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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.[1]

Shirak
FC Shirak logo.svg
Full nameShirak Sports Club
Nickname(s)Սև Հովազներ Sev Hovazner (Black Panthers)
Founded1958; 61 years ago (1958)
GroundGyumri City Stadium,
Gyumri
Capacity2,844
OwnerArman Sahakyan
PresidentArman Sahakyan
ManagerVardan Bichakhchyan
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2018–197th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.[2] The club headquarters are located on Andranik Ozanyan street 6, Gyumri.[3]

HistoryEdit

Shirak were founded in 1958 in the city of Gyumri in the Armenian SSR. During the 1970s, the club played under the name Olympia. They never played in the Soviet First League.

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.

In 2010, the club was taken by Arman Sahakyan, a businessman native of Gyumri and member of the Armenian Parliament.[4] In 2012 Shirak won the Armenian Cup for the first time in their history.

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.[5]

Domestic history since 1992Edit

Season League National Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1992 Armenian Premier League 1st 22 17 3 2 58 14 37 Semi-final   Andranik Adamyan
1993 2nd 28 24 1 3 101 20 49 Runner-up
1994 1st 28 24 4 0 83 19 52 Runner-up
1995 1st 10 7 3 0 23 6 24 Semi-final
1995-96 2nd 22 16 3 3 67 23 51 Semi-final
1996-97 4th 22 15 2 5 57 11 47 Quarter-final
1997 2nd 18 12 5 1 46 8 41 Not held
1998 2nd 26 19 4 3 72 25 61 Quarter-final
1999 1st 32 23 4 5 93 29 73 Runner-up
2000 3rd 28 17 7 4 64 21 58 Quarter-final
2001 4th 22 14 5 3 52 19 47 Semi-final
2002 2nd 22 16 3 3 49 15 51 Quarter-final
2003 3rd 28 17 2 9 63 34 53 Semi-final
2004 8th 28 4 9 15 27 49 21 Semi-final
2005 8th 18 3 3 12 19 36 12 Quarter-final   Zhora Barseghyan
2006 7th 28 4 7 17 21 64 19 Quarter-final
2007 6th 28 9 7 12 27 37 34 Quarter-final   Artyom Bernetsyan 7
2008 7th 28 5 4 19 15 40 19 Quarter-final
2009 6th 28 5 8 15 24 55 23 Quarter-final   Andranik Barikyan 8
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
2013–14 2nd 28 13 8 7 48 31 47 Quarter-final   Serges Déblé 15
2014–15 3rd 28 14 7 7 51 32 49 Quarter-final   Jean-Jacques Bougouhi 21
2015–16 2nd 28 15 7 6 41 27 52 Quarter-final   Konan Odilon Kouakou 6
2016–17 3rd 30 16 5 9 31 24 53 Winner   Viulen Ayvazyan 8
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
2019–20

EuropeanEdit

As of match played 6 July 2017
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
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
Total 38 6 9 23 28 65 –37
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
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q   Malmö 0–2 0–5 0–7
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
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q   Tiraspol 1–2 0–2 1–4
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
2Q   Partizan Belgrade 1–1 0–0 1–1
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
2Q   AIK Fotboll 0–2 0–2 0–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Dila Gori 0–1 1–0 (aet) 1–1 (4–1 p)
2Q   Spartak Trnava 1–1 0–2 1–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Gorica 0–2 2–2 2–4
  • Home results are noted in bold

StadiumEdit

 
Gyumri City Stadium

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.

FansEdit

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.

Football kitsEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
since 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011–2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
until 2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
1999

HonoursEdit

Armenian Premier League[6]

Armenian Cup[7]

Armenian Super Cup

SquadEdit

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.

No. Position Player
1   GK Sokrat Hovhannisyan
2   DF Vardan Shakhbazyan
3   DF Artur Amiryan
4   DF Artyom Mikaelyan
5   DF Hakob Vardanyan
6   DF Marko Prljević
7   MF Arman Aslanyan (vice-captain)
8   DF Zhirayr Margaryan
9   FW Aram Muradyan
10   MF Edgar Malakyan
17   FW Arlen Tsaturyan
18   MF Rafik Misakyan
No. Position Player
19   MF Karen Muradyan
20   MF Rudik Mkrtchyan
21   FW Artyom Gevorkyan
23   DF Bogdan Miličić
25   DF Aghvan Davoyan (captain)
43   MF Artush Mirzakhanyan
45   GK Vsevolod Ermakov
88   MF Moussa Paul Bakayoko
98   FW Mory Kone
  MF Solomon Udo
  MF Hrayr Mkoyan

Shirak-2Edit

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.

PersonnelEdit

Technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Vardan Bichakhchyan
First Assistant Coach   Felix Khojoyan
Assistant Coach   Hovhannes Tahmazyan
Goalkeepers Coach   Atur Hovhannisyan
Team Manager   Ararat Harutyunyan
Masseur   Armen Sukiasyan
Translator   Harutyun Harutyunyan
Shirak-2 Coach   Tigran Davtyan

ManagementEdit

Position Name
President   Arman Sahakyan
Sporting Director   Andranik Adamyan
Technical Director   Georgi Maatevosyan
Press Secretary   Arman Maloyan
Administrator   Suren Simonyan

Managerial historyEdit

Other sportsEdit

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.[8]

On 19 September 2017, Shirak announced the creation of a basketball team that would compete in the new Armenia Basketball League A.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shirak SC history". fcshirak.am. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Bank VTB (Armenia) to sponsor Shirak football club". ARKA News Agency. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Clubs". www.ffa.am. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ "National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia - Official Web Site - parliament.am". www.parliament.am. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ "ՀՖՖ կարգապահական կոմիտեի 05.05.2018թ. որոշման կիրառման պարզաբանումը". ffa.am (in Armenian). Football Federation of Armenia. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ RSSSF Armenia (and subpages per year)
  7. ^ "FC Shirak achievements". fcshirak.am. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Գյումրիի «Շիրակ»-ը հայտարարել է ֆուտզալի թիմ հիմնելու մասին". Sportal.Am. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  9. ^ "We continue to extend our Sport family!". FC Shirak at Instagram. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.

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