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Ararat Yerevan

Ararat Yerevan is a football (soccer) club from Armenia.

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About Ararat Yerevan

FC Ararat Yerevan , is an Armenian football team, based in Yerevan. Currently, the club plays in the Armenian Premier League, and is one of the most popular teams in Armenia.


In 1935 in the Yerevan e was established team sports society "Spartacus." The first time the team participated in the competitions of the national level. Who won the first trophy of the club became the Armenian Cup Football in 1940 y. At this time the team has already carried the name "Dynamo". The next 4 years USSR Championship in football and USSR Cup Football is not played out because of World War II.

In 1944 have resumed playing for the Cup of the USSR, which was attended by the team of Dynamo. Rival Dinamo Yerevan became their Dynamo (FC Tbilisi). However, the match was not played through the fault of Yerevan. In 1947 in the team becomes a silver medalist in the second league in the Transcaucasian region. The team just one point behind from the SKA (FC Tbilisi) from Tbilisi. In this championship, "Dinamo", in a home match against Tbilisi "Spartak (FC Tbilisi), showed the best result at the time (score of the match 7:1). In USSR Championship in football in 1948 "Dinamo" was to begin in the first group (the Premier League at the time), but after 30 games along with 15 other clubs had been withdrawn.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. Dynamo spending next season in the second group, to his happiness improves their performance and won first place in the South Zone. The team won 13 matches out of 18. However, first place in the area did not guarantee promotion. According to the regulations of the USSR Championship, the winners of zones in the second league, playing each other in the final stage. At this stage, 6 teams participated. Games between the teams went into a circle. Thus, after 5 games Dynamo has settled on the third line, which ensured the club a place in the first group. In 1949 at the "Dinamo" first debuted in the USSR Championship in football 1949. The team performed poorly, finishing 12th final place. In the first two rounds the team lost, but in the 3 rd round victory was recorded in a home game against the Air Force (FC) (Moscow). 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 (FC Moscow) and CSKA Moscow (FC Moscow), and once 1:6 - from Tbilisi ​​"Dynamo (FC Tbilisi)". However, despite the poor performance, the club remained in the list of the best for next season, as the latter two dropped out of the club, ranked 17th and 18th place in the standings. USSR Cup Cup 1949 ended at the first stage, against the SKA-Pamir "from Dushanbe. In USSR Championship in football 1950, Dynamo began to act more liberated. The first lesion was detected only in the fourth round of the Saint Petersburg "Zenit (football club, Saint-Petersburg)". The team scored 31 points with team-mates from Kiev, but on goal difference in the Class "B" sunk Yerevan Dinamo. In the USSR Cup football 1950 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, Dinamo Yerevan celebrated victory 3:2. In 1 / 8 final meeting with "Dynamo (FC Moscow)," Moscow and lost with a score of 0:7.

In 1960-1963 1966-1991 s team participated in the major leagues USSR national football championship Soviet Union. In 1973 in "Ararat" became the champion and winner of USSR Cup Football. In 1971 USSR national football championship 1976 (Spring) years became a silver medalist championship, and in 1975 have once again won the USSR Cup.

Entire team participated in 33 USSR championships (in the class best teams), had 1,026 matches, of which won 352, drew 280, lost 394, scored 1150 goals conceded - 1306. By 1975 the team participated in the lottery three European Cups. In the last USSR Championship in 1991, the team took seventh place.

Soviet championships

By 1945-1947, Ararat swept the Armenian SSR cup which promoted the club into the Soviet Top League by 1949. The team played in the top league in 1949-1950, 1960–1963, and 1965-1991. In 1971, Ararat won Silver Prize in the Championships of the USSR. In 1973 won the championship of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Cup (in a memorable final game against Dynamo Kyiv). This feat was repeated in the Soviet 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, after their title in the Soviet league, Ararat played in the European Cup 1974-75, reaching the quarterfinals, losing to defending and future champion Bayern Munich with a 2-1 aggregate (0-2 in Munich and 1-0 in Yerevan). Since their debut in the European Cup tournaments in 1972, they have won 16 of their 36 matches with 4 draws.

Modern history

Since the 1991 dissolution of Soviet Union, Ararat has attained the Armenian Premier League only once in Armenian Premier League 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.


- Soviet Top League: 1

- Soviet First League: 1

- Soviet Cup: 2

- Armenian Premier League: 1

- Armenian Cup: 5

- Armenian Supercup: 1

Other notable achievements

- Soviet Top League runner-up: 1971, 1976
- Soviet Cup runner-up: 1954, 1976
- European Cup 1974-75 quarterfinalist: 1974-1975
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1975-76 1/8 finalist: 1975-1976
- UEFA Cup 1972-73 1/8 finalist: 1972-1973

Ararat in European cups

As of December 2008.

- Home results are noted in bold

As on 14 August 2011


Notable former players

- Alesha Abrahamyan
- Arkady Andreasyan
- Sergei Nikolayevich Bondarenko
- Nikolay Ghazaryan
- Arkady Harutyunyan
- Levon Ishtoyan
- Alexandr Kovalenko
- Eduard Markarov
- Karen Markosyan
- Suren Martirosyan
- Norayr Mesropyan
- Alexander Mirzoyan
- Khoren Oganesian
- Nazar Petrosyan
- Aleksandr Podshivalov
- Sergei Poghosyan
- Vahe Yaghmuryan
- Oganes Zanazanyan

- Razmik Grigoryan
- Sargis Hovhannisyan
- Ashot Khachatryan
- Vardan Khachatryan
- Yervand Krbachyan
- Vahagn Minasyan
- Hamlet Mkhitaryan
- Aghvan Mkrtchyan
- Rafael Nazaryan
- Ara Nigoyan
- Armenak Petrosyan
- Armen Shahgeldyan
- Levon Stepanyan
- Yervand Sukiasyan
- Alexander Tadevosyan
- Vahe Tadevosyan
- Aram Voskanyan
- Arthur Voskanyan

- José Andrés Bilibio
- Jose Navarro
- Luis Shabat

- Emilio Palucci Calsani
- Marcos Pizzelli
- Renato de Moraes



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