Artur Petrosyan has been appointed coach of Armenia, the national football federation (FFA) said in a statement on Wednesday.
The 44-year-old, who won 70 caps for Armenia, has been in charge of FC Zurich’s youth team since 2010.
He will officially take over on Nov. 1, succeeding Varuzhan Sukiasyan who stepped down last week.
Petrosyan was one of Armenia’s top players in the late 1990s and early 2000s, amassing 69 caps and scoring 11 goals – a national record which Manchester United FC’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has since broken. He worked as assistant to Bernard Challandes during the Swiss coach’s time as Armenia boss, and said of his new appointment: “I am happy to have been entrusted with leading the national side.”
Armenia’s Player of the Year in 1996 and 2000, Petrosyan played club football in Armenia, Israel, Russia and Switzerland. He hung up his boots in 2006 while at Zurich.