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 four times, in 1992, 2007, 2016, and 2023. In 2013–2014, they won the Armenian Premier League for the first time in their history.

Urartu
Ուրարտու
Full nameFootball Club Urartu
Nickname(s)Հպարտ Առյուծներ Hpart Aryutsner (Proud Lions)
FoundedJanuary 20, 1992; 32 years ago (1992-01-20)[1]
GroundUrartu Stadium
Capacity4,860[2]
OwnerDzhevan Cheloyants
Director GeneralGohar Vardanyan [3]
ManagerDmitry Gunko
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2022–231st of 10
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.

History edit

Kotayk edit

Urartu FC were founded as FC Banants by Sarkis Israelyan on 21 January 1992 in the village of Kotayk, representing the Kotayk Province.[1] 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.[4] 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.

Yerevan edit

 
FC Urartu headquarters

In 2001, FC Banants was relocated to Yerevan.[5][6] 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.[7]

Domestic edit

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 Oganes Zanazanyan
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 Oganes Zanazanyan
Ashot Barseghyan
2006 2 28 18 3 7 67 26 +41 57 Semi-final   Aram Hakobyan 25 Ashot Barseghyan
Nikolay Kiselyov
2007 2 28 16 4 8 56 26 +30 52 Winner   Arsen Balabekyan 15 Nikolay Kiselyov
Jan Poštulka
Nikolay Kostov
2008 5 28 11 8 9 34 25 +9 41 Finalist   Arsen Balabekyan 7 Nikolay Kostov
Nedelcho Matushev
Kim Splidsboel
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
Volodymyr Pyatenko
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
Tito Ramallo
2016-17 5 30 5 6 19 18 44 -26 21 Semi-final   Laércio 3 Tito Ramallo
Artur Voskanyan
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   Vahagn Ayvazyan
  Walmerson
  Aleksandar Glišić
5 Artur Voskanyan
Ilshat Fayzulin
2019–20 7 22 8 6 8 26 27 -1 30 Semi-final   Yevgeni Kobzar 7 Ilshat Fayzulin
Aleksandr Grigoryan
2020–21 3 24 12 5 7 28 19 +9 41 Quarter-final   Jonel Désiré 8 Aleksandr Grigoryan
Tigran Yesayan (Caretaker)
Robert Arzumanyan
2021–22 5 32 9 13 10 37 32 +5 40 Finalist   Artur Miranyan 10 Arsen Petrosyan
Robert Arzumanyan (Caretaker)
2022–23 1 36 26 5 5 68 25 +43 83 Winners   Dmytro Khlyobas 9 Dmitri Gunko

European edit

As of match played 3 August 2023
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 4 2 0 2 6 6 0
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 26 3 3 20 18 64 –46
UEFA Europa Conference League 4 0 0 4 4 8 –4
Total 34 5 3 26 28 78 –50
Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
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
2Q   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–4 0–4 2–8
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
2023–24 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Zrinjski Mostar 0–1 3–2 (a.e.t.) 3–3 (3–4 p)
UEFA Europa Conference League 2Q   Farul Constanța 2–3 2–3 4–6

Stadium edit

 
Urartu Stadium

The construction of the Urartu 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/academy edit

Urartu 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.

Fans edit

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,[8] 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.

Honours edit

Current squad edit

As of 5 February 2024

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ARM Mkhitar Umreyan
3 DF   ARM Erik Piloyan
4 DF   UKR Yevhen Tsymbalyuk
5 MF   BFA Dramane Salou
6 DF   ARM Arman Ghazaryan
7 MF   ARM Sergey Mkrtchyan
9 MF   ARM Narek Aghasaryan
10 FW   ARM Karen Melkonyan
11 FW   ARM Gevorg Tarakhchyan
13 MF   RUS Vladislav Panteleyev
15 DF   RUS Aleksandr Putsko
16 DF   NGA Barry Isaac
18 FW   GEO Leon Sabua
19 FW   RUS Nikolai Prudnikov
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF   MNE Periša Pešukić
21 MF   UKR Andriy Kravchuk
22 MF   ARM Mikayel Mirzoyan
23 DF   NGA Luqman Gilmore
24 DF   SRB Uroš Stojanović
30 FW   ARG Álvaro Veliez
31 GK   RUS Dmitry Abakumov
42 GK   RUS Aleksandr Melikhov
55 DF   ARM Erik Simonyan
77 FW   RUS Temur Dzhikiya (on loan from Volga Ulyanovsk)
88 DF   ARM Zhirayr Margaryan
90 MF   RUS Oleg Polyakov
99 DF   ARM Khariton Ayvazyan

Out on loan edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   ARM Gor Lulukyan (at BKMA Yerevan)
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 MF   ARM Robert Baghramyan (at Noah)

Personnel edit

Technical staff edit

Position Name
Head Coach   Dmitry Gunko
Coach   Nikolay Tyunin
Fitnes Coach   Aleksey Gorshkov
Coach Analyst   Francisco Compañ
Goalkeepers Coach   Stepan Ghazaryan
Doctor   Arsen Hambaryan
Physiotherapist   Karen Gharibyan
Physiotherapist   Karapet Israelyan
Team Manager   Davit Shahbagyan
Kit Manager   Harutyun Jangchyan
Interpreter   Areg Harutyunyan
Urartu-2 Coach   Igor Paderin

Management edit

Position Name
President   Dzhevan Cheloyants
General Director   Gohar Vardanyan
Sport Director   Dmitrii Kudryashov
Deputy General Director for Administration and Maintenance   Georgii Gzrayan
Deputy General Director for PR, Information and Marketing   Lusine Harutyunyan
Press Officer   Gevorg Malakyan
Lawyer   Hamlet Petrosyan

Urartu-2 edit

Urartu-2
 
Founded2003
GroundUrartu Training Centre,
Yerevan
Capacity600
OwnerDzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director GeneralHrach Aghabekyan
ManagerTigran Arakelyan
LeagueArmenian First League
2021–226th
WebsiteClub website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Banants Training Centre

Urartu has also the second team, Urartu-2 which plays in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the training field with artificial turf of the Urartu Training Centre.

Managerial history edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "ФУТБОЛЬНОМУ КЛУБУ «УРАРТУ» 32 ГОДА!". fcurartu.am (in Russian). FC Urartu. 20 January 2024. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  2. ^ Banants Stadium Archived 2016-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "РУКОВОДСТВО "БАНАНЦА"". www.fcbanants.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  4. ^ History of Football Club Banants[permanent dead link], from fcbanants.com, retrieved 1 May 2009.
  5. ^ "History". www.yerevan.am. Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  6. ^ "aw8". Retrieved 3 June 2023.
  7. ^ "Clubs". www.ffa.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  8. ^ ""Banants Ultras"". www.fcbanants.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  9. ^ "ROBERT ARZUMANYAN LEFT URARTU FC". fcurartu.am. FC Urartu. 24 June 2022. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  10. ^ "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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