Football Club Pyunik Yerevan (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Փյունիկ Երևան), commonly known as Pyunik is an Armenian professional sports club based in the Kentron neighbourhood of Yerevan. Pyunik is mostly known for its professional football team which, since its creation in 1992, has always played in the Armenian Premier League, becoming the most successful team of Armenia in number of official titles, with 31 won to date.
|Full name||Football Club Pyunik Yerevan|
|Nickname(s)||Ակադեմիա Akademiya (The Academy)|
|Founded||January 20, 1992|
|Ground||Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium|
|League||Armenian Premier League|
Internationally, Pyunik has yet to win an international title, with the closest result being a bronze place finish in the 2006 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup. Pyunik's domestic success usually qualifies the team for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. Pyunik is also known to be one of the most popular football clubs in Armenia, along with Urartu, Shirak and Ararat.
Pyunik has always had a fierce rivalry with Ararat, as both clubs are considered to be the most successful clubs in Armenia, the latter due to its Soviet accomplishments. Both clubs are also the two most popular in the country and favorites within the Armenian Diaspora. Pyunik also shares a rivalry with Urartu which began when Urartu relocated from Abovyan to Yerevan in 2001, and became the third largest team in the city. The Pyunik-Urartu rivalry is seen as one of the biggest clashes in Armenian football.
Pyunik's home stadium is the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, which is also home to the Armenia national football team. The youth academy has produced many Armenian internationals such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Robert Arzumanyan, Karlen Mkrtchyan, Edgar Manucharyan, Varazdat Haroyan and Gevorg Ghazaryan, many who have played or are playing for top European clubs.
Pyunik was founded in 1992 by Armenian football legend Khoren Oganesian and originally named Homenetmen Yerevan. The club won the first Armenian Premier League competition held in 1992 which it shared with Shirak since both teams were tied on points. In 1995, Homenetmen Yerevan was renamed FC Pyunik (Armenian for "Phoenix"). Following the change of name, Pyunik went on to win the 1995–96 Armenian Premier League and end the season with a 59-match unbeaten streak.
In 1996, Pyunik played its first international cup match, a UEFA Europa League qualifying match against Finnish club HJK Helsinki which Pyunik won 3–1. Pyunik also won the 1996-97 Armenian Premier League securing itself another chance at qualifying for an international cup playoffs the following year.
1998 proved to be a crucial year for the club following the loss of its main source of funding and the subsequent departure of its main players. Pyunik finished 6th that season and withdrew from football altogether.
Pyunik secured a comeback to professional football following its absorption of FC Armenicum, a newly promoted team to the Armenian Premier League. The club's new management sought to bring more experience to the club and reinforced the squad with foreign players from Argentina, Cameroon, Mali and Romania. The reinforcements brought positive results and Pyunik went on to win the 2001 Armenian Premier League and 2002 Armenian Cup.
2002 saw Pyunik advance to the second round of the UEFA Champions League qualifying round after beating Finnish champions Tampere United 6–0 on aggregate. From 2002 forwards, Pyunik went on to win the Armenian Premier League a record of 10 times in a row, from 2001 to 2010.
On 8 January 2020, former Armenian international goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky was announced as the club's new manager. Just over 7-months later, 13 July 2020, Berezovsky left the club by mutual consent. On 20 July 2020, Artak Oseyan was announced as Pyunik's new manager, but left his role as head coach on 13 December 2020. On 7 January 2021, Yegishe Melikyan was announced as Pyunik's new manager.
|Season||League||Armenian Cup||Top goalscorer||Manager|
|1992||Armenian Premier League||1st||22||17||3||2||75||31||37||Runner-Up||Poghos Galstyan||26|
|1999||Club did not participate.|
|2001||Armenian Premier League||1st||22||17||2||3||77||23||53||Semi-final||Arman Karamyan||21||Samvel Darbinyan|
|2004||1st||28||22||5||1||89||25||71||Winner||Edgar Manucharyan/Galust Petrosyan||21|
|2010||1st||28||20||5||3||73||22||65||Winner||Gevorg Ghazaryan / Marcos Pizzelli||16|
|2011–12||Only Cup competition was held||Quarter-final|
|2016–17||4th||30||12||9||9||35||27||45||Runner-Up||Alik Arakelyan||6|| Sargis Hovsepyan |
|2017–18||5th||30||9||9||12||37||41||36||Quarter-final||Alik Arakelyan||7|| Armen Gyulbudaghyants |
|2018–19||2nd||32||18||6||8||46||32||60||Quarter-final||Erik Vardanyan||8|| Andrei Talalayev |
|2019–20||8th||22||8||2||12||39||42||26||Second Round||Denis Mahmudov||9|| Aleksandr Tarkhanov |
Suren Chakhalyan (Caretaker)
|2020–21||7th||24||6||7||11||20||18||25||First Round||José Caraballo||3|| Artak Oseyan |
- Due to the 1995 season being a transitional season, there was no official winner of championship.
- Championship was decided by a decision game.
- As of match played 15 August 2019
|UEFA Champions League||34||8||7||19||30||57||-27|
|UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup||26||9||5||12||27||48||-21|
|1996–97||UEFA Cup||QR||HJK Helsinki||3–1||2–5 (aet)||5–6|
|1997–98||UEFA Champions League||1Q||MTK Budapest||0–2||3–4||3–6|
|2002–03||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Tampere United||2–0||4–0||6–0|
|2003–04||UEFA Champions League||1Q||KR Reykjavík||1–0||1–1||2–1|
|2004–05||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Pobeda Prilep||1–1||3–1||4–2|
|2005–06||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Haka Valkeakoski||2–2||0–1||2–3|
|2006–07||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Sheriff Tiraspol||0–0||0–2||0–2|
|2007–08||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Derry City||2–0||0–0||2–0|
|2008–09||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Anorthosis Famagusta||0–2||0–1||0–3|
|2009–10||UEFA Champions League||2Q||Dinamo Zagreb||0–0||0–3||0–3|
|2010–11||UEFA Champions League||2Q||Partizan Belgrade||0–1||1–3||1–4|
|2011–12||UEFA Champions League||2Q||Viktoria Plzeň||0–4||1–5||1–9|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Zeta Golubovci||0–3||2–1||2–4|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Teteks Tetovo||1–0||1–1||2–1|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Astana||1–4||0–2||1–6|
|2015–16||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Folgore||2–1||2–1||4–2|
|2016–17||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Europa FC||2–1||0–2||2–3|
|2017–18||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Slovan Bratislava||1–4||0–5||1–9|
|2018–19||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Vardar||1–0||2–0||3–0|
|3Q||Maccabi Tel Aviv||0–0||1–2||1–2|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Shkupi||3–3||2–1||5–4|
Kit and badge
Throughout the seasons, Pyunik has predominantly worn blue and white jerseys, with a few exceptions including Pyunik's first jerseys which were orange and
Puma is the club's current kit supplier since 2019.
On 3 August 2020, Pyunik announced that Joma would be supplying the team's kit for the 2020–21 season.
Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit Manufacturer||Shirt Sponsors|
|2010–13||Armenian Development Bank|
|2014–18||Nike||Armenian Development Bank/Gold's Gym|
The club has had five different designs for its badge during its history, with the first three designs being significantly different from each other. Following the club's reappearance in 2001, Pyunik introduced its iconic logo design which included a bold letter P placed on top of a football. The club kept this design for 13 years before introducing a double-headed golden phoenix crest in 2014. This change resulted unpopular among the fans and Pyunik introduced a new badge in 2019, this time returning to its original round shape with a predominantly blue logo and a red phoenix in the center.
Pyunik used several locations throughout its history. Between 1992 and 1998, Pyunik played at Hrazdan Stadium, Armenia's largest stadium with a capacity for 54,208 spectators.
In 2001, following the renovations works done at the Republican Stadium two years before, Pyunik relocated and played all its home matches there until 2013, with a brief interruption in 2008, when the club was forced to play at Pyunik Stadium; its training ground, due to renovation works at the Republican Stadium.
Between 2013 and 2017, the Yerevan Football Academy served as a home venue for all domestic competitions, while still using the Republican Stadium for international fixtures. At the beginning of 2017–18 Armenian Premier League season, Pyunik used the Republican Stadium as a home venue during the first half of the season, and eventually returning to their own Pyunik Stadium during the second half.
List of stadiums used by the club
- Hrazdan Stadium: 1992–98
- Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium: 2001–08
- Pyunik Stadium: 2008
- Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium: 2008–13
- Yerevan Football Academy: 2013–17
- Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium/Pyunik Stadium: 2017–18
- Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium: 2018–present
Pyunik's supporter base is traditionally regarded as part of Yerevan's higher class, in contrast with the supposedly more lower-class base of cross-town arch rival FC Urartu. Because of the club's history and recent success, the fanbase has grown not only in Yerevan, but in other provinces of Armenia and within the Armenian Diaspora as well.
Pyunik is considered to be one of the most popular clubs in Armenia, and has one of the biggest Ultras fanbases in Armenia, called Sector 18, named after the sector they occupy at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium.
Pyunik's rivalry with Ararat originates with the creation of the club itself. Pyunik's founder Khoren Oganesian, is considered an Ararat club idol, due to his achievements at the club during the Soviet period, winning the 1975 Soviet Cup. Pyunik's success in recent history has led the club's image to surpass that of Ararat, which has led to arguments over which club has had a bigger impact on Armenian football.
The other rivalry, between Pyunik and Urartu is also known as the clash of Yerevan neighborhoods, since Pyunik is located in the wealthier Kentron neighborhood, whereas Urartu is located in the lower-class Malatia-Sebastia neighborhood. The rivalry between both teams originates from Urartu's relocation from Abovyan to Yerevan in 2001, competing with and eventually becoming one of the largest teams in the city. Both teams' youth academies also compete with each other as they are considered to be two of the best in the country.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Assistant Coach||Roman Monarev|
|Goalkeepers Coach||Vladimir Vardanyan|
|Team Doctor||Vahagn Gevorgyan|
|Masseur||Hayk Mnatsakanyan and Robert Nersisyan|
|Team Administrator||Hovhannes Hayrapetyan|
|Team Manager||Hovhannes Hayrapetyan|
|Pyunik-2 Coach||Albert Sargsyan|
Arthur Soghomonyan is the current owner and President of Pyunik since 2017.
- Vice-president: Robert Gasparyan
- 2nd Vice-president: Aleksandr Tarkhanov
- Executive Director: Tigran Martirosyan
- Development: Aleksandr Tarkhanov
- Youth Academy: Albert Sargsyan
- Sporting Director: Samvel Arustamyan
- Chief Scout: Robert Arzumanyan
- Press Secretary: Shushanik Hakobyan
- Marketing and Public Relations: Vera Martirosyan
- Officer: Vardan Tsaturyan
- Champions (14): 1992, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014–15 (record)
- Winners (9): 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015 (record)
Other sports sections
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