Sad News: Armenian soccer legend passes away at 68

Sad News: Armenian soccer legend passes away at 68

Renowned former Armenian soccer player Hovhannes Zanazanyan, who led as captain the legendary Ararat-73 team, died aged 68 on Sunday, October 4.

Zanazanyan suffered from a long illness, his colleagues confirmed to media.

Zanazanyan became the USSR champion together with Ararat in 1973. With the Yerevan club he also won the Soviet Cup twice – in 1973 and 1975. The Athens-born Armenian also played for the Soviet national soccer team and became an Olympic bronze medal winner with Team USSR in 1972.

Zanazanyan was one of the soccer players who enjoyed great popularity both during and after his active career along with other Ararat-73 stars. After ending his career as player he worked with different teams as a coach. In 2013, Zanazanyan was awarded a first-degree medal “For Services to the Homeland”.

A commission to organize Zanazanyan’s funeral has been established by the order of Ruben Hayrapetyan, the head of the Football Federation of Armenia. The funeral is due to take place in Yerevan on October 6.