for political reasons; the Soviet team was left out of the World Cup.

Arkady Andreasyan's assist to Oleg Blokhin during the World Cup qualifier match USSR - France. 

After finishing his football career, Andriasyan continued to stay in football as a coach, working as a manager in his native FC Ararat.

"Ararat will always have a special place for the Armenian people, they still tell each other and are inspired by our victories. Of course, I am proud to have been part of that team and to have brought so much happiness to our people, ”Adriasyan admitted 40 years after their achievement.

"Arkady Andriasyan has made an invaluable contribution to the development and international recognition of Armenian football. Following his example, football generations were brought up, including my father," Henrikh Mkhitaryan said.

"In general, I have been interested in Andriasyan's image for a long time. I have never heard such contradictory words about any other football player. He is said to be easily offended, to have a complex character, but at the same time, the same people admit that few take their work as seriously as Arkady. "Will he ever break the regime? Drink or smoke?" A sports journalist told me. - What do you say. He respects his person too much for that", said journalist Arsen Kakosyan in the book "The night after football. Fan Diary”.