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FC Gandzasar Kapan

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Gandzasar Kapan
Գանձասար Կապան
Full nameFootball Club Gandzasar Kapan
Nickname(s)Արջեր Arjér (The Bears)
Founded2004; 17 years ago (2004)
GroundGandzasar Stadium, Kapan
OwnerZangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine CJSC
Executive DirectorGarnik Aghababian
Head CoachArmen Petrosyan
LeagueArmenian First League
2020–21Armenian Premier League 10th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Football Club Gandzasar Kapan (Armenian: Ֆուտբոլային Ակումբ Գանձասար Կապան), commonly known as Gandzasar, is an Armenian football club based in the town of Kapan, Syunik Province. Translated from the Armenian, "Gandz-a-sar" simply means "Treasure Mountain". The club headquarters are located on Shinararner street 1, Kapan.[1] The Gandzasar Kapan Training Centre is located at the eastern outskirts of the town of Kapan.

The club is under the ownership of Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine Closed Joint-Stock Company since 25 February 2015.


The club was founded in 2004 and made their debut in the Armenian football league system in the 2004 Armenian First League competition. They spent 2 years playing in the Armenian First League before getting promoted to the Armenian Premier League for the 2006 season.[citation needed]

As of 2014, Gandzasar Kapan play in the Armenian Premier League, the top division in Armenian football. The home ground of team is the Gandzasar Stadium.[citation needed]

The club also runs a reserve team known as Gandzasar Kapan-2, participating in the First Division.[citation needed]

On 3 November 2020, Gandzasar Kapan announced that they were withdrawing from the Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup due to the ongoing financial constraints relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Armenia and the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[2][3]

Domestic history

Season League National Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2004 Armenian First League 3rd 30 17 6 7 52 32 57 no participation
2005 3rd 24 16 3 5 62 24 51 First Round
2006 Armenian Premier League 5th 28 7 3 18 28 60 24 Quarter-final Armenia Artur Kocharyan 15 Armenia Vladimir Petrosyan
Armenia Albert Sarkisyan
2007 5th 28 11 6 11 35 31 39 First round Armenia Artur Kocharyan 8 Armenia Souren Barseghyan
Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan
Armenia Samvel Petrosyan
2008 3rd 28 13 8 7 39 27 47 Quarter-final Armenia Alexander Petrosyan 9 Armenia Samvel Petrosyan
2009 5th 28 12 2 14 32 47 38 Quarter-final Armenia Arsen Avetisyan 14 Armenia Samvel Petrosyan
Armenia Avetik Sargsyan
Republic of Artsakh Slava Gabrielyan
2010 6th 28 8 3 17 24 45 27 Quarter-final Armenia Artur Kocharyan 8 Republic of Artsakh Slava Gabrielyan
Armenia Albert Sarkisyan
2011 3rd 28 12 10 6 31 16 46 Quarter-final
Armenia Arsen Avetisyan 5 Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan
2012–13 3rd 42 18 13 11 48 37 67 Semi-final Brazil Dhiego Lomba Farias 9 Armenia Abraham Khashmanyan
Armenia Avetik Sargsyan
Armenia Samvel Sargsyan
Armenia Sevada Arzumanyan
2013–14 5th 28 8 11 9 36 31 35 Runner-up Armenia Narek Beglaryan 8 Armenia Sevada Arzumanyan
Armenia Stepan Baghdasaryan
Ukraine Serhiy Puchkov
2014–15 7th 28 7 8 13 31 44 29 Quarter-final Armenia Gegham Harutyunyan
Ukraine Vasil Palagnyuk
6 Ukraine Serhiy Puchkov
Armenia Samvel Petrosyan
2015–16 4th 28 11 12 5 35 27 45 Semi-final Armenia Gegham Harutyunyan
Armenia Narek Beglaryan
5 Armenia Samvel Petrosyan
Armenia Ashot Barseghyan
2016–17 2nd 30 17 6 7 38 24 57 Semi-final Armenia Gegham Harutyunyan 12 Armenia Ashot Barseghyan
2017–18 3rd 30 11 10 9 43 34 43 Winner Armenia Gegham Harutyunyan 12 Armenia Karen Barseghyan
Armenia Ashot Barseghyan
2018–19 6th 32 10 8 14 38 33 38 Quarter-final Armenia Gegham Harutyunyan 8 Armenia Ashot Barseghyan
Armenia Armen Petrosyan
2019–20 9th 22 6 7 9 25 29 25 Semi-final Armenia Gegham Harutyunyan 6 Armenia Armen Petrosyan
2020–21 10th Withdrew n/a

European history

As of match played 19 July 2018
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 12 2 0 10 8 27 –19
Total 12 2 0 10 8 27 –19
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Netherlands NAC Breda 0–2 0–6 0–8
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Faroe Islands EB/Streymur 2–0 1–3 3–3 (a)
2Q Switzerland Servette 1–3 0–2 1–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kazakhstan Aktobe 1–2 1–2 2–4
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Mladost Podgorica 0–3 0–1 0–4
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Poland Lech Poznań 2–1 0–2 2–3


Armenian Premier League[4]

Armenian Cup[5]

Armenian Super Cup

  • Runners-up: 2018


Gandzasar Stadium, the home of Gandzasar
Gandzasar Stadium, the home of Gandzasar

The club play their home games at the Gandzasar Stadium, also known as Kapan City Stadium, which has a capacity of 3,500. It is situated at the centre of the town of Kapan, on the left bank of Voghji River.[citation needed]

At the beginning of 2017 the team temporarily moved to the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium in Yerevan due to renovation works at the Gandzasar Stadium.[citation needed]

Youth academy

Gandzasar Kapan Training Centre in Kapan
Gandzasar Kapan Training Centre in Kapan

Gandzasar Kapan run their own youth training academy in the town of Kapan since its inauguration in May 2013. Being home to natural-grass as well as artificial-turf training pitches, the centre occupies an area of 35,000 m².

In addition to Kapan, the club also runs a football school in the Shengavit District of the capital Yerevan.


Current squad

As of 14 August 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Armenia ARM Khachatur Manukyan
2 DF Armenia ARM Pargev Abrahamyan
3 DF Armenia ARM Vazgen Yeranosyan
4 DF Armenia ARM Spartak Gevorgyan
5 DF Armenia ARM Ruben Khachatryan
6 DF Armenia ARM Patvakan Mahtesyan
7 MF Armenia ARM Alen Tatintsyan
8 MF Armenia ARM David Mayilyan
9 FW Armenia ARM Edgar Engibaryan
11 MF Armenia ARM Orbeli Hambardzumyan
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 FW Armenia ARM Alen Karapetyan
17 MF Armenia ARM Yura Arakelyan
18 MF Armenia ARM Arkadi Safaryan
19 MF Armenia ARM Aram Hovhannisyan
21 DF Armenia ARM Alen Stepanyan
22 GK Armenia ARM Mihran Hovhannisyan
23 MF Armenia ARM David Paremuzyan
26 MF Armenia ARM Martin Mikayelyan
29 FW Armenia ARM Robert Minasyan
33 GK Armenia ARM Sevada Khachatryan

Gandzasar Kapan-2

Gandzasar Kapan-2
Founded2006; 15 years ago (2006)
GroundGandzasar Kapan Training Centre,
OwnerZangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine CJSC
Executive DirectorGarnik Aghababian
ManagerAshot Manucharyan
LeagueArmenian First League

FC Gandzasar Kapan's reserve squad play as Gandzasar Kapan-2 in the Armenian First League. They play their home games at the training field with artificial turf of the Gandzasar Kapan Training Centre.

Current squad

As of 16 January 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Armenia ARM Davit Altunyan
2 MF Armenia ARM Varkhtang Grigoryan
3 DF Armenia ARM Patvakan Mahtesyan
4 DF Armenia ARM Armen Kharbutyan
5 DF Armenia ARM Davit Markosyan
7 MF Armenia ARM Suren Arakelyan
8 MF Armenia ARM Davit Mayilyan
9 DF Armenia ARM Tiran Petrosyan (captain)
10 MF Armenia ARM Tigran Ivanyan
13 MF Armenia ARM Alen Karapetyan
14 MF Armenia ARM Yura Arakelyan
17 DF Armenia ARM Gagik Khachatryan
18 MF Armenia ARM Lernik Avetisyan
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Armenia ARM Karen Gevorgyan
20 MF Armenia ARM Ashot Adamyan
21 FW Armenia ARM Mher Harutyunyan
22 MF Armenia ARM Artur Karapetyan
23 MF Armenia ARM Roman Hakhverdyan
27 DF Armenia ARM Alen Stepanyan
28 MF Armenia ARM Vache Avagimyan
33 MF Armenia ARM Artur Badalyan
35 MF Armenia ARM Ashot Karapetyan
55 GK Armenia ARM Artyom Baghdasaryan
88 DF Armenia ARM Hayk Sargsyan
89 GK Armenia ARM Erik Harutyunyan



Position Name
Executive Director Armenia Garnik Aghababian
Sporting Director Armenia Ashot Barseghyan
General Manager Armenia Ashot Martirosyan
Press Secretary Armenia Armen Ayvazyan
Team Manager Armenia Garik Karapoghosyan

Technical staff

Position Name
Head Coach Armenia Armen Petrosyan
Assistant Coach Armenia Tigran Gevorgyan
Assistant Coach Armenia Ara Khachatryan
Goalkeepers Coach Armenia Martik Mktrtumyan
Coach Analyst Armenia Ghazar Hakobjanyan
Doctor Armenia Ara Aramyan
Masseur Armenia Tigran Mansuryan
Masseur Armenia Samvel Hovhannisyan
Administrator Armenia Arsen Ayvazyan

Managerial history


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  2. ^ "Բաց նամակ "Զանգեզուրի Պղնձամոլիբդենային կոմբինատ"". facebook.com/gandzasarkapanfc (in Armenian). FC Gandzasar Kapan Facebook. 3 November 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Գանձասար-Կապանը պաշտոնական նամակ է ուղարկել ՀՖՖ". ffa.am/ (in Armenian). Football Federation of Armenia. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
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  5. ^ "FC Shirak achievements". fcshirak.am. Archived from the original on 24 May 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
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