FC Alashkert

Football Club Alashkert (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Ալաշկերտ), commonly known as Alashkert, is an Armenian football club based in the capital Yerevan, founded in 1990 in Martuni and after folding in 2000 re-founded in 2011. They currently play in the Armenian Premier League. The home stadium of the team is the Alashkert Stadium in Yerevan. The club headquarters are located on Saryan street 25, Yerevan.[1] Although based in Yerevan they are in fact named after the historic Western Armenian town of Alashkert, now Eleşkirt in Eastern Turkey.

Alashkert
Ալաշկերտ
Logo of FC Alashkert.png
Full nameFootball Club Alashkert
Nickname(s)Դեղինները (The Yellows)
Founded1990; 33 years ago (1990)
GroundAlashkert Stadium
Capacity6,850
OwnerBagrat Navoyan
PresidentBagrat Navoyan
ManagerVahe Gevorgyan
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2021–223rd of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club is owned by Bagrat Navoyan, a businessman and founder of Bagratour LLC.

Alashkert has a cooperation agreement with the Brazilian club Botafogo since August 2017.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
Club logo between 2012 and 2017

Football Club Alashkert was founded in 1990 in the town of Martuni of Gegharkunik Province. In 1992, the team played in the Premier League representing Martuni and using the City Stadium of the town as their home venue. However, at the end of the season the team finished last in the table, being relegated to the First League. As a result, the club withdrew from the competition.

In 1998, FC Alashkert returned to professional football and participated in the First League finishing the table in 6th position. In 1999, they did not participate in the First League competition and later in early 2000, the club was dissolved.

Revival in 2011Edit

In late 2011, FC Alashkert were re-founded by Bagrat Navoyan, a businessman native of Martuni. They entered the 2012–13 Armenian First League competition and won the championship, booking their place in the Armenian Premier League for the 2013–14 season. In 2012–2013, the team was managed by the former Armenian player Albert Sarkisyan and later by former footballer Sergey Erzrumyan. The assistant manager was Aram Hakobyan.[3]

Relocation to Yerevan in 2013Edit

In February 2013, the club purchased the Nairi Stadium in Yerevan, to become the official venue of their home games. As a result, the club was officially relocated from Martuni to Yerevan starting from the 2013–14 season.

In December 2017, Alashkert entered into partnerships with Brazilian clubs Botafogo and Fluminense.[4][5]

On 21 September 2018, Varuzhan Sukiasyan was fired as manager with owner Bagrat Navoyan and Alashkert-2 manager Sergey Erzrumyan taking temporary charge.[6]

Domestic recordEdit

League records of Alashkert FC:[7]

Season League National Cup Europe Top goalscorer Manager
Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1990 Soviet Lower Second League 17 18 7 5 6 29 37 19
1991 17 38 12 4 22 51 79 28
1992 Armenian Premier League 24 22 5 2 15 38 58 12 Quarter-final   Albert Ohanyan
1993–97 No Participation
1998 Armenian First League 6 24 9 8 7 30 25 30 Preliminary round
1999 10 First round
2000–11
No Participation
2012–13 Armenian First League 1 36 24 6 6 80 31 78 Quarter-final   Vardan Petrosyan 15   Albert Sarkisyan
2013–14 Armenian Premier League 8 28 6 6 16 38 69 24 Quarter-final   Mihran Manasyan 17   Armen Sanamyan
  Armen Gyulbudaghyants
2014–15 4 28 10 8 10 32 35 38 Semi-final   Mihran Manasyan 9   Abraham Khashmanyan
2015–16 1 28 16 7 5 50 24 55 Semi-final UEL 2Q   Mihran Manasyan
  Héber
16
2016–17 1 30 19 7 4 59 26 64 Quarter-final UCL 2Q   Mihran Manasyan
  Artak Yedigaryan
13
2017–18 1 30 14 8 8 44 31 50 Runners Up UCL 2Q   Artak Yedigaryan 13   Abraham Khashmanyan
  Varuzhan Sukiasyan
2018–19 4 32 15 6 11 37 27 51 Winner UEL 3Q   Uroš Nenadović 6   Varuzhan Sukiasyan
  Aram Voskanyan
  Abraham Khashmanyan
2019–20 3 28 14 5 9 51 31 47 Quarter-final UEL 2Q   Aleksandar Glišić 11   Abraham Khashmanyan
  Armen Adamyan (Caretaker)
  Yegishe Melikyan
2020–21 1 24 13 7 4 25 15 46 Runners Up UEL 1Q   David Davidyan 5   Yegishe Melikyan
  Abraham Khashmanyan
  Aleksandr Grigoryan
2021–22 3 32 14 9 9 38 30 51 Quarter-final UECL GS   José Embaló 7   Aleksandr Grigoryan
  Milan Milanović
  Aram Voskanyan

RecordsEdit

  • Seasons in top division – 10 (1992–present)
  • Lowest league position – 24 (1992)
  • Biggest 'undefeated' streak in the league – 11 matches (10/05/15 – 19/09/15)
  • Win record for season – 24 (2012–13) (First League)
  • Loss record for season – 22 (1991) (Soviet Lower Second League)
  • Most points in a season – 78 (2012–2013) (First League)
  • Most league goals in a season (club) – 80 (2012–2013) (First League)
  • All time League goals – 834 (since 1990)
  • Most goals in a season (player) – 17,   Mihran Manasyan, 2013–14
  • Biggest win – 6–0 vs   FC Artsakh, 2018
  • Biggest defeat – 9–2 vs   Gandzasar Kapan, 2013
  • Biggest home win – 6–0 vs   FC Artsakh, 2018
  • Biggest home defeat – 5–0 vs   FC Pyunik, 2013
  • Biggest away win – 4–0 vs   Gandzasar Kapan, 2018
  • Biggest away defeat – 9–2 vs   Gandzasar Kapan, 2013
  • Highest attendance ever – 59.047 vs   Celtic, 2018
  • Highest attendance home game – 9.000 vs   CFR Cluj, 2018
  • Highest attendance away game – 59.047 vs   Celtic, 2018
  • Highest attendance in league or cup – 4.000 vs   Ararat, 2021 and vs   Lori Vanadzor, 2019
  • All-time most appearances –   Artak Grigoryan, 198
  • All-time top scorer –   Mihran Manasyan, 76

EuropeEdit

Alashkert first qualified for the Europa League 2015–16 qualification round 1, after gaining 4th place in the Armenian Premier League 2014–2015. In the first round Alashkert drew the Scottish club St Johnstone. Despite the fact that St Johnstone were considered as the favourites, Alashkert were victorious after the two games and were able to create a sensation. In the second round, Alashkert had to meet the Kazakh side Kairat. In the first game Alashkert were defeated 3–0. In the second game, Alashkert were able to achieve victory as a result of a last-minute winner scored by Heber Araujo, 2–1. However this was not enough to qualify for the third round.

Alashkert were the first ever Armenian side to play in a European group stage after defeating Kairat 3–2 on 12 August 2021. They played Rangers in the play-off for the Europa League, but lost 1–0 on aggregate. As a result, they dropped into the Europa Conference League group stage, where they were drawn in a group alongside Maccabi Tel Aviv, HJK Helsinki and LASK. After losing their first five matches, Alashkert managed to draw 1–1 against Maccabi Tel Aviv on matchday six, which was the first ever point earned by an Armenian side in any UEFA group stage.

European recordEdit

The squad for the first match for an Armenian side in group stage history for the UEFA Conference League match against Maccabi Tel-Aviv on 14 September 2021
As of match played 14 July 2022
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 14 3 5 6 12 20 –8
UEFA Europa League 17 7 3 7 17 23 –6
UEFA Europa Conference League 8 1 1 6 6 19 –13
Total 39 11 9 19 35 62 –27
Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate Note
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   St Johnstone 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)  
2Q   Kairat 2–1 0–3 2–4  
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Santa Coloma 3–0 0–0 3–0  
2Q   Dinamo Tbilisi 1–1 0–2 1–3  
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Santa Coloma 1–0 1–1 2–1  
2Q   BATE Borisov 1–3 1–1 2–4  
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Celtic 0–3 0–3 0–6  
UEFA Europa League 2Q   Sutjeska Nikšić 0–0 1–0 1–0  
3Q   CFR Cluj 0−2 0–5 0–7  
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Makedonija GP 3–1 3–0 6–1  
2Q   FCSB 0−3 3–2 3–5  
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Renova 0−1 0–1  
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Connah's Quay Nomads 1–0 (a.e.t.) 2–2 3–2  
2Q   Sheriff Tiraspol 0−1 1−3 1–4  
UEFA Europa League 3Q   Kairat 3–2 (a.e.t.) 0–0 3−2  
PO   Rangers 0–0 0–1 0–1  
UEFA Europa Conference League GS   LASK 0–3 0–2 4th place  
  Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 1–4
  HJK 2–4 0–1
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Ħamrun Spartans 1–0 1–4 2–4  

UEFA coefficientEdit

Last update: 12 August 2021

The following list ranks the current position of Alashkert in UEFA club ranking:

Rank Team Points
138   Vitesse Arnhem 8.500
139   Flora Tallinn 8.250
140   Alashkert 8.000
141   Kairat 8.000
142   Hajduk Split 8.000

List of opponents by nationEdit

List of opponents by clubEdit

StadiumsEdit

 
Alashkert logo at the main entrance of the stadium

Between 1990 and 2000, the club was based in the Martuni City Stadium in the town of Martuni, near the shores of Lake Sevan.

After the revival of the club in 2011, they were relocated to Yerevan, playing their home games in different stadiums of the capital city, mainly at the Nairi Stadium. However, Nairi Stadium – later renamed Alashkert Stadium – was purchased by the owners of FC Alashkert in February 2013.

Due to the large-scale renovation works at the Alashkert Stadium, Alashkert used the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium and Hrazdan Stadium during the 2013–14 Armenian Premier League season.[8] Alashkert continue to use the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium to host European matches, due to Alashkert Stadium not meeting UEFA stadium category requirements.

The club returned to their own Alashkert Stadium during the 2014–15 Armenian Premier League season.

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 24 January 2023[9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ARM Sevak Aslanyan
3 DF   ARM Taron Voskanyan
4 DF   GHA Annan Mensah
8 MF   RUS Sergei Ivanov
9 MF   ARM Narek Manukyan
11 MF   ARM Sargis Shahinyan
12 GK   ARM Arman Meliksetyan
15 FW   SRB Uroš Nenadović
17 MF   ARM Artak Yedigaryan
20 FW   BRA Thiago Galvão
21 MF   ARM Artak Grigoryan (captain)
22 GK   SRB Ognjen Čančarević
33 DF   ARM Andranik Voskanyan
No. Pos. Nation Player
71 GK   RUS Sergei Revyakin
77 MF   ARM Rumyan Hovsepyan
85 FW   ARM Aleksandr Ter-Tovmasyan
98 DF   ARM Vahagn Ayvazyan
99 FW   COL Fáider Burbano
DF   RUS Vitali Ustinov
DF   VEN Daniel Carrillo
MF   ARM Aram Kocharyan
MF   ARM Karen Nalbandyan
MF   ARM Wbeymar (on loan from Ararat-Armenia)
FW   BRA Agdon (on loan from Ararat-Armenia)
FW   ECU Yeison Racines

Alashkert-2Edit

Alashkert-2
 
Founded2013; 10 years ago (2013)
GroundAlashkert Stadium, Yerevan
Capacity6,850
OwnerBagratour LLC
PresidentBagrat Navoyan
ManagerSergey Erzrumyan
LeagueArmenian First League
2021–228th
WebsiteClub website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The club's reserve squad plays as Alashkert-2 in the Armenian First League. They also play their home games at the Alashkert Stadium.

Youth teamsEdit

Alashkert run a small football school for youth teams on training pitches adjacent to the Alashkert Stadium in Yerevan. They also run a football school in the town of Masis in Ararat Province.

PersonnelEdit

Technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Vacant
Assistant Coach   Armen Adamyan
Assistant Coach   Albert Safaryan
Goalkeeping Coach   Armen Kirakosyan
Doctor   Vagharshak Hovhannisyan
Physiotherapist   Karen Adamyan
Masseur   Mayis Gevorgyan
Masseur   Harutyun Zakaryan
Kit Manager   Andranik Nalbandyan
Alashkert-2 Coach   Sergey Erzrumyan

ManagementEdit

Position Name
Owner/President   Bagrat Navoyan
Executive Director   Liparit Navoyan
Technical Director   Kim Arakelyan
Press Secretary   Samvel Sukiasyan
Secretary   Gevorg Marikyan
Administrator   Rafael Nadaryan

Managerial historyEdit

Managers of FC Alashkert since the club revived in late 2011:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Clubs". www.ffa.am.
  2. ^ LLC, Helix Consulting. "Ալաշկերտը կհամագործակցի բրազիլական Բոտաֆոգո ակումբի հետ - Սպորտային լուրեր". www.armsport.am.
  3. ^ "Բարձրագույն խու՛մբ, մենք գալիս ենք. TF-ը հյուրընկալվել էր "Ալաշկերտի" կողմից".
  4. ^ "Ալաշկերտը և բրազիլական Բոտաֆոգոն պաշտոնապես համաձայնության եկան". fcalashkert.am (in Armenian). FC Alashkert. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Ալաշկերտը և բրազիլական Ֆլումինենսեն դարձան գործընկեր-ակումբներ". fcalashkert.am (in Armenian). FC Alashkert. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Պաշտոնական հայտարարություն". fcalashkert.am (in Armenian). FC Alashkert. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  7. ^ RSSSF Armenia (and subpages per year)
  8. ^ "Ակումբներ". www.ffa.am.
  9. ^ "Հիմնական կազմ". fcalashkert.am/ (in Armenian). FC Alashkert. Retrieved 26 February 2019.

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