F.C. Ararat Tehran

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Ararat
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Full name Football Club Ararat Tehran
Founded 1944
9 October 2014 (refounded)
Ground Ararat Stadium
Tehran
Iran
Ground Capacity 15,000
Owner Ararat Cultural Organization
Chairman Ara Jahanian
Manager Masis Hakopian
League Tehran Super League
2014 Tehran Provincial League, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Ararat FC (Persian: آرارات تهران‎) is a football team based in Tehran, Iran. Ararat FC is the football club of the multisport Ararat Club in Iran.

Club history[edit]

Establishment[edit]

Ararat Tehran in 1946

The club was established in 1944 by a group of Armenian-Iranians. They named the club after the famous mountain of the same name. The club was run by an Armenian athletic organization and was one of few clubs in Iranian football to have its own private stadium and training facilities. The club has never had spectacular results, but has always provided talented players for Iranian football. It was heavily supported by the Armenian minority in Iran, but was also loved by many non-Armenian Iranians.

Drop to the lower leagues[edit]

The last time the club played in the top level of Iranian football was the 1995–96 season of the Azadegan League (current IPL). Due to the poor decisions of the club management, Ararat FC has spent most of the past few years playing in the 1st Division and 2nd Division of Iran's football leagues. Until recently the club had a policy of only employing Armenian staff and players, but with the team's poor form in the past few years, this decision has been overturned and non-Armenians have coached the team. The players though are all Armenian-Iranians. In the 2005–06 season the club came very close to promotion into the Azadegan League, but fell short in the last few weeks of the season.

In 2007–08 season they took the last place in their group and relegated to 3rd division but in July 2008, Iran Football Federation increased number of 2nd Division teams to 28 and Ararat still remained in 2nd Division.

A major changes heralded for Ararat in 2008, as the terrible state of the club's finances was revealed, they were unable to pay wages and had major debts. The club's owner, Armenian-Iranians, were able to raise some more money, but even this soon proved to be insufficient resources to sustain the club. They finished last in the 2nd Division (group A) standings of the 2008–09 season. Thus, being relegated to 3rd Division. After the club's relegation, Arrarat was dissolved by its owners.

Refounding[edit]

Arrarat was reopened on 9 October 2014 after a five years of absence. They also played a friendly match at the same day with Esteghlal XI which Ararat won 7–0 which showed their return. The club was placed in the Tehran Provincial League and lost their first match 2–1.

Season-by-season[edit]

The table below chronicles the achievements of Ararat in various competitions since 1965.


Season League Hazfi Cup Notes Leagues Top goalscorer Manager
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1965-66 TFL 12 3 2 7 14 28 8 9th Mansour Amirasefi
1966-67 TFL 11 4 3 4 13 8 12 7th Mansour Amirasefi
1967-68 TFL Mansour Amirasefi
1968-69 TFL Mansour Amirasefi
1969-70 TFL 15 8 1 6 18 22 17 5th Garnik Mehrabian
1970-71 TFL Garnik Mehrabian
1971-72 TFL 14 8 0 6 18 18 16 6th Garnik Mehrabian
1972-73 TFL 15 3 6 6 10 14 12 11th Garnik Mehrabian
1973-74 TFL 11 5 5 1 11 5 15 3rd Garnik Mehrabian
1974-75 TFL 13 8 2 3 17 9 18 2nd Promoted to the Takht Jamshid Cup Mansour Amirasefi
1975-76 TJC 30 8 10 12 23 31 26 12th Mansour Amirasefi
1976-77 TJC 30 6 13 11 23 32 25 12th Relegated to the Iran Football's 2nd Division Mansour Amirasefi /Thomas Certish
1977-78 Div 2 22 9 10 13 21 9 28 3rd Not held Hamlet Asefi
1978-79 Div 2 Not Completed Due to Iranian Revolution Not held
1979-8 SEC
Not held
Arshavil Maleki
1981-82 TFL 13 3 8 2 10 8 14 7th Arshavil Maleki
1982-83 TFL 17 4 8 5 13 20 16 12th Mansour Amirasefi
1983-84 TFL 17 5 8 4 19 12 18 6th Mansour Amirasefi
1984-85 TFL Did Not Finished Mansour Amirasefi
1985-86 TFL 9 1 3 5 7 13 5 10th Relegated to the Iran Football's 2nd Division Mansour Amirasefi
1986-87 TFL2 10 4 2 4 12 9 10 5th Hassan Habibi
1987-88 TFL2 17 4 9 4 13 12 17 9th Hassan Habibi
1988-89 TFL2 17 9 6 2 18 7 33 3rd Hassan Habibi
1989-90 TFL2 14 9 5 0 30 8 23 2nd Not held Promoted to the Tehran Province leagu Hassan Habibi
1990-91 TFL 17 6 6 5 11 10 18 7th Hassan Habibi
1991-92 TFL 15 6 6 3 11 8 18 5th Hassan Habibi
1992-93 TFL 26 8 10 8 22 20 26 7th Not held Hassan Habibi
1993-94 TFL 18 12 4 2 28 13 28 2nd Promoted to the Azadegan League Hassan Habibi
1994-95 Div 1 22 8 9 5 31 19 25 5th Hassan Habibi
1995-96 Div 1 30 8 7 15 27 39 31 12th Relegated to the Iran Football's 2nd Division Vazgen Safarian
1996-97 Div 2 30 8 9 13 32 42 33 14th
1997-98 Div 2 18 6 9 3 18 14 27 4th Not held
1998-99 Div 2 16 6 4 6 25 17 22 6th
1999-00 Div 2 16 7 2 7 23 25 23 5th
2000-01 Div 2 16 2 2 12 16 34 8 9th
2001-02 Div 1 20 5 7 8 12 18 22 9th Relegated to the Iran Football's 2nd Division
2002-03 Div 2 10 2 5 3 11 10 11 4th
2003-04 Div 2 22 6 6 10 22 24 24 9th
2004-05 Div 2 18 10 5 3 25 11 35 2nd
2005-06 Div 2 22 11 5 6 31 24 38 3rd
2006-07 Div 2 26 11 5 10 32 37 38 7th
2007-08 Div 2 26 4 2 20 16 51 14 14th
2008-09 Div 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9th Relegated to the Iran Football's 3rd Division
2009-10 Div 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12th Relegated to the Tehran Province league
2010-11 TPL Absence Relegated to the Tehran Province league Div 1
2011-12 TPL.Div 1 Absence
2012-13 TPL.Div 1 Absence
2013-14 TPL.Div 1 Absence
2014-15 TPL.Div 1 10 8 1 1 22 5 25 1st Did not qualify TPL Masis Hakopian

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Sevak Amirian
2 Iran DF Menoua Shahnazarian
3 Iran DF Hamik Isagholian
4 Iran DF Emin Avasapian
5 Iran MF Arbi Arakelian
6 Iran MF Narbe Shahmirian
7 Iran MF Arin Aragoli
8 Iran MF Arin Avanesian
9 Iran FW Tomik Shahverdian
10 Iran DF Arbi Ghazarian
11 Iran FW Edmond Akhumians
12 Iran MF Monte Abrahamian
No. Position Player
13 Iran MF Armen Tahmasian
14 Iran FW Sarmen Panosian
15 Iran DF Argisht Manoukian
17 Iran FW Arvin Mahmoudi
18 Iran MF Dion Hakopian
19 Iran FW Arvin Alahyarian
20 Iran DF Rene Babakhani
21 Iran DF Artin Minasian (Captain)
22 Iran GK Menoua Mgrdoumian
23 Iran MF Argin Shahmirian
33 Iran GK Roni Khodabakhshian

Current Management Team[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iran Masis Hakopian
Assistant coach Iran Fred Malekian
Assistant coach Iran Vazgen Safarian
Technical manager Iran Edmond Bezik
Team Manager Iran Hovik Hatamzadeh

Head coaches[edit]

Famous players[edit]