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
2012–13Armenian Premier League, 4th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
 
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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
2012–13Armenian Premier League, 4th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours

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]

History[edit]

Founded in 1992, Pyunik (Armenian for "Phoenix") has won a record 10 Armenian Championships, along with 5 Armenian Cups, and 6 Armenian Supercups. The club is considered one of the popular Armenian football clubs since the establishment of the Armenian Premier League in 1992.

Pyunik's new era began in 2001, when FC Pyunik absorbed FC Armenikum and automatically gained promotion to the Armenian Premier League without playing a single game in the lower leagues. The club's owner, wealthy Armenian businessman Ruben Hayrapetyan, took a much more serious approach to the club and brought star players such as Artavazd Karamyan and Arman Karamyan from other Armenian clubs. FC Pyunik improved more by bringing some foreign managers and players from Mali, Cameroon, Argentina and later from Romania. These improvements returned quick results, and Pyunik won the Armenian 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.

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.

Logos[edit]

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]

The main stadium of FC Pyunik surrounded with the club's training ground

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.[2]

Honours[edit]

Armenian Premier League

Armenian Cup

Armenian Super Cup

Pyunik in European Cups[edit]

As of July, 2012.

CompetitionPldWDLGFGA
UEFA Champions League3057182550
UEFA Europa League6312911
Total3688203461
SeasonCompetitionRoundClub1st leg2nd leg
1996/97UEFA Cup1QFinland HJK Helsinki3 – 12 – 5 (aet)
1997/98UEFA Champions League1QHungary MTK Budapest0 – 23 – 4
2002/03UEFA Champions League1QFinland Tampere United4 – 02 – 0
2QUkraine Dynamo Kyiv0 – 42 – 2
2003/04UEFA Champions League1QIceland Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur1 – 01 – 1
2QBulgaria CSKA Sofia0 – 20 – 1
2004/05UEFA Champions League1QRepublic of Macedonia Pobeda Prilep3 – 11 – 1
2QUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk1 – 30 – 1
2005/06UEFA Champions League1QFinland Haka Valkeakoski0 – 12 – 2
2006/07UEFA Champions League1QMoldova Sheriff Tiraspol0 – 00 – 2
2007/08UEFA Champions League1QRepublic of Ireland Derry City0 – 02 – 0
2QUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk0 – 21 – 2
2008/09UEFA Champions League1QCyprus Anorthosis Famagusta0 – 10 – 2
2009/10UEFA Champions League2QCroatia Dinamo Zagreb0 – 00 – 3
2010/11UEFA Champions League2QSerbia Partizan Belgrade1 – 30 – 1
2011/12UEFA Champions League2QCzech Republic Viktoria Plzen0 – 41 – 5
2012/13UEFA Europa League1QMontenegro Zeta Golubovci0 – 32 – 1
2013/14UEFA Europa League1QRepublic of Macedonia Teteks Tetovo1 – 11 – 0
2QLithuania Žalgiris Vilnius0 – 21 – 1

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 July 2013

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

No.PositionPlayer
1ArmeniaGKАlbert Ohаnyan
2ArmeniaDFArman Hovhannisyan
3ArmeniaDFVarazdat Haroyan
4ArmeniaDFGrigor Hovhannisyan
5ArmeniaMFKamo Hovhannisyan
6ArmeniaMFArtur Grigoryan
8ArmeniaMFGagik Poghosyan
9ArmeniaMFGor Malakyan
10ArmeniaFWGhukas Poghosyan
11ArmeniaMFDavid Manoyan
12ArmeniaGKGor Manukyan
15ArmeniaMFArthur Yuspashyan
16ArmeniaMFDavit Minasyan
No.PositionPlayer
17ArmeniaMFAghvan Papikyan (on loan from Spartak Moscow)
18ArmeniaFWVardan Bakalyan
19ArmeniaDFVaspurak Minasyan
20ArmeniaMFNarek Aslanyan
21ArmeniaDFDavit Zakaryan
22ArmeniaFWViulen Ayvazyan
23ArmeniaMFAshot Sardaryan
24ArmeniaFWSarkis Baloyan
25ArmeniaMFGegham Tumbaryan
26ArmeniaFWRazmik Hakobyan
27ArmeniaMFHovhannes Papazyan
28ArmeniaMFHovhannes Poghosyan

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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