The Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) said on Wednesday that it has decided to change its new emblem widely criticized for not depicting a biblical mountain in what is now eastern Turkey. The FFA’s previous logo, which carried a picture of Mount Ararat, was dropped ahead of last month’s match in Yerevan between Armenia’s and Turkey’s national soccer teams that was watched by the presidents of the two neighboring states. The move prompted strong criticism from domestic political groups, notably the pro-government Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), that suggested that it was designed to please the Turks.
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In a major diplomatic step, President Abdullah Gul of Turkey will visit Armenia this weekend for a soccer match, his office said Wednesday. The countries have no diplomatic relations and their border has been closed for years.
Youth football team of Armenia won the Turkish national team with the score 2-1 in Yerevan. The first goal scored turks. Armenians managed to equal the score at the penultimate minute of the match and scored winning goal in the last seconds of game.
Armenia – Turkey 2:1, and this joy was given to us by our youth team players .
Thanks to them for that. Thank you not only for the final score on the scoreboard and not only for the beautiful goals at the last minutes, thank for the entire match, held in fast, beautiful and very professionall manner. Congratulations to all of us.
Watch the goals here
KARS (ArmRadio)–Turkish President Abdulla Gul was in Kars on Wednesday where he said that he has yet to decide whether or not he will accept President Serzh Sarkisian’s invitation to come to Yerevan in September to watch the Turkish and Armenian national soccer teams compete in a World Cup qualifier match, Mediamax news agency reported.
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ U.S. Deputy Assistant of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew Bryza said that inviting Turkish President Gul to Armenia would be unbelievable progress.
The Armenian President announced his intention to invite Abdullah Gul to Yerevan for a soccer match between the Armenian and Turkish national teams.
“I know President Sargsyan well and I think that his positions are somehow different from positions of his predecessor. I have an impression that Sargsyan and Aliyev are closer that Kocharian and Aliyev were. Both Presidents demonstrated a pragmatic approach and each was ready to listen to the opponent,” he said.