Shirak Sports Club (Armenian: Շիրակ Մարզական Ակումբ), commonly known as Shirak, is an Armenian football club from the city of Gyumri, Shirak Province. Founded in 1958, the home venue of the club is the Gyumri City Stadium.
|Full name||Shirak Sports Club|
|Nickname(s)||Սև Հովազներ Sev Hovazner (Black Panthers)|
|Ground||Gyumri City Stadium,|
|League||Armenian Premier League|
Shirak is one of the oldest football clubs in Armenia and is the only team that participated in all seasons of the Armenian Premier League. They became champions of the Armenian Premier League in 1992, 1994, 1999 and 2012–2013 and lifted the Armenian Cup during the 2011–12 season. They also won the Armenian Super Cup in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2013.
Since 2010, the owner of Shirak SC is Arman Sahakyan, an Armenian businessman and a member of National Assembly of Armenia. The club headquarters are located on Andranik Ozanyan street 6, Gyumri.
Shirak are one of the oldest football clubs in Armenia and has produced many talented players who have represented the Armenian national team, with Artur Petrosyan and Harutyun Vardanyan being the most notable players.
The club is the second most titled team in the country, having won four championships, one cup title and four super-cups. The club had struggled financially between 2005 and 2010.
The team participated in three different European cups: the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and the Intertoto Cup. In 2012–13, Shirak played in the UEFA Europa League and advanced to the second round with a 2–1 aggregate victory over FK Rudar Pljevlja.
In May 2018, Shirak were deducted 12 points by the Football Federation of Armenia due to sporting director Ararat Harutyunyan allegedly offering Edward Kpodo of FC Banants a bride to fix their upcoming match.
Domestic history since 1992Edit
|Season||League||National Cup||Top goalscorer||Manager|
|1992||Armenian Premier League||1st||22||17||3||2||58||14||37||Semi-final||Andranik Adamyan|
|2010||8th||28||2||4||22||22||68||10||Quarter-final||Mkrtich Nalbandyan||9||Vardan Bichakhchyan|
|2011||7th||28||6||7||15||27||42||25||Runner-up||Andranik Barikyan||10||Samvel Petrosyan|
|2011-12||Only Cup competition was held||Winner||Vardan Bichakhchyan|
|2012–13||1st||42||26||10||6||70||38||88||Runner-up||Yoro Lamine Ly||18|
|2015–16||2nd||28||15||7||6||41||27||52||Quarter-final||Konan Odilon Kouakou||6|
|2017–18||4th||30||14||8||8||37||31||38||Semi-final||Moussa Paul Bakayoko||7|
|2018–19||7th||32||7||15||10||26||30||36||First round||Two Players||4|
- As of match played 6 July 2017
|UEFA Champions League||6||1||3||2||6||5||+1|
|UEFA Cup & UEFA Europa League||28||4||5||19||15||50||–35|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||4||1||1||2||7||10||–3|
|Season||Competition||Round||Club||1st Leg||2nd Leg||Aggregate|
|1995–96||UEFA Cup||PR||Zagłębie Lubin||0–0||0–1||0–1|
|1996–97||UEFA Cup||PR||Anorthosis Famagusta||0–4||2–2||2–6|
|1999–00||UEFA Cup||1Q||HJK Helsinki||0–2||1–0||1–2|
|2000–01||UEFA Champions League||1Q||BATE Borisov||1–1||1–2||2–3|
|2001||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Tatabánya||3–2||1–3||4–5|
|2002||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Santa Clara||0–2||3–3||3–5|
|2003–04||UEFA Cup||QR||Nordsjælland Farum||0–4||0–2||0–6|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Rudar Pljevlja||1–0||1–1||2–1|
|2Q||Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv||0–2||0–1||0–3|
|2013–14||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Tre Penne||3–0||0–1||3–1|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Shakhter Karagandy||1–2||0–4||1–6|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||1Q||HŠK Zrinjski Mostar||2–0||1–2||3–2|
|2016–17||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Dila Gori||0–1||1–0 (aet)||1–1 (4–1 p)|
|2017–18||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Gorica||0–2||2–2||2–4|
- Home results are noted in bold
The Gyumri City Stadium is the home ground of Shirak since its foundation. Opened in 1924, Gyumri City Stadium is the oldest football venue in the modern history of Armenia.
The venue was reconstructed in 1999 and turned into an all-seater stadium. The total capacity of the stadium became 2,844 seats (1,413 at the western stand and 1,431 at the eastern stand).
The stadium hosted the 2011–12 Armenian Cup final match when Shirak defeated Impulse to win the title for the first time in their history.
The most active group of fans is the Black Panthers fan club, inspired by the panther of the ancient Armenian royal Bagratuni dynasty, featured on the logo of the club.
- Winner (4) – 1992, 1994, 1999, 2012–13;
- Runner-up (7) – 1993, 1995–96, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2013–14, 2015–16;
- Third (4) – 2000, 2003, 2014–15, 2016–17;
- As of 3 August 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
FC Shirak's reserve squad play as Shirak-2 in the Armenian First League. They also play their home games at the Gyumri City Stadium.
|Head Coach||Vardan Bichakhchyan|
|First Assistant Coach||Felix Khojoyan|
|Assistant Coach||Hovhannes Tahmazyan|
|Goalkeepers Coach||Atur Hovhannisyan|
|Team Manager||Ararat Harutyunyan|
|Shirak-2 Coach||Tigran Davtyan|
|Sporting Director||Andranik Adamyan|
|Technical Director||Georgi Maatevosyan|
|Press Secretary||Arman Maloyan|
On 8 September 2017, prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 Armenian Futsal Premier League season, Shirak Sports Club took over the Gyumri Futsal club who are a founding member of the domestic futsal championship in Armenia since its inaugural season in 1998. As a result, the futsal team was re-branded as Shirak SC Futsal.
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