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Football Club Urartu (Armenian: Ուրարտու Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ, translated Futbolayin Akumb Urartu), commonly known as Urartu, is an Armenian professional football team based in the capital Yerevan, currently playing at the Armenian Premier League. The club won the Armenian Cup three times, in 1992, 2007 and 2016. In 2013–2014, they won the Armenian Premier League for the first time in their history.

Urartu
FC Banants Logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Urartu
Nickname(s)Հպարտ Արծիվներ Hpart Artsivner (Proud Eagles)
FoundedJanuary 20, 1992; 27 years ago (1992-01-20)
GroundUrartu Stadium
Yerevan
Capacity4,860[1]
OwnerDzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director GeneralHrach Aghabekian[2]
ManagerIlshat Faizulin
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2018–193rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

In early 2016, the Russia-based Armenian businessman Dzhevan Cheloyants became a co-owner of the club after purchasing the major part of the club shares. The club was known as FC Banants until 1 August 2019, when it was officially renamed FC Urartu.

HistoryEdit

KotaykEdit

Urartu FC were founded as FC Banants by Sarkis Israelyan on 21 January 1992 in the village of Kotayk, representing the Kotayk Province. He named the club after his native village of Banants (currently known as Bayan). Between 1992 and 1995, the club was commonly referred to as Banants Kotayk.[3] During the 1992 season, the club won the first Armenian Cup. At the end of the 1995 transitional season, Banants suffered a financial crisis. The club owners decided that it was better to merge the club with FC Kotayk of Abovyan, rather than disband it. In 2001, Banants demerged from FC Kotayk, and was moved from Abovyan to the capital Yerevan.

YerevanEdit

 
FC Urartu headquarters

FC Banants was relocated to Yerevan in 2001. At the beginning of 2003, Banants merged with FC Spartak Yerevan, but was able to limit the name of the new merger to FC Banants. Spartak became Banants's youth academy and later changed the name to Banants-2. Because of the merger, Banants acquired many players from Spartak Yerevan, including Samvel Melkonyan. After the merger, Banants took a more serious approach and have finished highly in the league table ever since. The club managed to lift the Armenian Cup in 2007. Experience is making way for youth for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The departures of most of the experienced players have left the club's future to the youth. Along with two Ukrainian players, Ugandan international, Noah Kasule, has been signed.

The club headquarters are located on Jivani Street 2 of the Malatia-Sebastia District, Yerevan.[4]

Domestic historyEdit

Season League National Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Name League
1992 Armenian Premier League 3 34 28 3 3 125 34 +91 59 Winner   Ashot Barseghyan 34 Varuzhan Sukiasyan
1993 3 28 23 2 3 111 21 +90 48 Semi-final   Andranik Hovsepyan 26
1994 5 28 17 1 10 95 56 +39 35 Semi-final
1995-2000 No Participation
2001 Armenian Premier League 7 22 10 4 8 46 28 +18 34 First round   Mkrtich Hovhannisyan 11
2002 3 22 16 2 4 43 15 +28 50 Quarter-final   Tigran Yesayan 11
2003 2 28 21 3 4 89 15 +74 66 Finalist   Ara Hakobyan 45
2004 3 28 12 7 9 40 39 +1 43 Finalist   Samvel Melkonyan 8
2005 3 26 15 6 5 49 31 +18 51 Semi-final   Aram Hakobyan 11
2006 2 28 18 3 7 67 26 +41 57 Semi-final   Aram Hakobyan 25
2007 2 28 16 4 8 56 26 +30 52 Winner   Arsen Balabekyan 15
2008 5 28 11 8 9 34 25 +9 41 Finalist   Arsen Balabekyan 7
2009 4 28 13 5 10 40 29 +11 44 Finalist   Samvel Melkonyan 12
2010 2 28 20 4 4 58 24 +34 64 Finalist   Du Bala 11
2011 4 28 12 8 8 42 30 +12 44 Semi-final   Bruno Correa 16
2011-12 Only Cup competition was held Quarter-final
2012-13 8 42 5 16 21 37 64 -27 31 First round   Hovhannes Hambardzumyan 7
2013-14 1 28 14 8 6 38 23 +15 50 Semi-final   Gevorg Nranyan 10
2014-15 6 28 8 8 12 42 46 -4 32 Semi-final   Gevorg Nranyan 7
2015-16 6 28 7 12 9 36 34 +2 33 Winner   Laércio 10
2016-17 5 30 5 6 19 18 44 -26 21 Semi-final   Laércio 3
2017-18 2 30 11 11 8 42 34 +8 44 Semi-final   Rumyan Hovsepyan 8
2018-19 3 32 14 10 8 43 35 +8 52 Semi-final Three Players 5 Artur Voskanyan
Ilshat Fayzulin

StadiumEdit

The construction of the Banants Stadium was launched in 2006 in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan, with the assistance of the FIFA goal programme. It was officially opened in 2008 with a capacity of 3,600 seats. Further developments were implemented later in 2011, when the playing pitch was modernized and the capacity of the stadium was increased up to 4,860 seats (2,760 at the northern stand, 1,500 at the southern stand and 600 at the western stand).

Training centre/academyEdit

Banants Training Centre is the club's academy base located in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan. In addition to the main stadium, the centre houses 3 full-size training pitches, mini football pitches as well as an indoor facility. The current technical director of the academy is the former Russian footballer Ilshat Faizulin.

FansEdit

The most active group of fans is the South West Ultras fan club, mainly composed of residents from several neighbourhoods within the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan,[5] since the club is a de facto representer of the district. Members of the fan club benefit from events organized by the club and many facilities of the Banants training centre, such as the mini football pitch, the club store and other entertainments.

AchievementsEdit

UEFA Team Ranking 2017/2018Edit

As of 17 July 2018[6]
Rank Country Team Points
413   FC Sioni Bolnisi 1.000
414   EB/Streymur 1.000
415   FC Gandzasar Kapan 0.975
416   Banants 0.975
417   Ulisses FC 0.975
418   FC Mika 0.975
419   Balzan FC 0.900

Current squadEdit

As of 13 September 2019[7]

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 Anatoliy Ayvazov
4   DF Andranik Voskanyan
5   MF Hakob Hakobyan
6   DF Guy Magema
7   MF Aram Bareghamyan
8   MF Jurica Grgec
9   FW Yevgeni Kobzar
10   FW Karen Melkonyan
11   MF Artak Dashyan
13   DF Edward Kpodo
14   MF Adamu Abdullahi
16   MF Pape Abdou Camara
No. Position Player
18   FW Juan Carlos Azocar
19   MF Peter Mutumosi
20   MF Igor Stanojević
22   GK Grigori Matevosyan
23   DF Narek Petrosyan
25   DF Rubén Ramírez
55   DF Miloš Nikolić
77   GK Aram Ayrapetyan (vice-captain)
90   FW Yevhen Budnik
91   MF Marco Brtan
93   FW Semyon Sinyavsky
99   DF Robert Darbinyan

Urartu-2Edit

Urartu-2
 
Founded2003
GroundUrartu Training Centre,
Yerevan
Capacity600
OwnerDzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director GeneralHrach Aghabekian
ManagerAra Nigoyan
LeagueArmenian First League
2016–171st
WebsiteClub website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FC Banants' reserve squad play as FC Banants-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the training field with artificial turf of the Banants Training Centre.

Current squadEdit

As of 16 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
2   DF Erik Gharibyan
3   MF Tigran Ayunts
4   DF Gagik Maghakyan
5   MF Albert Arzumanyan (third-captain)
6   MF Erik Vardanyan (captain)
7   MF Vardan Babakhanyan
8   MF Narek Avagyan
9   FW Abraham Portugalyan
10   MF Mikhail Muradyan
11   MF Artur Miskirijyan
12   GK Narek Hovhannisyan
13   DF Andranik Baghramyan
No. Position Player
14   FW Gevorg Tarakhchyan
15   DF Artur Khachatryan
16   MF Arsen Sadoyan
17   MF Sergey Mkrtchyan
18   DF Arsen Yeghiazaryan
19   DF Narek Grigoryan
20   MF Harut Harutyunyan
21   MF Edgar Movsisyan
22   GK Grigori Matevosyan
23   MF David Paremuzyan
30   FW Guilerme Rodriguez Torres da Silva
33   GK Suren Aloyan (vice-captain)

PersonnelEdit

Technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Aram Voskanyan
Coach   Ara Nigoyan
Coach   Aram Hakobyan
Coach Analyst   Manuk Sargsyan
Goalkeepers Coach   Tigran Aslanyan
Doctor   Karen Stepanyan
Masseur   Eduard Gevorgyan
Masseur   Arman Yeghikyan
Team Administrator   Davit Shahbagyan
Kit Manager   Harutyun Jangchyan
Banants-2 Coach   Ara Nigoyan

ManagementEdit

Position Name
Owners   Dzhevan Cheloyants,   Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director General   Hrach Aghabekian
Deputy Director   Karen Davtyan
Lawyer   Ashot Gyureghyan
Press Secretary   Mher Khudaverdyan

Managerial historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Banants Stadium Archived 2016-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "РУКОВОДСТВО "БАНАНЦА"". www.fcbanants.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ History of Football Club Banants[permanent dead link], from fcbanants.com, retrieved 1 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Clubs". www.ffa.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ ""Banants Ultras"". www.fcbanants.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  6. ^ "UEFA rankings for club competitions". Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ "URARTU SQUAD". fcbanants.am. FC Banants. Retrieved 15 September 2019.

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