FC Linz

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FC Stahl Linz
Full name FC Stahl Linz
Founded 1946, 2013 (refounded)
Dissolved 1997
Ground ASKÖ Neue Heimat
League 2. Klasse Mitte

FC Linz was an Austrian football club, based in Linz, Upper Austria. It was founded on 30 June 1946 as SV Eisen und Stahl 1946 Linz, a factory squad of the public VÖEST steel company (present-day Voestalpine). In 1949, the team was renamed SK VÖEST Linz.

Historical chart of league performance of FC Linz and their successor Blau-Weiß Linz

In 1969, SK VÖEST won the championship of the Regional League Central and was promoted to the Nationalliga, the predecessor of the Bundesliga. The club reached its peak in the 1973–74 season, when they became Austrian champion. Its decline began in 1988, when SK VOEST (without umlaut since 1978) was relegated to the First League (II). While the club managed re-entry into the Bundesliga in 1991, the steel company withdrew funds and the team was again renamed, as FC Stahl Linz in 1991 and FC Linz in 1993. In 1997, due to financial difficulties, the club finally had to dissolve, by merger with its long-time rival LASK Linz.

In the same year, FC Blau-Weiß Linz was founded, which adopted the defunct club's traditions.


European Cup history[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Results
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R East Germany Dynamo Dresden 0–2 (A), 2–2 (H)
1974–75 European Champion's Cup 1R Spain FC Barcelona 0–0 (H), 0–5 (A)
1975–76 UEFA Cup 1R Hungary Budapest Vasas SC 2–0 (H), 0–4 (A)
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1R Czechoslovakia TJ Zbrojovka Brno 1–3 (A), 0–2 (H)