FC Banants

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Full name Football Club Banants
Nickname(s) Proud Eagles
Founded January 20, 1992; 23 years ago (1992-01-20)
Ground Banants Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,010
Owner Oleg Mkrtchyan
Chairman Karlen Mkrtchyan
Manager Zsolt Hornyák
League Armenian Premier League
2013–14 1st champions
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.[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 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 club headquarters are located on Jivani street 2, Yerevan.[2] The Banants Training Centre is located in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan.


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).


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.

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 March, 2015.

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
3 Armenia DF Narek Petrosyan
4 Armenia DF Aram Shakhnazaryan
5 Armenia DF Norayr Grigoryan
6 Armenia DF Armen Manucharyan
7 Armenia MF Aram Loretsyan
8 Armenia MF Valter Poghosyan (Vice-captain)
10 Armenia MF Petros Avetisyan
11 Armenia MF Nairi Minasyan
12 Armenia MF Hovhannes Ilanguozyan
14 Slovakia DF Ľuboš Hanzel
15 Slovakia DF Tomas Bagi (on loan from Slovan Bratislava)
No. Position Player
16 Argentina MF Miguel López
17 Armenia FW Sarkis Baloyan
18 Armenia MF Vahagn Ayvazyan
19 Armenia FW Gevorg Nranyan (Captain)
20 Armenia MF Karen Harutyunyan
21 Armenia MF Emil Yeghiazaryan
22 Republic of Macedonia MF Filip Timov
24 Armenia DF Hakob Hakobyan
71 Armenia GK Albert Ohanyan
Armenia FW Orbeli Hambardzumyan
Armenia DF Gagik Maghakyan
Armenia DF Hakob Hambardzumyan



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

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