Florin Halagian

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Florin Halagian
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Halagian as a manager, wearing his lucky Chicago Bulls hat.
Personal information
Full name Florin Vașken Halagian
Date of birth(1939-03-07)7 March 1939
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Date of death 12 August 2019(2019-08-12) (aged 80)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
1950–1957 Dinamo București
1957–1958 Progresul București
1958–1959 Pompierul București
1959–1962 Dinamo Pitești
1963–1964 Dinamo București
1964 Petrolul Ploiești
1964–1965 Minerul Baia Mare
1965 Dinamo Pitești
1966–1968 Politehnica București
1969 Vagonul Arad
Managerial career
1972–1973 Argeş Pitești
1974–1979 Argeş Pitești
1979 Romania (Caretaker)
1979–1981 Argeș Pitești
1981–1984 Olt Scornicești
1984 Steaua București
1985 Universitatea Craiova
1985–1988 Argeș Pitești
1988–1989 Victoria București
1990–1991 Romania B
1991–1994 Dinamo București
1994–1995 Inter Sibiu
1995–1997 Naţional București
1997–1999 FCM Bacău
1999–2000 Argeș Pitești
2000 Brașov
2000 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
2001–2002 Argeș Pitești
2009–2010 Gloria Bistrița
2010 Dacia Mioveni
2011 Gloria Bistrița
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Florin Vașken Halagian (7 March 1939 – 12 August 2019) was a Romanian football player and manager of Armenian descent, hence the nickname Armeanul (The Armenian). [1] He is the manager who has the most matches in Liga I with 878 games consisting of 432 victories, 176 draws and 270 losses. [1] [2]


On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu for all of his achievements as a football coach, and for forming a young generation of future champions with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Order "The Sportive Merit") class III. [3] [4]

Halagian was the manager of the Romania national football team for one match during 1979. [5]

In 2011, Halagian returned to Gloria Bistriţa, but was sacked 3 weeks later because of issues regarding players shaving before matches. [6]

One of Halagian's famous quotes as coach was: Focu' la ei! (Fire at them!), Armeanul explained: This is an expression that I invented to convey to the players on the pitch that the ball is good to be on the opponent half of the pitch, even if we have possession or not, I told them it is better to play there. [7]



Argeş Pitești
Steaua București
Dinamo București

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