FC Urartu

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Urartu
FC Banants Logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Urartu
Nickname(s)Հպարտ Արծիվներ Hpart Artsivner (Proud Eagles)
FoundedJanuary 20, 1992; 27 years ago (1992-01-20)
GroundUrartu Stadium
Yerevan
Capacity4,860[1]
OwnerDzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director GeneralHrach Aghabekian[2]
ManagerIlshat Faizulin
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2018–193rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Football Club Urartu (Armenian: Ուրարտու Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ, translated Futbolayin Akumb Urartu), commonly known as Urartu, is an Armenian professional football team based in the capital Yerevan, currently playing at the Armenian Premier League. The club won the Armenian Cup three times, in 1992, 2007 and 2016. In 2013–2014, they 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. The club was known as FC Banants until 1 August 2019, when it was officially renamed FC Urartu.

History[edit]

Kotayk[edit]

Urartu FC were founded as FC Banants 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). Between 1992 and 1995, the club was commonly referred to as Banants Kotayk.[3] 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]

FC Urartu headquarters

FC Banants was relocated to 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 of the Malatia-Sebastia District, Yerevan.[4]

Domestic history[edit]

Season League National Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Name League
1992 Armenian Premier League 3 34 28 3 3 125 34 +91 59 Winner Armenia Ashot Barseghyan 34 Varuzhan Sukiasyan
1993 3 28 23 2 3 111 21 +90 48 Semi-final Armenia Andranik Hovsepyan 26
1994 5 28 17 1 10 95 56 +39 35 Semi-final
1995-2000 No Participation
2001 Armenian Premier League 7 22 10 4 8 46 28 +18 34 First round Armenia Mkrtich Hovhannisyan 11
2002 3 22 16 2 4 43 15 +28 50 Quarter-final Armenia Tigran Yesayan 11
2003 2 28 21 3 4 89 15 +74 66 Finalist Armenia Ara Hakobyan 45
2004 3 28 12 7 9 40 39 +1 43 Finalist Armenia Samvel Melkonyan 8
2005 3 26 15 6 5 49 31 +18 51 Semi-final Armenia Aram Hakobyan 11
2006 2 28 18 3 7 67 26 +41 57 Semi-final Armenia Aram Hakobyan 25
2007 2 28 16 4 8 56 26 +30 52 Winner Armenia Arsen Balabekyan 15
2008 5 28 11 8 9 34 25 +9 41 Finalist Armenia Arsen Balabekyan 7
2009 4 28 13 5 10 40 29 +11 44 Finalist Armenia Samvel Melkonyan 12
2010 2 28 20 4 4 58 24 +34 64 Finalist Brazil Du Bala 11
2011 4 28 12 8 8 42 30 +12 44 Semi-final Brazil Bruno Correa 16
2011-12 Only Cup competition was held Quarter-final
2012-13 8 42 5 16 21 37 64 -27 31 First round Armenia Hovhannes Hambardzumyan 7
2013-14 1 28 14 8 6 38 23 +15 50 Semi-final Armenia Gevorg Nranyan 10
2014-15 6 28 8 8 12 42 46 -4 32 Semi-final Armenia Gevorg Nranyan 7
2015-16 6 28 7 12 9 36 34 +2 33 Winner Brazil Laércio 10
2016-17 5 30 5 6 19 18 44 -26 21 Semi-final Brazil Laércio 3
2017-18 2 30 11 11 8 42 34 +8 44 Semi-final Armenia Rumyan Hovsepyan 8
2018-19 3 32 14 10 8 43 35 +8 52 Semi-final Three Players 5 Artur Voskanyan
Ilshat Fayzulin

European history[edit]

As of match played 16 July 2019
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 3 3
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 26 3 3 20 16 62
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–2 1–1 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Ukraine Illychivets Mariupol 0–2 0–2 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Lokomotivi Tbilisi 2–3 2–0 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–4 0–4 2–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Ameri Tbilisi 1–2 1–0 2–2(a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Switzerland Young Boys 1–1 1–5 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–3 0–7 0–10 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 0–2 1–0 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–1 0–3 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Rustavi Metalurgist 0–1 1–1 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 1Q Andorra FC Santa Coloma 3–2 0–1 3–3(a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Cyprus AC Omonia 0–1 1–4 (a.e.t.) 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 1–2 0–3 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Serbia Čukarički 0–5 0–3 0−8 Symbol delete vote.svg

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).

Training centre/academy[edit]

Banants Training Centre is the club's academy base located in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan. In addition to the main stadium, the centre houses 3 full-size training pitches, mini football pitches as well as an indoor facility. The current technical director of the academy is the former Russian footballer Ilshat Faizulin.

Fans[edit]

The most active group of fans is the South West Ultras fan club, mainly composed of residents from several neighbourhoods within the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan,[5] since the club is a de facto representer of the district. Members of the fan club benefit from events organized by the club and many facilities of the Banants training centre, such as the mini football pitch, the club store and other entertainments.

Achievements[edit]

UEFA Team Ranking 2017/2018[edit]

As of 17 July 2018[6]
Rank Country Team Points
413 Georgia (country) FC Sioni Bolnisi 1.000
414 Faroe Islands EB/Streymur 1.000
415 Armenia FC Gandzasar Kapan 0.975
416 Armenia Banants 0.975
417 Armenia Ulisses FC 0.975
418 Armenia FC Mika 0.975
419 Malta Balzan FC 0.900

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 August 2019[7]

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 Anatoliy Ayvazov
4 Armenia DF Andranik Voskanyan
5 Armenia MF Hakob Hakobyan
6 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Guy Magema
7 Armenia MF Aram Bareghamyan
8 Armenia FW Vardan Pogosyan
9 Russia FW Yevgeni Kobzar
10 Armenia FW Karen Melkonyan
11 Armenia MF Artak Dashyan
13 Ghana DF Edward Kpodo
14 Nigeria MF Adamu Abdullahi
16 Senegal MF Pape Abdou Camara
No. Position Player
18 Armenia DF Vahagn Ayvazyan (captain)
19 Belgium MF Welat Cagro
20 Serbia MF Igor Stanojević
21 Armenia DF Artur Avagyan
22 Armenia GK Stepan Ghazaryan
23 Armenia DF Narek Petrosyan
33 Armenia DF Arsen Sadoyan
77 Armenia GK Aram Ayrapetyan (vice-captain)
78 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Aleksandar Glišić
93 Russia FW Semyon Sinyavsky
99 Armenia DF Robert Darbinyan
Croatia MF Jurica Grgec

Urartu-2[edit]

Urartu-2
FC Banants Logo.png
Founded2003
GroundUrartu Training Centre,
Yerevan
Capacity600
OwnerDzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director GeneralHrach Aghabekian
ManagerAra Nigoyan
LeagueArmenian First League
2016–171st
WebsiteClub 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 16 January 2019

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 MF Tigran Ayunts
4 Armenia DF Gagik Maghakyan
5 Armenia MF Albert Arzumanyan (third-captain)
6 Armenia MF Erik Vardanyan (captain)
7 Armenia MF Vardan Babakhanyan
8 Armenia MF Narek Avagyan
9 Armenia FW Abraham Portugalyan
10 Armenia MF Mikhail Muradyan
11 Armenia MF Artur Miskirijyan
12 Armenia GK Narek Hovhannisyan
13 Armenia DF Andranik Baghramyan
No. Position Player
14 Armenia FW Gevorg Tarakhchyan
15 Armenia DF Artur Khachatryan
16 Armenia MF Arsen Sadoyan
17 Armenia MF Sergey Mkrtchyan
18 Armenia DF Arsen Yeghiazaryan
19 Armenia DF Narek Grigoryan
20 Armenia MF Harut Harutyunyan
21 Armenia MF Edgar Movsisyan
22 Armenia GK Grigori Matevosyan
23 Armenia MF David Paremuzyan
30 Brazil FW Guilerme Rodriguez Torres da Silva
33 Armenia GK Suren Aloyan (vice-captain)

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 Ara Nigoyan

Management[edit]

Position Name
Owners Armenia Dzhevan Cheloyants, Armenia Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director General Armenia Hrach Aghabekian
Deputy Director Armenia Karen Davtyan
Lawyer Armenia Ashot Gyureghyan
Press Secretary Armenia Mher Khudaverdyan

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Banants Stadium Archived 2016-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "РУКОВОДСТВО "БАНАНЦА"". www.fcbanants.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ History of Football Club Banants[permanent dead link], from fcbanants.com, retrieved 1 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Clubs". www.ffa.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ ""Banants Ultras"". www.fcbanants.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  6. ^ "UEFA rankings for club competitions". Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ Заявка "Бананца" на весенний этап чемпионата. fcbanants.am (in Russian). FC Banants. 2 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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