Edgar Manucharyan

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Edgar Manucharyan (19 January 1987) is an Armenian footballer best known in the Netherlands for his time at Ajax.

As an 18-year-old, Ajax had him intern in Amsterdam in December 2004. During this internship a game against FC Barcelona was scheduled. Manucharyan was drafted from the start, but unfortunately he could not leave a good impression. After 14 minutes, he had to leave the field with a foot injury. As a result, his internship had to be terminated.

He stayed with his host family in Amsterdam to rehabilitate and in April of 2005 signed a three-year contract with 'the Sons of the Gods'. After signing his contract, he said he was very grateful for their good care. This made him feel at home in Amsterdam. The final transfer of the attacker involved a sum of €70,000.

His Eredivisie debut came on 18 September 2005. Ajax played at home against AZ and Manucharyan started the game on the bench until he was allowed to replace Ryan Babel in the 84th minute. In this season he played in a total of four games in the league. The following season started in the pre-season with the Amsterdam Tournament. Against Internazionale he started as a substitute, but against Manchester United he was drafted as a starting player. In this match he made a lot of impression, after which Olympique Lyon from France and SL Benfica from Portugal showed interest in him. None of this came to pass and in March 2007 his contract, which ran for another year, was extended until 2011.

Partly due to injuries, Edgar struggled to play a big role in the main force this season. He played most of his matches for Jong Ajax, the second team. He scored his first goal for Ajax in the 65th minute in a UEFA Cup match against Austria Wien, in November 2006. He came into the field in the 57th minute and scored eight minutes later. In the next season Ajax would have a new coach, Adrie Koster. Koster did not draft Manucharyan once, but he played many games for Jong Ajax. At the end of the season he announced his keen to leave the club because Edgar Manucharyan was not given enough playing time.

In the summer of 2009 he was loaned to HFC Haarlem for one season, with which Ajax had a partnership from that season onwards. Haarlem played in the Jupiler League, the second tier of the Netherlands. A day after the deal was completed he was allowed to make his debut, in a match against SC Veendam. He replaced defender Franck Karremana. HFC Haarlem lost that game 1-6. He would play 17 games in his first season and score six times.

Unfortunately, HFC Haarlem went bankrupt in January 2010, forcing him to return to Ajax for a while. Shortly afterwards he was loaned back to AGOVV Apeldoorn, which was coached by former Ajacied John van den Brom. In his first game he scored the only goal in the game against FC Volendam. A week later he would score a hat-trick against SBV Excelsior.

In July of 2010, Ajax and Edgar Manucharyan decided to terminate his contract. He returned to his homeland, and the club where he played for his adventure in the Netherlands, Pyunik Yerevan. There he signed a six-month contract. With this club he won the Armenian Premier League in 2010. After his contract expired, he initially signed with The Ukrainian Karpaty Lviv. However, this did not happen and he signed a three-year contract with Pyunik. They hired him to Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast, where he played five games. He scored three goals and one assist.

After the rental deal he was finally taken over by this club from Russia. He stayed here until the summer of the 2017/18 season. In July 2018 he signed a contract with FC Alashkert, returning to his homeland. In 2018, he played 13 games in all competitions.

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