The Armenian Football Association was founded in 1992 and obtained FIFA membership in the same year. This Eastern European nation have competed internationally ever since but have yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup ™ or UEFA European Championship finals.
Armenia first attempted to reach football's biggest stage in the run-up to France 1998, finishing fourth in their group ahead of Northern Ireland and Albania. Victory against Albania and five draws earned them eight points despite suffering two heavy defeats against eventual group winners Germany; losing 1-5 at home and 0-4 in Germany.
Armenia finished last in their 2002 FIFA World Cup Japan/Korea™ qualifying group, while for Germany 2006, they only managed two wins in 12 matches.
Armenia pulled off a surprise or two in qualifying for the UEFA EURO 2008, however. While not managing to book their ticket for Switzerland and Austria, they nevertheless shook up the favourites, beating Poland 1-0 and holding Portugal to a 1-1 draw. The Armenians will be looking to build on these good results when they try to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, with matches beginning in August 2008.