Wednesday, January 14, 2009

No. 193: Banants Yerevan (Armenia)

Banants could miss out on Europe for the first time since the 2002-'03 season unless it wins the Armenian cup, which runs from March-May.

That's because the club finished fifth in the 2008 Armenian Premier League, which runs from April to November. Banants had a +9 goal differential, but still finished six points out of third place and European qualification.

Despite only winning once in the first qualifying round in its previous UEFA Cup trips, it was still an awful 10-0 aggregate defeat to Red Bull Salzburg of Austria.

Banants has a couple of players who feature for their national team, including Moldova keeper Yevgeni Matyugin and Uganda midfielder Noah Babadi Kasule, but interestingly enought the team has no players on the Armenian national team. League champions FC Pyunik has four such players.

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