FC Ararat Yerevan

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This article is about the football club named FC Ararat based in Yerevan. For the similarly named Armenian football club based in Tehran, see FC Ararat Tehran.
Ararat Yerevan
Ararat Yerevan.png
Full name Football Club Ararat Yerevan
Nickname(s) White Eagles
Founded May 10, 1935; 81 years ago (1935-05-10)
Ground Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium,[1] Yerevan
Ground Capacity 14,403
Owner Vartan Sirmakes & Hrach Kaprielian
Chairman Hrach Kaprielian
Manager Varuzhan Sukiasyan
League Armenian Premier League
2015–16 5th
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.[citation needed]

Since 1999, the club is owned by the Switzerland-based Armenian businessmen Vartan Sirmakes and Hrach Kaprielian.

History[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[4][5] 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was to start in the first group (the Premier League at the time), but after 30 games along with 15 other clubs had been withdrawn.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.[6][7]

Hrazdan Stadium, the home ground of Ararat Yerevan between 1971 and 2015

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).[8] 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.[9][10] Cup battles ended at the first stage, against the Dynamo "from Stalinabad.[11] 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.[12]

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.

Soviet championships[edit]

FC Ararat logo during the Soviet era.

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

Modern history[edit]

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.[13]The club's Dzoraghbyur Training Centre is located in the Dzoraghbyur village of Kotayk Province, at the eastern outskirts of Yerevan.

Domestic history[edit]

Season League Armenian Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1992 1st 4th 22 15 4 3 78 15 34 Second Round Vahe Yaghmuryan 38 A.Sarkisyan
1993 1st 1st 28 23 5 0 92 9 51 Winner Vahe Yaghmuryan 20 A.Sarkisyan
1994 1st 3rd 28 21 5 2 109 21 47 Winner Vahe Yaghmuryan 18 A.Sarkisyan
1995 1st 1st1 10 6 2 2 34 11 20 Winner Armen Shahgeldyan,
Levon Stepanyan
7 S.Darbinyan
1995–96 1st 4th 22 12 3 7 58 28 39 Semi-final S.Darbinyan / A.Andreasyan
1996–97 1st 2nd 22 17 1 4 54 18 52 Winner A.Andreasyan
1997 1st 6th 18 7 6 5 32 21 27 A.Andreasyan
1998 1st 4th 26 10 5 11 40 40 35 Quarter-final A.Andreasyan
1999 1st 2nd 32 22 6 4 63 21 72 Quarter-final A.Andreasyan
2000 1st 2nd 28 18 5 5 50 23 59 Semi-final Tigran Yesayan 17 A.Andreasyan
2001 1st 5th 22 13 3 6 42 22 42 Runner-Up A.Andreasyan
2002 1st 5th 22 9 6 7 39 22 33 Quarter-final A.Andreasyan
20032 1st - A.Andreasyan
2004 2nd 7th 30 16 1 13 83 50 49 Quarter-final S.Arzumanyan
2005 2nd 2nd 24 18 2 4 72 18 56 Quarter-final A.Khashmanyan
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
2010 2nd 1st 24 17 4 3 50 19 55 T.Yesayan
2011 1st 8th 28 2 4 22 14 57 10 Quarter-final,
Quarter-final
Koren Veranyan,
Ara Hakobyan
3 A.Andreasyan
2012–13 1st 7th 42 9 6 27 27 70 33 Quarter-final Tigran Voskanyan 5 A.Safaryan / A.Khashmanyan
2013–14 1st 4th 28 12 8 8 30 23 44 Quarter-final Aleksandar Rakić 10 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
2015–16 1st 5th 28 9 10 9 28 31 37 Quarter-final Gevorg Nranyan,
Bryan de la Fuente
5 V.Sukiasyan
  • 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..

European history[edit]

[14]

Honours[edit]

  • Soviet Top League/Armenian Premier League (2):
1973, 1993
  • Soviet First League (1):
1965
  • Soviet Cup/Armenian Cup (7):
1973, 1975, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008
  • Armenian Supercup (1):
2008
  • IFA Shield (1):
1978

Other notable achievements[edit]

runner-up: 1971, 1976
runner-up: 1954, 1976
Quarter-finalist: 1974–75
1/16 finalist: 1975–76
1/16 finalist: 1972–73

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 June 2016[15]

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 Gevorg Prazyan
2 Armenia DF Vahe Martirosyan
4 Ivory Coast DF Souleymane Kone
5 Armenia DF Norayr Grigoryan
6 Armenia DF Aram Shakhnazaryan
7 Armenia MF Benik Hovhannisyan
8 Armenia MF Mher Sahakyan
9 Armenia FW Gevorg Nranyan
10 Cameroon MF Oumarou Kaina
11 United States MF Bryan de la Fuente
No. Position Player
17 Armenia DF Raffi Kaya
18 Armenia DF Gorik Khachatryan (Captain)
19 United States MF Moisés Orozco
20 United States FW Christian Chaney
21 Georgia (country) MF Giorgi Khubua
23 Nigeria FW Kyrian Nwabueze
88 Armenia GK Arman Meliksetyan
Armenia MF Ruslan Avagyan
Armenia MF Karen Yesayan
Ivory Coast FW Paul Asu Oshi
Armenia FW Arayik Mkrtchyan

Reserves[edit]

FC Ararat Yerevan's reserve squad play as FC Ararat Yerevan-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the Kasakhi Marzik Stadium in the town of Ashtarak.

As of 1 August 2015

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

No. Position Player
Armenia GK Mayis Dolmazyan
Armenia GK Mnvel Afrikyan
Armenia GK Alik Muradyan
Armenia DF Henzel Vardanyan
Armenia DF Vardges Gebeshyan
Armenia DF Gevorg Kartashyan
Armenia DF Gor Martirosyan
Armenia DF Derenik Budaghyan
Armenia DF Maxim Arakelyan
Armenia DF Aleksandr Poghosyan
Armenia DF Erik Kroyan
Armenia DF Suren Galstyan
Armenia DF Tigran Melikyan
Armenia DF Ruslan Avagyan
Armenia DF Robert Khlghatyan
Armenia DF Yuri Gareginyan
Armenia MF Narek Amiryan
Armenia MF Vahe Mirakyan
Armenia MF Gor Mkrtumyan
Armenia MF Davit Hovsepyan
Armenia MF Armen Derdzyan
No. Position Player
Armenia MF Arsen Hovhannisyan
Armenia MF Arsen Hakobyan
Armenia MF Abraham Abrahamyan
Armenia MF Erik Arakelyan
Armenia MF Alik Sargsyan
Armenia MF Varuzhan Mkrtchyan
Armenia MF Sergey Mkrtchyan
Armenia MF Tigran Simonyan
Armenia MF Harutyun Ohanyan
Armenia MF Karen Yesayan
Armenia MF Sergey Amroyan
Armenia MF Valeri Mkhitaryan
Armenia MF Avetik Athayan
Armenia MF Gevorg Grigoryan
Armenia MF Sergey Khanyan
Armenia FW Erik Margaryan
Armenia FW Aramayis Kyosayan
Armenia FW Roman Hovhannisyan
Armenia FW Edgar Abrahamyan
Armenia FW Artur Rafaelyan
Armenia FW Samvel Hakobyan

Manager: Tigran Yesayan

Managers[edit]

Name Nat From To
Vramshapuh Merangulyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic 1935 1938
Suren Atanesyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1939 Oct 1939
Yuri Yesenin Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1940 Oct 1944
Viktor Andreev Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1945 Oct 1945
Mikhail Sushkov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1946 Oct 1946
Viktor Grechishnikov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1947 Oct 1947
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1948 June 9, 1949
Boris Apukhtin Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic June 1949 July 1949
Viktor Filipov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic July 1949 Oct 1949
Gleb Ryabikov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1950 June 7, 1951
Ilya Evranov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic June 8, 1951 Dec 1951
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1952 Oct 1954
Abraham Dangulov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1955 Oct 1956
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1957 Oct 1957
Boris Smyslov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1958 Oct 1960
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1961 July 1961
Anatoliy Akimov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Aug 1961 July 1962
Arutyun Kegeyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Aug 1962 Dec 1962
Hayk Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Jan 1963 Sept 28, 1963
Alexander Abramov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Oct 2, 1963 Dec 1963
Georgiy Zharkov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1964 Oct 1964
Artyom Falyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1, 1965 Jan 2, 1968
Eduard Grigoryan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1968 Oct 1968
Oleksandr Ponomarov Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1969 Oct 1970
Nikolay Glebov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1971 Oct 1972
Nikita Simonyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Jan 1, 1973 Dec 31, 1974
Victor Maslov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1975 Oct 1975
Name Nat From To
Eduard Markarov Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1976 Oct 1977
Nikolay Gulyayev Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1978 July 1978
Leonid Zakharov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Aug 1978 Oct 1978
Yozhef Betsa Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic March 1979 Oct 1981
Arkady Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic March 1982 Oct 1983
Nikita Simonyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Jan 1, 1984 June 30, 1985
Leonid Zakharov Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic June 1985 June 1986
Arkady Andreasyan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic July 1986 June 1989
Nikolay Kazaryan Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic July 1989 Oct 1989
Armen Sarkisyan Armenia March 1990 Oct 1994
Samvel Darbinyan Armenia March 1995 Oct 1995
Arkady Andreasyan Armenia Jan 1996 Nov 2003
Sevada Arzumanyan Armenia Nov 2003 Nov 2004
Abraham Khashmanyan Armenia Nov 2004 June 2006
Varuzhan Sukiasyan Armenia June 2006 July 2007
Dušan Mijić Bosnia and Herzegovina July 2007 March 2008
Varuzhan Sukiasyan Armenia March 2008 Dec 31, 2008
Ashot Kirakosyan Armenia Dec 2008 March 2009
Arkady Andreasyan Armenia March 2009 Jan 2010
Tigran Yesayan Armenia Jan 2010 Dec 2010
Arkady Andreasyan Armenia Jan 2011 Feb 2012
Albert Safaryan Armenia Feb 2012 July 2012
Abraham Khashmanyan Armenia July 2012 April 26, 2014
Dušan Mijić Bosnia and Herzegovina July 4, 2014 Sept 26, 2014
Samvel Darbinyan Armenia Sept 26, 2014 Dec 1, 2014
Suren Chakhalyan Armenia Dec 13, 2014 April 14, 2015
Varuzhan Sukiasyan Armenia April 28, 2015 present

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