Ulisses FC

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Ulisses
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Full name Ulisses Football Club
Founded 2000; 14 years ago (2000)
Dissolved 2014
Ground Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium
Yerevan
Ground Capacity 14,402
Owner Alexan Harutyunyan
Chairman Artak Harutyunyan
Manager Karen Barseghyan
League Armenian Premier League
2012–13 Armenian Premier League, 6th

Ulisses Football Club (Armenian: Ուլիս Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ), was an Armenian football club based in Yerevan. The club played at the Armenian Premier League, the top division in Armenian football. They regularly used the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium in Yerevan and sometimes the City Stadium in Abovyan as their home ground. They also ran a reserve team that was playing in the Armenian First League under the name Shengavit.

History[edit]

  • 2000 – Founded as Dinamo-2000 FC
  • 2004 – Changed name to Dinamo-Zenit FC (name change occurred as a result of a new sponsor)
  • 2006 – Changed name to Ulisses FC (name change again occurred as a result of a new sponsor)

Dinamo-2000[edit]

For this period the team has changed several names as being in unstable conditions. The notable fact is that the team has started its way ahead in tournament only in 2001 and from the Armenian Football Premier League. Team-play in that year was sluggish but anyway the place for next season was earned. The next two seasons were exactly the same as the first one.

Dinamo-Zenith[edit]

In 2004 the team took 5th place in tournament table and that result in Armenian Premier League was the best for that years. Before that, the team has joined with "Zenith" (Charentsavan) football club and was renamed "Dinamo-Zenith FC"

Ulisses[edit]

Two years later, the best result was erased. The club has changed its name with new sponsor has came. Team took 8th place in Premier League and they had chance to save situation in separate (interfacial) match with Dinamo (Yerevan). The beginning was not so promising but in 11' team was defeating 0:1, and in 14' – 1:2. The halftime has brought a new breath to team after which the team has made 3 clean goals moving the club to next season. In seasons 2007 and 2008 team play was much more better, and there was no need of survival games.

In the beginning of 2008 club's department was enlarged with football school of "Shengavit" and also club has rented (in long-term conditions) the training and field (also mini-arena) in Voskehat. Voskehat field is the team's training pitch, and the battlefields for Ulisses are other arenas/stadiums. In 2007 team was playing home in "Kasakh" arena in Ashtarak, and in 2009 – the temporary home field was MIKA Arena in Yerevan.

Ulisses football club is also owner of League 1 team "Shengavit" which in 2008 has earned small gold medal in lower league but as in regulation couldn't be promoted to Premier League.

Before the start of season 2009, the team board has made a serious decisions for the result after which the team squad was strengthened with transferring-in new strong players. The first match with "Kilikia" was won but eventually defeated in second round by "Pyunik". In the next matches the team earned more experience and in the round 5 match with MIKA, club was quiet ready with three wins in past rounds. Match with MIKA was ended with 0:0 in the scoreboard but in next match being home with "Banants" the game was lost 0:1. After 2 wins to low-position clubs the match with "Pyunik" was next. In the first match team has lost in all meanings, this game was more stronger, but in the end Pyunik has made a goal. Winning "Gandzasar" team has played draw with "Shirak" after which – defeating MIKA with 1:2. In next 7 rounds team haven't had any lost game. Ending the season, team has earned 3rd position in league table being not far away of "Pyunik" (1) and "MIKA" (2) with "Banansts" (4) being behind.

On March 22, 2010 the new club president (Artak Harutyunyan) was promoted – who has told about the new season objectives. He also told about the opening of the new club office and about playing home in "Hrazdan" stadium. Also was told about the reconstruction of football school of "Shengavit" which will begin in 2010.

In 2011 Ulisses won the Armenian championship for the first time in club history, and ended Pyunik dominance of 10 consecutive championships.

On 10 July 2014, the Football Federation of Armenia announced that Ulisses FC was dissolved due to financial difficulties. As a result, the club has retired from professional football.[1]

European Cup History[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC 0 – 0 0 – 1 0 – 1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Hungary Ferencvarosi TC 0 – 2 0 – 3 0 – 5
2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Moldova FC Sheriff Tiraspol 0 – 1 0 - 1 0 - 2
  • Home results are noted in bold

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Ulisses[edit]

As of 2 April, 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 Karen Israelyan
3 Armenia DF Tigran Hakhnazaryan
5 Armenia DF Argishti Petrosyan
6 Armenia MF Artur Grigoryan
7 Armenia FW Orbeli Hambardzumyan
8 Armenia FW Hakob Ghazaryan
9 Armenia FW Vigen Avetisyan
10 Armenia MF Artavazd Boyajyan
11 Armenia MF Norayr Sahakyan
12 Armenia GK Tigran Davtyan
13 Armenia DF Armen Goaryan
14 Armenia FW Andranik Shahgeldyan
No. Position Player
15 Mexico FW César Morales
17 Armenia MF Davit Sujyan
18 Armenia DF Armen Zakaryan
19 Mexico FW Carlo Rodríguez
20 Mexico MF José Alpuche
22 Armenia GK Artur Yeranosyan
24 Armenia MF Davit Minasyan
77 Armenia MF Erik Sargsyan
80 Armenia DF Revik Yeghiazaryan
83 Armenia MF Sergey Mkrtchyan
91 Armenia DF Tsolak Beglaryan

Managers[edit]

  • Armenia Vagarshak Aslanyan (2000–01)
  • Armenia Albert Sarkisyan (2002)
  • Armenia Vachagan Khachataryan (2002)
  • Armenia Alesha Antonyan (2002–03)
  • Armenia Ashot Kirakosyan (2004–05)
  • Armenia Sevada Arzumanyan (July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006)
  • Armenia Arsen Chilingaryan (2006–07)
  • Armenia Souren Barseghyan (2007–08)
  • Armenia Sevada Arzumanyan (2008–Sept 7, 2012)
  • Armenia Karen Barseghyan (caretaker) (Sept 8, 2012–present)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Ulisses FC are withdrawn from the Armenian Premier League