Associated Press Worldstream
August 2, 2004 Monday 7:34 AM Eastern Time

Armenia expected to name ex-Marseille coach to head national team

YEREVAN, Armenia

Armenia is likely to name former Marseille coach Bernard Casoni to
head its national soccer team, a spokesman for the national soccer
federation said Monday.

Casoni "in all likelihood" will be appointed at the federation's next
meeting, said spokesman Araik Manukian. However, he said the
federation also could consider other candidates, whom he did not

National team coach Mihai Stoichita resigned in late June, less than
two months before World Cup qualifying begins. Armenia plays its
first qualifier on Aug. 18, against Macedonia.