Founded In
Yerevan, Armenia

About Ararat

Football Club Ararat Yerevan, often known more simply as Ararat, was founded back in 1935. Nicknamed the White Eagles, the club are one of the most popular in Armenian football and have a rich history, having previously achieved notable success in the Soviet football league system. Their main rivals are FC Pyunik, and the two teams compete to be the dominant team in Yerevan. It is an intense rivalry, with Ararat having tradition on their side, while Pyunik have a greater share of modern-day success.

The club gained its first ever promotion to the Soviet Top League in 1949 and then played in the division consistently from 1965 to 1991. Their time in the Soviet system was successful, with the team achieving a league and cup double in 1973. In addition, a second Soviet Cup success followed in 1975.

Since Armenia became an independent state and the Premier League was formed, Ararat have established themselves as one of the country's top teams. In the 1993 season, they were able to win their first Premier League title and completed their second domestic double by lifting the Armenian Cup in the same year. Further Armenian Cup wins have followed in 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2008, to take their total to five. The club have also competed in a number of continental tournaments, with their best performance coming in the 1974-75 European Cup, where they reached the quarter finals.

Notable players to have represented the team include Arkady Andreasian, Vahe Yaghmuryan and Markos Piñeiro Pizelli, all of whom were prolific goalscorers for the side.

Since 2012, Ararat Yerevan's home matches have been held at Abovyan City Stadium, which was previously known as Kotayk Stadium. The venue first opened in 1966, but was taken over by Multi Group Holding in 2006, at which point renovations were carried out to make it into an all-seater stadium. As a result, its maximum capacity currently stands at 4,000.

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