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FC Pyunik

Pyunik
Full name Football Club Pyunik
Founded 1992 (1992)
Ground Yerevan Football Academy Stadium
Yerevan
Ground Capacity 1,428
Owner Samvel Aleksanyan
Chairman Raffik Hayraprtyan
Manager Sargis Hovsepyan
League Armenian Premier League
2013–14 6th
Website Club home page

Football Club Pyunik (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Փյունիկ), is an Armenian professional football club based in Yerevan. It is one of the most popular football clubs in Armenia.[1]

The club headquarters are located on Masis street 7, Yerevan.[2] Their training academy is located in the Kentron District of Yerevan.

The owner of the club is the Armenian businessman Samvel Aleksanyan.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Stadiums 2
  • Rivalry 3
  • Youth academy 4
  • Honours 5
  • Pyunik in European Cups 6
  • Current squad 7
  • Managers 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

Founded in 1992 as Homenetmen Yerevan, the club won the first Armenian Premier League competition held in 1992 (shared with Shirak). In 1995, Homenetmen Yerevan was renamed FC Pyunik (Armenian for "Phoenix").

The new era of Pyunik began in 2001, when they absorbed the newly-promoted club FC Armenicum and automatically gained position in the Armenian Premier League without playing a single game in the lower leagues. The new owner of the club Ruben Hayrapetyan, took serious approach to develop the team bringing star players from other Armenian clubs. Pyunik had significantly improved after the arrival of foreign players from Mali, Cameroon, Argentina and later from Romania. Thus, Pyunik won the Armenian Premier League title the same year and the Armenian Cup in 2002. Later, for the first time in independent Armenian club history an Armenian club advanced to the second round in the Champions League. Afterwards, the club won the Armenian Premier League title ten times in a row.

In general, Pyunik have won a record 13 Armenian Championships, along with 7 Armenian Cup titles and 8 Armenian Supercups. The club is among the popular Armenian football clubs.

Stadiums

Between 1992 and 1999, the club used the Hrazdan Stadium as a home ground. After the renovation of the Republican Stadium in 1999, the club moved there and used it regularly as a home ground until 2013. Howevere, FC Pyunik were forced to play their home games at their own Pyunik Stadium of 800 seats in 2008, due to the large-scale renovation works at the Republican Stadium.

In April 2013, the club started to use the Yerevan Football Academy Stadium as a home venue for the domestic competitions.

Rivalry

Pyunik's main two rivals are Ararat and Banants, however, the rivalry with Ararat is a lot more fierce than that of Banants. The reason for that is because Ararat is known to be the most loved club of Yerevan because of its Soviet accomplishments, and Banants was originally based in the region of Kotayk, and was only moved to Yerevan in 2001. Another category Banants and Pyunik compete is their youth academies, which are considered to be the two best academies in the country.

Youth academy

FC Pyunik training academy in Yerevan

FC Pyunik run their own youth training academy in Yerevan. Many of the Armenian national team players are graduates of the club's academy including Karlen Mkrtchyan and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Many of them were members of the Armenia U-19 national team who participated in final tournament of the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[3]

Honours

Armenian Premier League

Armenian Cup

Armenian Super Cup

Pyunik in European Cups

As of 3 July, 2014.

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 30 5 7 18 25 50
UEFA Europa League 7 3 1 3 10 15
Total 37 8 8 21 35 65
Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1996–97 UEFA Cup QR HJK Helsinki 3–1 2–5(aet) 5–6
1997–98 UEFA Champions League 1Q MTK Budapest 0–2 3–4 3–6
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 1Q Tampere United 4–0 2–0 6–0
2Q Dynamo Kyiv 0–4 2–2 2–6
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1Q KR Reykjavík 1–0 1–1 2–1
2Q CSKA Sofia 0–2 0–1 0–3
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q Pobeda Prilep 3–1 1–1 4–2
2Q Shakhtar Donetsk 1–3 0–1 1–4
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Haka Valkeakoski 0–1 2–2 2–3
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q Sheriff Tiraspol 0–0 0–2 0–2
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q Derry City 0–0 2–0 2–0
2Q Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 1–2 1–4
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Anorthosis Famagusta 0–1 0–2 0–3
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Dinamo Zagreb 0–0 0–3 0–3
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Partizan Belgrade 1–3 0–1 1–4
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2Q Viktoria Plzen 0–4 1–5 1–9
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Zeta Golubovci 0–3 2–1 2–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Teteks Tetovo 1–1 1–0 2–1
2Q Žalgiris Vilnius 0–2 1–1 1–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q FC Astana 1–4 0–2 1–6
  • Home results are noted in bold

Current squad

As of 24 July 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 Аlbert Ohаnyan
3 DF Varazdat Haroyan
4 DF Grigor Hovhannisyan
5 MF Kamo Hovhannisyan
6 MF Narek Aslanyan
7 MF Adam Wahidi
8 MF Gagik Poghosyan
9 FW Cesar Romero
10 FW Ghukas Poghosyan
11 MF David Manoyan (captain)
15 MF Arthur Yuspashyan
16 DF Robert Hakobyan
17 MF Aghvan Papikyan (on loan from Spartak Moscow)
18 MF Koutche Kabirou
No. Position Player
19 DF Vaspurak Minasyan
20 FW Sarkis Baloyan
21 MF Gegham Tumbaryan
22 GK Artur Harutyunyan
23 MF Hovhannes Poghosyan
25 MF Davit Markosyan
26 FW Razmik Hakobyan
27 DF Murad Asatryan
28 MF Tigran Tiraturyan
30 MF Karen Yesayan
33 MF Taron Voskanyan (vice-captain)
31 GK Samuel Hunanyan
77 MF Gor Malakyan

Managers

References

  1. ^ "Armsport: Amenian Football". 
  2. ^ Armenia, clubs
  3. ^ 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship fixtures and results., from uefa.com

External links

  • Official website (Armenian)
  • Pyunik at FFA.AM
  • Pyunik at UEFA.COM
  • Pyunik at EUFO.DE
  • Pyunik at Weltfussball.de
  • Pyunik at National Football Teams.com
  • Pyunik at Football-Lineups.com
  • European Football Club Ranking


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