FC Shirak

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Full name Shirak Football Club
Nickname(s) Սև Հովազներ Sev Hovazner (Black Panthers)
Founded 1958; 57 years ago (1958)
Ground Gyumri City Stadium
Ground Capacity 2,844
Owner «Sovrano» LLC
Chairman Arman Sahakyan
Manager Vardan Bichakhchyan
League Armenian Premier League
2014–15 3rd
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.


Main article: Gyumri City Stadium
Gyumri City Stadium

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[edit]

Club Colours
until 2009
from 2014


Armenian Premier League

Armenian Cup

Armenian Super Cup

Statistics of Performances[edit]

Shirak FC in European Tournaments[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
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
Total 28 4 7 17 20 51

Shirak FC against foreign clubs[edit]

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
1999–2000 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 FK Partizan 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
  • Home results are noted in bold

Current squad[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
1 Armenia GK Norayr Abrahamyan
3 Armenia DF Artyom Mikaelyan
5 Armenia MF Tigran Davtyan (Captain)
7 Armenia FW Viulen Ayvazyan
8 Armenia MF Gor Malakyan
9 Ivory Coast FW Jean-Jacques Bougouhi
10 Armenia MF Davit Hakobyan
11 Armenia MF Edvard Panosyan
12 Armenia FW Andranik Barikyan
13 Armenia GK Gor Elyazyan
15 Armenia MF Karen Aleksanyan (Vice-captain)
17 Armenia DF Davit Marikyan
No. Position Player
18 Armenia FW Aram Muradyan
20 Serbia DF Miloš Stamenković
21 Armenia DF Gevorg Hovhannisyan
22 Armenia DF Edgar Malakyan
23 Armenia MF Robert Darbinyan (on loan from FC Krylia Sovetov Samara)
25 Armenia MF Aghvan Davoyan
27 Armenia MF Aram Tosunyan
31 Armenia MF Arman Aslanyan
32 Armenia DF Arman Tadevosyan
36 Ivory Coast MF Drissa Diarrassouba
42 Senegal MF Ousseynou Diop



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