Shirak

Founded In
1958
Location
Gyumri, Armenia

Shirak

About Shirak

Shirak Football Club was first established in 1958. Based in Gyumri, Armenia's second largest city, the team are one of the oldest in the country and competed in the Soviet league system prior to Armenia gaining independence in 1991. Having previously played in blue and white stripes, Shirak have undergone something of an identity change in recent times, switching to an orange and black home kit and adopting a new club crest with the same colours.

Upon the establishment of the Armenian Premier League, Shirak were quick to emerge as a major force. At the end of the league's inaugural season, in 1992, the team were crowned joint champions, alongside Homenetmen Yerevan. 

Since that time, the club have gone on to further establish themselves in the league, winning additional league championships in 1994, 1999 and 2012-13, in order to take their total up to four. The 2011-12 season, meanwhile, brought about the team's first success in the Armenian Cup, after they defeated FC Impulse 1-0 in the final. In addition to their successes in domestic football, Shirak have represented Armenia in a number of European tournaments, including the UEFA Champions League. Their best performance came in 2013–14, where they reached the second qualifying round for the first time in history.

Armenian international players Artur Petrosyan and Harutyun Vardanyan are perhaps the team's best known players. Some of the side's other notable former talents include Arayik Adamyan and Ismaël Béko Fofana.

The club's home matches are played at Gyumri City Stadium. The venue was built in 1924, making it the oldest stadium in the Armenian Premier League. In recent times, the stadium has undergone two major renovations. The first, in 1999, turned the venue into an all-seater stadium, while the second renovation, in 2012, brought it in line with UEFA regulations. It is currently able to hold a maximum of 2,761 spectators.