|Full name||Shirak Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Սև Հովազներ Sev Hovazner (Black Panthers)|
|Ground||Gyumri City Stadium|
|League||Armenian Premier League|
|Website||Club home page|
Shirak Football Club (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Շիրակ), is an Armenian football club from the city of Gyumri of Shirak Province. Founded in 1958, the home venue of the club is the Gyumri City Stadium.
Being one of the oldest football clubs in Armenia, Shirak are the only team that participated in all seasons of the Armenian Premier League.
They became champions of the Armenian Premier League in 4 occasions: 1992, 1994, 1999 abd 2012-2013 seasons. They lifted the Armenian Cup during the 2011-12 season.
They won the Armenian Super Cup in 4 occasions: 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2013.
Since 2010, the owner of FC Shirak are the «Sovrano» LLC company headed by businessman Arman Sahakyan.
FC Shirak was founded in the city of Gyumri in the Armenian SSR, in 1958. During the 1970s, the club played under the name Olympia. They were playing in the Soviet First League until Armenia's independence in 1991. The club's home ground is the Gyumri City Stadium with a capacity of around 3,000 spectators.
FC Shirak is 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 in the club's history. Both of them had gained enviable reputation as talented players and went on to play for the Armenian national football team and several European clubs.
The club is the second most titled team in the country, having won 4 championships, 1 cup title and 4 super-cups. The club had struggled financially between 2005 and 2010. In 2012 FC Shirak won Armenian Independence Cup for the first time in their history.
The team participated in 3 different European cups: Champions League, UEFA Cup and 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.
The Gyumri City Stadium is the home ground of Shirak since the foundation of the club in 1958. Opened in 1924, Gyumri City Stadium is the oldest football venue in the modern history of Armenia.
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.
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).
Club crests and colours
- Winner (4) – 1992, 1994, 1999, 2012–13;
- Runner-up (6) – 1993, 1995-96, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2013–14;
- Third (2) – 2000, 2003, 2014–15; 3
Statistics of Performances
Shirak FC in European Tournaments
|UEFA Champions League||6||1||3||2||6||5|
|UEFA Europa League||18||2||3||13||7||36|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||4||1||1||2||7||10|
Shirak FC against foreign clubs
|Season||Competition||Round||Club||1st leg||2nd leg||Aggregate|
|1995–96||UEFA Cup||PR||Zagłębie Lubin||0–0||0–1||0–1|
|1996–97||UEFA Cup||PR||Anorthosis Famagusta||0–4||2–2||2–6|
|1999–2000||UEFA Cup||1Q||HJK Helsinki||0–2||1–0||1–2|
|2000–01||UEFA Champions League||1Q||BATE Borisov||1–1||1–2||2–3|
|2001||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Tatabánya||3–2||1–3||4–5|
|2002||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Santa Clara||0–2||3–3||3–5|
|2003–04||UEFA Cup||QR||Nordsjælland Farum||0–4||0–2||0–6|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Rudar Pljevlja||1–0||1–1||2–1|
|2Q||Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv||0–2||0–1||0–3|
|2013–14||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Tre Penne||3–0||0–1||3–1|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Shakhter Karagandy||1–2||0–4||1–6|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||1Q||HŠK Zrinjski Mostar||2–0||–||–|
- Home results are noted in bold
As of 28 June 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.