Ulisses FC

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Full nameUlisses Football Club
Founded2000; 19 years ago (2000)
Dissolved2016
GroundVazgen Sargsyan Stadium, Yerevan
Capacity14,403
OwnerValeri Hovhannisyan
ChairmanGenrikh Ghazandzhyan
ManagerGagik Simonyan
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2015–168th (last)
WebsiteClub website

Ulisses Football Club (Armenian: Ուլիս Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ), commonly known as Ulisses, is a defunct Armenian football club from 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.

The club headquarters are located on Nalbandyan street 48/1, Yerevan.[1] Like all other Armenian Premier League clubs, Ulisses FC had a reserve team that played in the Armenian First League.

In 2015–16, the club was owned by the Armenian businessman Genrikh Ghazandzhyan and sponsored by the "Holiday" Group of Companies.

History[edit]

  • 2000 – Founded as Dinamo-2000 Yerevan
  • 2004 – Changed name to Dinamo-Zenit Yerevan (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)
  • 2016 – Dissolved due to both financial and non-financial shortcomings

Dinamo-2000 Yerevan[edit]

The club was founded in 2000 as Dinamo-2000 Yerevan, and made their debut at the 2000 Armenian First League season winning a promotion spot to the Premier League at the end of the same season.

Dinamo-Zenit Yerevan[edit]

In 2004, the club became known as FC Dinamo-Zenit Yerevan and took 5th place in the Armenian Premier League. In 2004 and 2005, 2 reserves teams of the club were represented in the Armenian First League: FC Dinamo-VZ Yerevan and FC Zenit Charentsavan.

Ulisses FC[edit]

V. Sargsyan Rep. Stadium, the last home stadium used by Ulisses FC

In 2006, the club changed their name with the arrival of new sponsor. they occupied the 8th place at the 2006 Armenian Premier League season grabbing the chance to save their place in the top league in a decisive match with FC Dinamo Yerevan. Winning the game, Ulisses FC secured their place in the top tier for the next season. In seasons 2007 and 2008 team play was much more better, and there was no need of survival games.

At the beginning of 2008, the club's department was enlarged with the Shengavit football school of Yerevan, while the Vardanank-451 Stadium of Voskehat became the training base of the club.

In 2007, they played their home games in the Kasaghi Marzik Stadium in Ashtarak. In 2009, they moved to the Mika Stadium in Yerevan.

In 2011 Ulisses FC won the Armenian championship[2] for the first time in club history, and ended Pyunik dominance of 10 consecutive championships.

On 3 February 2016, the club declared that it will not participate in the second half of the 2015-16 Armenian Premier League season.

League and cup history[edit]

Season League Armenian Cup Top goalscorer Managers
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2001 1st 9th 22 4 4 14 18 48 16 First Round
2002 1st 10th 22 3 3 16 19 63 12 Quarterfinal
2003 1st 6th 28 5 4 19 18 69 19 Quarterfinal
2005 1st 5th 20 2 2 16 12 41 8 Quarterfinal
2005 1st 6th 28 7 6 15 23 51 27 First Round
2006 1st 8th 28 5 2 21 31 66 17 -
2007 1st 7th 28 8 6 14 21 46 30 Quarterfinal
2008 1st 6th 28 7 8 13 19 29 29 Quarterfinal
2009 1st 3rd 28 16 5 7 47 25 53 Semifinal Armenia Artur Kocharyan 15
2010 1st 3rd 28 17 4 7 44 23 55 Semifinal
2011 1st 1st 28 15 8 5 38 22 53 Semifinal Georgia (country) Giorgi Krasovski 8
2012–13 1st 6th 42 11 12 19 41 50 45 Semifinal
Quarterfinal
Armenia Arsen Balabekyan 10
2013–14 1st 7th 28 7 4 17 21 46 25 Quarterfinal
2014–15 1st 2nd 28 15 5 8 43 32 50 Quarterfinal Armenia Hovhannes Goharyan 9
2015–16 1st 8th 28 0 2 26 8 76 2 Quarterfinal

European history[edit]

As of match played 9 July 2015
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 2 0 0 2 0 2
UEFA Europa League 6 0 2 4 1 9
Total 8 0 2 6 1 11
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 0–0 0–1 0–1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Hungary Ferencvárosi 0–2 0–3 0–5
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0–1 0–1 0–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Malta Birkirkara 1–3 0–0 1–3
  • Home results are noted in bold

Honours[edit]

Last squad[edit]

As of 30 September 2015[3]

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 Karen Avetisyan
3 Armenia DF Garnik Movsisyan
4 Armenia DF Hayk Hunanyan
5 Armenia DF Melik Sardaryan
7 Armenia FW Vigen Avetsiyan
8 Armenia MF Erik Sargsyan
9 Armenia MF Mikhayel Arustamyan
10 Armenia FW Orbeli Hambardzumyan
11 Armenia MF Artur Hakobyan
12 Armenia MF Arman Tutyan
13 Armenia MF Vardges Vardanyan
14 Armenia MF Narek Davtyan
No. Position Player
15 Armenia MF Tatul Davtyan
19 Armenia FW Mher Harutyunyan
20 Armenia GK Vahe Andreasyan
21 Armenia FW Narek Makoyan
22 Armenia FW Narek Papoyan
24 Armenia DF Artak Andrikyan (captain)
28 Armenia MF Aleksandr Hovhannisyan
30 Armenia GK Tigran Davtyan
88 Armenia GK Papin Tevosyan
Armenia DF Artashes Arakelyan
Armenia MF Narek Gyozalyan
Armenia FW Edgar Harutyunyan

Ulisses FC-2 (reserves)[edit]

The Ulisses FC reserve squad play as Ulisses FC-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the Kasakhi Marzik Stadium in the town of Ashtarak.

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
Armenia GK Vahe Andreasyan
Armenia GK Tigran Davtyan
Armenia DF Garnik Movsesyan
Armenia DF Narek Makoyan
Armenia DF Narek Hovnanyan
Armenia MF Narek Papoyan
Armenia MF Artur Hakobyan
No. Position Player
Armenia MF Harutyun Ghazaryan
Armenia MF Ishkhan Yeghiazaryan
Armenia MF Vardges Vardanyan
Armenia FW Tatul Davtyan
Armenia FW Mikayel Arustamyan
Armenia FW Samvel Hovhannisyan

Manager: Ara Azaryan

Managers[edit]

  • Armenia Vagharshak 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 (Sept 8, 2012–July 24, 2014)
  • Armenia Suren Chakhalyan (July 25, 2014–Oct 6, 2014)
  • Armenia Gagik Simonyan (interim) (Oct 6, 2014–Feb 28, 2015)
  • Russia Fyodor Shcherbachenko (Feb 28, 2015–Apr 17, 2015)
  • Armenia Suren Chakhalyan (April 18, 2015–Sep 1, 2015)
  • Armenia Gagik Simonyan (interim) (Sep 1, 2015–Feb 3, 2016)

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