FC Pyunik

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Pyunik
FC Pyunik
Full nameFootball Club Pyunik
Founded1992; 22 years ago (1992)
GroundFootball Academy Stadium
Yerevan
Ground Capacity1,500
OwnerSamvel Aleksanyan
ChairmanKaren Harutyunyan
ManagerSargis Hovsepyan
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2013–146th
WebsiteClub home page
 
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Pyunik
FC Pyunik
Full nameFootball Club Pyunik
Founded1992; 22 years ago (1992)
GroundFootball Academy Stadium
Yerevan
Ground Capacity1,500
OwnerSamvel Aleksanyan
ChairmanKaren Harutyunyan
ManagerSargis Hovsepyan
LeagueArmenian Premier League
2013–146th
WebsiteClub 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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 Edgar Manucharyan, Robert Arzumanyan, Gevorg Ghazaryan, 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[edit]

Armenian Premier League

Armenian Cup

Armenian Super Cup

Pyunik in European Cups[edit]

As of 3 July, 2014.

CompetitionPldWDLGFGA
UEFA Champions League3057182550
UEFA Europa League73131015
Total3788213565
SeasonCompetitionRoundClub1st leg2nd legAggregate
1996–97UEFA CupQRFinland HJK Helsinki3–12–5(aet)5–6
1997–98UEFA Champions League1QHungary MTK Budapest0–23–43–6
2002–03UEFA Champions League1QFinland Tampere United4–02–06–0
2QUkraine Dynamo Kyiv0–42–22–6
2003–04UEFA Champions League1QIceland KR Reykjavík1–01–12–1
2QBulgaria CSKA Sofia0–20–10–3
2004–05UEFA Champions League1QRepublic of Macedonia Pobeda Prilep3–11–14–2
2QUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk1–30–11–4
2005–06UEFA Champions League1QFinland Haka Valkeakoski0–12–22–3
2006–07UEFA Champions League1QMoldova Sheriff Tiraspol0–00–20–2
2007–08UEFA Champions League1QRepublic of Ireland Derry City0–02–02–0
2QUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk0–21–21–4
2008–09UEFA Champions League1QCyprus Anorthosis Famagusta0–10–20–3
2009–10UEFA Champions League2QCroatia Dinamo Zagreb0–00–30–3
2010–11UEFA Champions League2QSerbia Partizan Belgrade1–30–11–4
2011–12UEFA Champions League2QCzech Republic Viktoria Plzen0–41–51–9
2012–13UEFA Europa League1QMontenegro Zeta Golubovci0–32–12–4
2013–14UEFA Europa League1QRepublic of Macedonia Teteks Tetovo1–11–02–1
2QLithuania Žalgiris Vilnius0–21–11–3
2014–15UEFA Europa League1QKazakhstan FC Astana1–40–21–6

Current squad[edit]

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.PositionPlayer
1ArmeniaGKАlbert Ohаnyan
3ArmeniaDFVarazdat Haroyan
4ArmeniaDFGrigor Hovhannisyan
5ArmeniaMFKamo Hovhannisyan
6ArmeniaMFNarek Aslanyan
7BeninMFAdam Wahidi
8ArmeniaMFGagik Poghosyan
9ArmeniaFWCesar Romero
10ArmeniaFWGhukas Poghosyan
11ArmeniaMFDavid Manoyan (captain)
15ArmeniaMFArthur Yuspashyan
16ArmeniaDFRobert Hakobyan
17ArmeniaMFAghvan Papikyan (on loan from Spartak Moscow)
No.PositionPlayer
18BeninMFKoutche Kabirou
19ArmeniaDFVaspurak Minasyan
20ArmeniaFWSarkis Baloyan
21ArmeniaMFGegham Tumbaryan
22ArmeniaGKArtur Harutyunyan
23ArmeniaMFHovhannes Poghosyan
25ArmeniaMFDavit Markosyan
26ArmeniaFWRazmik Hakobyan
27ArmeniaDFMurad Asatryan
28ArmeniaMFTigran Tiraturyan
30ArmeniaMFKaren Yesayan
33ArmeniaMFTaron Voskanyan (vice-captain)
31ArmeniaGKSamuel Hunanyan
77ArmeniaMFGor Malakyan

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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