Lori FC (Armenian: Լոռի Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ) is an Armenian football club based in Vanadzor, Lori Province. Originally founded in 1936, Lori has participated in the domestic football competition of Soviet Armenia. After retiring from professional football in 2002, the club was revived in 2017 winning the 2017–18 Armenian First League competition.
|Full name||Lori Football Club|
|Ground||Vanadzor Football Academy (temporary)|
Vanadzor City Stadium (under construction)
4,000 (upon completion)
|League||Armenian Premier League|
|2020–21||Armenian Premier League, 8th|
The club participated in the first ever Armenian football competition after the split-up from the Soviet Union. After the regular competition they did not qualify for the championship stage, but were forced to play in the relegation stage. Here they finished in seventh position, which forced them to play in the Armenian First League (second level) for the 1993 season. In that season they finished first in their group (the league was split-up in two groups) which gave them promotion to the Armenian Premier League. Lori then became a yo-yo team referring to their up-and-go history of promotion and relegation. In 2002 they played their last season in the Premier League as of today and relegated to the First League.
The reestablishment of Lori FC was officially announced on 2 March 2017, by Tovmas Grigoryan; a native businessman of the city of Vanadzor. The club made its debut at professional football through the 2017–18 Armenian First League competition.
The club uses the Vanadzor Football Academy as their training ground. The academy is temporarily being used as a home ground for their official matches in the Armenian First League competition, as the Vanadzor City Stadium is currently being reconstructed and is set to be ready during summer 2019.
On 18 June 2019, David Campaña Piquer was appointed as the new manager of Lori on a contract until the summer of 2020. On 2 June 2020, Lori announced that manager David Campaña and his assistants Francisco Compan, Jorge Gomez, Agustin Perez and Enrique Gil had all left the club as their contracts could not be extended due to travel restrictions in returning to Armenia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Later the same day, Armen Sanamyan was announced as Lori's caretaker manager. On 4 August 2020, Armen Sanamyan left Lori to become manager of Sevan, with Lori announcing Albert Solomonov as their new manager on 5 August 2020, with Solomonov signing a one-year contract.
Following a disagreement with the administrative decision to awarded FC Urartu a 3-0 victory over Lori due to Lori being unable to field a team for their match due to COVID-19, Lori walked off at the start of their match against Ararat Yerevan on 16 March 2021. Lori later submitted their resignation from the Premier League on 5 April 2021.
League and cupEdit
|Season||League||National Cup||Top goalscorer||Managers|
|1987||Soviet Second League||12||30||12||4||14||31||34||28|
|1992||Armenian Premier League||19||22||9||4||9||45||63||22||1/8 Final|
|1993||Armenian First League||1||20||13||4||3||46||7||30||1/16 Final|
|1994||Armenian Premier League||13||28||5||6||17||22||65||16||1/16 Final|
|1995||Armenian First League||4||12||6||0||6||24||16||18||did not participate|
|1997||Armenian Premier League||10||18||0||1||17||7||76||1||-|
|1998||Armenian First League||2||24||16||6||2||42||16||54||1/8 Final|
|2001||Armenian Premier League||12||22||1||2||19||17||83||5||1/8 Final|
|2003||Armenian First League||10||22||5||0||17||36||74||15||did not participate|
|2005||11||24||6||0||18||39||77||18||did not participate|
|2017–18||Armenian First League||1||27||22||3||2||74||16||69||did not participate||Tinga Kofi Tei||12||Armen Adamyan|
|2018–19||Armenian Premier League||5||32||11||11||10||42||40||44||Runner-up||Jonel Désiré||17|| Armen Adamyan|
|2019–20||5||28||10||10||8||35||36||40||Quarter-final||Jonel Désiré||12|| David Campaña |
Armen Sanamyan (Caretaker)
|2020–21||8||24||7||2||15||16||44||23||First Round||Claudir||3||Albert Solomonov|
- As of 2 July 2021
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- Owner: Tovmas Grigoryan
- President: Robert Grigoryan
- Vice President: Vahan Danielyan
- CEO: Artur Hovhannisyan
- General Manager: Spartak Petrosyan
- Head coach: Albert Solomonov
- Assistant Coach: Vitaliy Starovik
- Assistant Coach: Sergei Chikishev
- Goalkeepers Coach: Slavik Sukiasyan
- Fitness Coach: Roman Chupryna
- Doctor: Hovsep Petrosyan
- Physiotherapist: Arshak Tumanyan
Managers of Lori FC since the club revived in 2017:
- As of match played 8 March 2021
|Armen Adamyan||Armenia||1 July 2017||13 December 2018||44||29||7||8||99||37||65.91||Armenian First League (1)|
|Artur Petrosyan||Armenia||25 December 2018||8 May 2019||14||4||6||4||14||11||28.57|
|Vahe Gevorgyan||Armenia||8 May 2019||19 June 2019||4||1||2||1||6||6||25.00|
|David Campaña Piquer||Spain||30 June 2019||2 June 2020||20||9||6||5||30||23||45.00|
|Armen Sanamyan (Caretaker)||Armenia||2 June 2020||4 August 2020||8||1||4||3||6||12||12.50|
|Albert Solomonov||Israel||5 August 2020||17||7||4||6||17||19||41.18|
- "Դավիդ Կամպանյան գլխավորեց Լոռին". fclori.am (in Armenian). Lori FC. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
- "OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT David Campaña". fclori.am/. Lori FC. 2 June 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Official Announcement Armen Sanamyan". fclori.am/. FC Lori. 2 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
- "Սիրով տեղեկացնում ենք, որ կարճատև դադարից հետո "Սևան" ՖԱ-ի մարզչական ղեկը կրկին գլխավորել է Արմեն Սանամյանը". facebook.com/SevanFCArmenia/ (in Armenian). Sevan FC Facebook. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
- "lbert Solomonov Has Been Appointed Lori FC Head Coach". fclori.am/. Lori FC. 5 August 2020. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
- "Լոռի ՖԱ -ի ֆուտբոլիստները լքել են խաղադաշտը "Արարատի" հետ հանդիպման մեկնարկում". ffa.am/ (in Armenian). Football Federation Armenia. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
- "Արարատ-Լոռի խաղը կարող է չկայանալ․ վանաձորյան թիմը հրաժարվում է դուրս գալ դաշտ". armsport.am/ (in Armenian). Arm Sport. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
- "Lori FC leave Premier League, to pay more attention to academy's development". sport.news.am/eng/. News.AM. 5 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
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- Armenian First League news
- 2017–18 Armenian First League table