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Football Club Ararat Yerevan (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Արարատ Երևան), commonly known as Ararat Yerevan, is an Armenian football club based in Yerevan, capital and largest city.[2] Currently, they play at the Armenian Premier League.

Ararat Yerevan
Ararat Yerevan.png
Full nameFootball Club Ararat Yerevan
Nickname(s)White Eagles
Founded10 May 1935; 84 years ago (1935-05-10)
GroundVazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium,
Yerevan
Capacity14,403
OwnerVartan Sirmakes & Hrach Kaprielian
PresidentHrach Kaprielian[1]
ManagerGagik Simonyan (Interim)
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2018–199th
WebsiteClub website

Since 1999, the club is owned by the Switzerland Armenian businessmen Vartan Sirmakes. The badge shows a white eagle standing on a football and is a reference to the club nickname. The badge also displays the name of Ararat in both Latin (Ararat) and Armenian (ururus) text.

HistoryEdit

In 1935, a football team was established in Yerevan by Spartak sports society. The first time the team participated in the competitions of the national level. The first trophy of the club was the Armenian SSR Cup in 1940. In the next four years football was not played because of World War II.

In 1944, games of USSR Cup were resumed, and Spartak participated. A match was set up with their main rivals, fellow FC Dinamo Tbilisi. However, the match was not played through the fault of Yerevan.[3][4] In 1947, the team becomes silver medalist in the second league of the Transcaucasian region. The team finished just one point behind the ODL from Tbilisi. In this championship, Spartak, in a home match against Tbilisi Wings of the Soviets, showed the best result at the time, beating them by the score 7:1.[5][6] In Season 1948 Spartak was to start in the first group (the Premier League at the time), but after 30 games along with 15 other clubs had been withdrawn. All 16 clubs have continued to participate in the league below. Spartak have spent the next season in the second group, improved their performance and won the competition in the South Zone. The team won 13 matches out of 18. However, the first place in the zonal group did not guarantee promotion. According to the regulations of the USSR Championship, the winners of zones in the second league should have played each other in the final stage. At this stage, 6 teams participated. Games between the teams went into a circle. After 5 games Spartak has settled on the third place, which ensured the club a place in the first group.[7][8]

 
Hrazdan Stadium, the home ground of Ararat Yerevan between 1971 and 2015

In 1949 at Spartak participated for the first time in the Soviet Top League. The team performed poorly, finishing 12th. In the first two rounds the team lost, but in the 3rd round victory was recorded in a home game against the Air Force (Moscow).[9] To beat the team was able representatives of the second half of the table, and twice on the road. There were three major defeats: the double-0–6 from Moscow Lokomotiv and CDKA, and once 1–6 – from Tbilisi "Dynamo". However, despite the poor performance, the club remained in the top league for next season, as the latter two dropped out of the club, ranked 17th and 18th place in the standings.[10][11] Cup battles ended at the first stage, against the Dynamo "from Stalinabad.[12] In 1950 season, Spartak began to act more liberated. The first lesion was detected only in the fourth round of the Leningrad "Zenit". The team scored 31 points with team-mates from Kiev, but on goal difference in the Class "B" sunk Spartak. In the Soviet Cup team started with a 1/128 final. Having weak rivals in 1/16-oy stumbled on rivals in the face Dynamo Kiev. In the hard game, which was held in Kiev, Spartak celebrated victory 3–2. In 1/8 final meeting with "Dynamo," Moscow and lost with a score of 0–7.[13]

Between 1960–63 and later in 1966–91, the team participated in the Soviet Top League. In 1973, Ararat won the Top League as well as the Soviet Cup. In 1971 and 1976 (spring) seasons, they were runner-up at the top league, and in 1975 they won the Soviet Cup for the 2nd time.

In total the team participated in 33 Soviet Top League seasons, playing 1,026 matches, of which they won 352, drew 280, lost 394, scored 1,150 goals and conceded 1,306. By 1975 the team participated in the lottery three European Cups. In the last USSR Championship in 1991, the team was finished in seventh place.

Soviet championshipsEdit

 
FC Ararat logo during the Soviet era

By 1945–47, Ararat swept the Armenian SSR League and by 1949 had won promotion into the Soviet Top League. The team played in the Top League in 1949–50, 1960–63, and 1965–91. In 1971, Ararat finished second in the Top League. In 1973, they won the Top League and the Soviet Cup (in a memorable final game against Dynamo Kyiv). They won the cup again in 1975. In 1971 and 1976 Spring (there were two Soviet championships in 1976 — Spring and Autumn) they were the league runners-up. In 1974–75 Ararat competed in the European Cup, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to defending and eventual champions Bayern Munich 2–1 on aggregate (0–2 in Munich and 1–0 in Yerevan). Since their debut in the European tournaments in 1972, they have won 16 of their 36 matches with 4 draws.

Ararat in 1973 final Ararat in 1975 final
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Modern historyEdit

Since the 1991 dissolution of Soviet Union, Ararat has attained the Armenian Championship only once in 1993 and won four silver prizes (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2008) and one bronze prize (1994). In addition, the club has won the Armenian Cup five times (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2008) and were finalists in 2001 and 2007. They also were very close to taking the Armenian title in 2007, however the unexpected resignation of head coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan changed the atmosphere on the team and the club ended up in fourth place. In March 2008, former coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan returned to take charge of the team again. After failing to take the title from Pyunik in 2008, Varuzhan Sukiasyan left the club.

The club headquarters are located on Agatangeghos Street 2, Yerevan.[14] The club's Dzoraghbyur Training Centre is located in the Dzoraghbyur village of Kotayk Province, at the eastern outskirts of Yerevan.

In August 2016, Arkady Andreasyan became the head coach.[15] However, in August 2017, Albert Safaryan was appointed as a head coach, while Arkady Andreasyan became the club's sports director. As of 2018-2019 season, Abraham Khashmanyan is the head coach of the team.

On 16 July 2018, Ararat Yerevan released a statement against the naming of Ararat-Armenia.[16]

On 29 July 2019, Sergei Bulatov resigned citing family circumstances, with Sergei Boyko being appointed as interim-manager the same day.[17] On 16 September 2019, Boyko resigned with Gagik Simonyan being placed in interim charge.[18]

Domestic historyEdit

Season League National Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1992 1st 4th 22 15 4 3 78 15 34 Second Round Vahe Yaghmuryan 38 A.Sarkisyan
1993 1st 1st 28 23 5 0 92 9 51 Winner Vahe Yaghmuryan 20 A.Sarkisyan
1994 1st 3rd 28 21 5 2 109 21 47 Winner Vahe Yaghmuryan 18 A.Sarkisyan
1995 1st 1st1 10 6 2 2 34 11 20 Winner Armen Shahgeldyan,
Levon Stepanyan
7 S.Darbinyan
1995–96 1st 4th 22 12 3 7 58 28 39 Semi-final S.Darbinyan / A.Andreasyan
1996–97 1st 2nd 22 17 1 4 54 18 52 Winner A.Andreasyan
1997 1st 6th 18 7 6 5 32 21 27 A.Andreasyan
1998 1st 4th 26 10 5 11 40 40 35 Quarter-final A.Andreasyan
1999 1st 2nd 32 22 6 4 63 21 72 Quarter-final A.Andreasyan
2000 1st 2nd 28 18 5 5 50 23 59 Semi-final Tigran Yesayan 17 A.Andreasyan
2001 1st 5th 22 13 3 6 42 22 42 Runner-Up A.Andreasyan
2002 1st 5th 22 9 6 7 39 22 33 Quarter-final A.Andreasyan
20032 1st - A.Andreasyan
2004 2nd 7th 30 16 1 13 83 50 49 Quarter-final S.Arzumanyan
2005 2nd 2nd 24 18 2 4 72 18 56 Quarter-final A.Khashmanyan
2006 1st 4th 28 15 4 9 48 35 49 Quarter-final A.Khashmanyan / V.Sukiasyan
2007 1st 4th 28 15 4 9 49 42 49 Runner-Up Marcos Pizzelli 22 V.Sukiasyan / D.Mijić
2008 1st 2nd 28 18 5 5 48 23 59 Winner Marcos Pizzelli 17 D.Mijić / V.Sukiasyan
2009 1st 8th 28 2 8 18 20 54 14 Quarter-final A.Kirakosyan / A.Andreasyan
2010 2nd 1st 24 17 4 3 50 19 55 T.Yesayan
2011 1st 8th 28 2 4 22 14 57 10 Quarter-final Koren Veranyan,
Ara Hakobyan
3 A.Andreasyan
2011-12 Only Cup competition was held Quarter-final
2012–13 1st 7th 42 9 6 27 27 70 33 Quarter-final Tigran Voskanyan 5 A.Safaryan / A.Khashmanyan
2013–14 1st 4th 28 12 8 8 30 23 44 Quarter-final Aleksandar Rakić 10 A.Khashmanyan
2014–15 1st 8th 28 3 4 21 28 69 13 Quarter-final Aleksandar Rakić 10 D.Mijić / S.Darbinyan / S.Chakhalyan / A.Minasyan & V.Sukiasyan
2015–16 1st 5th 28 9 10 9 28 31 37 Quarter-final Gevorg Nranyan,
Bryan de la Fuente
5 V.Sukiasyan
2016–17 1st 6th 30 3 3 24 17 53 12 Quarter-final Gegham Tumbaryan 3 A.Andreasyan
2017–18 1st 6th 30 5 6 19 33 55 21 Quarter-final Andranik Kocharyan 9 A.Safaryan
2018–19 1st 9th 32 5 7 20 24 60 22 Quarter-final Artem Simonyan 6 A.Stepanyan / A.Khashmanyan / T.Yesayan
2019–20 1st S.Boyko / G.Simonyan
  • Due to the 1995 season being a transitional season, there was no official winner of championship.
  • Ararat Yerevan were expelled before start of the season..

European historyEdit

[19]

Youth academyEdit

Ararat Yerevan run their own youth training academy in the village of Dzoraghbyur at the eastern outskirts of the capital Yerevan. Occupying an area of 48,000 m², the centre was opened by the club in 2007. It is home to natural-grass as well as artificial-turf training pitches, in addition to an indoor training centre.

HonoursEdit

  • Soviet Top League/Armenian Premier League (2):
1973, 1993
  • Soviet First League (1):
1965
  • Soviet Cup/Armenian Cup (7):
1973, 1975, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008
  • Armenian Supercup (1):
2008
1978

Other notable achievementsEdit

winners-up: 1971, 1973
winners-up: 1973, 1975 :runner-up: 1954, 1976
Quarter-finalist: 1974–75
1/8 finalist: 1975–76
1/8 finalist: 1972–73

Current squadEdit

As of 17 September 2019

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 Sergei Revyakin
3   DF João Maistro
4   DF Arkadi Kalaydzhyan
5   MF Zurab Arziani
7   MF Aleksandr Kozlov
8   MF Albert Mnatsakanyan
9   FW Giorgi Chelidze
10   MF Zaven Badoyan (vice-captain)
11   MF Taymuraz Toboyev
14   MF Ruslan Avagyan
18   FW Irakli Logua
19   MF Artak Aleksanyan (captain)
21   FW Emmanuel Odemis
22   GK Mikhail Petrushchenkov
23   DF Ivan Spychka
24   MF Sergey Karetnik
27   MF David Khurtsidze
29   MF Arame Tsaturyan
No. Position Player
31   MF Andranik Hovhannisyan
33   FW Denis Shevchuk
34   DF Yevgeni Makeyev
37   FW Dmitri Ryzhov
66   DF Konstantin Morozov
69   MF Denys Dedechko
77   MF Vitinho
80   FW Igor Aguiar
88   DF James
90   FW Weslen Júnior
94   FW David Arshakyan
97   MF David Davidyan
98   GK Poghos Ayvazyan
99   MF Razmik Hakobyan
  DF Volodya Samsonyan
  MF Joel Cedeño
  MF Yevgeni Balyaikin

Ararat Yerevan-2Edit

Ararat Yerevan-2
 
Nickname(s)White Eagles
Founded2007; 12 years ago (2007)
GroundDzoraghbyur Training Centre, Dzoraghbyur
OwnerVartan Sirmakes & Hrach Kaprielian
PresidentHrach Kaprielian
LeagueArmenian First League
2016–173rd
WebsiteClub website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ararat Yerevan's reserve squad play as Ararat Yerevan-2 in the Armenian First League. They currently play their home games at the training field with artificial turf of the Dzoraghbyur Training Centre in Dzoraghbyur village near Yerevan.[20]

Current squadEdit

As of 15 January 2019

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 Poghos Ayvazyan
2   DF Yuri Maghakyan
3   MF Seryozha Artenyan
4   DF Ruben Hovsepyanpos
5   DF Volodya Samsonyan
6   MF Aramayis Poghosyan
7   DF Narek Papoyan (captain)
8   DF Narek Sargsyan
9   FW Albert Zohrabyan
No. Position Player
10   FW Mikayel Arustamyan
11   DF Hunan Hakobyan
12   MF Rafik Gevorgyan
17   DF Gevorg Hovhannisyan
18   MF Andranik Hovhannisyan
21   FW Narek Sargsyan
22   GK Anushavan Tarverdyan
25   MF Ashot Khachatryan
  MF Ebot Derrick Ayuk Oru

PersonnelEdit

Technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Gagik Simonyan (Interim)
Assistant Coach   Ara Nigoyan
Assistant Coach   Georgi Minasov
Goalkeepers Coach   Edik Yeritsyan
Masseur   Karen Mkrtchyan
Ararat Yerevan-2 Coach  

ManagementEdit

Position Name
Owners     Vartan Sirmakes,     Hrach Kaprielian
President     Hrach Kaprielian
Executive Officer   Artyom Hakobyan
Sporting Director   Tigran Gharabaghtsyan
Press Secretary   Grigor Grigoryan

Managerial historyEdit

Name Nat From To
Vramshapuh Merangulyan   1935 1938
Suren Atanesyan   March 1939 Oct 1939
Yuri Yesenin   March 1940 Oct 1944
Viktor Andreev   March 1945 Oct 1945
Mikhail Sushkov   March 1946 Oct 1946
Viktor Grechishnikov   March 1947 Oct 1947
Hayk Andreasyan   March 1948 9 June 1949
Boris Apukhtin   June 1949 July 1949
Viktor Filipov   July 1949 Oct 1949
Gleb Ryabikov   March 1950 7 June 1951
Ilya Evranov   8 June 1951 Dec 1951
Hayk Andreasyan   March 1952 Oct 1954
Abraham Dangulov   March 1955 Oct 1956
Hayk Andreasyan   March 1957 Oct 1957
Boris Smyslov   March 1958 Oct 1960
Hayk Andreasyan   March 1961 July 1961
Anatoliy Akimov   Aug 1961 July 1962
Arutyun Kegeyan   Aug 1962 Dec 1962
Hayk Andreasyan   Jan 1963 28 September 1963
Alexander Abramov   2 October 1963 Dec 1963
Georgiy Zharkov   March 1964 Oct 1964
Artyom Falyan   1 March 1965 2 January 1968
Eduard Grigoryan   March 1968 Oct 1968
Oleksandr Ponomarov   March 1969 Oct 1970
Nikolay Glebov   March 1971 Oct 1972
Nikita Simonyan   1 January 1973 31 December 1974
Victor Maslov   March 1975 Oct 1975
Eduard Markarov   March 1976 Oct 1977
Nikolay Gulyayev   March 1978 July 1978
Leonid Zakharov   Aug 1978 Oct 1978
Yozhef Betsa   March 1979 Oct 1981
Name Nat From To
Arkady Andreasyan   March 1982 Oct 1983
Nikita Simonyan   1 January 1984 30 June 1985
Leonid Zakharov   June 1985 June 1986
Arkady Andreasyan   July 1986 June 1989
Nikolay Kazaryan   July 1989 Oct 1989
Armen Sarkisyan   March 1990 Oct 1994
Samvel Darbinyan   March 1995 Oct 1995
Arkady Andreasyan   Jan 1996 Nov 2003
Sevada Arzumanyan   Nov 2003 Nov 2004
Abraham Khashmanyan   Nov 2004 June 2006
Varuzhan Sukiasyan   June 2006 July 2007
Dušan Mijić   July 2007 March 2008
Varuzhan Sukiasyan   March 2008 31 December 2008
Ashot Kirakosyan   Dec 2008 March 2009
Arkady Andreasyan   March 2009 Jan 2010
Tigran Yesayan   Jan 2010 Dec 2010
Arkady Andreasyan   Jan 2011 Feb 2012
Albert Safaryan   Feb 2012 July 2012
Abraham Khashmanyan   July 2012 26 April 2014
Dušan Mijić   4 July 2014 26 September 2014
Samvel Darbinyan   26 September 2014 1 December 2014
Suren Chakhalyan   13 December 2014 14 April 2015
Varuzhan Sukiasyan   28 April 2015 August 2016
Arkady Andreasyan   August 2016 5 August 2017
Albert Safaryan   6 August 2017 30 July 2018
Armen Stepanyan   30 July 2018 30 September 2018
Abraham Khashmanyan   1 October 2018 12 April 2019
Tigran Yesayan   19 April 2019 31 May 2019
Sergey Bulatov   1 July 2019 29 July 2019
Sergei Boyko (Interim)   29 July 2019 16 September 2019
Gagik Simonyan (Interim)   16 September 2019

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ararat Yerevan were awarded a 3–0 win in the qualifying round first leg after Dinamo Batumi were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player ― Sotogashvili. The match originally ended as a 4–2 win for Dinamo Batumi.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FC Ararat Yerevan management
  2. ^ "Soviet era football: a brief history of Ararat Yerevan - World Soccer". 2 October 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  3. ^ USSR Cup 1944. 1 / 16 (in Russian)
  4. ^ USSR Cup in 1944 (in Russian)
  5. ^ USSR Championship in football, the second group 1947 (in Russian)
  6. ^ second group of the Soviet Union in 1947, the Transcaucasian area (in Russian)
  7. ^ USSR Championship in football, a second group of 1948. Final (in Russian)
  8. ^ second group of the Soviet Union in 1948, Final Kharkov (in Russian)
  9. ^ USSR. Season – 1949. Group I Tournament Calendar (in Russian)
  10. ^ USSR Championship in football, the First Party of the USSR in 1949 (in Russian)
  11. ^ USSR. Season – 1949. Group I (in Russian)
  12. ^ USSR Cup 1949 Finals. 1 / 16 (in Russian)
  13. ^ USSR Cup in 1950 (in Russian)
  14. ^ "Clubs". www.ffa.am. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Arkadi Andreasyan is the new head coach of Ararat". fcararat.am. FC Ararat Yerevan. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  16. ^ ՊԱՇՏՈՆԱԿԱՆ ՀԱՅՏԱՐԱՐՈՒԹՅՈՒՆ. fcararat.am (in Armenian). FC Ararat Yerevan. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Սերգեյ Բուլատովը լքել է Արարատի գլխավոր մարզչի պաշտոնը Ռուս մասնագետը լքել է Հայաստանը ընտանեկան խնդիրների պատճառով". facebook.com (in Armenian). FC Ararat Yerevan Facebook. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Սերգեյ Բոյկոն այլևս «Արարատում". facebook.com (in Armenian). FC Ararat Yerevan Facebook. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Club record in UEFA competitions". UEFA.com.
  20. ^ ""Ararat-2" to hold home matches at Dzoraghbyur Stadium". Retrieved 23 November 2017.

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