Football Club Shirak[1] (Armenian: Շիրակ Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ), commonly known as Shirak, is an Armenian professional sports club based in Gyumri. Shirak is known for its professional football team which is one of the oldest football clubs in Armenia, having been created in 1958. The club is the only team that participated in all seasons of the Armenian Premier League since its creation in 1992 until 2021. Shirak is one of the more successful clubs in Armenia, having won a total of 11 domestic titles including four Armenian Premier League titles,[2] two Armenian Cup,[3] and five Armenian Super Cup.

Shirak
Շիրակ
Full nameFootball Club Shirak
Nickname(s)Սև Հովազներ Sev Hovazner (Black Panthers)
Founded1958; 66 years ago (1958)
GroundGyumri City Stadium
Capacity4,500
PresidentArman Sahakyan
ManagerTigran Davtyan
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2022–237th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Shirak has yet to qualify for an international tournament playoff round, yet frequently plays UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifying matches.

Shirak's home stadium is the 4,500 seater Gyumri City Stadium, the oldest venue in Armenia. Shirak's youth academy has also produced successful players, including Artur Petrosyan and Harutyun Vardanyan.

History edit

Shirak was founded in Gyumri in 1958, when Armenia was still a part of the Soviet Union. The club was originally named Shirak Leninakan, the latter being the name for Gyumri during the Soviet Union.[4] From its creation to the fall of the Soviet Union, Shirak played all its matches in the Soviet third division First League.

Following the fall of the Soviet Union and the renaming of Leninakan, Shirak changed its name to Shirak Kumayri, and was placed in the Armenian Premier League with head coach Andranik Adamyan in charge.

1992 was the first Armenian Premier League season played in history, which ended with Shirak and Pyunik tied at the top with 37 points each. After failing to agree on a tie-breaking match, it was decided to award the title to both teams.[5] Thus, Shirak managed to win the league in the first domestic league in Armenian history.

Shirak once again changed its name in late 1992 after the name Kumayri was changed for Gyumri. Therefore 1993 was the first appearance as Shirak Gyumri in the Armenian Premier League. After finishing second in the 1993 league season, Shirak qualified to the Armenian Cup final for the first time, yet failed to claim the title after losing 3–1 to Ararat.

Shirak went on to win the 1994 and 1995 seasons, however was not given the 1995 title due to it being a transitional spring season.[6]

The next four seasons were not successful for the club, however Shirak managed to claim the league title again in 1999, with striker Arayik Adamyan scoring 16 goals.[7] The league title would end up being the last title Shirak would win until the 2011-12 Armenian Cup.

Shirak would eventually go on to win the 2012-13 Armenian Premier League and the 2016-17 Armenian Cup final.

Domestic history since 1992 edit

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   Grigor Grigoryan 19   Andranik Adamyan
1993 2nd 28 24 1 3 101 20 49 Runner-up   Abraham Khashmanyan 14
1994 1st 28 24 4 0 83 19 52 Runner-up   Artur Petrosyan 15
1995 1st 10 7 3 0 23 6 24 Semi-final   Hovhannes Tahmazyan   Samvel Nikolyan   Grigor Grigoryan 4
1995-96 2nd 22 16 3 3 67 23 51 Semi-final   Arayik Adamyan 15
1996-97 4th 22 15 2 5 57 11 47 Quarter-final   Artur Petrosyan 11
1997 2nd 18 12 5 1 46 8 41 Not held   Artur Petrosyan 18
1998 2nd 26 19 4 3 72 25 61 Quarter-final   Arayik Adamyan 13
1999 1st 32 23 4 5 93 29 73 Runner-up   Arayik Adamyan 16
2000 3rd 28 17 7 4 64 21 58 Quarter-final   Artur Petrosyan 15
2001 4th 22 14 5 3 52 19 47 Semi-final   Ararat Harutyunyan   Tigran Davtyan 9
2002 2nd 22 16 3 3 49 15 51 Quarter-final   Ararat Harutyunyan 10
2003 3rd 28 17 2 9 63 34 53 Semi-final   Tigran Davtyan 15
2004 8th 28 4 9 15 27 49 21 Semi-final   Yervand Hakobyan 7
2005 8th 18 3 3 12 19 36 12 Quarter-final   Karen G. Khachatryan   Andranik Barikyan 5   Zhora Barseghyan
2006 7th 28 4 7 17 21 64 19 Quarter-final   Ara Mkrtchyan 5
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   Andranik Barikyan 4
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 Bakayoko 7
2018–19 7th 32 7 15 10 26 30 36 First round   Moussa Bakayoko   Aram Muradyan 4
2019–20 4th 28 13 7 8 40 30 46 Second round   Mory Kone 23
2020–21 9th 24 2 7 15 19 53 13 First round   Artyom Mikaelyan,   Igor Stanojević,   Arman Aslanyan 2   Tigran Davtyan
2021–22 Armenian First League 2nd 28 22 3 3 83 19 69 First round   Artem Gevorgyan 12
2022–23 Armenian Premier League 7th 36 10 6 20 25 55 36 Runner-up   Moussa Bakayoko 7

European edit

As of match played 27 August 2020
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 6 5 +1
UEFA Cup & UEFA Europa League 29 4 5 20 15 53 –38
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 1 2 7 10 –3
Total 39 6 9 24 28 68 –40
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1995–96 UEFA Cup PR   Zagłębie Lubin 0–1 0–0 0–1
1996–97 UEFA Cup PR   Anorthosis Famagusta 2–2 0–4 2–6
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q   Malmö 0–2 0–5 0–7
1999–00 UEFA Cup 1Q   HJK Helsinki 1–0 0–2 1–2
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q   BATE Borisov 1–1 1–2 2–3
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Tatabánya 1–3 3–2 4–5
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Santa Clara 3–3 0–2 3–5
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR   Nordsjælland Farum 0–2 0–4 0–6
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q   Tiraspol 1–2 0–2 1–4
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Rudar Pljevlja 1–1 1–0 2–1
2Q   Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 0–1 0–2 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 1–0 (aet) 0–1 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
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FCSB 0–3

Kit and badge edit

For most of the club's history, the team's colours were orange and black, inspired on the dominant colours present in Gyumri's architecture, specifically the Holy Saviour's Church, located in the city.

As of 2019, Shirak has reached an agreement with Swiss sportswear company Fourteen to provide all match and training apparel.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors edit

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsors
2005-11 Kappa Gyumri Beer
2012-14 Kappa Sovrano, Fine
2014 Adidas
2014-15 VTB Bank
2015–16 Anelik Bank
2016-17 Menu.am
2017-18 TotoGaming
2018-19
2019- Fourteen

Badge edit

The club's current badge design was inspired by Gyumri's seal, with the main feature being the lion and cross which were present on the flag of the Bagratuni dynasty, which ruled Bagratid Armenia during the Middle Ages.

Stadium edit

 
Gyumri City Stadium

Shirak's home stadium has always been the Gyumri City Stadium, built in 1924 and currently the oldest football stadium in the country. Following renovation works in 1999, the stadium became an all-seater stadium with a capacity for 2,844. The stadium pitch and facilities were upgraded in 2012 to meet all UEFA stadium regulations, allowing Shirak to play its UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifying matches at home.

The stadium capacity was once again increased, this time to the current 4,500 capacity following a second round of renovations in 2019. These renovations included new seating in the south end of the stadium.[8]

List of stadiums used by the club edit

Supporters edit

Shirak's fans are known as the Black Panthers, in honor of the panther that appears on the flag of the Bagratid dynasty. Shirak's supporters are also considered to be one of the best in Armenian football, with high match attendance and active supporters during matches. Supporters have rioted against club management when the club failed to reach desired results in the past.

Rivalries edit

Shirak's main rival is considered to be Gandzasar. This rivalry grew as both teams were the only teams in the league that weren't from Yerevan, and thus competed to be the best team from the provinces.[9]

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 2 October 2023

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   SRB Darko Vukašinović
3 DF   ARM Hovhannes Gevorgyan
4 DF   ARM Hamlet Mnatsakanyan
5 DF   ARM Hrayr Mkoyan
6 MF   ARM Rafik Misakyan
7 DF   ARM Seryozha Urushanyan
8 MF   ARM Levon Darbinyan
9 FW   ARM Lyova Mryan
11 MF   ARM Sergey Manukyan
14 MF   ARM Suren Tsarukyan
15 DF   ARM Arsen Sadoyan
18 MF   ARM Samvel Ghukasyan
19 MF   CIV Junior Magico Traore
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   CIV Donald Kodia
22 MF   ARM Narek Janoyan
23 FW   ARM Emil Papikyan
24 MF   RUS Artem Kiba
26 DF   SRB Aleksa Vidić
27 FW   CIV Abdul Samir Koné
28 FW   ARM Narek Khachatryan
55 GK   ARM Lyova Karapetyan
88 MF   ARM Levon Gevorgyan
96 GK   ARM Sokrat Hovhannisyan
97 FW   CIV Cedric Doh
99 DF   ARM Robert Darbinyan
GK   RUS Egor Achinov

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
17 MF   ARM Mher Tarloyan (at BKMA II)

Technical staff edit

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

Institutional edit

Executive board edit

Arman Sahakyan has been the President of Shirak since he purchased the club in 2010.[10]

Staff edit

  • Technical director: Georgi Matevosyan
  • Sporting director: Andranik Adamyan
  • Press Secretary: Arman Maloyan
  • Administrator: Suren Simonyan

Honours edit

Domestic edit

League edit

Cup edit

Other sports sections edit

Football reserves and academy edit

Shirak's youth academy has produced several notable players throughout its history. Artur Petrosyan is the most prominent academy product, having a successful career in Armenia and European football.

Shirak's reserves compete in the Armenian First League, the second division in Armenian football. The reserves are currently coached by Tigran Davtyan and also play their matches at the Gyumri City Stadium.

Futsal edit

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 were a founding member of the domestic futsal championship in Armenia which began in 1998. As a result, the futsal team was re-branded as Shirak SC Futsal.[11]

Basketball edit

On 19 September 2017, Shirak announced the creation of a basketball team that would compete in the newly created Armenia Basketball League A.[12]

References edit

  1. ^ http://fcshirak.am/
  2. ^ "Armenia - List of Champions". Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  3. ^ "FC Shirak achievements". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Soviet Union 1958". Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Armenia 1992". Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Armenia 1995 Transitional Spring Season". Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Armenia. 1999 Premier League". Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  8. ^ "hy:Գյումրին պատրաստ է ընդունել ֆուտբոլային տոնը". Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  9. ^ "Championship of Derbies – The Armenian Premier League After the Winter Break". 4 March 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Bank VTB (Armenia) to sponsor Shirak football club". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Գյումրիի "Շիրակ"-ը հայտարարել է ֆուտզալի թիմ հիմնելու մասին". Sportal.Am. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  12. ^ "We continue to extend our Sport family!". FC Shirak at Instagram. 19 September 2017. Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 4 November 2017.

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