FC Pyunik

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Full name Football Club Pyunik
Founded 1992; 22 years ago (1992)
Ground Yerevan Football Academy Stadium
Ground Capacity 1,428
Owner Samvel Aleksanyan
Chairman Raffik Hayraprtyan
Manager Sargis Hovsepyan
League Armenian Premier League
2013–14 6th
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]

The club headquarters are located on Masis street 7, Yerevan.[2] Their training academy is located in the Kentron District of Yerevan.

The owner of the club is the Armenian businessman Samvel Aleksanyan.


Founded in 1992 as Homenetmen Yerevan, the club won the first Armenian Premier League competition held in 1992 (shared with Shirak). In 1995, Homenetmen Yerevan was renamed FC Pyunik (Armenian for "Phoenix").

The new era of Pyunik began in 2001, when they absorbed the newly-promoted club FC Armenicum and automatically gained position in the Armenian Premier League without playing a single game in the lower leagues. The new owner of the club Ruben Hayrapetyan, took serious approach to develop the team bringing star players from other Armenian clubs. Pyunik had significantly improved after the arrival of foreign players from Mali, Cameroon, Argentina and later from Romania. Thus, Pyunik won the Armenian Premier League 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.

In general, Pyunik have won a record 13 Armenian Championships, along with 7 Armenian Cup titles and 8 Armenian Supercups. The club is among the popular Armenian football clubs.


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.


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]

FC Pyunik training academy in Yerevan

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.[3]


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 24 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 Аlbert Ohаnyan
3 Armenia DF Varazdat Haroyan
4 Armenia DF Grigor Hovhannisyan
5 Armenia MF Kamo Hovhannisyan
6 Armenia MF Narek Aslanyan
7 Benin MF Adam Wahidi
8 Armenia MF Gagik Poghosyan
9 Mexico FW Cesar Romero
10 Armenia FW Ghukas Poghosyan
11 Armenia MF David Manoyan (captain)
15 Armenia MF Arthur Yuspashyan
16 Armenia DF Robert Hakobyan
17 Armenia MF Aghvan Papikyan (on loan from Spartak Moscow)
18 Benin MF Koutche Kabirou
No. Position Player
19 Armenia DF Vaspurak Minasyan
20 Armenia FW Sarkis Baloyan
21 Armenia MF Gegham Tumbaryan
22 Armenia GK Artur Harutyunyan
23 Armenia MF Hovhannes Poghosyan
25 Armenia MF Davit Markosyan
26 Armenia FW Razmik Hakobyan
27 Armenia DF Murad Asatryan
28 Armenia MF Tigran Tiraturyan
30 Armenia MF Karen Yesayan
33 Armenia MF Taron Voskanyan (vice-captain)
31 Armenia GK Samuel Hunanyan
77 Armenia MF Gor Malakyan



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