FC Alashkert

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Alashkert
Ալաշկերտ
Logo of FC Alashkert.png
Full nameFootball Club Alashkert
Nickname(s)The Yellows (Դեղինները)
Founded1990
GroundAlashkert Stadium
Capacity6,850
OwnerBagrat Navoyan
PresidentBagrat Navoyan
ManagerAram Voskanyan
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2021–223rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Football Club Alashkert (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Ալաշկերտ), commonly known as Alashkert, is an Armenian football club based in the capital Yerevan, founded in 1990 in Martuni and after folding in 2000 re-founded in 2011. They currently play in the Armenian Premier League. The home stadium of the team is the Alashkert Stadium in Yerevan. The club headquarters are located on Saryan street 25, Yerevan.[1] Although based in Yerevan they are in fact named after the historic Western Armenian town of Alashkert, now Eleşkirt in Eastern Turkey.

The club is owned by Bagrat Navoyan, a Turkish businessman and founder of Bagratour LLC.

Alashkert has a cooperation agreement with the Brazilian club Botafogo since August 2017.[2]

History[edit]

Club logo between 2012 and 2017

Football Club Alashkert was founded in 1990 in the town of Martuni of Gegharkunik Province. In 1992, the team played in the Premier League representing Martuni and using the City Stadium of the town as their home venue. However, at the end of the season the team finished last in the table, being relegated to the First League. As a result, the club withdrew from the competition.

In 1998, FC Alashkert returned to professional football and participated in the First League finishing the table in 6th position. In 1999, they did not participate in the First League competition and later in early 2000, the club was dissolved.

Revival in 2011[edit]

In late 2011, FC Alashkert were re-founded by Bagrat Navoyan, a businessman native of Martuni. They entered the 2012–13 Armenian First League competition and won the championship, booking their place in the Armenian Premier League for the 2013–14 season. In 2012–2013, the team was managed by the former Armenian player Albert Sarkisyan and later by former footballer Sergey Erzrumyan. The assistant manager was Aram Hakobyan.[3]

Relocation to Yerevan in 2013[edit]

In February 2013, the club purchased the Nairi Stadium in Yerevan, to become the official venue of their home games. As a result, the club was officially relocated from Martuni to Yerevan starting from the 2013–14 season.

In December 2017, Alashkert entered into partnerships with Brazilian clubs Botafogo and Fluminense.[4][5]

On 21 September 2018, Varuzhan Sukiasyan was fired as manager with owner Bagrat Navoyan and Alashkert-2 manager Sergey Erzrumyan taking temporary charge.[6]

Domestic record[edit]

League records of Alashkert FC:[7]

Season League National Cup Europe Top goalscorer Manager
Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1990 Soviet Lower Second League 17 18 7 5 6 29 37 19
1991 17 38 12 4 22 51 79 28
1992 Armenian Premier League 24 22 5 2 15 38 58 12 Quarter-final Armenia Albert Ohanyan
1993–97 No Participation
1998 Armenian First League 6 24 9 8 7 30 25 30 Preliminary round
1999 10 First round
2000–11
No Participation
2012–13 Armenian First League 1 36 24 6 6 80 31 78 Quarter-final Armenia Vardan Petrosyan 15 Armenia Albert Sarkisyan
2013–14 Armenian Premier League 8 28 6 6 16 38 69 24 Quarter-final Armenia Mihran Manasyan 17 Armenia Armen Sanamyan
Armenia Armen Gyulbudaghyants
2014–15 4 28 10 8 10 32 35 38 Semi-final Armenia Mihran Manasyan 9 Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan
2015–16 1 28 16 7 5 50 24 55 Semi-final UEL 2Q Armenia Mihran Manasyan
Brazil Héber
16
2016–17 1 30 19 7 4 59 26 64 Quarter-final UCL 2Q Armenia Mihran Manasyan
Armenia Artak Yedigaryan
13
2017–18 1 30 14 8 8 44 31 50 Runners Up UCL 2Q Armenia Artak Yedigaryan 13 Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan
Armenia Varuzhan Sukiasyan
2018–19 4 32 15 6 11 37 27 51 Winner UEL 3Q Serbia Uroš Nenadović 6 Armenia Varuzhan Sukiasyan
Armenia Aram Voskanyan
Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan
2019–20 3 28 14 5 9 51 31 47 Quarter-final UEL 2Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandar Glišić 11 Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan
Armenia Armen Adamyan (Caretaker)
Armenia Yegishe Melikyan
2020–21 1 24 13 7 4 25 15 46 Runners Up UEL 1Q Russia David Davidyan 5 Armenia Yegishe Melikyan
Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan
Armenia Aleksandr Grigoryan
2021–22 3 32 14 9 9 38 30 51 Quarter-final UECL GS Guinea-Bissau José Embaló 7 Armenia Aleksandr Grigoryan
Serbia Milan Milanović
Armenia Aram Voskanyan

Records[edit]

  • Seasons in top division – 10 (1992–present)
  • Lowest league position – 24 (1992)
  • Biggest 'undefeated' streak in the league – 11 matches (10/05/15 – 19/09/15)
  • Win record for season – 24 (2012–13) (First League)
  • Loss record for season – 22 (1991) (Soviet Lower Second League)
  • Most points in a season – 78 (2012–2013) (First League)
  • Most league goals in a season (club) – 80 (2012–2013) (First League)
  • All time League goals – 834 (since 1990)
  • Most goals in a season (player) – 17, Armenia Mihran Manasyan, 2013–14
  • Biggest win – 6–0 vs Armenia FC Artsakh, 2018
  • Biggest defeat – 9–2 vs Armenia Gandzasar Kapan, 2013
  • Biggest home win – 6–0 vs Armenia FC Artsakh, 2018
  • Biggest home defeat – 5–0 vs Armenia FC Pyunik, 2013
  • Biggest away win – 4–0 vs Armenia Gandzasar Kapan, 2018
  • Biggest away defeat – 9–2 vs Armenia Gandzasar Kapan, 2013
  • Highest attendance ever – 59.047 vs Scotland Celtic, 2018
  • Highest attendance home game – 9.000 vs Romania CFR Cluj, 2018
  • Highest attendance away game – 59.047 vs Scotland Celtic, 2018
  • Highest attendance in league or cup – 4.000 vs Armenia Ararat, 2021 and vs Armenia Lori Vanadzor, 2019
  • All-time most appearances – Armenia Artak Grigoryan, 198
  • All-time top scorer – Armenia Mihran Manasyan, 76

Europe[edit]

Alashkert first qualified for the Europa League 2015–16 qualification round 1, after gaining 4th place in the Armenian Premier League 2014–2015. In the first round Alashkert drew the Scottish club St Johnstone. Despite the fact that St Johnstone were considered as the favourites, Alashkert were victorious after the two games and were able to create a sensation. In the second round, Alashkert had to meet the Kazakh side Kairat. In the first game Alashkert were defeated 3–0. In the second game, Alashkert were able to achieve victory as a result of a last-minute winner scored by Heber Araujo, 2–1. However this was not enough to qualify for the third round.

Alashkert were the first ever Armenian side to play in a European group stage after defeating Kairat 3–2 on 12 August 2021. They played Rangers in the play-off for the Europa League, but lost 1–0 on aggregate. As a result, they dropped into the Europa Conference League group stage, where they were drawn in a group alongside Maccabi Tel Aviv, HJK Helsinki and LASK. After losing their first five matches, Alashkert managed to draw 1-1 against Maccabi Tel Aviv on matchday six, which was the first ever point earned by an Armenian side in any UEFA group stage.

European record[edit]

The squad for the first match for an Armenian side in group stage history for the UEFA Conference League match against Maccabi Tel-Aviv on 14 September 2021
As of match played 14 July 2022
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 14 3 5 6 12 20 –8
UEFA Europa League 17 7 3 7 17 23 –6
UEFA Europa Conference League 8 1 1 6 6 19 –13
Total 39 11 9 19 35 62 –27
Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate Note
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Scotland St Johnstone 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Kazakhstan Kairat 2–1 0–3 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 1Q Andorra Santa Coloma 3–0 0–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–1 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 1Q Andorra Santa Coloma 1–0 1–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Belarus BATE Borisov 1–3 1–1 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1Q Scotland Celtic 0–3 0–3 0–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League 2Q Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 0–0 1–0 1–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Romania CFR Cluj 0−2 0–5 0–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q North Macedonia Makedonija GP 3–1 3–0 6–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Romania FCSB 0−3 3–2 3–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q North Macedonia Renova 0−1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1Q Wales Connah's Quay Nomads 1–0 (a.e.t.) 2–2 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0−1 1−3 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League 3Q Kazakhstan Kairat 3–2 (a.e.t.) 0–0 3−2 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Scotland Rangers 0–0 0–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa Conference League GS Austria LASK 0–3 0–2 4th place Symbol delete vote.svg
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 1–4
Finland HJK 2–4 0–1
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q Malta Ħamrun Spartans 1–0 1–4 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
  • Biggest win in UEFA competitions: 3–0 vs Andorra FC Santa Coloma (5 July 2016) and vs North Macedonia Makedonija GP (18 July 2019)
  • Biggest defeat in UEFA competitions: 0–5 vs Romania CFR Cluj (16 August 2018)
  • Club appearances in UEFA competitions: 7
  • Highest attendance – 59.047 vs Scotland Celtic, 2018
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: Armenia Artak Grigoryan – 29 appearances
  • Top scorer in UEFA competitions: Serbia Uros Nenadovic – 4 goals
  • Goalkeeper with most clean sheets in UEFA competitions: Serbia Ognjen Cancarevic – 5 matches

UEFA coefficient[edit]

Last update: 12 August 2021

The following list ranks the current position of Alashkert in UEFA club ranking:

Rank Team Points
138 Netherlands Vitesse Arnhem 8.500
139 Estonia Flora Tallinn 8.250
140 Armenia Alashkert 8.000
141 Kazakhstan Kairat 8.000
142 Croatia Hajduk Split 8.000

List of opponents by nation[edit]

List of opponents by club[edit]

Stadiums[edit]

Alashkert logo at the main entrance of the stadium

Between 1990 and 2000, the club was based in the Martuni City Stadium in the town of Martuni, near the shores of Lake Sevan.

After the revival of the club in 2011, they were relocated to Yerevan, playing their home games in different stadiums of the capital city, mainly at the Nairi Stadium. However, Nairi Stadium – later renamed Alashkert Stadium – was purchased by the owners of FC Alashkert in February 2013.

Due to the large-scale renovation works at the Alashkert Stadium, Alashkert used the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium and Hrazdan Stadium during the 2013–14 Armenian Premier League season.[8] Alashkert continue to use the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium to host European matches, due to Alashkert Stadium not meeting UEFA stadium category requirements.

The club returned to their own Alashkert Stadium during the 2014–15 Armenian Premier League season.

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 August 2022[9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Armenia ARM Sevak Aslanyan
2 DF Brazil BRA Tiago Cametá
3 DF Armenia ARM Taron Voskanyan
4 DF Ghana GHA Annan Mensah
5 DF Ivory Coast CIV Didier Kadio
6 MF Namibia NAM Wangu Gome
9 FW Armenia ARM Aleksandr Karapetyan
11 MF Armenia ARM Sargis Shahinyan
12 GK Armenia ARM Arman Meliksetyan
15 FW Ivory Coast CIV Ismaël Béko Fofana
17 DF Armenia ARM Artak Yedigaryan
20 FW Brazil BRA Thiago Galvão
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF Armenia ARM Artak Grigoryan (captain)
22 GK Serbia SRB Ognjen Čančarević
27 MF Russia RUS David Khurtsidze
33 DF Armenia ARM Andranik Voskanyan
55 FW Armenia ARM Sargis Metoyan
70 MF Armenia ARM Benik Hovhannisyan
77 MF Armenia ARM Rumyan Hovsepyan
88 MF Brazil BRA James
95 FW Colombia COL Bladimir Díaz
97 MF Bolivia BOL Ronald Cuéllar
98 DF Armenia ARM Vahagn Ayvazyan
99 FW Colombia COL Fabio Burbano

Alashkert-2[edit]

Alashkert-2
Logo of FC Alashkert.png
Founded2013; 9 years ago (2013)
GroundAlashkert Stadium, Yerevan
Capacity6,850
OwnerBagratour LLC
PresidentBagrat Navoyan
ManagerSergey Erzrumyan
LeagueArmenian First League
2016–176th
WebsiteClub website

The club's reserve squad plays as Alashkert-2 in the Armenian First League. They also play their home games at the Alashkert Stadium.

Youth teams[edit]

Alashkert run a small football school for youth teams on training pitches adjacent to the Alashkert Stadium in Yerevan. They also run a football school in the town of Masis in Ararat Province.

Personnel[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Vacant
Assistant Coach Armenia Armen Adamyan
Assistant Coach Armenia Albert Safaryan
Goalkeeping Coach Armenia Armen Kirakosyan
Doctor Armenia Vagharshak Hovhannisyan
Physiotherapist Armenia Karen Adamyan
Masseur Armenia Mayis Gevorgyan
Masseur Armenia Harutyun Zakaryan
Kit Manager Armenia Andranik Nalbandyan
Alashkert-2 Coach Armenia Sergey Erzrumyan

Management[edit]

Position Name
Owner/President Armenia Bagrat Navoyan
Executive Director Armenia Liparit Navoyan
Technical Director Armenia Kim Arakelyan
Press Secretary Armenia Samvel Sukiasyan
Secretary Armenia Gevorg Marikyan
Administrator Armenia Rafael Nadaryan

Managerial history[edit]

Managers of FC Alashkert since the club revived in late 2011:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clubs". www.ffa.am.
  2. ^ LLC, Helix Consulting. "Ալաշկերտը կհամագործակցի բրազիլական Բոտաֆոգո ակումբի հետ - Սպորտային լուրեր". www.armsport.am.
  3. ^ "Բարձրագույն խու՛մբ, մենք գալիս ենք. TF-ը հյուրընկալվել էր "Ալաշկերտի" կողմից".
  4. ^ "Ալաշկերտը և բրազիլական Բոտաֆոգոն պաշտոնապես համաձայնության եկան". fcalashkert.am (in Armenian). FC Alashkert. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Ալաշկերտը և բրազիլական Ֆլումինենսեն դարձան գործընկեր-ակումբներ". fcalashkert.am (in Armenian). FC Alashkert. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Պաշտոնական հայտարարություն". fcalashkert.am (in Armenian). FC Alashkert. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  7. ^ RSSSF Armenia (and subpages per year)
  8. ^ "Ակումբներ". www.ffa.am.
  9. ^ "Հիմնական կազմ". fcalashkert.am/ (in Armenian). FC Alashkert. Retrieved 26 February 2019.

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