Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has signed a decree, awarding legendary footballer Nikita Simonyan with a first-degree Order for “Services to the Motherland.”
Simonyan has been honored for his indispensable service to Armenian football and his outstanding achievements.
Born in 1926, Nikita Simonyan is the current vice president of the Russian Football Union, and one of the most noteworthy figures in Russian and Soviet football.
Simonyan began managing and coaching Armenian club FC Ararat Yerevan in 1973. He led the club to victory at 1973 Soviet Top League. That year Ararat Yerevan also won the 1973 Soviet Cup.