F.C. Ararat Tehran

FC Ararat (Persian: آرارات تهران‎) is an Armenian diaspora football team based in Tehran, Iran who play in the Tehran Province League. Ararat football club is the football club of the multisport Ararat Club in Iran.

Ararat
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Full nameFootball Club Ararat Tehran
Founded1944; 73 years ago
GroundArarat Stadium
Tehran
Iran
Capacity15,000
OwnerArarat Cultural Organization
ChairmanDarvin Avakian
ManagerMehdi Dinvarzade
LeagueTehran Province League
2014Tehran Provincial League, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Ararat has a policy of signing only players who have an Armenian heritage.

Club historyEdit

EstablishmentEdit

The club was established in 1944 by a group of Armenian-Iranians. They named the club after the famous mountain of the same name. The club was run by an Armenian athletic organization and was one of few clubs in Iranian football to have its own private stadium and training facilities. The club has never had spectacular results, but has always provided talented players for Iranian football. It was heavily supported by the Armenian minority in Iran, but was also loved by many non-Armenian Iranians.

Drop to the lower leaguesEdit

The last time the club played in the top level of Iranian football was the 1995–96 season of the Azadegan League (current IPL). Due to the poor decisions of the club management, Ararat FC has spent most of the past few years playing in the 1st Division and 2nd Division of Iran's football leagues. Until recently the club had a policy of only employing Armenian staff and players, but with the team's poor form in the past few years, this decision has been overturned and non-Armenians have coached the team. The players though are all Armenian-Iranians. In the 2005–06 season the club came very close to promotion into the Azadegan League, but fell short in the last few weeks of the season.

In 2007–08 season they took the last place in their group and relegated to 3rd division but in July 2008, Iran Football Federation increased number of 2nd Division teams to 28 and Ararat still remained in 2nd Division.

A major changes heralded for Ararat in 2008, as the terrible state of the club's finances was revealed, they were unable to pay wages and had major debts. The club's owner, Armenian-Iranians, were able to raise some more money, but even this soon proved to be insufficient resources to sustain the club. They finished last in the 2nd Division (group A) standings of the 2008–09 season. Thus, being relegated to 3rd Division. After the club's relegation, Arrarat was dissolved by its owners.

RefoundingEdit

Arrarat was reopened on 9 October 2014 after a five years of absence. They also played a friendly match at the same day with Esteghlal XI which Ararat won 7–0 which showed their return. The club was placed in the Tehran Provincial League Division 1 and lost their first match 2–1. In 2015 the club was promoted to the Tehran Provincial League.

Season-by-seasonEdit

The table below chronicles the achievements of Ararat in various competitions since 1965.

Season League Hazfi Cup Notes Leagues Top goalscorer Manager
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1965–66 TFL 12 3 2 7 14 28 8 9th Mansour Amirasefi
1966–67 TFL 11 4 3 4 13 8 12 7th Mansour Amirasefi
1967–68 TFL Mansour Amirasefi
1968–69 TFL Mansour Amirasefi
1969–70 TFL 15 8 1 6 18 22 17 5th Garnik Mehrabian
1970–71 TFL Garnik Mehrabian
1971–72 TFL 14 8 0 6 18 18 16 6th Garnik Mehrabian
1972–73 TFL 15 3 6 6 10 14 12 11th Garnik Mehrabian
1973–74 TFL 11 5 5 1 11 5 15 3rd Garnik Mehrabian
1974–75 TFL 13 8 2 3 17 9 18 2nd   Mansour Amirasefi
1975–76 TJC 30 8 10 12 23 31 26 12th Mansour Amirasefi
1976–77 TJC 30 6 13 11 23 32 25 12th   Mansour Amirasefi /Thomas Certish
1977–78 Div 2 22 9 10 13 21 9 28 3rd Not held Hamlet Asefi
1978–79 Div 2 Not Completed Due to Iranian Revolution Not held
1979-8 SEC
Not held
Arshavil Maleki
1981–82 TFL 13 3 8 2 10 8 14 7th Arshavil Maleki
1982–83 TFL 17 4 8 5 13 20 16 12th Mansour Amirasefi
1983–84 TFL 17 5 8 4 19 12 18 6th Mansour Amirasefi
1984–85 TFL Did Not Finished Mansour Amirasefi
1985–86 TFL 9 1 3 5 7 13 5 10th   Mansour Amirasefi
1986–87 TFL2 10 4 2 4 12 9 10 5th Hassan Habibi
1987–88 TFL2 17 4 9 4 13 12 17 9th Hassan Habibi
1988–89 TFL2 17 9 6 2 18 7 33 3rd Hassan Habibi
1989–90 TFL2 14 9 5 0 30 8 23 2nd Not held   Hassan Habibi
1990–91 TFL 17 6 6 5 11 10 18 7th Hassan Habibi
1991–92 TFL 15 6 6 3 11 8 18 5th Hassan Habibi
1992–93 TFL 26 8 10 8 22 20 26 7th Not held Hassan Habibi
1993–94 TFL 18 12 4 2 28 13 28 2nd   Hassan Habibi
1994–95 Div 1 22 8 9 5 31 19 25 5th Hassan Habibi
1995–96 Div 1 30 8 7 15 27 39 31 12th   Vazgen Safarian
1996–97 Div 2 30 8 9 13 32 42 33 14th
1997–98 Div 2 18 6 9 3 18 14 27 4th Not held
1998–99 Div 2 16 6 4 6 25 17 22 6th
1999-00 Div 2 16 7 2 7 23 25 23 5th
2000–01 Div 2 16 2 2 12 16 34 8 9th
2001–02 Div 1 20 5 7 8 12 18 22 9th  
2002–03 Div 2 10 2 5 3 11 10 11 4th
2003–04 Div 2 22 6 6 10 22 24 24 9th
2004–05 Div 2 18 10 5 3 25 11 35 2nd
2005–06 Div 2 22 11 5 6 31 24 38 3rd
2006–07 Div 2 26 11 5 10 32 37 38 7th
2007–08 Div 2 26 4 2 20 16 51 14 14th
2008–09 Div 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9th  
2009–10 Div 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12th  
2010–11 TPL Absence  
2011–12 TPL.Div 1 Absence
2012–13 TPL.Div 1 Absence
2013–14 TPL.Div 1 Absence
2014–15 TPL.Div 1 10 8 1 1 22 5 25 1st Did not qualify
2016-2017 tehran asiavision 26 14 7 5 52 38 49 5th

KeyEdit

Champions Runners-up

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Sevak Amirian
2   DF Menoua Shanazarian
4   DF Emin Avasapian
6   MF Mervin bedooian
6   MF Rene Babakhanlu
8   DF Rene babakhanian
9   FW Robert margosi (Captain)
12   MF Monte abrahamian
13   MF Armen Tahmasian
No. Position Player
14   FW Sarmen Panosian
15   DF Armen avakian
17   FW Arvin Mahmoudi
18   MF Dvin Karim Masihi
19   FW Arvin Alahyarian
21   DF Patrick yousfiane
21   DF Leo Zadurian
23   MF Argin Shahmirian
22   GK Romik Khodabekhshi

Current Management TeamEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Mehdi Dinvarzadeh
Assistant coach   Robert Margosi
Assistant coach   Vazgen Safarian
Technical manager   Mais Minasian
Team Manager   Vazgen Safarian

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "عکسی خاطره انگیز از آرارات دهه ۶۰". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2012-07-28.

External linksEdit

OfficialEdit

Fan siteEdit

official instagramEdit