FC Ararat Yerevan

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Ararat Yerevan
Ararat Yerevan.png
Full name Football Club Ararat Yerevan
Nickname(s) White Eagles
Founded May 10, 1935; 79 years ago (1935-05-10)
Ground Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan
Ground Capacity 54,208
Owner Vartan Sirmakes
Chairman Hrach Kaprielian
Manager Dusan Mijic
League Armenian Premier League
2012–13 Armenian Premier League, 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Ararat Yerevan (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Արարատ Երևան), is an Armenian football club, based in Yerevan. Currently, the club plays in the Armenian Premier League, and is one of the most popular teams in Armenia.

History[edit]

In 1935 a football team was established in Yerevan by Spartak sports society. The first time the team participated in the competitions of the national level. The first trophy of the club was the Cup of the Armenian SSR in 1940. At that time the team was already named "Dinamo". In the next 4 years soccer was not played because of World War II.

In 1944 games of USSR Cup were resumed, and Dinamo participated. A match was set up with their main rivals, fellow FC Dinamo Tbilisi. However, the match was not played through the fault of Yerevan.[1][2] In 1947 the team becomes silver medalist in the second league of the Transcaucasian region. The team finished just one point behind the ODL from Tbilisi. In this championship, Dinamo, in a home match against Tbilisi Wings of the Soviets, showed the best result at the time, beating them by the score 7:1.[3][4] In Season 1948 "Dinamo" was to start in the first group (the Premier League at the time), but after 30 games along with 15 other clubs had been withdrawn. All 16 clubs have continued to participate in the league below. Dinamo have spent the next season in the second group, improved their performance and won the competition in the South Zone. The team won 13 matches out of 18. However, the first place in the zonal group did not guarantee promotion. According to the regulations of the USSR Championship, the winners of zones in the second league should have played each other in the final stage. At this stage, 6 teams participated. Games between the teams went into a circle. After 5 games Dinamo has settled on the third place, which ensured the club a place in the first group.[5][6]

In 1949 at Dinamo participated for the first time in the Major League Soviet Union. The team performed poorly, finishing 12th. In the first two rounds the team lost, but in the 3rd round victory was recorded in a home game against the Air Force (Moscow).[7] To beat the team was able representatives of the second half of the table, and twice on the road. There were 3 major defeat: the double-0:6 from Moscow Lokomotiv and CDKA, and once 1:6 - from Tbilisi "Dynamo". However, despite the poor performance, the club remained in the top league for next season, as the latter two dropped out of the club, ranked 17th and 18th place in the standings.[8][9] Cup battles ended at the first stage, against the Dynamo "from Stalinabad.[10] In 1950 season, Dynamo began to act more liberated. The first lesion was detected only in the fourth round of the Leningrad "Zenith". The team scored 31 points with team-mates from Kiev, but on goal difference in the Class "B" sunk Yerevan Dinamo. In the USSR Cup team started with a 1 / 128 final. Having weak rivals in 1/16-oy stumbled on rivals in the face Dynamo Kiev. In the hard game, which was held in Kiev, Dinamo Yerevan celebrated victory 3:2. In 1 / 8 final meeting with "Dynamo," Moscow and lost with a score of 0:7.[11]

In 1960-1963 1966-1991 s team participated in the major leagues championship Soviet Union. In 1973 "Ararat" won the USSR Cup. In 1971 1976 (Spring) years became a silver medalist championship, and in 1975 again won the USSR Cup.

In total the team participated in 33 Soviet Top League seasons, playing 1,026 matches, of which they won 352, drew 280, lost 394, scored 1,150 goals and conceded 1,306. By 1975 the team participated in the lottery three European Cups. In the last USSR Championship in 1991, the team finished in seventh place.

Soviet championships[edit]

FC Ararat logo during the Soviet era.

By 1945-1947, Ararat swept the Armenian SSR League and by 1949 had won promotion into the Soviet Top League. The team played in the Top League in 1949-1950, 1960–1963, and 1965-1991. In 1971, Ararat finished second in the Top League. In 1973 they won the Top League and the Soviet Cup (in a memorable final game against Dynamo Kyiv). They won the cup again in 1975. In 1971 and 1976 Spring (there were two Soviet championships in 1976 — Spring and Fall) they were the league runners-up. In 1974-75 Ararat competed in the European Cup, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to defending and eventual champions Bayern Munich 2-1 on aggregate (0-2 in Munich and 1-0 in Yerevan). Since their debut in the European tournaments in 1972, they have won 16 of their 36 matches with 4 draws.

Ararat in 1973 final Ararat in 1975 final

Modern history[edit]

Since the 1991 dissolution of Soviet Union, Ararat has attained the Armenian Championship only once in 1993 and won four silver prizes (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2008) and one bronze prize (1994). In addition, the club has won the Armenian Cup five times (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2008) and were finalists in 2001 and 2007. They also were very close to taking the Armenian title in 2007, however the unexpected resignation of head coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan changed the atmosphere on the team and the club ended up in fourth place. In March 2008, former coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan returned to take charge of the team again. After failing to take the title from Pyunik in 2008, Varuzhan Sukiasyan left the club.

The club's training facilities are located in Dzoraghbyur village at the outskirts of Yerevan.

Honours[edit]

1973, 1993
1973, 1975, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008
2008
1978
1965

Other notable achievements[edit]

Ararat in Europe[edit]

[12]

Results[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R Cyprus EPA Larnaca 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Switzerland Grasshopper Zürich 4–2 3–1 7–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3R Germany Kaiserslautern 2–0 0–2 2–2 (4–5 p) Symbol delete vote.svg
1974–75 UEFA European Cup 1R Norway Viking Stavanger 4–2 2–0 6–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Republic of Ireland Cork Celtic 5–0 2–1 7–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Germany Bayern Munich 1–0 0–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1975–76 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 9–0 1–1 10–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R England West Ham United 1–1 1–3 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0–0 0–3 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Poland GKS Katowice 2–0 0–2 2–2 (5–4 p) Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Russia Dynamo Moscow 1–0 1–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Batumi 0–2 3–0 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Denmark Copenhagen 0–2 0–3 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Q Romania Bacău 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Belgium Sint-Truiden 0–2 1–3 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2000–01 UEFA Cup Q Slovakia Košice 2–3 1–1 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2001–02 UEFA Cup Q Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–2 0–3 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax 1–3 0–6 1–9 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2–0 1–4 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Switzerland Bellinzona 0–1 1–3 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg

UEFA club competition record[edit]

Competition GP W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 5 0 1 14 5
UEFA Europa League 0 0 0 0 0 0
UEFA Cup 14 6 2 7 15 5
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 12 4 1 5 19 17
UEFA Intertoto Cup 8 3 0 5 7 21
Total 40 18 3 18 55 48

Club records in UEFA competitions[edit]

  • Biggest Win in UEFA Competition: 17/09/1975, Ararat 9-0 Anorthosis, in Yerevan
  • Biggest Defeat in UEFA Competition: 23/06/2007, Shakhtyor 4-1 Ararat, in Soligorsk
  • Club Appearances in UEFA Competition: 11
  • Player with Most UEFA Appearances: Soviet Union Aleksei Abramian and Soviet Union Norik Mesropian - 16 appearances
  • Top Scorer in UEFA Club Competitions: Soviet Union Eduard Markarov - 12 goals

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 Armenia GK Manvel Afrikyan
2 Armenia DF Vаhe Mаrtirosyan
3 Serbia DF Miloš Stamenković
4 Armenia DF Armen Durunts
5 Armenia DF Norayr Grigoryan
6 Iran DF Armen Tahmasian
7 Serbia FW Aleksandar Rakić
8 Armenia MF David Grigoryan
9 Armenia FW Gevorg Nranyan
10 Latvia MF Andrejs Perepļotkins
11 Armenia FW Arsen Balabekyan
12 Armenia GK Grigor Meliksetyan
13 Belarus MF Eduard Chudnovsky
No. Position Player
14 Armenia MF Aram Bareghamyan
15 Armenia MF Davit Grigoryan
17 Estonia MF Aleksandr Dubokin
18 Armenia DF Gorik Khachatryan
19 Armenia DF Vаchаgаn Kаrаpetyan
20 Serbia MF Darko Bondzić
21 Armenia MF Avetik Kirakosyan
22 Armenia GK Stepan Ghazaryan
25 Armenia DF Artak Andrikyan
36 Armenia MF Mher Sahakyan
86 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Kenan Čejvanović
Armenia DF Vachik Yeghiazaryan

Managers[edit]

Name Nat From To
Vramshapuh Merangulyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic 1935 1938
Suren Atanesyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1939 Oct 1939
Yuri Yesenin Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1940 Oct 1944
Viktor Andreev Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1945 Oct 1945
Mikhail Suchkov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1946 Oct 1946
Viktor Grechishnikov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1947 Oct 1947
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1948 Oct 1948
Boris Spukhtin Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1949 July 1949
Viktor Filipov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic July 1949 Oct 1949
Gleb Ryabikov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1950 Oct 1951
Ilya Evranov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1952 Oct 1952
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1953 Oct 1954
Abraham Dangulov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1955 Oct 1956
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1957 Oct 1957
Boris Smyslov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1958 Oct 1960
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1961 Oct 1961
Anatoliy Akimov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1962 Oct 1962
Alexander Abramov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1963 Oct 1963
Georgiy Zharkov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1964 Oct 1964
Artiom Falyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1965 Oct 1967
Eduard Grigoryan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1968 Oct 1968
Aleksandr Ponomarev Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1969 Oct 1970
Nikolay Glebov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1971 Oct 1972
Nikita Simonyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Jan 1, 1973 Dec 31, 1974
Name Nat From To
Viktor Maslov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1975 Oct 1975
Eduard Markarov Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1976 Oct 1977
Nikolay Gulyaev Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1978 July 1978
Leonid Zakharov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic July 1978 Oct 1978
Iosif Betsa Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1979 Oct 1981
Arkady Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1982 Oct 1983
Nikita Simonyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Jan 1, 1984 June 30, 1985
Leonid Zakharov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic June 1985 June 1986
Arkady Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic June 1986 June 1989
Nikolay Kazaryan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic June 1989 Oct 1989
Armen Sarkisyan Armenia March 1990 Oct 1994
Samvel Darbinyan Armenia March 1995 Oct 1995
Arkady Andreasyan Armenia Jan 1996 Nov 2003
Sevada Arzumanyan Armenia Nov 2003 Nov 2004
Abraham Khashmanyan Armenia Nov 2004 June 2006
Varuzhan Sukiasyan Armenia June 2006 July 2007
Dušan Mijić Bosnia and Herzegovina July 2007 March 2008
Varuzhan Sukiasyan Armenia March 2008 Dec 31, 2008
Ashot Kirakosyan Armenia Dec 2008 March 2009
Arkadi Andreasyan Armenia March 2009 Jan 2010
Tigran Yesayan Armenia Jan 2010 Dec 2010
Arkadi Andreasyan Armenia Jan 2011 Feb 2012
Albert Safaryan Armenia Feb 2012 July 2012
Abraham Khashmanyan Armenia July 2012 April 26, 2014

References[edit]

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