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 that currently plays in 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.
|Full name||Football Club Urartu|
|Nickname(s)||Հպարտ Առյուծներ Hpart Aryutsner (Proud Lions)|
|Founded||January 20, 1992|
|Owner||Dzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan|
|Director General||Hrach Aghabekyan|
|League||Armenian Premier League|
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.
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. 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.
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.
|Season||League||National Cup||Top goalscorer||Manager|
|1992||Armenian Premier League||3||34||28||3||3||125||34||+91||59||Winner||Ashot Barseghyan||34||Varuzhan Sukiasyan|
|2001||Armenian Premier League||7||22||10||4||8||46||28||+18||34||First round||Mkrtich Hovhannisyan||11|
|2003||2||28||21||3||4||89||15||+74||66||Finalist||Ara Hakobyan||45||Oganes Zanazanyan|
|2005||3||26||15||6||5||49||31||+18||51||Semi-final||Aram Hakobyan||11||Oganes Zanazanyan |
|2006||2||28||18||3||7||67||26||+41||57||Semi-final||Aram Hakobyan||25||Ashot Barseghyan |
|2007||2||28||16||4||8||56||26||+30||52||Winner||Arsen Balabekyan||15||Nikolay Kiselyov |
|2008||5||28||11||8||9||34||25||+9||41||Finalist||Arsen Balabekyan||7||Nikolay Kostov |
|2009||4||28||13||5||10||40||29||+11||44||Finalist||Samvel Melkonyan||12||Armen Gyulbudaghyants|
|2010||2||28||20||4||4||58||24||+34||64||Finalist||Du Bala||11||Stevica Kuzmanovski|
|2011||4||28||12||8||8||42||30||+12||44||Semi-final||Bruno Correa||16||Rafael Nazaryan|
|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||Rafael Nazaryan |
|2013-14||1||28||14||8||6||38||23||+15||50||Semi-final||Gevorg Nranyan||10||Zsolt Hornyák|
|2014-15||6||28||8||8||12||42||46||-4||32||Semi-final||Gevorg Nranyan||7||Zsolt Hornyák|
|2015-16||6||28||7||12||9||36||34||+2||33||Winner||Laércio||10||Aram Voskanyan |
|2016-17||5||30||5||6||19||18||44||-26||21||Semi-final||Laércio||3||Tito Ramallo |
|2017-18||2||30||11||11||8||42||34||+8||44||Semi-final||Rumyan Hovsepyan||8||Artur Voskanyan|
|2018-19||3||32||14||10||8||43||35||+8||52||Semi-final||Three Players||5||Artur Voskanyan |
|2019–20||7||22||8||6||8||26||27||-1||30||Semi-final||Yevgeni Kobzar||7||Ilshat Fayzulin |
|2020–21||3||24||12||5||7||28||19||+9||41||Quarter-final||Jonel Désiré||8||Aleksandr Grigoryan |
Tigran Yesayan (Caretaker)
|2021–22||5||32||9||13||10||37||32||+5||40||Finalist||Artur Miranyan||10||Arsen Petrosyan |
Robert Arzumanyan (Caretaker)
- As of match played 8 July 2021
|UEFA Champions League||2||1||0||1||3||3||0|
|UEFA Europa League||12||1||1||10||7||29||–22|
|UEFA Europa Conference League||2||0||0||2||0||2||–2|
|2003–04||UEFA Cup||QR||Hapoel Tel Aviv||1–2||1–1||2–3|
|2004–05||UEFA Cup||1Q||Illichivets Mariupol||0–2||0–2||0–4|
|2005–06||UEFA Cup||1Q||Locomotive Tbilisi||2–3||2–0||4–3|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||1Q||Ameri Tbilisi||1–2||1–0||2–2 (a)|
|2007–08||UEFA Cup||1Q||Young Boys||1–1||0–4||1–5|
|2008–09||UEFA Cup||1Q||Red Bull Salzburg||0–3||0–7||0–10|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Široki Brijeg||0–2||1–0||1–2|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Anorthosis Famagusta||0–1||0–3||0–4|
|2011–12||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Rustavi Metalurgist||0–1||1–1||1–2|
|2014–15||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Santa Coloma||3–2||0–1||3–3 (a)|
|2016–17||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Omonia||0–1||1–4||1–5|
|2018–19||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Sarajevo||1–2||0–3||1–5|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Čukarički||0–5||0–3||0–8|
|2021–22||UEFA Europa Conference League||1Q||Maribor||0–1||0–1||0–2|
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).
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.
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, 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.
- Armenian Supercup
- Winner (1): 2014.
- Runner-up (5): 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2016.
- As of 21 June 2022
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Head Coach||Dmitri Gunko|
|Fitnes Coach||Javier Lurueña Lobo|
|Coach Analyst||Francisco Compañ|
|Goalkeepers Coach||Stepan Ghazaryan|
|Physiotherapist||Wail El Guartit|
|Team Manager||Davit Shahbagyan|
|Kit Manager||Harutyun Jangchyan|
|Urartu-2 Coach||Tigran Arakelyan|
|General Director||Hrach Aghabekyan|
|Executive Director||Davit Martirosyan|
|Press Secretary||Lusine Harutyunyan|
|Ground||Urartu Training Centre,|
|Owner||Dzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan|
|Director General||Hrach Aghabekyan|
|League||Armenian First League|
- Varuzhan Sukiasyan (1992–94)
- Poghos Galstyan (July 1, 1996 – June 30, 1998)
- Oganes Zanazanyan (2001–05)
- Ashot Barseghyan (2005–06)
- Nikolay Kiselyov (2006–07)
- Jan Poštulka (2007)
- Nikolay Kostov (July 1, 2007 – April 8, 2008)
- Nedelcho Matushev (April 8, 2008 – June 30, 2008)
- Kim Splidsboel (2008)
- Armen Gyulbudaghyants (Jan 1, 2009 – Dec 1, 2009)
- Ashot Barseghyan (interim) (2009)
- Stevica Kuzmanovski (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010)
- Rafael Nazaryan (Jan 1, 2011 – Jan 15, 2012)
- Volodymyr Pyatenko (Jan 17, 2013 – June 30, 2013)
- Zsolt Hornyák (July 1, 2013 – May 30, 2015)
- Aram Voskanyan (July 1, 2015 – Oct 11, 2015)
- Tito Ramallo (Oct 12, 2015 – Oct 3, 2016)
- Artur Voskanyan (Oct 3, 2016 – Aug 11, 2018)
- Ilshat Faizulin (Aug 12, 2018 –Nov 24, 2019)
- Aleksandr Grigoryan (Nov 25, 2019 –Mar 10, 2021)
- Robert Arzumanyan (10 March 2021–24 June 2022)
- Dmitri Gunko (27 June 2022–)
- Banants Stadium Archived 2016-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
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- "DMITRY GUNKO IS THE NEW HEAD COACH OF URARTU FC". fcurartu.am. FC Urartu. 27 June 2022. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
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