Soccer (football) great Nicolas Anelka signs an autograph in Yerevan.

French Soccer Great Anelka Visits Armenia


YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Retired French soccer great Nicolas Anelka visited Armenian on January 18, during which he met with officials as well as refugee children.

Anelka met with the President of the Football Federation of Armenia Armen Melikbekyan and discussed the prospects of establishing a football academy in Armenia, the Football Federation of Armenia said.

He visited the FFA Technical Center/Football Academy and familiarized himself with the infrastructures.

Soccer great Nicolas Anelka stands with Gagik Tsarukyan with young refugees in Abovyan.

On the same day, he visited the Sport and Culture Center in Abovyan to meet with forcibly displaced children of Nagorno-Karabakh and presented gifts to them.

Armenia National Olympic Committee President Gagik Tsarukyan accompanied Anelka during the visit to Abovyan.

In a statement, Tsarukyan said Anelka had expressed desire to meet the children of Nagorno-Karabakh and gift them presents.

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The Sport and Culture Center in Abovyan has been providing shelter to the NK children since September 2023.


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