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Armenia Vs Turkey Football Match Tonight

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A great football event is expected in Yerevan tonight. The national teams of Armenia and Turkey will meet in their first-ever match within the framework of eth FIFA 2010 World Cup. The soccer match is the first in the qualification round, therefore it’s very important for Armenia.

Head coach of the Armenian national team Jan Poulsen told a press conference in Yerevan that the Armenian National soccer team is in a better condition psychologically.

“The Turkish team ranks 10th in the FIFA rating list, while we are the 98th. It’s not surprising that the Turkish team is considered to be the favorite. At the same time the Turkish team is under pressure, since everyone expects only victory from them,” Poulsen said. The Danish specialist expressed hoe that the Armenian footballers will get to the field without unnecessary nervousness and will demonstrate their full capacities. “We know how to play with strong teams,” he said, recalling the matches against Poland and Portugal.

“We are well prepared for the match with the Turkish team. For us this is simply a football match against a strong team and nothing else. We have had to play with stronger teams,” defender of the Armenian team Karen Dokhoyan said. According to forwards Robert Arzumanyan and Edgar Manucharyan, this match is another professional trial. “We have played with strong teams. This is a sports task, which we should solve in the field. This is sport, and we want to succeed, politics is a different thing,” Robert Arzumanyan said.

Turkey’s head coach Fatih Terim wishes the Armenia-Turkey match to become a bridge between the two countries. He said football can become a good opportunity for contacts between the two states.

President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and President Abdullah Gul of Turkey will attend the match tonight. President Abdullah Gül will become the first Turkish president ever to set foot in Armenia today. Serzh Sargsyan and Abdullah Gul will met for an hour at RA President’s Office and dine before proceeding to Yerevan's Hrazdan Stadium to watch a World Cup qualifying game between the two countries' national teams. The Turkish delegation will leave Yerevan as soon as the match ends.

Reported by Public Radio of Armenia

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