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Urartu
Ուրարտու
Full nameFootball Club Urartu
Nickname(s)Հպարտ Արծիվներ Hpart Artsivner (Proud Eagles)
FoundedJanuary 20, 1992; 29 years ago (1992-01-20)
GroundUrartu Stadium
Yerevan
Capacity4,860[1]
OwnerDzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director GeneralHrach Aghabekian[2]
ManagerArsen Petrosyan
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2020–213rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

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

Kotayk

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.[3] 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

FC Urartu headquarters
FC Urartu headquarters

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.

The club headquarters are located on Jivani Street 2 of the Malatia-Sebastia District, Yerevan.[4]

Domestic

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 Armenia Ashot Barseghyan 34 Varuzhan Sukiasyan
1993 3 28 23 2 3 111 21 +90 48 Semi-final Armenia 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 Armenia Mkrtich Hovhannisyan 11
2002 3 22 16 2 4 43 15 +28 50 Quarter-final Armenia Tigran Yesayan 11
2003 2 28 21 3 4 89 15 +74 66 Finalist Armenia Ara Hakobyan 45 Oganes Zanazanyan
2004 3 28 12 7 9 40 39 +1 43 Finalist Armenia Samvel Melkonyan 8
2005 3 26 15 6 5 49 31 +18 51 Semi-final Armenia Aram Hakobyan 11 Oganes Zanazanyan
Ashot Barseghyan
2006 2 28 18 3 7 67 26 +41 57 Semi-final Armenia Aram Hakobyan 25 Ashot Barseghyan
Nikolay Kiselyov
2007 2 28 16 4 8 56 26 +30 52 Winner Armenia Arsen Balabekyan 15 Nikolay Kiselyov
Jan Poštulka
Nikolay Kostov
2008 5 28 11 8 9 34 25 +9 41 Finalist Armenia Arsen Balabekyan 7 Nikolay Kostov
Nedelcho Matushev
Kim Splidsboel
2009 4 28 13 5 10 40 29 +11 44 Finalist Armenia Samvel Melkonyan 12 Armen Gyulbudaghyants
2010 2 28 20 4 4 58 24 +34 64 Finalist Brazil Du Bala 11 Stevica Kuzmanovski
2011 4 28 12 8 8 42 30 +12 44 Semi-final Brazil 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 Armenia Hovhannes Hambardzumyan 7 Rafael Nazaryan
Volodymyr Pyatenko
2013-14 1 28 14 8 6 38 23 +15 50 Semi-final Armenia Gevorg Nranyan 10 Zsolt Hornyák
2014-15 6 28 8 8 12 42 46 -4 32 Semi-final Armenia Gevorg Nranyan 7 Zsolt Hornyák
2015-16 6 28 7 12 9 36 34 +2 33 Winner Brazil Laércio 10 Aram Voskanyan
Tito Ramallo
2016-17 5 30 5 6 19 18 44 -26 21 Semi-final Brazil Laércio 3 Tito Ramallo
Artur Voskanyan
2017-18 2 30 11 11 8 42 34 +8 44 Semi-final Armenia Rumyan Hovsepyan 8 Artur Voskanyan
2018-19 3 32 14 10 8 43 35 +8 52 Semi-final Three Players 5 Artur Voskanyan
Ilshat Fayzulin
2019–20 7 22 8 6 8 26 27 -1 30 Semi-final Russia Yevgeni Kobzar 7 Ilshat Fayzulin
Aleksandr Grigoryan
2020–21 3 24 12 5 7 28 19 +9 41 Quarter-final Haiti Jonel Désiré 8 Aleksandr Grigoryan
Tigran Yesayan (Caretaker)
Robert Arzumanyan

European

As of match played 8 July 2021
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
UEFA Cup 14 2 2 10 11 35 –24
UEFA Europa League 12 1 1 10 7 29 –22
UEFA Europa Conference League 2 0 0 2 0 2 –2
Total 30 4 3 23 21 69 –48
Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–2 1–1 2–3
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Ukraine Illichivets Mariupol 0–2 0–2 0–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Locomotive Tbilisi 2–3 2–0 4–3
2Q Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–4 0–4 2–8
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Ameri Tbilisi 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a)
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Switzerland Young Boys 1–1 0–4 1–5
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–3 0–7 0–10
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 0–2 1–0 1–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0–1 0–3 0–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Rustavi Metalurgist 0–1 1–1 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 1Q Andorra Santa Coloma 3–2 0–1 3–3 (a)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Cyprus Omonia 0–1 1–4 1–5
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 1–2 0–3 1–5
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Serbia Čukarički 0–5 0–3 0–8
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q Slovenia Maribor 0–1 0–1 0–2

Stadium

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).

Training centre/academy

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.

Fans

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,[5] 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.

Achievements

Current squad

As of 7 August 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Ghana GHA Nana Antwi
5 MF Armenia ARM Hakob Hakobyan (captain)
6 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Peter Mutumosi
8 MF Nigeria NGA Uguchukwu Iwu
9 MF Armenia ARM Narek Aghasaryan
10 FW Armenia ARM Karen Melkonyan
12 FW Haiti HAI Jonel Désiré
14 DF Russia RUS Pyotr Ten
15 DF Ghana GHA Annan Mensah
18 DF Rwanda RWA Salomon Nirisarike
19 MF Armenia ARM Sergey Mkrtchyan
21 FW Armenia ARM Narek Grigoryan
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 FW Armenia ARM Artur Miranyan
23 MF Belgium BEL Livio Milts
24 GK Armenia ARM Arsen Beglaryan
25 DF Armenia ARM Edgar Grigoryan
28 MF Armenia ARM Robert Baghramyan
33 MF Brazil BRA Vitinho
36 DF Armenia ARM Khariton Ayvazyan
67 DF Ukraine UKR Vadym Paramonov
77 DF Armenia ARM Erik Simonyan
90 MF Russia RUS Oleg Polyakov
95 DF Armenia ARM Vardan Arzoyan
96 GK Armenia ARM Anatoly Ayvazov

Urartu-2

Urartu-2
Founded2003
GroundUrartu Training Centre,
Yerevan
Capacity600
OwnerDzhevan Cheloyants & Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director GeneralHrach Aghabekian
ManagerVacant
LeagueArmenian First League
2018–193rd
WebsiteClub website

FC Banants' reserve squad play as FC Banants-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the training field with artificial turf of the Banants Training Centre.

Current squad

As of 18 June 2021

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 Armenia ARM Narek Hovhannisyan
2 DF Armenia ARM Artur Melikyan
3 DF Armenia ARM Erik Gharibyan
11 MF Armenia ARM Artur Miskirijyan
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 FW Armenia ARM Abraham Portugalyan
17 MF Armenia ARM Tigran Ayunts
19 FW Armenia ARM Gevorg Tarakhchyan
22 GK Armenia ARM Grigori Matevosyan

Personnel

Technical staff

Position Name
Head Coach Armenia Tigran Arakelyan
Coach Armenia Aram Bareghamyan
Coach Analyst Armenia Manuk Sargsyan
Goalkeepers Coach Armenia Albert Ohanyan
Doctor Armenia Karen Stepanyan
Masseur Armenia Eduard Gevorgyan
Masseur Armenia Arman Yeghikyan
Team Administrator Armenia Davit Shahbagyan
Kit Manager Armenia Harutyun Jangchyan
Banants-2 Coach Armenia Ara Nigoyan

Management

Position Name
Owners Armenia Dzhevan Cheloyants, Armenia Oleg Mkrtchyan
Director General Armenia Hrach Aghabekian
Deputy Director Armenia Karen Davtyan
Lawyer Armenia Ashot Gyureghyan
Press Secretary Armenia Mher Khudaverdyan

Managerial history

References

  1. ^ Banants Stadium Archived 2016-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "РУКОВОДСТВО "БАНАНЦА"". www.fcbanants.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ History of Football Club Banants[permanent dead link], from fcbanants.com, retrieved 1 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Clubs". www.ffa.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ ""Banants Ultras"". www.fcbanants.am. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
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