The attribute of this fine player in technical sense and his sportsmanship was discovered quite late in footballing term. However, he imposed himself quite quickly as a player with finesse, personality, skills and exceptional work rate.
As a member of the minority group, his fast progress to popularity was remarkable. An Armenian who managed to grab the attention and admiration of friends and foes at the same time. Karo, whose real first name is Aziz, was playing football for sometime before he was the center of attention in 1970 when his club “Taj” won the Asian club championship for the first time. He was a brilliant dynamo and was one of the players that made a difference in Taj. He also excelled in the league that year.
His childhood was uneventful and like everyone at his age group he played football in school and the streets. Karo was a third child in a large family of 8. He was a shy child and grew up as a modest person and was known as a kind and caring person amongst his community. He joined his first team when he was only 13 years old. The team was called “Gowhar” and Karo played his first competitive match with this team under the guidance of Areshavi Serkisian.
The matches he played were quite competitive at his level, not to say quite physical as well. His parents were not amused when Karo used to come home after matches with bruises all over his body. They did not approve much of his hobby and discouraged him from continuing playing football and instead, they wanted him to concentrate on school and studies. However, those reprimands from his parents did not dilute his passion for football and the love for the game.
His first moment of success came, when Ganik Mehrabian spotted Karo playing in a local match. Mehrabian was t...[Read more]