Ulisses FC

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Full name Ulisses Football Club
Founded 2000; 15 years ago (2000)
Ground Vazgen Sargsyan Stadium, Yerevan
Ground Capacity 14,403
Owner Valeri Hovhannisyan
Chairman Genrikh Ghazandzhyan
Manager Suren Chakhalyan
League Armenian Premier League
2014–15 2nd
Website Club home page

Ulisses Football Club (Armenian: Ուլիս Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ), is an Armenian football club based in Yerevan. The club plays in the Armenian Premier League, the top division in Armenian football. They currently use the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium of Yerevan as their home ground. Ulisses FC run a reserve team which plays in the Armenian First League.

The club headquarters are located on Nalbandyan street 48/1, Yerevan.[1]

Currently, the club is owned by the Armenian businessman Genrikh Kazanjian and sponsored by the "Holiday" Group of Companies.


  • 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)


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.


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"


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[2] for the first time in club history, and ended Pyunik dominance of 10 consecutive championships.

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
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Malta Birkirkara F.C. 0–0
  • Home results are noted in bold


Current squad[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 Arsen Beglaryan
3 Russia DF Irakli Chezhiya
6 Armenia MF Armen Tigranyan
7 Russia MF Igor Paderin
8 Russia MF David Khurtsidze
9 Armenia FW Hovhannes Goharyan (captain)
10 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Joel Tshibamba
11 Georgia (country) MF Zamir Dzhanashiya
12 Armenia GK Gor Martirosyan
13 Georgia (country) FW Irakli Geperidze
17 Russia MF Nika Piliev
19 Armenia MF Artak Aleksanyan (vice-captain)
No. Position Player
20 Armenia MF Aghvan Papikyan
21 Russia MF Andrey Belomitsev
23 Armenia DF Ivan Mamakhanov
26 Serbia DF Rade Dugalić
30 Armenia GK Tigran Davtyan
47 Russia MF Galaktion Zoidze
66 Russia DF Konstantin Morozov
77 Russia MF Soslan Gatagov
84 Russia DF Rustem Kalimullin
88 Russia DF Levan Dzharkava
99 Georgia (country) MF Georgi Khubua


  • 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 (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–)


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