FC Shirak

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Shirak
FC Shirak Logo.png
Full name Shirak Football Club
Founded 1958; 56 years ago (1958)
Ground Gyumri City Stadium
Ground Capacity 2 747
Chairman Arman Sahakyan
Manager Vardan Bichakhchyan
League Armenian Premier League
2013–14 2nd
Website Club home page

Shirak Football Club (Armenian: Շիրակ Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ), is an Armenian football club from Gyumri city, Shirak Province. The club was founded in 1958. Home venue of the club is Gyumri City Stadium.
Shirak FC is one of the oldest club of Armenia. It's the only one club, which participated in all seasons of Premier League of Armenia.
Shirak FC is one of the most titled club of Armenia: 4 times champions of Armenia (1992, 1994, 1999, 2012/2013), holder of Armenian Cup (2011/12), 4 times holder of Armenian SuperCup (1996, 1999, 2003, 2013).

From 2010 the owner of FC Shirak is the businessman, the president of the «Sovrano» LLC Arman Sahakyan.

Previous Names[edit]

  • 1958—1986: Shirak FC, Leninakan
  • 1987—1988: Olimpia FC, Leninakan
  • 1989—1991: Shirak FC, Leninakan
  • 1991: Shirak, Kumayri
  • since 1991: Shirak FC, Gyumri

History[edit]

FC Shirak was founded in the city of Gyumri in the Armenian SSR, in 1958. During the 1970s, the club played under the name Olympia. They were playing in the Soviet First League until Armenia's independence in 1991. The club's home ground is the Gyumri City Stadium with a capacity of around 3,000 spectators.

FC Shirak is one of the oldest football clubs in Armenia and has produced many talented players who have represented the Armenian national team with Artur Petrosyan and Harutyun Vardanyan being the most notable players in the club's history. Both of them had gained enviable reputation as talented players and went on to play for the Armenian national football team and several European clubs.

The club is the second most titled team in the country, having won 4 championships, 1 cup title and 4 super-cups. The club had struggled financially between 2005 and 2010. In 2012 FC Shirak won Armenian Independence Cup for the first time in their history.

The team participated in 3 different European cups: Champions League, UEFA Cup and Intertoto Cup. In 2012-13, Shirak played in the UEFA Europa League and advanced to the second round with a 2-1 aggregate victory over FK Rudar Pljevlja.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Gyumri City Stadium
Gyumri City Stadium

Club crests and colours[edit]

Club Colours
1999
until 2009
2010
2011-2013
from 2014

Honours[edit]

Armenian Premier League

Armenian Cup

Armenian Super Cup

Statistics of Performances[edit]

Shirak FC in European Tournaments[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 6 5
UEFA Europa League 18 2 3 13 7 36
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 1 2 7 10
Total 28 4 7 17 20 51

Shirak FC against foreign clubs[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1995–96 UEFA Cup PR Poland Zagłębie Lubin 0–0 0–1 0–1
1996–97 UEFA Cup PR Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–4 2–2 2–6
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Sweden Malmö 0–2 0–5 0–7
1999–2000 UEFA Cup 1Q Finland HJK Helsinki 0–2 1–0 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q Belarus BATE Borisov 1–1 1–2 2–3
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Hungary Tatabánya 3–2 1–3 4–5
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Portugal Santa Clara 0–2 3–3 3–5
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Denmark Nordsjælland Farum 0–4 0–2 0–6
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Moldova Tiraspol 1–2 0–2 1–4
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 1–0 1–1 2–1
2Q Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 0–2 0–1 0–3
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 1Q San Marino Tre Penne 3–0 0–1 3–1
2Q Serbia FK Partizan 1–1 0–0 1–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy 1–2 0–4 1–6
  • Home results are noted in bold

Shirak FC against foreign countries[edit]

Страна GP W D L % wins GF GA +/-
Belarus Belarus 2 0 1 1 0 2 3 −1
Cyprus Cyprus 2 0 1 1 0 2 6 −4
Denmark Denmark 2 0 0 2 0 0 6 −6
Finland Finland 2 1 0 1 50 1 2 −1
Hungary Hungary 2 1 0 1 50 4 5 −1
Israel Israel 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 −3
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2 0 1 6 −5
Moldova Moldova 2 0 0 2 0 1 4 −3
Montenegro Montenegro 2 1 1 0 50 2 1 1
Poland Poland 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 −1
Portugal Portugal 2 0 1 1 0 3 5 −2
San Marino San Marino 2 1 0 1 50 3 1 2
Serbia Serbia 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 0
Sweden Sweden 2 0 0 2 0 0 7 −7

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 June 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 Norayr Abrahamyan
2 Ivory Coast DF Steve Anoma
3 Armenia DF Artyom Mikaelyan
5 Armenia MF Tigran Davtyan (captain)
8 Armenia MF Roman Adamyan
9 Ivory Coast FW Jean-Jacques Bougouhi
10 Armenia MF Davit Hakobyan
11 Armenia MF Edvard Panosyan
12 Armenia FW Andranik Barikyan
13 Armenia GK Gor Elazyan
15 Armenia MF Karen Aleksanyan
17 Armenia DF Davit Marikyan
No. Position Player
18 Armenia FW Aram Muradyan
19 Armenia MF Karen Muradyan
20 Serbia DF Miloš Stamenković
21 Armenia DF Gevorg Hovhannisyan
23 Armenia MF Robert Darbinyan (loan from FC Krylia Sovetov Samara)
25 Armenia MF Aghvan Davoyan
25 Armenia MF Aram Tosunyan
29 Armenia MF Arsen Malakyan
36 Ivory Coast MF Drissa Diarrassouba
45 Ghana DF Emmanuel Gyamfi
46 Armenia DF Andrei Gamalyan (loan from FC Krasnodar)
55 Armenia DF Serob Grigoryan (loan from FC Krylia Sovetov Samara)

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]