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Shirak
FC Shirak Logo.png
Full name Shirak Sports Club
Nickname(s) Սև Հովազներ Sev Hovazner (Black Panthers)
Founded 1958; 60 years ago (1958)
Ground Gyumri City Stadium,
Gyumri
Capacity 2,844
Owner Arman Sahakyan
President Armenia Arman Sahakyan
Manager Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
League Armenian Premier League
2017–18 4th
Website Club website
Current season

Shirak Sports Club (Armenian: Շիրակ Մարզական Ակումբ), commonly known as Shirak, is an Armenian football club from the city of Gyumri, Shirak Province. Founded in 1958, the home venue of the club is the Gyumri City Stadium.[1]

Shirak is one of the oldest football clubs in Armenia and is the only team that participated in all seasons of the Armenian Premier League. They became champions of the Armenian Premier League in 1992, 1994, 1999 and 2012–2013 and lifted the Armenian Cup during the 2011–12 season. They also won the Armenian Super Cup in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2013.

Since 2010, the owner of Shirak SC is Arman Sahakyan, an Armenian businessman and a member of National Assembly of Armenia.[2] The club headquarters are located on Andranik Ozanyan street 6, Gyumri.[3]

History[edit]

Shirak were founded in 1958 in the city of Gyumri in the Armenian SSR. During the 1970s, the club played under the name Olympia. They never played in the Soviet First League.

Shirak are one of the oldest football clubs in Armenia and has produced many talented players who have represented the Armenian national team, with Artur Petrosyan and Harutyun Vardanyan being the most notable players.

The club is the second most titled team in the country, having won four championships, one cup title and four super-cups. The club had struggled financially between 2005 and 2010.

In 2010, the club was taken by Arman Sahakyan, a businessman native of Gyumri and member of the Armenian Parliament.[4] In 2012 Shirak won the Armenian Cup for the first time in their history.

The team participated in three different European cups: the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and the Intertoto Cup. In 2012–13, Shirak played in the UEFA Europa League and advanced to the second round with a 2–1 aggregate victory over FK Rudar Pljevlja.

In May 2018, Shirak were deducted 12 points by the Football Federation of Armenia due to sporting director Ararat Harutyunyan allegedly offering Edward Kpodo of FC Banants a bride to fix their upcoming match.[5]

Domestic history[edit]

Season League Armenian Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts Name League
2006 1st 7th 28 4 7 17 21 64 19 Quarter-final
2007 1st 6th 28 9 7 12 27 37 34 Quarter-final Armenia Artyom Bernetsyan 7
2008 1st 7th 28 5 4 19 15 40 19 Quarter-final
2009 1st 6th 28 5 8 15 24 55 23 Quarter-final Armenia Andranik Barikyan 8
2010 1st 8th 28 2 4 22 22 68 10 Quarter-final Armenia Mkrtich Nalbandyan 9
2011 1st 7th 28 6 7 15 27 42 25 Runner-up Armenia Andranik Barikyan 10 Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
Winner
2012–13 1st 1st 42 26 10 6 70 38 88 Runner-up Senegal Yoro Lamine Ly 18 Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
2013–14 1st 2nd 28 13 8 7 48 31 47 Quarter-final Ivory Coast Serges Déblé 15 Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
2014–15 1st 3rd 28 14 7 7 51 32 49 Quarter-final Ivory Coast Jean-Jacques Bougouhi 21 Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
2015–16 1st 2nd 28 15 7 6 41 27 52 Quarter-final Ivory Coast Konan Odilon Kouakou 6 Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
2016–17 1st 3rd 30 16 5 9 31 24 53 Winner Armenia Viulen Ayvazyan 8 Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
2017–18 1st 4th 30 14 8 8 37 31 38 Semi-final Ivory Coast Moussa Paul Bakayoko 7 Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan

European record[edit]

As of May 21, 2018

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 6 5 +1
UEFA Cup & UEFA Europa League 28 4 5 19 15 50 –35
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 1 2 7 10 –3
Total 38 6 9 23 28 65 –37
Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
1995–96 UEFA Cup PR Poland Zagłębie Lubin 0–0 0–1 0–1
1996–97 UEFA Cup PR Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–4 2–2 2–6
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Sweden Malmö 0–2 0–5 0–7
1999–00 UEFA Cup 1Q Finland HJK Helsinki 0–2 1–0 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q Belarus BATE Borisov 1–1 1–2 2–3
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Hungary Tatabánya 3–2 1–3 4–5
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Portugal Santa Clara 0–2 3–3 3–5
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Denmark Nordsjælland Farum 0–4 0–2 0–6
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Moldova Tiraspol 1–2 0–2 1–4
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 1–0 1–1 2–1
2Q Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 0–2 0–1 0–3
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 1Q San Marino Tre Penne 3–0 0–1 3–1
2Q Serbia Partizan Belgrade 1–1 0–0 1–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy 1–2 0–4 1–6
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina HŠK Zrinjski Mostar 2–0 1–2 3–2
2Q Sweden AIK Fotboll 0–2 0–2 0–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Dila Gori 0–1 1–0 (aet) 1–1 (4–1 p)
2Q Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–1 0–2 1–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Slovenia Gorica 0–2 2–2 2–4
  • Home results are noted in bold

Stadium[edit]

Gyumri City Stadium

The Gyumri City Stadium is the home ground of Shirak since its foundation. Opened in 1924, Gyumri City Stadium is the oldest football venue in the modern history of Armenia.

The venue was reconstructed in 1999 and turned into an all-seater stadium. The total capacity of the stadium became 2,844 seats (1,413 at the western stand and 1,431 at the eastern stand).

The stadium hosted the 2011–12 Armenian Cup final match when Shirak defeated Impulse to win the title for the first time in their history.

Fans[edit]

The most active group of fans is the Black Panthers fan club, inspired by the panther of the ancient Armenian royal Bagratuni dynasty, featured on the logo of the club.

Football kits[edit]

since 2014
2011–2013
2010
until 2009
1999

Honours[edit]

Armenian Premier League[6]

Armenian Cup[7]

Armenian Super Cup

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 September 2018

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 Sokrat Hovhannisyan
3 Armenia DF Aram Shakhnazaryan
4 Armenia DF Artyom Mikaelyan
7 Armenia MF Arman Aslanyan (vice-captain)
8 Armenia DF Zhirayr Margaryan
9 Armenia FW Aram Muradyan
10 Armenia MF Khoren Veranyan
11 United States MF Pablo Cruz
13 United States FW Éder Arreola
15 Russia FW Georgy Gogichayev
17 Armenia FW Arlen Tsaturyan
18 Armenia MF Rafik Misakyan
19 Armenia MF Karen Muradyan
20 Armenia MF Rudik Mkrtchyan
No. Position Player
21 Armenia DF Mher Safaryan
22 Republic of Macedonia FW Bunjamin Shabani
25 Armenia DF Aghvan Davoyan (captain)
38 Mali MF Moussa Diakité
39 Armenia FW Levon Mryan *
40 Armenia DF Artur Amiryan
42 Armenia MF Martun Mkhitaryan
43 Armenia MF Artush Mirzakhanyan *
44 Armenia DF Hakob Vardanyan *
45 Russia GK Vsevolod Ermakov
58 Gabon DF Henri Junior Ndong
88 Ivory Coast FW Moussa Paul Bakayoko
99 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Kadima Kabangu
?? Ivory Coast FW Jean-Jacques Bougouhi

"*"plays also for the reserves squad

Shirak-2[edit]

Shirak-2
FC Shirak Logo.png
Founded 2002; 16 years ago (2002)
Ground Gyumri City Stadium,
Gyumri
Capacity 2,844
Owner Sovrano LLC
President Armenia Arman Sahakyan
Manager Armenia Tigran Davtyan
League Armenian First League
2016–17 6th
Website Club website

FC Shirak's reserve squad play as Shirak-2 in the Armenian First League. They also play their home games at the Gyumri City 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
1 Armenia GK Ferdinand Muradyan
2 Armenia DF Suren Avetsiyann
3 Armenia DF Artur Amiryan (captain)*
4 Armenia DF Hakob Vardanyan *
5 Armenia DF Gevorg Hovhannisyan
6 Armenia MF Rudik Mkrtchyan *
7 Armenia MF Arman Mkrtchyan
8 Armenia MF Edvard Mryan
9 Armenia FW Arlen Tsaturyan *
10 Armenia MF Karapet Harutyunyan
11 Armenia DF Styopa Gevorgyan *
12 Armenia GK Sokrat Hovhannisyan (vice-captain)*
14 Armenia MF Karen Soghomonyan
15 Armenia FW Aram Yeranosyan
16 Armenia FW Levon Mryan *
17 Armenia MF Martun Mkhitaryan *
18 Armenia MF Mher Safaryan *
20 Armenia DF Armen Darbinyan
Armenia GK Vahagn Davtyan
Armenia GK Daniel Hovhannisyan
Armenia GK Tigran Haroyan
Armenia GK Hovhannes Avagyan
Kazakhstan DF Zhantore Zhumadilow
Armenia DF Yura Khojoyan
Armenia DF Narek Avetisyan
Armenia DF Davit Harutyunyan
No. Position Player
Armenia DF Artavazd Sahakyan
Armenia DF Samvel Hovsepyan
Armenia DF Razmik Hovhannisyan
Armenia DF Aramayis Makinyan *
Armenia DF Rudolf Rafayelyan
Armenia DF Haykaz Gevorgyan
Kazakhstan MF Isa Atayev
Armenia MF Norayr Hovsepyan
Armenia MF Vladimir Rafaelyan
Armenia MF Narek Soghomonyan
Armenia MF Razmik Grigoryan
Armenia MF Hrayr Harutyunyan
Armenia MF Narek Aleksanyan
Armenia MF Vahe Torosyan
Armenia MF Arman Galstyan
Armenia MF Karlen Gevorgyan
Armenia MF Rafik Avetisyan
Armenia MF Avetik Militosyan
Armenia MF Narek Martirosyan
Armenia MF Vachagan Karapetyan
Armenia MF Shahen Shahinyan
Armenia MF Artush Mirzakhanyan *
Armenia MF Arman Aslanyan *
Armenia FW Hakob Movsisyan
Armenia FW Aram Tosunyan *
Armenia FW Lernik Ghazaryan

"*"plays also for the main squad

Personnel[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
First Assistant Coach Armenia Felix Khojoyan
Assistant Coach Armenia Hovhannes Tahmazyan
Goalkeepers Coach Armenia Atur Hovhannisyan
Masseur Armenia Armen Sukiasyan
Translator Armenia Harutyun Harutyunyan
Shirak-2 Coach Armenia Tigran Davtyan

Management[edit]

Position Name
President Armenia Arman Sahakyan
Sporting Director Armenia Ararat Harutyunyan
Press Secretary Armenia Anna Tadevosyan
Administrator Armenia Suren Simonyan

Managerial history[edit]

Notable Players[edit]

Other sports[edit]

On 8 September 2017, prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 Armenian Futsal Premier League season, Shirak Sports Club took over the Gyumri Futsal club who are a founding member of the domestic futsal championship in Armenia since its inaugural season in 1998. As a result, the futsal team was re-branded as Shirak SC Futsal.[8]

On 19 September 2017, Shirak announced the creation of a basketball team that would compete in the new Armenia Basketball League A.[9]

References[edit]

External links[edit]