FC Pyunik

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Pyunik
FC Pyunik
Full name Football Club Pyunik
Founded 1992; 22 years ago (1992)
Ground Football Academy Stadium
Yerevan
Ground Capacity 1,500
Owner Samvel Aleksanyan
Chairman Karen Harutyunyan
Manager Sargis Hovsepyan
League Armenian Premier League
2012–13 Armenian Premier League, 4th
Website Club home page

Football Club Pyunik (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Փյունիկ), is an Armenian professional football club based in Yerevan. It is one of the most popular football clubs in Armenia.[1]

History[edit]

Founded in 1992, Pyunik (Armenian for "Phoenix") has won a record 10 Armenian Championships, along with 5 Armenian Cups, and 6 Armenian Supercups. The club is considered one of the popular Armenian football clubs since the establishment of the Armenian Premier League in 1992.

Pyunik's new era began in 2001, when FC Pyunik absorbed FC Armenikum and automatically gained promotion to the Armenian Premier League without playing a single game in the lower leagues. The club's owner, wealthy Armenian businessman Ruben Hayrapetyan, took a much more serious approach to the club and brought star players such as Artavazd Karamyan and Arman Karamyan from other Armenian clubs. FC Pyunik improved more by bringing some foreign managers and players from Mali, Cameroon, Argentina and later from Romania. These improvements returned quick results, and Pyunik won the Armenian title the same year and the Armenian Cup in 2002. Later, for the first time in independent Armenian club history an Armenian club advanced to the second round in the Champions League. Afterwards, the club won the Armenian Premier League title ten times in a row.

Stadiums[edit]

Between 1992 and 1999, the club used the Hrazdan Stadium as a home ground. After the renovation of the Republican Stadium in 1999, the club moved there and used it regularly as a home ground until 2013. Howevere, FC Pyunik were forced to play their home games at their own Pyunik Stadium of 800 seats in 2008, due to the large-scale renovation works at the Republican Stadium.

In April 2013, the club started to use the Yerevan Football Academy Stadium as a home venue for the domestic competitions.

Rivalry[edit]

Pyunik's main two rivals are Ararat and Banants, however, the rivalry with Ararat is a lot more fierce than that of Banants. The reason for that is because Ararat is known to be the most loved club of Yerevan because of its Soviet accomplishments, and Banants was originally based in the region of Kotayk, and was only moved to Yerevan in 2001. Another category Banants and Pyunik compete is their youth academies, which are considered to be the two best academies in the country.

Youth academy[edit]

The main stadium of FC Pyunik surrounded with the club's training ground

FC Pyunik run their own youth training academy in Yerevan. Many of the Armenian national team players are graduates of the club's academy including Edgar Manucharyan, Robert Arzumanyan, Gevorg Ghazaryan, Karlen Mkrtchyan and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Many of them were members of the Armenia U-19 national team who participated in final tournament of the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[2]

Honours[edit]

Armenian Premier League

Armenian Cup

Armenian Super Cup

Pyunik in European Cups[edit]

As of 3 July, 2014.

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 30 5 7 18 25 50
UEFA Europa League 7 3 1 3 10 15
Total 37 8 8 21 35 65
Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1996–97 UEFA Cup QR Finland HJK Helsinki 3–1 2–5(aet) 5–6
1997–98 UEFA Champions League 1Q Hungary MTK Budapest 0–2 3–4 3–6
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 1Q Finland Tampere United 4–0 2–0 6–0
2Q Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–4 2–2 2–6
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1Q Iceland KR Reykjavík 1–0 1–1 2–1
2Q Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0–2 0–1 0–3
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Pobeda Prilep 3–1 1–1 4–2
2Q Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–3 0–1 1–4
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Finland Haka Valkeakoski 0–1 2–2 2–3
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0–0 0–2 0–2
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Ireland Derry City 0–0 2–0 2–0
2Q Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 1–2 1–4
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–1 0–2 0–3
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–0 0–3 0–3
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Serbia Partizan Belgrade 1–3 0–1 1–4
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2Q Czech Republic Viktoria Plzen 0–4 1–5 1–9
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Zeta Golubovci 0–3 2–1 2–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Teteks Tetovo 1–1 1–0 2–1
2Q Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius 0–2 1–1 1–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kazakhstan FC Astana 1–4 0–2 1–6
  • Home results are noted in bold

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 July 2013

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 Аlbert Ohаnyan
2 Armenia DF Arman Hovhannisyan
3 Armenia DF Varazdat Haroyan
4 Armenia DF Grigor Hovhannisyan
5 Armenia MF Kamo Hovhannisyan
6 Armenia MF Artur Grigoryan
8 Armenia MF Gagik Poghosyan
9 Armenia MF Gor Malakyan
10 Armenia FW Ghukas Poghosyan
11 Armenia MF David Manoyan
12 Armenia GK Gor Manukyan
15 Armenia MF Arthur Yuspashyan
16 Armenia MF Davit Minasyan
No. Position Player
17 Armenia MF Aghvan Papikyan (on loan from Spartak Moscow)
18 Armenia FW Vardan Bakalyan
19 Armenia DF Vaspurak Minasyan
20 Armenia MF Narek Aslanyan
21 Armenia DF Davit Zakaryan
22 Armenia FW Viulen Ayvazyan
23 Armenia MF Ashot Sardaryan
24 Armenia FW Sarkis Baloyan
25 Armenia MF Gegham Tumbaryan
26 Armenia FW Razmik Hakobyan
27 Armenia MF Hovhannes Papazyan
28 Armenia MF Hovhannes Poghosyan

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]