FC Banants

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Full name Football Club Banants
Nickname(s) Proud Eagles
Founded January 20, 1992; 24 years ago (1992-01-20)
Ground Banants Stadium
Ground Capacity 4,860[1]
Owner Jevan Cheloyants
Chairman Karlen Mkrtchyan
Manager Tito Ramallo
League Armenian Premier League
2015–16 6th
Website Club home page

Football Club Banants (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Բանանց, transliterated "Futbolayin Akumb Banants"), commonly known as Banants, is an Armenian professional football team from the capital Yerevan. They play in the Armenian Premier League. Banants won the Armenian Cup twice, in 1992 and 2007. In 2013–2014, Banants won the Armenian Premier League for the first time in its history.

By the beginning of 2016, the owner of the club became the Russia-based Armenian businessman Jevan Chaloyants who purchased the club shares from the former owner of the club Oleg Mkrtchyan.



FC Banants were founded by Sarkis Israyelyan on 21 January 1992 in the village of Kotayk, representing the Kotayk Province. He named the club after his native village of Banants (currently known as Bayan, within Azerbaijan), which was historically part of the Gardman canton of Utik province of Ancient Armenia.[2] Between 1992 and 1995, the club was commonly referred to as Banants Kotayk.[3] During the 1992 season, the club won the first Armenian Cup. At the end of the 1995 transitional season, Banants suffered a financial crisis. The club owners decided that it was better to merge the club with FC Kotayk of Abovyan, rather than disband it. In 2001, Banants demerged from FC Kotayk, and was moved from Abovyan to the capital Yerevan.


Banants were relocated in Yerevan in 2001. At the beginning of 2003, Banants merged with FC Spartak Yerevan, but was able to limit the name of the new merger to FC Banants. Spartak became Banants's youth academy and later changed the name to Banants-2. Because of the merger, Banants acquired many players from Spartak Yerevan, including Samvel Melkonyan. After the merger, Banants took a more serious approach and have finished highly in the league table ever since. The club managed to lift the Armenian Cup in 2007. Experience is making way for youth for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The departures of most of the experienced players have left the club's future to the youth. Along with two Ukrainian players, Ugandan international, Noah Kasule, has been signed.

The club headquarters are located on Jivani street 2, Yerevan.[4] The Banants Training Centre is located in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan.


The construction of the Banants Stadium was launched in 2006 in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan, with the assistance of the FIFA goal programme. It was officially opened in 2008 with a capacity of 3,600 seats. Further developments were implemented later in 2011, when the playing pitch was modernized and the capacity of the stadium was increased up to 4,860 seats (2,760 at the northern stand, 1,500 at the southern stand and 600 at the western stand).


The most active group of fans is the Banants Ultras fan club, mainly composed of residents from several neighbourhoods within the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan, since the club is a de-facto representer of the district.


UEFA Team Ranking 2016[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
419 Wales Llanelli Town 1.575
421 Albania KF Vllaznia Shkodër 1.575
422 Albania Besa Kavajë 1.575
423 Armenia Banants 1.550
424 Lithuania FK Kruoja 1.525
425 Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher 1.450
426 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 1.450

Banants in European Cups[edit]

As of 2015

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 20 3 3 14 13 43
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 3 3
Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 1–2 2–3
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Ukraine Illychivets Mariupol 0–2 0–2 0–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Lokomotivi Tbilisi 2–3 2–0 4–3
2Q Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–4 0–4 2–8
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Ameri Tbilisi 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Switzerland Young Boys Berne 1–1 0–4 1–5
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–7 0–3 0–10
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 0–2 1–0 1–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–3 0–1 0–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Rustavi Metalurgist 0–1 1–1 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 1Q Andorra FC Santa Coloma 0–1 3–2 3–3 (a)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Cyprus AC Omonia 0–1 1–4 (a.e.t.) 1–5
  • Home results are noted in bold.

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 March 2016.

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 Albert Ohanyan
22 Armenia GK Stepan Ghazaryan (captain)

2 Russia DF Aslan Kalmanov
3 Armenia DF Narek Petrosyan
6 Russia DF Soslan Kachmazov
15 Republic of Macedonia DF Jasmin Mecinović
19 Republic of Macedonia DF Vlatko Drobarov
24 Russia DF Lionel Adams

5 Armenia MF Hakob Hakobyan
7 Armenia MF Petros Avetisyan
No. Position Player
8 Armenia MF Valter Poghosyan
9 Armenia MF Emil Yeghiazaryan
11 Armenia MF Nairi Minasyan
14 Peru MF Claudio Torrejón
17 Armenia MF Zaven Badoyan
18 Armenia MF Vahagn Ayvazyan

10 Brazil FW Laércio
26 Russia FW Magomed Muzayev
90 Russia FW Atsamaz Burayev

FC Banants-2 (reserves)[edit]

FC Banants' reserve squad play as FC Banants-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the Banants Training Centre.

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 Erik Khurshudyan
Armenia DF Khachik Keheyan
Armenia DF Hayk Sargsyan
Armenia DF Arman Khachatryan
Armenia DF Narek Avagyan
Armenia DF Narek Mejlumyan
No. Position Player
Armenia MF Davit Margaryan
Armenia MF Mihran Sargsyan
Armenia MF Grigor Aghekyan
Armenia MF Levon Gevorgyan
Armenia FW Edgar Grigoryan
Armenia FW Ararat Yeganyan

Manager: Artur Voskanyan



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