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FC Ararat Yerevan

Ararat Yerevan
Full name Football Club Ararat Yerevan
Nickname(s) White Eagles
Founded May 10, 1935 (1935-05-10)
Ground Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium,[1] Yerevan
Ground Capacity 14,403
Owner Vartan Sirmakes & Hrach Kaprielian
Chairman Hrach Kaprielian
Manager Varuzhan Sukiasyan
League Armenian Premier League
2014–15 8th
Website Club home page

Football Club Ararat Yerevan (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Արարատ Երևան), commonly known as Ararat Yerevan, is an Armenian football club based in Yerevan. Currently, they play at the Armenian Premier League. Ararat Yerevan are the most popular football club in Armenia.

Since 1999, the club is owned by the Switzerland-based Armenian businessmen Vartan Sirmakes and Hrach Kaprielian.


  • History 1
    • Soviet championships 1.1
    • Modern history 1.2
  • Honours 2
  • Other notable achievements 3
  • Ararat in Europe 4
    • Results 4.1
    • UEFA club competition record 4.2
    • Club records in UEFA competitions 4.3
  • Current squad 5
  • FC Ararat Yerevan-2 (reserves) 6
  • Managers 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


In 1935 a football team was established in Yerevan by Spartak sports society. The first time the team participated in the competitions of the national level. The first trophy of the club was the Armenian SSR Cup in 1940. In the next 4 years soccer was not played because of World War II.

In 1944 games of USSR Cup were resumed, and Spartak participated. A match was set up with their main rivals, fellow FC Dinamo Tbilisi. However, the match was not played through the fault of Yerevan.[2][3] In 1947 the team becomes silver medalist in the second league of the Transcaucasian region. The team finished just one point behind the ODL from Tbilisi. In this championship, Spartak, in a home match against Tbilisi Wings of the Soviets, showed the best result at the time, beating them by the score 7:1.[4][5] In Season 1948 Spartak was to start in the first group (the Premier League at the time), but after 30 games along with 15 other clubs had been withdrawn. All 16 clubs have continued to participate in the league below. Spartak have spent the next season in the second group, improved their performance and won the competition in the South Zone. The team won 13 matches out of 18. However, the first place in the zonal group did not guarantee promotion. According to the regulations of the USSR Championship, the winners of zones in the second league should have played each other in the final stage. At this stage, 6 teams participated. Games between the teams went into a circle. After 5 games Spartak has settled on the third place, which ensured the club a place in the first group.[6][7]

Hrazdan Stadium, the home ground of Ararat Yerevan between 1971 and 2015

In 1949 at Spartak participated for the first time in the Soviet Top League. The team performed poorly, finishing 12th. In the first two rounds the team lost, but in the 3rd round victory was recorded in a home game against the Air Force (Moscow).[8] To beat the team was able representatives of the second half of the table, and twice on the road. There were 3 major defeat: the double-0:6 from Moscow Lokomotiv and CDKA, and once 1:6 – from Tbilisi "Dynamo". However, despite the poor performance, the club remained in the top league for next season, as the latter two dropped out of the club, ranked 17th and 18th place in the standings.[9][10] Cup battles ended at the first stage, against the Dynamo "from Stalinabad.[11] In 1950 season, Spartak began to act more liberated. The first lesion was detected only in the fourth round of the Leningrad "Zenit". The team scored 31 points with team-mates from Kiev, but on goal difference in the Class "B" sunk Spartak. In the Soviet Cup team started with a 1 / 128 final. Having weak rivals in 1/16-oy stumbled on rivals in the face Dynamo Kiev. In the hard game, which was held in Kiev, Spartak celebrated victory 3:2. In 1 / 8 final meeting with "Dynamo," Moscow and lost with a score of 0:7.[12]

In 1960–1963 1966–1991 s team participated in the Soviet Top League. In 1973 "Ararat" won the Soviet Cup. In 1971 1976 (Spring) years became a silver medalist championship, and in 1975 again won the USSR Cup.

In total the team participated in 33 Soviet Top League seasons, playing 1,026 matches, of which they won 352, drew 280, lost 394, scored 1,150 goals and conceded 1,306. By 1975 the team participated in the lottery three European Cups. In the last USSR Championship in 1991, the team was finished in seventh place.

Soviet championships

FC Ararat logo during the Soviet era.

By 1945–1947, Ararat swept the Armenian SSR League and by 1949 had won promotion into the Soviet Top League. The team played in the Top League in 1949–1950, 1960–1963, and 1965–1991. In 1971, Ararat finished second in the Top League. In 1973 they won the Top League and the Soviet Cup (in a memorable final game against Dynamo Kyiv). They won the cup again in 1975. In 1971 and 1976 Spring (there were two Soviet championships in 1976 — Spring and Fall) they were the league runners-up. In 1974–75 Ararat competed in the European Cup, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to defending and eventual champions Bayern Munich 2–1 on aggregate (0–2 in Munich and 1–0 in Yerevan). Since their debut in the European tournaments in 1972, they have won 16 of their 36 matches with 4 draws.

Ararat in 1973 final Ararat in 1975 final

Modern history

Since the 1991 dissolution of Soviet Union, Ararat has attained the Armenian Championship only once in 1993 and won four silver prizes (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2008) and one bronze prize (1994). In addition, the club has won the Armenian Cup five times (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2008) and were finalists in 2001 and 2007. They also were very close to taking the Armenian title in 2007, however the unexpected resignation of head coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan changed the atmosphere on the team and the club ended up in fourth place. In March 2008, former coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan returned to take charge of the team again. After failing to take the title from Pyunik in 2008, Varuzhan Sukiasyan left the club.

The club headquarters are located on Agatangeghos street 2, Yerevan.[13]The club's Dzoraghbyur Training Centre is located in the Dzoraghbyur village of Kotayk Province, at the eastern outskirts of Yerevan.


1973, 1993
1973, 1975, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2008

Other notable achievements

Ararat in Europe



Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R EPA Larnaca 1–0 1–0 2–0
2R Grasshopper Zürich 4–2 3–1 7–3
3R Kaiserslautern 2–0 0–2 2–2 (4–5 p)
1974–75 UEFA European Cup 1R Viking Stavanger 4–2 2–0 6–2
2R Cork Celtic 5–0 2–1 7–1
QF Bayern Munich 1–0 0–2 1–2
1975–76 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Anorthosis Famagusta 9–0 1–1 10–1
2R West Ham United 1–1 1–3 2–4
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR CSKA Sofia 0–0 0–3 0–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q GKS Katowice 2–0 0–2 2–2 (5–4 p)
1R Dynamo Moscow 1–0 1–3 2–3
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q FC Dinamo Batumi 0–2 3–0 3–2
1R Copenhagen 0–2 0–3 0–5
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Q Bacău 1–0 1–0 2–0
1R Sint-Truiden 0–2 1–3 1–5
2000–01 UEFA Cup Q Košice 2–3 1–1 3–4
2001–02 UEFA Cup Q Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–2 0–3 0–5
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Neuchâtel Xamax 1–3 0–6 1–9
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2–0 1–4 3–4
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Bellinzona 0–1 1–3 1–4

UEFA club competition record

Competition GP W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 5 0 1 14 5
UEFA Europa League 0 0 0 0 0 0
UEFA Cup 14 6 2 7 15 5
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 12 4 1 5 19 17
UEFA Intertoto Cup 8 3 0 5 7 21
Total 40 18 3 18 55 48

Club records in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest Win in UEFA Competition: 17/09/1975, Ararat 9–0 Anorthosis, in Yerevan
  • Biggest Defeat in UEFA Competition: 23/06/2007, Shakhtyor 4–1 Ararat, in Soligorsk
  • Club Appearances in UEFA Competition: 12
  • Player with Most UEFA Appearances: Aleksei Abramian and Norik Mesropian – 16 appearances
  • Top Scorer in UEFA Club Competitions: Eduard Markarov – 12 goals

Current squad

As of 1 August 2015
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 Aram Ayrapetyan
2 DF Vahe Martirosyan
3 DF Juliano Gimenez
4 DF Souleymane Kone
5 MF Norayr Grigoryan
6 MF Ararat Poghosyan
8 MF Mher Sahakyan
9 FW Gevorg Nranyan
10 FW David Ghandilyan
11 MF Bryan de la Fuente
15 MF Oumarou Kaina
No. Position Player
17 MF Raffi Kaya
18 DF Gorik Khachatryan (captain)
19 MF Moisés Orozco
20 MF Sargis Karapetyan
21 MF Benik Hovhannisyan
22 GK Gevorg Prazyan
23 MF Carlo Chueca
25 MF Zaven Bulut
88 GK Levon Minasyan
DF Karen Khachatryan
MF Areg Azatyan

FC Ararat Yerevan-2 (reserves)

FC Ararat Yerevan's reserve squad play as FC Ararat Yerevan-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the Kasakhi Marzik Stadium in the town of Ashtarak.

As of 1 August 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Mayis Dolmazyan
DF Hayk Chilingaryan
DF Vahe Mirakyan
DF Henzel Vardanyan
DF Suren Galstyan
DF Ruslan Avagyan
MF Gor Mkrtumyan
MF Davit Hovsepyan
No. Position Player
MF Armen Derdzyan
MF Sergey Mkrtchyan
MF Tigran Simonyan
MF Harutyun Ohanyan
FW Aayik Mkrtchyan
FW Mikheil Simonyan
FW Erik Kroyan

Manager: Tigran Yesayan


Name Nat From To
Vramshapuh Merangulyan 1935 1938
Suren Atanesyan March 1939 Oct 1939
Yuri Yesenin March 1940 Oct 1944
Viktor Andreev March 1945 Oct 1945
Mikhail Suchkov March 1946 Oct 1946
Viktor Grechishnikov March 1947 Oct 1947
Hayk Andreasyan March 1948 June 9, 1949
Boris Apukhtin June 1949 July 1949
Viktor Filipov July 1949 Oct 1949
Gleb Ryabikov March 1950 June 07, 1951
Ilya Evranov June 08, 1951 Dec 1951
Hayk Andreasyan March 1952 Oct 1954
Abraham Dangulov March 1955 Oct 1956
Hayk Andreasyan March 1957 Oct 1957
Boris Smyslov March 1958 Oct 1960
Hayk Andreasyan March 1961 July 1961
Anatoliy Akimov Aug 1961 July 1962
Arutyun Kegeyan Aug 1962 Dec 1962
Hayk Andreasyan Jan 1963 Sep 28, 1963
Alexander Abramov Oct 2, 1963 Dec 1963
Georgiy Zharkov March 1964 Oct 1964
Artiom Falyan March 1, 1965 Jan 2, 1968
Eduard Grigoryan March 1968 Oct 1968
Aleksandr Ponomarev March 1969 Oct 1970
Nikolay Glebov March 1971 Oct 1972
Nikita Simonyan Jan 1, 1973 Dec 31, 1974
Viktor Maslov March 1975 Oct 1975
Eduard Markarov March 1976 Oct 1977
Name Nat From To
Nikolay Gulyaev March 1978 July 1978
Leonid Zakharov Aug 1978 Oct 1978
Iosif Betsa March 1979 Oct 1981
Arkady Andreasyan March 1982 Oct 1983
Nikita Simonyan Jan 1, 1984 June 30, 1985
Leonid Zakharov June 1985 June 1986
Arkady Andreasyan July 1986 June 1989
Nikolay Kazaryan July 1989 Oct 1989
Armen Sarkisyan March 1990 Oct 1994
Samvel Darbinyan March 1995 Oct 1995
Arkady Andreasyan Jan 1996 Nov 2003
Sevada Arzumanyan Nov 2003 Nov 2004
Abraham Khashmanyan Nov 2004 June 2006
Varuzhan Sukiasyan June 2006 July 2007
Dušan Mijić July 2007 March 2008
Varuzhan Sukiasyan March 2008 Dec 31, 2008
Ashot Kirakosyan Dec 2008 March 2009
Arkadi Andreasyan March 2009 Jan 2010
Tigran Yesayan Jan 2010 Dec 2010
Arkadi Andreasyan Jan 2011 Feb 2012
Albert Safaryan Feb 2012 July 2012
Abraham Khashmanyan July 2012 April 26, 2014
Dušan Mijić July 4, 2014 September 26, 2014
Samvel Darbinyan September 26, 2014 December 1, 2014
Suren Chakhalyan December 13, 2014 April 14, 2015
Varuzhan Sukiasyan April 28, 2015 present


  1. ^ Ararat will play their hom games at the Republican Stadium
  2. ^ USSR Cup 1944. 1 / 16 (Russian)
  3. ^ USSR Cup in 1944 (Russian)
  4. ^ USSR Championship in football, the second group 1947 (Russian)
  5. ^ second group of the Soviet Union in 1947, the Transcaucasian area (Russian)
  6. ^ USSR Championship in football, a second group of 1948. Final (Russian)
  7. ^ second group of the Soviet Union in 1948, Final Kharkov (Russian)
  8. ^ USSR. Season – 1949. Group I Tournament Calendar (Russian)
  9. ^ USSR Championship in football, the First Party of the USSR in 1949 (Russian)
  10. ^ USSR. Season – 1949. Group I (Russian)
  11. ^ USSR Cup 1949 Finals. 1 / 16 (Russian)
  12. ^ USSR Cup in 1950 (Russian)
  13. ^ Armenia, clubs
  14. ^ "Club record in UEFA competitions". 

External links

  • Official website
  • The Trophies Came in Two By Two – Ararat Yerevan's 1973 Double
  • FC Ararat at
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