FC Banants

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Banants
FC Banants Logo.png
Full name Football Club Banants
Nickname(s) Proud Eagles
Founded January 20, 1992; 25 years ago (1992-01-20)
Ground Banants Stadium
Yerevan
Ground Capacity 4,860[1]
Owner Russia Dzhevan Cheloyants & Russia Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director General Armenia Hrach Aghabekian [2]
Manager Armenia Artur Voskanyan
League Armenian Premier League
2016–17 5th
Website Club website

Football Club Banants (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Բանանց, translated Futbolayin Akumb Banants), commonly known as Banants, is an Armenian professional football team based in the capital Yerevan, currently playing at 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 their history.

In early 2016, the Russia-based Armenian businessman Dzhevan Cheloyants became a co-owner of the club after purchasing the major part of the club shares.

History[edit]

Kotayk[edit]

FC Banants were founded by Sarkis Israelyan 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.[3] Between 1992 and 1995, the club was commonly referred to as Banants Kotayk.[4] 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.

Yerevan[edit]

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.[5] The Banants Training Centre is located in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan.

Stadium[edit]

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).

Fans[edit]

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.

Honours[edit]

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
398 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 20 September 2017

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

No. Position Player
2 Armenia DF Hakob Hambardzumyan
3 Armenia DF Gevorg Khuloyan
4 Armenia MF Alexander Hovhannisyan
5 Armenia MF Hakob Hakobyan
6 Serbia DF Borislav Jovanović
7 Armenia DF Aram Bareghamyan (captain)
8 Armenia MF Rumyan Hovsepyan
9 Serbia MF Ognjen Krasić
10 Armenia FW Norayr Gyozalyan
11 Armenia FW Ghukas Poghosyan
12 Serbia FW Nenad Injac
13 Armenia MF Norik Avdalyan
14 Armenia MF Emil Yeghiazaryan *
15 Armenia DF Gevorg Hovhannisyan
No. Position Player
17 Serbia FW Aleksandar Đoković
18 Armenia MF Vahagn Ayvazyan
19 Brazil MF Wal
20 Armenia FW Hayk Voskanyan
21 Armenia DF Artur Avagyan
22 Armenia GK Stepan Ghazaryan (vice-captain)
23 Armenia MF Narek Petrosyan
24 Armenia DF Gagik Maghakyan
25 Armenia DF Zhirayr Margaryan
55 Russia DF Matvey Guyganov
70 Armenia GK Aram Ayrapetyan
77 Armenia MF Aram Loretsyan
90 Ghana MF Kwasi Sibo
91 Armenia GK Henri Avagyan *

"*"plays also for the reserves squad

Banants-2[edit]

Banants-2
FC Banants Logo.png
Founded 2003
Ground Banants Training Centre,
Yerevan
Ground Capacity 600
Owner Russia Dzhevan Cheloyants & Russia Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director General Armenia Hrach Aghabekian
Manager Armenia Vahe Gevorgyan
League Armenian First League
2016–17 1st
Website Club website

FC Banants' reserve squad play as FC Banants-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the training field with artificial turf of the Banants Training Centre.

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 September 2017[6]

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

No. Position Player
2 Armenia DF Erik Gharibyan
3 Armenia DF Hayk Sargsyan
4 Armenia DF Aghavard Petrosyan
5 Armenia DF Edgar Grigorysn
6 Armenia MF Levon Gevorgyan
7 Armenia FW Orbeli Hambardzumyan
8 Armenia MF Narek Avagyan
9 Armenia MF Arman Khachatryan
10 Armenia MF Ashot Adamyan
11 Armenia MF Karen Melkonyan
13 Armenia MF Arsen Sadoyan
15 Armenia DF Artur Khachatryan
16 Armenia MF Emil Yeghiazaryan *
17 Armenia DF Vardan Safaryan
18 Armenia MF Stepan Harutyunyan (captain)
19 Armenia DF Arsen Yeghiazaryan
20 Armenia DF Martin Grigoryan
20 Armenia MF Tigran Ayunts
Armenia DF Hayk Voskanyan
No. Position Player
22 Armenia GK Erik Khurshudyan
23 Armenia MF Erik Vardanyan
33 Armenia GK Suren Aloyan
91 Armenia GK Henri Avagyan *
Armenia FW Abraham Portugalyan
Armenia GK Robert Amzaryan
Armenia DF Karen Hakobyan
Armenia DF Narek Mejlumyan
Armenia DF Vazgen Poghosyan
Armenia MF Aram Khamoyan
Armenia MF Edgar Movsisyan
Armenia MF Hovhannes Sarafyan
Armenia MF Hrahat Gorginyan
Armenia MF Khachik Keheyan
Armenia MF Mihran Sargsyan
Armenia MF Davit Margaryan
Armenia FW Erik Avetisyan
Armenia FW Arman Barseghyan
Armenia FW Tigran Ghazaryan

"*"plays also for the main squad

Personnel[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Armenia Aram Voskanyan
Coach Armenia Ara Nigoyan
Coach Armenia Aram Hakobyan
Coach Analyst Armenia Manuk Sargsyan
Goalkeepers Coach Armenia Tigran Aslanyan
Doctor Armenia Karen Stepanyan
Masseur Armenia Eduard Gevorgyan
Masseur Armenia Arman Yeghikyan
Team Administrator Armenia Davit Shahbagyan
Kit Manager Armenia Harutyun Jangchyan
Banants-2 Coach Armenia Vahe Gevorgyan

Management[edit]

Position Name
Director General Armenia Hrach Aghabekian
Deputy Director Armenia Karen Davtyan
Lawyer Armenia Ashot Gyureghyan
Press Secretary Armenia Davit Galstyan

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]