Lori Football Club Originally founded in 1936, Lori has participated in the domestic football competition of Soviet Armenia. After retiring from professional football in 2002, the club was revived in 2017 winning the 2017–18 Armenian First League competition.
History of club
The club participated in the first ever Armenian football competition after the split-up from the Soviet Union. After the regular competition they did not qualify for the championship stage, but were forced to play in the relegation stage. Here they finished in seventh position, which forced them to play in the Armenian First League (second level) for the 1993 season. In that season they finished first in their group (the league was split-up in two groups) which gave them promotion to the Armenian Premier League. Lori then became a yo-yo team referring to their up-and-go history of promotion and relegation. In 2002 they played their last season in the Premier League as of today and relegated to the First League.
The reestablishment of Lori FC was officially announced on 2 March 2017, by Tovmas Grigoryan; a native businessman of the city of Vanadzor. The club made its debut at professional football through the 2017–18 Armenian First League competition.
Lori FC became the champion of the Armenian First League’s season 2017-18 and promoted to Premier League.
The club uses the Vanadzor Football Academy as their training ground. The academy is temporarily being used as a home ground for their official matches in the Armenian First League competition, as the Vanadzor City Stadium is currently being reconstructed and is set to be ready during Spring 2019.
Lori FC had been founded!
Vanadzor Football Academy and Lori FC was founded in 2 of March, 2017 as NGO, which’s president is Robert Grigoryan.
Lori FC announced participation in Armenian First League’s season 2017-18.
First Friendly Match against Pyunik-2
Lori FC played first friendly match on 30 July, 2017 against Pyunik-2. First goal scorer of the team was Erik Gharibyan who scored once more during the match. Also double by Tinga Kofi Tei and goal from Michael Akpala.
Lori FC won the match 5:3.
First Official Match
First official match had been played on 14 August, 2017 in Vanadzor Football Academy against Pyunik-2.
Lori won 2:1, goals scored by Vigen Avetisyan, David Aslanyan.
Finishing Autumn Round In The First Place
Lori FC finished Autumn Round of the Armenian First League’s season 2017-18 on 4th December, 2017. The last match was in Vanadzor Football Academy against Ararat-2.
The only goal assisted by Aram Sargsyan scored Vigen Avetisyan. Meanwhile in Kasakhi Marzik Stadium Artsakh lost the match against Ararat-Armenia-2. Lori FC passed Artsakh and got first place.
We are the CHAMPIONS!!!
Lori FC became champion of the Armenian First League’s season 2017-18 on May. Last match was played in Vanadzor Football Academy where Lori won Gandzasar-2 5:1.
Cup and medals gave to our players First vice-president and Director of FFA Armen Minasyan.
First match in the Premier League
On 4th of August, 2018 Lori FC played first match in the Premier League. Lori lost the match against Ararat-Armenia 0:2.
Spectators are 5 times more than seats during the match. So Club decided to add 400 seats more in the Academy until Vanadzor City Stadium will be ready.