FC Shirak

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Full name Football Club Shirak
Nickname(s) Սև Հովազներ Sev Hovazner (Black Panthers)
Founded 1958; 59 years ago (1958)
Ground Gyumri City Stadium,
Ground Capacity 2,844
Owner «Sovrano» LLC
Chairman Arman Sahakyan
Manager Vardan Bichakhchyan
League Armenian Premier League
2015–16 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Shirak (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Շիրակ), 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 FC Shirak is the «Sovrano» LLC company headed by a businessman and a member of National Assembly of Armenia Arman Sahakyan.[2] The club headquarters are located on Andranik Ozanyan street 6, Gyumri.[3]


FC Shirak was 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.

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.

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 FC Shirak won the Armenian Independence 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.

Domestic history[edit]

Season League Armenian Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P 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
2008 1st 7th 28 5 4 19 15 40 19 Quarter-final
2009 1st 6th 28 5 8 15 24 55 23 Quarter-final Andranik Barikyan 8
2010 1st 8th 28 2 4 22 22 68 10 Quarter-final Mkrtich Nalbandyan 9
2011 1st 7th 28 6 7 15 25 42 25 Runner-Up Andranik Barikyan 10
2012–13 1st 1st 42 26 10 6 70 38 88 Runner-Up Béko Fofana 14
2013–14 1st 2nd 28 13 8 7 48 31 47 Quarter-final Serges Déblé 15
2014–15 1st 3rd 28 14 7 7 51 32 49 Quarter-final Jean-Jacques Bougouhi 21
2015–16 1st 2nd 28 15 7 6 41 27 52 Quarter-final Konan Kouakou 6

European history[edit]


Gyumri City Stadium
Main article: 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.


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
until 2009


Armenian Premier League[5]

Armenian Cup[6]

Armenian Super Cup

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 February 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 Arman Hovhannisyan
3 Armenia DF Artyom Mikaelyan
6 Serbia DF Marko Prljević
7 Armenia FW Viulen Ayvazyan
8 Armenia MF Rumyan Hovsepyan
10 Armenia MF Davit Hakobyan
11 Armenia MF Eduard Panosyan
12 Armenia GK Sokrat Hovhannisyan
13 Armenia GK Anatoly Ayvazov
14 Armenia DF Arman Tadevosyan
16 Armenia MF Arman Aslanyan
17 Armenia FW Vahan Bichakhchyan
18 Armenia FW Aram Muradyan
19 Nigeria MF Solomon Udo
No. Position Player
20 Cameroon MF Oumarou Kaina
21 Armenia DF Gevorg Hovhannisyan (captain)
22 Armenia MF Ghukas Poghosyan
23 Armenia DF Robert Darbinyan
25 Armenia MF Aghvan Davoyan
28 Ivory Coast MF Mohamed Kaba
39 Serbia MF Milutin Ivanović
41 Armenia FW Arlen Tsaturyan
42 Ukraine DF Semen Datsenko
45 Russia GK Vsevolod Yermakov
55 Ghana FW Fatawu Safiu (loan from International Allies)
88 Ivory Coast MF Moussa Paul Bakayoko
United States FW Kyrian Nwabueze

FC Shirak-2 (reserves)[edit]

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

As of 1 August 2015

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 Vahagn Davtyan
2 Armenia DF Aramayis Makinyan
3 Armenia DF Rudolf Rafayelyan
5 Armenia FW Habet Azaryan
6 Armenia MF Karlen Gevorgyan
8 Armenia MF Rafik Avetisyan
9 Armenia FW Martin Martirosyan
12 Armenia MF Artur Amiryan
14 Armenia MF Avetik Militosyan
15 Armenia MF Levon Makaryan
16 Armenia MF Narek Martirosyan
No. Position Player
17 Armenia DF Davit Petrosyan
18 Armenia MF Shahen Shahinyan
19 Armenia MF Vachagan Karapetyan
20 Armenia FW Hakob Movsisyan
22 Armenia GK Sokrat Hovhannisyan
Armenia GK Edgar Movsisyan
Armenia DF Yura Khojoyan
Armenia DF Samvel Hovsepyan
Armenia DF Razmik Hovhannisyan
Armenia DF Davit Harutyunyan
Armenia DF Artavazd Sahakyan

Manager: Felix Khojoyan

Personnel and coaching staff[edit]

The club management as of June 2016:[7][8]

  • Chairman: Arman Sahakyan
  • Sporting director: Ararat Harutyunyan
  • Press secretary: Anna Tadevosyan
  • Manager: Vardan Bichakhchyan
  • First assistant coach: Felix Khojoyan
  • Goalkeepers coach: Artur Hovhannisyan
  • Coach: Hovhannes Tahmazyan
  • Physiotherapist: Armen Sukiasyan
  • Administrator: Suren Simonyan
  • Translator: Harutyun Harutyunyan

List of club managers[edit]


External links[edit]