Al-Yarmouk SC (Syria)

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Full name Al-Yarmouk Sports Club
Nickname(s) Homenetmen
Founded 1925
Ground 7 April Stadium, Aleppo
Ground Capacity 12,000
President Boghos Balyozian
Manager Khachig Sahagian
League Syrian 2nd Division
2011–2012 Syrian 2nd Division, 4th Regional Group, 5th

Al-Yarmouk Sports Club (Arabic: نادي اليرموك الرياضي‎‎) is a Syrian sports club based in Aleppo, best known for their football. Founded in 1925, Al-Yarmouk is the 2nd oldest sports organization in Syria. The club have won the Syrian regions football championship for several times before the establishment of the official Syrian football league in 1966. They were the winners of the Syrian Cup in 1963–1964, being the only official achievement in the club's history. Between 1925–1946, Al-Yarmouk was known as Homenetmen Aleppo. In 1946, the name was changed to Al-Nadi As-Souri (Arabic: the Syrian Club) until 1971 when it was renamed Al-Yarmouk. The club play their home games at the 7 April Municipal Stadium.

Al-Yarmouk SC are also known for their basketball teams (men and women). As of 2012, 9 types of sports are being practiced by the club.


With the arrival of the Armenian refugees and survivors of the Armenian Genocide, Aleppo became an active cultural and educational centre for the Armenian community of Syria. Armenians have founded many cultural, scouting and sport organizations in the city. The young generation was mainly interested in football and athletics. The Armenian organizations formed their own football teams to compete with each other within the community. In 1925, by the efforts of Levon Apkarian, Garabed Hovagimian, Vahan Tamzarian and many others, 6 of the created Armenian football teams; Aghpyur, Ararat, Ardziv, Gaidzag, Nubarian and Dalvorig were unified to form the Homenetmen Aleppo sporting club and football team as a branch of the Homenetmen Armenian worldwide sport and scouting organization.[1]

The first directing committee of the newly established Homenetmen Aleppo included:

  • Dikran Aghajanian
  • Levon Apkarian
  • Mihran Garabedian
  • Luther Masbanjian
  • Sahag Khachadurian
  • Levon Babigian
  • Shavarsh Bekiarian
The team in 2011–2012 season at the 7 April Stadium

Prior to the foundation of the Syrian official football league, the club have competed in various regional competitions in the Aleppo Governorate such as the regional league of Aleppo and the Aleppo Municipality Shield (Arabic: درع بلدية حلب‎‎).

They have played in the Syrian Premier League starting from the first ever season in 1966–1967 until 1982–1983 when they were relegated to the 2nd division. Since then, the team failed to return to the top level.

During 2011–2012 season, the club came 5th in the Syrian 2nd Division; 4th Regional Group, thus maintaining their place in the current level for the next season.

Football team achievements[edit]

1964 (winners)

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Syria GK Hovsep Krikorian
2 Syria FW Hagop Der Boghossian
3 Syria DF Vartivar Dndlian
4 Syria DF Seropig
5 Syria DF Harout Artin
6 Syria FW Sevag Kevork
7 Syria MF Hovig Baghchejian
8 Syria MF Sako Keshishian
9 Syria DF George Dishchekenian (captain)
10 Syria FW Hagop Papazian
11 Syria MF Hamig Andzian
12 Syria GK Lawrence Anka
13 Syria DF Harout Tashjian
14 Syria MF Mgo Nersesian
No. Position Player
15 Syria MF Kevork Tchaghlass
16 Syria DF Koko Karadanaian
17 Syria MF Hagop Bedross
Syria GK Amjad Hanna Daoud
Syria DF Hagop Astarjian
Syria FW Kalousd Garabedian
Syria Hagop Cherchian
Syria Hagop Abejian
Syria Raffi Artin
Syria Joseph Katerjian
Syria Hagop Merdkhanian
Syria Sako Paloulian
Syria George Tovmasian
Syria Shant Messiahian

Coaching and medical staff[edit]

  • Manager: Khachig Sahagian
  • Physician: Dr. Murad Muradian
  • Assistant admins: Hrach Khroyan, Raffi Kevorkian, Nazo Lehimjian


Administrative Board of Al-Yarmouk SC Aleppo:

Office Name
President of the Board Boghos Balyozian
Member of the Board Dr. Harout Bakkalian
Member of the Board Serge Balabanian
Member of the Board Kevork Mavian
Member of the Board Apig Basmajian
Member of the Board Maria Kapoujian
Member of the Board Yeran Bakkalian

Last updated: April 2012
Source: Kantsasar Armenian Weekly