FC Pyunik

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FC Pyunik
FC Pyunik logo 2018.png
Full nameFootball Club Pyunik
Founded1992; 27 years ago (1992)
GroundVazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan
Capacity14,403
OwnerArtur Soghomonyan
PresidentArtur Soghomonyan
ManagerAleksandr Tarkhanov
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2018–192nd
WebsiteClub website

Football Club Pyunik (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Փյունիկ), commonly known as Pyunik, is an Armenian professional football club based in Yerevan. Pyunik is one of the most popular football clubs in Armenia.[1]

The club headquarters are located on Masis street 7, Yerevan.[2] The Pyunik Training Centre is located in the Kentron District of Yerevan.

By the end of May 2017, the ownership of the club was transferred from the FFA president Ruben Hayrapetyan, and the member of Armenian Parliament Samvel Aleksanyan, to Artur Soghomonyan; an Armenian businessman based in Russia.[3][4]

History[edit]

Founded in 1992 as Homenetmen Yerevan, the club won the first Armenian Premier League competition held in 1992 (shared with Shirak). In 1995, Homenetmen Yerevan was renamed FC Pyunik (Armenian for "Phoenix").

"Pyunik" is the most titled club in Armenia. The club has become the champion of the Armenian Premier League for 14 times, 8 times they won the Armenian Cup and 9 times the Supercup.

In its first season in Armenian Premier League, 1995/96, the team was unbeaten and that race continued for 59 matches, which is still unbeaten record.

In 1996, for the first time Pyunik played in the Europa League. In that season - 1996-97, Pyunik won the Armenian Premier League for the second time in a row.

In 1997, Pyunik played its first match also in the Champions League. However, in that season the club stayed without trophies. In 1998, Pyunik had financial difficulties because Ruben Hayrapetyan, who financed the club, left football. Also a number of leading team players left the club. That led to the fact that Pyunik ended the seaon on the 6th position with a difficulty and then completely stopped its existence.

Former club logo used between 2014 and 2018

The new era of Pyunik began in 2001, when they absorbed the newly promoted club FC Armenicum and automatically gained position in the Armenian Premier League without playing a single game in the lower leagues. Ruben Hayrapetyan, the new owner of the club, took serious approach to develop the team bringing star players from other Armenian clubs. Pyunik had significantly improved after the arrival of foreign players from Mali, Cameroon, Argentina and later from Romania. Thus, Pyunik won the Armenian Premier League title the same year and the Armenian Cup in 2002. Later, for the first time in independent Armenian club history an Armenian club advanced to the second round in the Champions League. Afterwards, the club won the Armenian Premier League title ten times in a row.

In general, Pyunik has won a record 14 Armenian Championships, along with 7 Armenian Cup titles and 8 Armenian Supercups. The club is among the most popular Armenian football clubs. In 2017, the football club was acquired by Armenian businessman Arthur Soghomonyan. Prior to the start of the 2017–18 season, Armen Gyulbudaghyants was appointed as the club's manager on 16 June 2017.[5] Less than two-months later, on 8 August 2017, Aleksei Yeryomenko signed a one-year contract with Pyunik to be their manager,[6] but left the club on 31 October 2017, with Armen Gyulbudaghyants returning to manage the team. He has been at the helm ever since.[7]

In June 2018, Russian coach Andrei Talalayev was appointed head coach of FC Pyunik. The contract with a 45-year-old specialist was signed under the 2 + 1 scheme.

Domestic history[edit]

Season League Armenian Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1992 Armenian Premier League 1st 22 17 3 2 75 31 37 Runner-Up Poghos Galstyan 26
1993 4th 28 21 3 4 80 29 45 Semi-final Gegham Hovhannisyan 26
1994 2nd 28 23 1 4 113 24 47 Semi-final Arsen Avetisyan 39
1995 2nd1 10 5 4 1 31 8 19 Quarter-final Arsen Avetisyan 12
1995–96 1st 22 19 3 0 71 14 60 Winner
1996–97 1st 22 19 2 1 67 9 59 Runner-Up Arsen Avetisyan 24
1997 4th 18 11 2 5 42 16 35 Varazdat Avetisyan 10
1998 6th 26 6 3 17 27 68 21 Semi-final
1999 Club did not participate.
2000
2001 Armenian Premier League 1st 22 17 2 3 77 23 53 Semi-final Arman Karamyan 21
2002 1st 22 19 2 1 85 14 59 Winner Arman Karamyan 36
2003 1st 28 23 5 0 87 11 74 Semi-final Galust Petrosyan 12
2004 1st 28 22 5 1 89 25 71 Winner Edgar Manucharyan/Galust Petrosyan 21
2005 1st 20 11 6 3 35 15 39 Quarter-final Tigran Davtyan 9
2006 1st 28 23 4 1 86 23 73 Runner-Up Arsen Avetisyan 15
2007 1st 28 18 3 7 58 22 57 Semi-final Henrikh Mkhitaryan 12
2008 1st2 28 18 5 5 40 18 59 Semi-final Albert Tadevosyan 10
2009 1st 28 20 5 3 64 13 65 Winner Henrikh Mkhitaryan 11
2010 1st 28 20 5 3 73 22 65 Winner Gevorg Ghazaryan / Marcos Pizzelli 16
2011 3rd 28 12 10 6 33 28 46 Quarter-final Edgar Manucharyan 8
2011-12 Only Cup competition was held Quarter-final
2012–13 4th 42 19 6 17 67 51 63 Winner Viulen Ayvazyan 11
2013–14 6th 28 8 8 12 41 39 32 Winner Sarkis Baloyan 10
2014–15 1st 28 19 4 5 58 26 61 Winner César Romero 21
2015–16 3rd 28 13 9 6 44 21 48 Quarter-final Vardan Pogosyan 9
2016–17 4th 30 12 9 9 35 27 45 Runner-Up Alik Arakelyan 6
2017–18 5th 30 9 9 12 37 41 36 Quarter-final Alik Arakelyan 7
2018–19 2nd 32 18 6 8 46 32 60 Quarter-final Erik Vardanyan 8 Russia Andrei Talalayev
Russia Aleksandr Tarkhanov
  • Due to the 1995 season being a transitional season, there was no official winner of championship.
  • Championship was decided by a decision game.

European history[edit]

As of match played 16 August 2018
Competition GP W D L GF GA +/-
UEFA Champions League 34 8 7 19 30 57 -27
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 20 7 3 10 20 36 -16
Total 52 15 9 28 49 91 -42
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1996–97 UEFA Cup QR Finland HJK Helsinki 3–1 2–5 (aet) 5–6
1997–98 UEFA Champions League 1Q Hungary MTK Budapest 0–2 3–4 3–6
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 1Q Finland Tampere United 2–0 4–0 6–0
2Q Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–2 0–4 2–6
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1Q Iceland KR Reykjavík 1–0 1–1 2–1
2Q Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0–2 0–1 0–3
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q North Macedonia Pobeda Prilep 1–1 3–1 4–2
2Q Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–3 0–1 1–4
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Finland Haka Valkeakoski 2–2 0–1 2–3
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0–0 0–2 0–2
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Ireland Derry City 2–0 0–0 2–0
2Q Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 1–2 1–4
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–2 0–1 0–3
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–0 0–3 0–3
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Serbia Partizan Belgrade 0–1 1–3 1–4
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2Q Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 0–4 1–5 1–9
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Zeta Golubovci 0–3 2–1 2–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q North Macedonia Teteks Tetovo 1–0 1–1 2–1
2Q Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius 1–1 0–2 1–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kazakhstan Astana 1–4 0–2 1–6
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 1Q San Marino Folgore 2–1 2–1 4–2
2Q Norway Molde FK 1–0 0–5 1–5
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Gibraltar Europa FC 2–1 0–2 2–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 1–4 0–5 1–9
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Vardar 1–0 2–0 3–0
2Q Kazakhstan Tobol 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
3Q Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–0 1–2 1–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q North Macedonia Shkupi

Stadiums[edit]

Between 1992 and 1999, Hrazdan Stadium served as a home ground for Pyunik. In 1999, after the renovation of the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, the club moved here and used it regularly as a home ground until 2013. During 2008, due to large-scale renovation works at the Vazgen Sargsyan Stadium, Pyunik were forced to play their home games at their own Pyunik Stadium, which was opened in 2004 as part of the Pyunik Training Centre (formerly known as Kilikia Sports Complex).

Between 2013 and 2017, the Yerevan Football Academy Stadium served as a home venue for the domestic competitions.

At the beginning of 2017–18 Armenian Premier League season, Pyunik used the Vazgen Sargsyan Stadium as a home venue during the 1st half of the season, and eventually returning to their own Pyunik Stadium during the second half.

According to the club owners, a new sports complex including a stadium of 5,000 seats and training centre will be built for Pyunik between 2019 and 2022.

Rivalry[edit]

Players of Pyunik in 2014

Pyunik's main two rivals are Ararat and Banants, however, the rivalry with Ararat is a lot more fierce than that of Banants. The reason for that is because Ararat is known to be the most loved club of Yerevan because of its Soviet accomplishments, and Banants was originally based in the region of Kotayk, and was only moved to Yerevan in 2001. Another category Banants and Pyunik compete is their youth academies, which are considered to be the two best academies in the country.

Youth academy[edit]

FC Pyunik run their own youth training academy in Yerevan. Many of the Armenian national team players are graduates of the club's academy including Edgar Manucharyan, Robert Arzumanyan, Gevorg Ghazaryan, Karlen Mkrtchyan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Many of them were members of the Armenia U-19 national team who participated in final tournament of the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[8]

In addition to Yerevan, the club also runs football schools in the village of Mrgashat in Armavir Province, and the village of Darakert in Ararat Province.

In December 2018, Pyunak signed a cooperation agreement with the La Liga side CD Leganés to send the most talented youth academy players of FC Pyunik to the academy of CD Leganés at Butarque.

Honours[edit]

Armenian Premier League

Armenian Cup

Armenian Super Cup

CIS Cup

  • Bronze: (1) 2006

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 June 2019[9]

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 Gor Manukyan
2 Armenia DF Serob Grigoryan
3 Armenia DF Artur Kartashyan
5 Armenia DF Armen Manucharyan
6 Armenia MF Karlen Mkrtchyan (captain)
8 Armenia MF Rumyan Hovsepyan
9 Armenia FW Artur Miranyan
10 Armenia MF Erik Vardanyan
12 Armenia GK Sevak Aslanyan
16 Armenia DF Robert Hakobyan
17 Armenia MF Hovhannes Poghosyan
No. Position Player
18 Armenia MF Alik Arakelyan
25 Montenegro GK Andrija Dragojević
26 Armenia MF Hovhannes Ilangyozyan
30 Armenia MF Vahagn Hayrapetyan
31 Russia GK Yevgeni Kobozev
63 Albania DF Kristi Marku
66 Russia DF Maksim Zhestokov
Russia DF Anton Belov
Russia MF Stanislav Yefimov
Ukraine MF Serhiy Shevchuk
Armenia FW Edgar Manucharyan

Personnel[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Russia Andrey Talalaev
Assistant Coach Russia Yuri Nagaitsev
Assistant Coach Russia Mikhail Solovyev
GK Coach Armenia Hayk Kirakosyan
Doctor Armenia Oleg Golubev
Masseur Armenia Robert Nersisyan
Team Administrator Armenia Hovhannes Hayrapetyan
Team Manager Russia Vitali Dektyarov
Pyunik-2 Coach Armenia Albert Sargsyan

Management[edit]

Position Name
Owner/President Armenia Artur Soghomonyan
Executive Director Armenia Tigran Martirosyan
Sports Director Armenia Samvel Arustamyan
PR Manager Armenia Vera Martirosyan
Officer Armenia Vardan Tsaturyan

Pyunik-2[edit]

Pyunik-2
FC Pyunik logo 2018.png
Founded2001; 18 years ago (2001)
GroundPyunik Stadium,
Yerevan
Capacity780
OwnerArtur Soghomonyan
PresidentArtur Soghomonyan
ManagerAlbert Sargsyan
LeagueArmenian First League
2017–185nd
WebsiteClub website

FC Pyunik's reserve squad play as Pyunik-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the Pyunik Stadium.

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 August 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 Edmon Movsisyan
3 Armenia DF Hovhannes Nazaryan
4 Armenia DF Vahe Muradyan
6 Armenia MF Samvel Khachikyan
7 Armenia FW Karen Khatuev
8 Armenia MF Arshak Yeghiazarayn
10 Armenia MF Vigen Begoyan
15 Armenia DF Perch Poghikyan
18 Armenia DF Ashot Kocharyan
19 Armenia DF Aram Karapetyan
22 Armenia GK Sevak Aslanyan
30 Armenia FW Davit Grigoryan
33 Armenia MF Davit Baghdasaryan
Armenia GK Vardan Shahatuni
Armenia GK Samvel Hunanyan
Armenia DF Hrachya Yardumyan
Armenia DF Ararat Manukyan
Armenia DF Artashes Mkrtchyan
Armenia DF Artur Meliksetyan
No. Position Player
Armenia DF Gugo Aloyan
Armenia DF Marat Rostomyan
Armenia DF Armen Mikayelyan
Armenia DF Emil Ghukasyan
Armenia DF Robert Marutyan
Armenia DF Suren Barseghyan
Armenia DF Vahagn Yengoyan
Armenia MF Erik Kotanjyan
Armenia MF Gegham Artur Asatryan
Armenia MF Serob Hovhannisyan
Armenia MF Tigran Makaryan
Armenia MF Sevak Manucharyan
Armenia MF Eduard Manukyan
Armenia MF Norik Mkrtchyan
Armenia MF Petros Afajanyan
Armenia MF Aram Karapetyan
Armenia MF Hovhannes Panosyan
Armenia FW Ashot Abgaryan
Armenia FW Ruben Hovsepyan

Managerial history[edit]

See also[edit]

The Invincibles (football)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Armsport: Armenian Football". Archived from the original on May 3, 2010.
  2. ^ Armenia, clubs
  3. ^ ՇԱՌԻՑ-ՓՈՐՁԱՆՔԻՑ ՀԵՌՈՒ
  4. ^ FC Pyunik was sold to Artur Soghomonyan
  5. ^ "ՓՈՓՈԽՈՒԹՅՈՒՆ ՓՅՈՒՆԻԿԻ ՄԱՐԶՉԱԿԱՆ ՇՏԱԲՈՒՄ". fcpyunik.am (in Armenian). FC Pyunik. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  6. ^ "ՓՅՈՒՆԻԿԻ ՆՈՐ ԳԼԽԱՎՈՐ ՄԱՐԶԻՉ Է ՆՇԱՆԱԿՎԵԼ ԱԼԵՔՍԵՅ ՅԵՐՅՈՄԵՆԿՈՆ". fcpyunik.am (in Armenian). FC Pyunik. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  7. ^ "ԱՐՄԵՆ ԳՅՈՒԼԲՈՒԴԱՂՅԱՆՑԸ ԿԳԼԽԱՎՈՐԻ ՓՅՈՒՆԻԿԸ". fcpyunik.am (in Armenian). FC Pyunik. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  8. ^ 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship fixtures and results., from uefa.com
  9. ^ "Փյունիկ". c.am/. FC Pyunik. Retrieved 1 June 2019.

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