FC Banants

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Banants
FC Banants
Full name Football Club Banants
Nickname(s) Proud Eagles
Founded January 20, 1992; 22 years ago (1992-01-20)
Ground Banants Stadium
Yerevan
Ground Capacity 6,050
Owner Oleg Mkrtchyan
Chairman vacant
Manager Zsolt Hornyák
League Armenian Premier League
2013–14 Armenian Premier League, 1st
Website Club home page

Football Club Banants (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Բանանց), transliterated "Futbolayin Akumb Banants"), is an Armenian professional football team from the capital, Yerevan. The club plays in the Armenian Premier League and has won the Armenian Cup twice, in 1992 and 2007. On 18 May 2014, the club won the Premier League for the first time in its history.

History[edit]

Kotayk[edit]

FC Banants was founded in 1992 in the village of Kotayk, representing the Kotayk Province. Between 1992 and 1995, the club was commonly referred to as Banants Kotayk.[1] During the 1992 season, the club won the first Armenian Cup. At the end of the 1995 transitional season, Banants suffered a financial crisis. The club owners decided that it was better to merge the club with the other Abovyan club, Kotayk Abovian, rather than disband it. In 2001, Banants demerged from Kotayk Abovian, and was moved from Abovyan to the capital Yerevan.

Yerevan[edit]

At the beginning of 2003, Banants merged with FC Spartak Yerevan, but was able to limit the name of the new merger to FC Banants. Spartak became Banants's youth academy and later changed the name to Banants-2. Because of the merger, Banants acquired many players from Spartak Yerevan, including Samvel Melkonyan. After the merger, Banants took a more serious approach and have finished highly in the league table ever since. The club managed to lift the Armenian Cup in 2007. Experience is making way for youth for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The departures of most of the experienced players have left the club's future to the youth. Along with two Ukrainian players, Ugandan international, Noah Kasule, has been signed.

Honours[edit]

UEFA Team Ranking 2013[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
431 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 1.525
432 Luxembourg UN Käerjéng 97 1.475
433 Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 1.425
434 Armenia Banants 1.325
435 Lithuania FK Kruoja 1.300
436 Lithuania FK Banga Gargždai 1.300
437 Republic of Ireland Drogheda United FC 1.275

Banants in European Cups[edit]

As of 2013

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 20 3 3 14 13 43
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 3 3
Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 1–2 2–3
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Ukraine Illychivets Mariupol 0–2 0–2 0–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Lokomotivi Tbilisi 2–3 2–0 4–3
2Q Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–4 0–4 2–8
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Ameri Tbilisi 1–0 1–2 2–21
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Switzerland Young Boys Berne 1–1 0–4 1–5
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–7 0–3 0–10
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 0–2 1–0 1–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–3 0–1 0–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Rustavi Metalurgist 0–1 1–1 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 1Q Andorra FC Santa Coloma 0–1 3–2 3–31
  • Home results are noted in bold
  • 1 Lost on away goals.

Stadiums[edit]

an elevated view of the stadium at night

The construction of the stadium was launched in 2006 with the assistance of the FIFA goal programme. It was officially opened in 2008 with a capacity of 3,600 seats. Further developments were implemented later in 2011, when the playing pitch was modernized and the capacity of the stadium was increased up to 6,050 seats.

The stadium is part opf the FC Banants training academy, including 3 regular-sized training fields as well as 3 mini-football grounds.

The training centre of FC Banants was known as Malatia Football School during the Soviet period.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 2014.

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 Artur Toroyan
2 Armenia DF Armen Manucharyan
3 Armenia DF Gagik Daghbashyan
4 Armenia DF Aram Shakhnazaryan
5 Armenia DF Artashes Arakelyan
6 Armenia DF Gagik Magakyan
7 Armenia MF Aram Loretsyan
8 Armenia MF Valter Poghosyan
9 Armenia FW Gevorg Karapetyan
10 Armenia FW Areg Azatyan
13 Armenia MF Rumyan Hovsepyan
14 Armenia FW Simyon Muradyan
No. Position Player
15 Armenia FW Gevorg Nranyan
17 Georgia (country) MF Ucha Gogoladze
18 Armenia MF Vahagn Ayvazyan
19 Armenia DF Hovhannes Hambardzumyan
20 Armenia MF Karen Harutyunyan
21 Russia DF Maxim Usanov
22 Armenia MF Garegin Mashumyan
23 Slovakia DF Peter Štepanovský
24 Armenia DF Hakob Hakobyan
25 Mali DF Sékou Fofana
88 Armenia GK Papin Tevosyan
Nigeria FW Charles Newuche

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of Football Club Banants, from fcbanants.com, retrieved 1 May 2009.

External links[edit]