New Armenian Coach Sets Euro 2016 Goal

The President of the Football Federation of Armenia Ruben Hayrapetyan (left) officially introduces Armenia's new coach, Bernard Challandes, at a press conference in Yerevan. March 10, 2014. (Photo: Photolur)


BY SONA HAKOBYAN

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The President of the Football Federation of Armenia Ruben Hayrapetyan introduced the new manager of Armenia’s national soccer team, Bernard Challandes, at a press conference on Monday. Challandes was chosen from among 49 coaches the Federation considered.

The new manager said that “although the team is not in its best form today, making it to the finals of Euro 2016 is quite possible.”

“Although the group is very strong, we have a good chance to qualify for Euro 2016,” the newly appointed coach said.

“We have a very good offence, but we must try to search for good defenders, as well,” he said. Mr. Challandes has watched some matches of the Armenian Premier League. He said that expressing an opinion would be untimely, but noted that “compared to other leagues, the problem is a lack of speed and intensity.”

The new head coach said he was impressed by Armenia’s performance against Italy in a FIFA World Cup qualification match. “I never thought I would head that team, and when the offer came, I didn’t think long.”

“I’m here to win,” Challandes said. “I’m well aware what I have come here for. If I win, I stay, if I lose, I go. That’s an unwritten rule whether here, in Switzerland or Brazil.”

“I want to work well and take the team to the finals of Euro 2016,” the head coach said.

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