FC Shirak

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FC Shirak Logo.png
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
President Armenia Arman Sahakyan
Manager Armenia Vardan Bichakhchyan
League Armenian Premier League
2016–17 3rd
Website Club website
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 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
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
2016–17 1st 3rd 30 16 5 9 31 24 53 Champions Viulen Ayvazyan 8 Vardan Bichakhchyan

European history[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.


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]

2012–13; Armenian Super Cup

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 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 Sokrat Hovhannisyan *
3 Armenia DF Artyom Mikayelyan
5 Ghana DF Edward Kpodo
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Aleksandar Ilić
8 Armenia FW Gagik Poghosyan
9 Armenia FW Aram Muradyan
10 Armenia FW Vardan Bakalyan
13 Armenia GK Anatoly Aivazov
14 Armenia DF Arman Tadevosyan
17 Armenia FW Arlen Tsaturyan *
19 Nigeria MF Solomon Udo
22 Serbia MF Igor Stanojević
No. Position Player
23 Armenia DF Robert Darbinyan
25 Armenia MF Aghvan Davoyan (captain)
28 Ivory Coast MF Mohamed Kaba
37 Armenia MF Rudik Mkrtchyan *
39 Armenia FW Levon Mryan *
40 Armenia DF Artur Amiryan *
41 Armenia MF Mher Safaryan *
42 Armenia MF Martun Mkhitaryan *
43 Armenia FW Aram Tosunyan *
44 Armenia DF Hakob Vardanyan *
88 Ivory Coast MF Moussa Paul Bakayoko

"*"plays also for the reserves squad


FC Shirak Logo.png
Founded 2002; 15 years ago (2002)
Ground Gyumri City Stadium,
Ground 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
Armenia DF Yura Khojoyan
Armenia DF Narek Avetisyan
No. Position Player
Armenia DF Davit Harutyunyan
Armenia DF Artavazd Sahakyan
Armenia DF Samvel Hovsepyan
Armenia DF Razmik Hovhannisyan
Armenia DF Aramayis Makinyan
Armenia DF Rudolf Rafayelyan
Armenia DF Haykaz Gevorgyan
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


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


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

Managerial history[edit]

Notable Players[edit]

Basketball team[edit]

On 19 September 2017, Shirak announced the creation of a basketball team that would compete in the new Armenia Basketball League A.[7]


External links[edit]