2008 Armenian Premier League

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Armenian Premier League
Star Arm League 2008 Logo.jpg
Season 2008
Champions Pyunik
11th Armenian title
Relegated none
UEFA Champions League Pyunik
UEFA Europa League Gandzasar
Mika
Banats (via domestic cup)
Goals scored 254
Average goals/game 2.27
Top goalscorer Armenia Marcos Pizzelli (17)
Biggest home win Ararat Yerevan 5–0 Kilikia
Biggest away win Kilikia 1–5 Ararat Yerevan
Kilikia 1–5 Mika
Highest scoring Banants 4–2 Kilikia
Kilikia 1–5 Ararat yerevan
Kilikia 1–5 Mika
2007
2009

The 2008 Armenian Premier League season (known as STAR National Football League due to sponsorship reasons) was the seventeenth since its establishment. It started on 6 April 2008, while the last matches were played on 15 November 2008. Pyunik FC were the defending champions. The Yerevan side won their seventh consecutive league title the previous season, their tenth overall. FC Dinamo Yerevan were supposed to be the team to get promoted, but they withdrew from the Premier League, and were disbanded.

On 30 April 2008, Football Federation of Armenia signed a contract with STAR retailing company by which STAR would become the sponsor of the 17th Armenian Premier League season, and henceforth the 2008 season would be called STAR National Football League.[1]

The league was played in four stages. The teams played each other four times, twice at home and twice away. The champions would have been the team with the most points after round 28. However, since Pyunik and Ararat Yerevan were tied on points at the end of the season, they had to play a decision game for the championship.

Participating teams[edit]

Location of teams in the Armenian Premier League 2008
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Ararat Yerevan Yerevan Abovyan City Stadium 4,000
Banants Yerevan Banants Stadium 3,600
Gandzasar Kapan Gandzasar Stadium 3,500
Kilikia Yerevan Hrazdan Stadium 53,849
Mika Yerevan Mika Stadium 7,000
Pyunik Yerevan Republican Stadium 14,403
Shirak Gyumri Gyumri City Stadium 2,761
Ulisses Yerevan Kasakhi Marzik Stadium 3,500

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Pyunik (C) 28 18 5 5 40 18 +22 059DG 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Ararat 28 18 5 5 48 23 +25 059DG
3 Gandzasar 28 13 8 7 39 27 +12 47 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
4 Mika 28 13 7 8 38 28 +10 46 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 Banants 28 11 8 9 34 25 +9 41
6 Ulisses 28 7 8 13 19 29 −10 29
7 Shirak 28 5 4 19 15 40 −25 19
8 Kilikia 28 2 5 21 21 64 −43 11

Source: ffa.am
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
DGChampionship was decided by a decision game (see below).
1Ararat Yerevan did not obtain the license to compete in European competitions. Therefore, fourth-placed Mika earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League while Gandzasar were qualified for the second instead of first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.[2]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Decision game[edit]

Because Ararat and Pyunik were tied on points after the regular season, they played out the championship in a decision game.[3]

19 November 2008
18:00 GMT+4
Pyunik 2 – 1 (aet) Ararat Yerevan
Tadevosyan Goal 68'118' Report
(Armenian)
V. Minasyan Goal 69'
Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ararat Chagharyan

Results[edit]

First half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARA BAN GAN KIL MIK PYU SHI ULI
Ararat 1–0 0–1 5–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–1
Banants 3–0 1–1 4–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0
Gandzasar 2–3 0–0 3–1 1–3 1–0 2–0 4–1
Kilikia 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 0–3 2–1 0–3
Mika 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0
Pyunik 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0
Shirak 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–0
Ulisses 0–2 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 0–1
Source: ffa.am
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARA BAN GAN KIL MIK PYU SHI ULI
Ararat 1–0 2–0 2–2 4–1 0–1 2–1 2–0
Banants 2–2 0–0 4–1 2–1 1–4 3–0 1–1
Gandzasar 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 3–0 0–0
Kilikia 1–5 0–1 1–2 1–5 0–1 0–1 1–1
Mika 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–0
Pyunik 0–1 1–0 4–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 3–1
Shirak 1–2 1–1 0–3 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–0
Ulisses 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Source: ffa.am
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: ffa.am

17 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals

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