FC Ararat Yerevan
|Full name||Football Club Ararat Yerevan|
|Founded||May 10, 1935|
|Ground||Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan|
|Owner||Vartan Sirmakes & Hrach Kaprielian|
|League||Armenian Premier League|
|Website||Club home page|
Football Club Ararat Yerevan (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Արարատ Երևան), commonly known as Ararat Yerevan, is an Armenian football club based in Yerevan. Currently, they play at the Armenian Premier League. Ararat Yerevan are the most popular football club in Armenia.
Since 1999, the club is owned by the Switzerland-based Armenian businessmen Vartan Sirmakes and Hrach Kaprielian.
In 1935, a football team was established in Yerevan by Spartak sports society. The first time the team participated in the competitions of the national level. The first trophy of the club was the Armenian SSR Cup in 1940. In the next 4 years soccer was not played because of World War II.
In 1944, games of USSR Cup were resumed, and Spartak participated. A match was set up with their main rivals, fellow FC Dinamo Tbilisi. However, the match was not played through the fault of Yerevan. In 1947, the team becomes silver medalist in the second league of the Transcaucasian region. The team finished just one point behind the ODL from Tbilisi. In this championship, Spartak, in a home match against Tbilisi Wings of the Soviets, showed the best result at the time, beating them by the score 7:1. In Season 1948 Spartak was to start in the first group (the Premier League at the time), but after 30 games along with 15 other clubs had been withdrawn. All 16 clubs have continued to participate in the league below. Spartak have spent the next season in the second group, improved their performance and won the competition in the South Zone. The team won 13 matches out of 18. However, the first place in the zonal group did not guarantee promotion. According to the regulations of the USSR Championship, the winners of zones in the second league should have played each other in the final stage. At this stage, 6 teams participated. Games between the teams went into a circle. After 5 games Spartak has settled on the third place, which ensured the club a place in the first group.
In 1949 at Spartak participated for the first time in the Soviet Top League. The team performed poorly, finishing 12th. In the first two rounds the team lost, but in the 3rd round victory was recorded in a home game against the Air Force (Moscow). To beat the team was able representatives of the second half of the table, and twice on the road. There were 3 major defeat: the double-0–6 from Moscow Lokomotiv and CDKA, and once 1–6 – from Tbilisi "Dynamo". However, despite the poor performance, the club remained in the top league for next season, as the latter two dropped out of the club, ranked 17th and 18th place in the standings. Cup battles ended at the first stage, against the Dynamo "from Stalinabad. In 1950 season, Spartak began to act more liberated. The first lesion was detected only in the fourth round of the Leningrad "Zenit". The team scored 31 points with team-mates from Kiev, but on goal difference in the Class "B" sunk Spartak. In the Soviet Cup team started with a 1/128 final. Having weak rivals in 1/16-oy stumbled on rivals in the face Dynamo Kiev. In the hard game, which was held in Kiev, Spartak celebrated victory 3–2. In 1/8 final meeting with "Dynamo," Moscow and lost with a score of 0–7.
In 1960–63, 1966–91 the team participated in the Soviet Top League. In 1973 "Ararat" won the Soviet Cup. In 1971 1976 (Spring) years became a silver medalist championship, and in 1975 again won the USSR Cup.
In total the team participated in 33 Soviet Top League seasons, playing 1,026 matches, of which they won 352, drew 280, lost 394, scored 1,150 goals and conceded 1,306. By 1975 the team participated in the lottery three European Cups. In the last USSR Championship in 1991, the team was finished in seventh place.
By 1945–47, Ararat swept the Armenian SSR League and by 1949 had won promotion into the Soviet Top League. The team played in the Top League in 1949–50, 1960–63, and 1965–91. In 1971, Ararat finished second in the Top League. In 1973, they won the Top League and the Soviet Cup (in a memorable final game against Dynamo Kyiv). They won the cup again in 1975. In 1971 and 1976 Spring (there were two Soviet championships in 1976 — Spring and Fall) they were the league runners-up. In 1974–75 Ararat competed in the European Cup, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to defending and eventual champions Bayern Munich 2–1 on aggregate (0–2 in Munich and 1–0 in Yerevan). Since their debut in the European tournaments in 1972, they have won 16 of their 36 matches with 4 draws.
|Ararat in 1973 final||Ararat in 1975 final|
Since the 1991 dissolution of Soviet Union, Ararat has attained the Armenian Championship only once in 1993 and won four silver prizes (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2008) and one bronze prize (1994). In addition, the club has won the Armenian Cup five times (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2008) and were finalists in 2001 and 2007. They also were very close to taking the Armenian title in 2007, however the unexpected resignation of head coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan changed the atmosphere on the team and the club ended up in fourth place. In March 2008, former coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan returned to take charge of the team again. After failing to take the title from Pyunik in 2008, Varuzhan Sukiasyan left the club.
The club headquarters are located on Agatangeghos street 2, Yerevan. The club's Dzoraghbyur Training Centre is located in the Dzoraghbyur village of Kotayk Province, at the eastern outskirts of Yerevan.
|Season||League||Armenian Cup||Top goalscorer||Manager|
|1992||1st||4th||22||15||4||3||78||15||34||Second Round||Vahe Yaghmuryan||38||A.Sarkisyan|
|1995–96||1st||4th||22||12||3||7||58||28||39||Semi-final||S.Darbinyan / A.Andreasyan|
|2006||1st||4th||28||15||4||9||48||35||49||Quarter-final||A.Khashmanyan / V.Sukiasyan|
|2007||1st||4th||28||15||4||9||49||42||49||Runner-Up||Marcos Pizzelli||22||V.Sukiasyan / D.Mijić|
|2008||1st||2nd||28||18||5||5||48||23||59||Winner||Marcos Pizzelli||17||D.Mijić / V.Sukiasyan|
|2009||1st||8th||28||2||8||18||20||54||14||Quarter-final||A.Kirakosyan / A.Andreasyan|
|2012–13||1st||7th||42||9||6||27||27||70||33||Quarter-final||Tigran Voskanyan||5||A.Safaryan / A.Khashmanyan|
|2014–15||1st||8th||28||3||4||21||28||69||13||Quarter-final||Aleksandar Rakić||10||D.Mijić / S.Darbinyan / S.Chakhalyan / A.Minasyan & V.Sukiasyan|
Bryan de la Fuente
- Due to the 1995 season being a transitional season, there was no official winner of championship.
- Ararat Yerevan were expelled before start of the season..
- Soviet Top League/Armenian Premier League (2):
- Soviet First League (1):
- Soviet Cup/Armenian Cup (7):
- Armenian Supercup (1):
- IFA Shield (1):
Other notable achievements
- runner-up: 1971, 1976
- runner-up: 1954, 1976
- Quarter-finalist: 1974–75
- 1/16 finalist: 1975–76
- 1/16 finalist: 1972–73
- As of 27 March 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Ararat will play their hom games at the Republican Stadium
- USSR Cup 1944. 1 / 16 (in Russian)
- USSR Cup in 1944 (in Russian)
- USSR Championship in football, the second group 1947 (in Russian)
- second group of the Soviet Union in 1947, the Transcaucasian area (in Russian)
- USSR Championship in football, a second group of 1948. Final (in Russian)
- second group of the Soviet Union in 1948, Final Kharkov (in Russian)
- USSR. Season – 1949. Group I Tournament Calendar (in Russian)
- USSR Championship in football, the First Party of the USSR in 1949 (in Russian)
- USSR. Season – 1949. Group I (in Russian)
- USSR Cup 1949 Finals. 1 / 16 (in Russian)
- USSR Cup in 1950 (in Russian)
- Armenia, clubs
- "Arkadi Andreasyan is the new head coach of Ararat". fcararat.am. FC Ararat Yerevan. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
- "Club record in UEFA competitions". UEFA.com.
- "Roster". http://www.fcararat.am/en. FC Ararat Yerevan. Retrieved 20 October 2015. External link in