2008 Armenian Premier League

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Armenian Premier League
Star Arm League 2008 Logo.jpg
Season2008
ChampionsPyunik
11th Armenian title
Relegatednone
Champions LeaguePyunik
Europa LeagueGandzasar
Mika
Banants
Goals scored254
Average goals/game2.27
Top goalscorerArmenia Marcos Pizzelli (17)
Biggest home winArarat 5–0 Kilikia
Biggest away winKilikia 1–5 Ararat
Kilikia 1–5 Mika
Highest scoringBanants 4–2 Kilikia
Kilikia 1–5 Ararat
Kilikia 1–5 Mika
2007
2009

The 2008 Armenian Premier League season (known as STAR National Football League due to sponsorship reasons) was the seventeenth since its establishment. It started on 6 April 2008, while the last matches were played on 15 November 2008. FC Pyunik were the defending champions. The Yerevan side won their seventh consecutive league title the previous season, their tenth overall. FC Dinamo Yerevan were supposed to be the team to get promoted, but they withdrew from the Premier League, and were disbanded.

On 30 April 2008, Football Federation of Armenia signed a contract with STAR retailing company by which STAR would become the sponsor of the 17th Armenian Premier League season, and henceforth the 2008 season would be called STAR National Football League.[1]

The league was played in four stages. The teams played each other four times, twice at home and twice away. The champions would have been the team with the most points after round 28. However, since Pyunik and Ararat Yerevan were tied on points at the end of the season, they had to play a decision game for the championship.

Participating teams[edit]

Location of teams in the 2008 Armenian Premier League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Ararat Yerevan Yerevan City Stadium (Abovyan) 3,946
Banants Yerevan Banants Stadium 3,600
Gandzasar Kapan Gandzasar Stadium 3,500
Kilikia Yerevan Hrazdan Stadium 54,208
Mika Yerevan Mika Stadium 7,250
Pyunik Yerevan Republican Stadium 14,403
Shirak Gyumri Gyumri City Stadium 2,844
Ulisses Yerevan Kasakhi Marzik Stadium 3,500

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pyunik (C) 28 18 5 5 40 18 +22 59[a] 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Ararat Yerevan 28 18 5 5 48 23 +25 59[a]
3 Gandzasar Kapan 28 13 8 7 39 27 +12 47 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[b]
4 Mika 28 13 7 8 38 28 +10 46 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round[b]
5 Banants 28 11 8 9 34 25 +9 41
6 Ulisses 28 7 8 13 19 29 −10 29
7 Shirak 28 5 4 19 15 40 −25 19
8 Kilikia 28 2 5 21 21 64 −43 11
Source: ffa.am
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Championship was decided by a decision game (see below).
  2. ^ a b Ararat Yerevan did not obtain the license to compete in European competitions. Therefore, fourth-placed Mika earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League while Gandzasar were qualified for the second instead of first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.[2]

Decision game[edit]

Because Ararat and Pyunik were tied on points after the regular season, they played out the championship in a decision game.[3]

Pyunik2 – 1 (aet)Ararat Yerevan
Tadevosyan Goal 68'118' Report
(in Armenian)
V. Minasyan Goal 69'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ararat Chagharyan

Results[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Banants vs Pyunik (0-1), matchday 4 fixture (19 April 2008), at Banants Stadium

Source: ffa.am

17 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals

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