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Armenian Premier League
Season 2008
Champions Pyunik
11th Armenian title
Relegated none
UEFA Champions League Pyunik
UEFA Europa League Gandzasar
Mika
Banats (via domestic cup)
Goals scored 254
Average goals/game 2.27
Top goalscorer Armenia Marcos Pizzelli (17)
Biggest home win Ararat 5–0 Kilikia
Biggest away win Kilikia 1–5 Ararat
Kilikia 1–5 Mika
Highest scoring Banants 4–2 Kilikia
Kilikia 1–5 Ararat
Kilikia 1–5 Mika
2007
2009

The 2008 Armenian Premier League season (known as STAR National Football League due to sponsorship reasons) was the seventeenth since its establishment. It started on 6 April 2008, while the last matches were played on 15 November 2008. Pyunik FC were the defending champions. The Yerevan side won their seventh consecutive league title the previous season, their tenth overall. FC Dinamo Yerevan were supposed to be the team to get promoted, but they withdrew from the Premier League, and were disbanded.

Star Arm League 2008 Logo.jpg

On 30 April 2008, Football Federation of Armenia signed a contract with STAR company by which STAR would become the sponsor of the 17th Armenian Premier League season, and henceforth the 2008 season would be called STAR National Football League.[1]

The league was played in four stages. The teams played each other four times, twice at home and twice away. The champions would have been the team with the most points after round 28. However, since Pyunik and Ararat were tied on points at the end of the season, they had to play a decision game for the championship.

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Participating teams

Location of teams in the Armenian Premier League 2008
Club City Stadium Capacity
Ararat Yerevan Abovyan City Stadium (temp) 5,500
Banants Yerevan Banants Stadium 6,000
Gandzasar Kapan Gandzasar Stadium 3,500
Kilikia Yerevan Hrazdan Stadium 55,000
Mika Yerevan Mika Stadium 8,000
Pyunik Yerevan Hanrapetakan Stadium 15,000
Shirak Gyumri Gyumri City Stadium 3,000
Ulisses Yerevan Kasakhi Marzik Stadium (temp) 3,500

League table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Pyunik  (C) 28 18 5 5 40 18 +22 059 DG 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Ararat 28 18 5 5 48 23 +25 059 DG
3 Gandzasar 28 13 8 7 39 27 +12 47 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 2
4 Mika 28 13 7 8 38 28 +10 46 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 2
5 Banants 28 11 8 9 34 25 +9 41 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
6 Ulisses 28 7 8 13 19 29 −10 29
7 Shirak 28 5 4 19 15 40 −25 19
8 Kilikia 28 2 5 21 21 64 −43 11

Source: ffa.am
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
DGChampionship was decided by a decision game (see below).
1Banants lost the Armenian Cup 2009 Final to Pyunik, who qualified for the Champions League. Therefore, Banants qualifed for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League as cup losers.
2Ararat did not obtain the license to compete in European competitions. Therefore, fourth-placed Mika earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League while Gandzasar qualified for the second instead of first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.[2]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

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Decision game

Because Ararat and Pyunik were tied on points after the regular season, they played out the championship in a decision game.[3]

19 November 2008
18:00 GMT+4
Pyunik 2 – 1 (aet) Ararat Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ararat Chagharyan
Tadevosyan Goal 68'118' Report
(Armenian)
V. Minasyan Goal 69'

Results

First half of season

Home \ Away1 ARA BAN GAN KIL MIK PYU SHI ULI
Ararat 1–0 0–1 5–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–1
Banants 3–0 1–1 4–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0
Gandzasar 2–3 0–0 3–1 1–3 1–0 2–0 4–1
Kilikia 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 0–3 2–1 0–3
Mika 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0
Pyunik 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0
Shirak 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–0
Ulisses 0–2 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 0–1
Source: ffa.am
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season

Home \ Away1 ARA BAN GAN KIL MIK PYU SHI ULI
Ararat 1–0 2–0 2–2 4–1 0–1 2–1 2–0
Banants 2–2 0–0 4–1 2–1 1–4 3–0 1–1
Gandzasar 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 3–0 0–0
Kilikia 1–5 0–1 1–2 1–5 0–1 0–1 1–1
Mika 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–0
Pyunik 0–1 1–0 4–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 3–1
Shirak 1–2 1–1 0–3 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–0
Ulisses 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Source: ffa.am
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Source: ffa.am

17 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals

See also

External links

References


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