Armenia national team coach, football hero Ian Porterfield has died, aged 61.
Ian Porterfield, who was in charge of Armenia for the excellent games against Kazakhstan and Poland, as well as the brilliant match against against Portugal in Yerevan on 22 August, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and seemed to have revived the football glory of Ararat’73, suffered from cancer.
[BBC Sport | Tuesday, 11 September 2007] Porterfield, who scored the Black Cats’ winning goal against Leeds United in the 1973 FA Cup final, had been suffering from cancer.
Born in Dunfermline, Porterfield also enjoyed a successful management career with Rotherham, Sheffield United, Aberdeen, Reading and Chelsea.
He went on to coach in Korea and took charge of several national teams, and his final job was as boss of Armenia.
The sorrow is great, and I share my sincere condolences with the great footballers family and fans.
Photo by AP (via Unzipped, via Yahoo Sport).
There have been a number of reactions from the Armenian blogosphere:
Unzipped was one of the first to react:
Reporter_Arm speaks of the hopes and love of the Armenian football fans towards the great trainer, and brings some statistics, noting, that the Armenian national team played 11 games under his command, two of which were victorious games, 4 ended in a draw, and 5 games were lost.
A1plus blog also spreaks of the great respect Armenians had for Ian Porterfield.
There are more reactions as bloggers, like the Sick Designer are finding out the news.
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