FC Shirak

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Shirak
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Full name Football Club Shirak
Founded 1958; 56 years ago (1958)
Ground Gyumri City Stadium
Gyumri
Ground Capacity 2,844
Owner Sovrano LLC
Chairman Arman Sahakyan
Manager Vartan Bichakhchyan
League Armenian Premier League
2013–14 2nd
Website Club home page

Football Club Shirak (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Շիրակ), is an Armenian football club from the city of Gyumri, Shirak Province. The club headquarters are located on Ozanyan street 6, Gyumri.[1]

Currently, the Sovrano Limited Liability Company are the owners of the club, headed by the Armenian businessman Arman Sahakyan. The shirt sponsors are the VTB Bank.

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 3000 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 3 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

Shirak F.C. in European Cups[edit]

As of 24 July 2013
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 6 5
UEFA Europa League 16 2 3 11 6 30
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 1 2 7 10
Total 26 4 7 15 19 45
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

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 Arsen Beglaryan
14 Ghana DF Edward Kpodo
15 Armenia MF Karen Aleksanyan
No. Position Player
17 Armenia DF Davit Marikyan
18 Armenia FW Aram Muradyan
19 Armenia MF Karen Muradyan
20 Armenia MF Gevorg Voskanyan
21 Armenia DF Gevorg Hovhannisyan
22 Russia GK Vsevolod Ermakov (loan from FC Krasnodar)
23 Armenia MF Robert Darbinyan (loan from FC Krylia Sovetov Samara)
25 Armenia MF Aghvan Davoyan
29 Armenia MF Arsen Malakyan
36 Ivory Coast MF Drissa Diarrassouba
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]