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FC Pyunik
Full name Pyunik Football Club
Founded 1992
Ground Hanrapetakan Stadium
(Capacity: 15,000)
Chairman Armenia Karen Harutunyan
Manager Armenia Vardan Minasyan
League Armenian Premier League
2009 Armenian Premier League, 1st
Home colours
Away colours

Pyunik Football Club (Armenian: Փյունիկ Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ - Pyunik Futbolayin Akumb), is an Armenian professional football club based in Yerevan. It is one of the most popular football clubs in Armenia and plays its home games in the Republican Stadium in Yerevan.



Founded in 1992, Pyunik (Armenian for "Phoenix") has won a record 11 Armenian Championships, along with 4 Armenian Cups, and 5 Armenian Supercups. The club is considered in Armenia as one of the most popular Armenian football clubs since the establishment of the Armenian Premier League in 1992. It was founded as Homenetmen Yerevan, and kept that name until the 1995–96 season, when it was renamed as Pyunik. After winning the title twice as FC Pyunik, troubles began as the club started to financially struggle, and eventually disbanded in 1999.

Pyunik's new era began in 2001, when 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 was not satisfied with what it already had, and improved the team 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 nine times in a row.


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

Over the years Pyunik proved that it has strongest youth school in Armenia. The proof is that most of Armenian youth national team players are representing Pyunik, besides in 2005, Armenia U-19 team participated in final tournament of the European Under-19 Football Championship[1]. Few examples of Pyunik's products are Edgar Manucharyan, Robert Arzumanyan, Gevorg Ghazaryan, Apoula Edel and Henrik Mkhitaryan, who all began representing Armenia national team from very young ages.


( 1992, 1995/96, 1996/97, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 )

( 1996, 2002, 2004, 2009 )

( 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 )

Pyunik in European Cups

As of July, 2009.

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 26 5 7 14 23 37
UEFA Cup 2 1 0 1 5 6
Total 28 6 7 15 28 43
Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg
1996/97 UEFA Cup 1Q Finland HJK Helsinki 3 - 1 2 - 5 (aet)
1997/98 UEFA Champions League 1Q Hungary MTK Budapest 0 - 2 3 - 4
2002/03 UEFA Champions League 1Q Finland Tampere United 4 - 0 2 - 0
2Q Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0 - 4 2 - 2
2003/04 UEFA Champions League 1Q Iceland Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur 1 - 0 1 - 1
2Q Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0 - 2 0 - 1
2004/05 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Pobeda Prilep 3 - 1 1 - 1
2Q Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1 - 3 0 - 1
2005/06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Finland Haka Valkeakoski 0 - 1 2 - 2
2006/07 UEFA Champions League 1Q Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0 - 0 0 - 2
2007/08 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Ireland Derry City 0 - 0 2 - 0
2Q Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0 - 2 1 - 2
2008/09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 0 - 1 0 - 2
2009/10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0 - 0 0 - 3
  • Home results are noted in bold

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
4 Armenia DF Sargis Hovsepyan (captain)
6 Armenia MF Karlen Mkrtchyan
8 Armenia FW Marcos Pizzelli1
9 Armenia MF Edgar Malakyan
10 Armenia FW Gevorg Ghazaryan
11 Armenia MF David Manoyan
14 Armenia FW Mihran Manasyan
15 Armenia MF Arthur Yuspashyan
16 Armenia DF Vahagn Minasyan
17 Armenia DF Artak Yedigaryan
No. Position Player
18 Armenia DF Aram Hovsepyan
19 Armenia FW Albert Tadevosyan
20 Armenia DF Varazdat Haroyan
21 Armenia DF Hamik Beglaryan
25 Armenia DF Razmik Hovhannisyan
27 Armenia MF Tigran Voskanyan
29 Armenia MF Kamo Hovhannisyan
35 Armenia GK Karen Israyelyan
99 Armenia GK Edward Hovhannisyan
  1. Player has dual citizenship, Brazilian being the second one

Notable past players

South America
  • Argentina José Andrés Bilibio
  • Argentina Miguel Angel Cisterna
  • Argentina Eduardo Alberto Davilla
  • Argentina Juan Pablo Peralta
  • Argentina Raul Osvaldo Ruiz
  • Argentina Fernando Zagharian
  • Brazil Diego Rodrigo de Baros
  • Brazil Edgaro Correa
  • Brazil Samuel Fernando Flores
  • Brazil Bruno Batista da Silva


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