|Full name||Football Club Banants|
|Founded||January 20, 1992|
|League||Armenian Premier League|
|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.
The owner of the club is the Ukraine-based Armenian businessman Oleg Mkrtchyan.
Banants were 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. 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 FC Kotayk of Abovyan, rather than disband it. In 2001, Banants demerged from FC Kotayk, and was moved from Abovyan to the capital Yerevan.
Banants were relocated in Yerevan in 2001. 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.
The construction of the Banants Stadium was launched in 2006 in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan, 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 5,010 seats (2,810 at the northern stand, 1,565 at the southern stand and 635 at the western stand).
- Armenian Supercup:
- Winner (1):
UEFA Team Ranking 2013
|432||UN Käerjéng 97||1.475|
|436||FK Banga Gargždai||1.300|
|437||Drogheda United FC||1.275|
Banants in European Cups
As of 2013
|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||Hapoel Tel Aviv||1–1||1–2||2–3|
|2004–05||UEFA Cup||1Q||Illychivets Mariupol||0–2||0–2||0–4|
|2005–06||UEFA Cup||1Q||Lokomotivi Tbilisi||2–3||2–0||4–3|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||1Q||Ameri Tbilisi||1–0||1–2||2–21|
|2007–08||UEFA Cup||1Q||Young Boys Berne||1–1||0–4||1–5|
|2008–09||UEFA Cup||1Q||Red Bull Salzburg||0–7||0–3||0–10|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Široki Brijeg||0–2||1–0||1–2|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Anorthosis Famagusta||0–3||0–1||0–4|
|2011–12||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Rustavi Metalurgist||0–1||1–1||1–2|
|2014–15||UEFA Champions League||1Q||FC Santa Coloma||0–1||3–2||3–31|
- Home results are noted in bold
- 1 Lost on away goals.
As of 6 September, 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Varuzhan Sukiasyan (1992–94)
- Pogos Galstyan (July 1, 1996–June 30, 1998)
- Oganes Zanazanyan (2001–05)
- Ashot Barseghyan (2005–06)
- Nikolay Kiselyov (2006–07)
- Jan Poštulka (2007)
- Nikolay Kostov (July 1, 2007–April 8, 2008)
- Nedelcho Matushev (April 8, 2008–June 30, 2008)
- Kim Splidsboel (2008)
- Armen Gyulbudaghyants (Jan 1, 2009–Dec 1, 2009)
- Ashot Barseghyan (assistant) (2009)
- Stevica Kuzmanovski (Jan 1, 2010–Dec 31, 2010)
- Rafael Nazaryan (Jan 1, 2011–Jan 15, 2012)
- Volodymyr Pyatenko (Jan 17, 2013–June 30, 2013)
- Zsolt Hornyák (July 1, 2013–)
- Official website (English) (Armenian) (Russian)
- Fans' site (Armenian)
- Banants at FFA.AM (English)
- Banants at UEFA.COM (English)
- Banants at EUFO.DE (German)
- Banants at Weltfussball.de (German)
- Banants at National Football Teams.com (English)
- Banants at Football-Lineups.com (English)