Monday 23 October 2017

Cork Celtic Ireland's Armenian pioneers

Cork Celtic met FC Ararat Yerevan in the second round of the 1974/75 European Cup, when Armenia was still part of the Soviet Union.

The now-defunct Irish outfit lost 2-1 at home and 5-0 in Yerevan. More recently, Derry City took on FC Pyunik in the first qualifying round of the 2007/08 Champions League, drawing 0-0 at home and going down 2-0 in the Armenian capital.

Armenia's home record in 2010 World Cup qualifiers read: W1 D1 L3, with Belgium losing 2-1 in Yerevan, while world champions Spain escaped with a 2-1 win.

Irish Independent

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