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FC Banants

Full name Football Club Banants
Nickname(s) Proud Eagles
Founded January 20, 1992 (1992-01-20)
Ground Banants Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,010
Owner Oleg Mkrtchyan
Chairman Karlen Mkrtchyan
Manager Zsolt Hornyák
League Armenian Premier League
2013–14 1st champions
Website Club home page

Football Club Banants (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Բանանց), transliterated "Futbolayin Akumb Banants"), is an Armenian professional football team from the capital, Yerevan. The club plays in the Armenian Premier League and has won the Armenian Cup twice, in 1992 and 2007. On 18 May 2014, the club won the Premier League for the first time in its history.

The owner of the club is the Ukraine-based Armenian businessman Oleg Mkrtchyan.


  • History 1
    • Kotayk 1.1
    • Yerevan 1.2
  • Stadiums 2
  • Honours 3
  • UEFA Team Ranking 2013 4
  • Banants in European Cups 5
  • Current squad 6
  • Managers 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9



Banants were founded in 1992 in the village of Kotayk, representing the Kotayk Province. Between 1992 and 1995, the club was commonly referred to as Banants Kotayk.[1] 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.


Banants were relocated in 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, Yerevan.[2] Their training academy is located in the Malatia-Sebastia District of Yerevan.


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 5,010 seats (2,810 at the northern stand, 1,565 at the southern stand and 635 at the western stand).


UEFA Team Ranking 2013

Rank Country Team Points
431 Dundalk 1.525
432 UN Käerjéng 97 1.475
433 NSÍ Runavík 1.425
434 Banants 1.325
435 FK Kruoja 1.300
436 FK Banga Gargždai 1.300
437 Drogheda United FC 1.275

Banants in European Cups

As of 2013
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 20 3 3 14 13 43
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 3 3
Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 1–2 2–3
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Illychivets Mariupol 0–2 0–2 0–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Lokomotivi Tbilisi 2–3 2–0 4–3
2Q Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–4 0–4 2–8
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Ameri Tbilisi 1–0 1–2 2–21
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Young Boys Berne 1–1 0–4 1–5
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Red Bull Salzburg 0–7 0–3 0–10
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Široki Brijeg 0–2 1–0 1–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Anorthosis Famagusta 0–3 0–1 0–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q Rustavi Metalurgist 0–1 1–1 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 1Q FC Santa Coloma 0–1 3–2 3–31
  • Home results are noted in bold
  • 1 Lost on away goals.

Current squad

FC Banants training academy in Yerevan

As of 6 September, 2014.

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 Artur Toroyan
3 DF Gagik Daghbashyan
4 DF Aram Shakhnazaryan
5 DF Artashes Arakelyan
6 DF Gagik Magakyan
7 MF Aram Loretsyan
8 MF Valter Poghosyan
9 FW Gevorg Karapetyan
72 MF Areg Azatyan
11 FW Filip Serečin
14 DF Ľuboš Hanzel
No. Position Player
16 MF Nika Piliev
17 DF Norayr Grigoryan
18 MF Vahagn Ayvazyan
19 FW Gevorg Nranyan
20 MF Karen Harutyunyan
21 DF Maxim Usanov
22 MF Garegin Mashumyan
24 DF Hakob Hakobyan
25 DF Sékou Fofana
39 MF Nairi Minasyan
71 GK Aram Airapetyan
10 FW Adnan Mahfuz (captain)



  1. ^ History of Football Club Banants, from, retrieved 1 May 2009.
  2. ^ Armenia, clubs

External links

  • Official website (English) (Armenian) (Russian)
  • Fans' site (Armenian)
  • Banants at FFA.AM (English)
  • Banants at UEFA.COM (English)
  • Banants at EUFO.DE (German)
  • Banants at (German)
  • Banants at National Football (English)
  • Banants at (English)
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