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LASK Linz.png
Full name Linzer Athletik-Sport-Klub
Nickname(s) Die Schwarz-Weißen
(The Black-Whites),
Die Laskler
Founded 7 August 1908; 109 years ago (1908-08-07)
Ground Waldstadion
Ground Capacity 6,009
Owner LASK GmbH
Chairman Siegmund Gruber
Manager Oliver Glasner
League Bundesliga
2016–17 First League, 1st (promoted)
Website Club website
Current season

Linzer Athletik-Sport-Klub, commonly known as LASK Linz (German pronunciation: [lask lɪnʦ] (About this sound listen)) or simply LASK, is an Austrian association football club, from the Upper-Austrian state capital Linz. It is the oldest football club hailing from that region, and currently plays in the Austrian Football Bundesliga, the top tier of Austrian football, the club's colours are black and white. The women's football section currently plays in the second highest division of Austrian women's football.

LASK was founded on 7 August 1908; in 1965, the club became the first team outside Vienna to win the Austrian football championship. This is also its only championship to date.


Historical chart of LASK league performance

In the winter of 1908, Albert Siems, head of the royal post-office garage at Linz, who had already been a member of an 1899-founded club for heavy athletics, Linzer Athletik Sportklub Siegfried, decided to establish a football club. At that time, the side already played in the black-and-white lengthwise-touched shirts.

The club's first name was Linzer Sportclub, during an extraordinary general meeting on 14 September 1919, the final change of name, to Linzer Athletik Sport-Klub (short form Linzer ASK) took place, its forerunner setting the example. Nevertheless, the public denomination of the team was largely Lask, the club first appeared in top-flight competition in the Gauliga Ostmark in 1940–41, coming last and being relegated.

LASK achieved its greatest success, in winning the Austrian League in 1965. No club outside Vienna had ever won before. Additionally, the club won the domestic cup that same year.

In 1985-86's UEFA Cup, the side managed to beat European giants Internazionale Milan at home (1–0), on 23 October 1985, eventually bowing out 4–1 on aggregate (second round).

In 1995, the official name became LASK Linz, as officials wanted to bring out the city's name as a complement to the LASK designation, which had constituted itself as a brand name, it is one of the few clubs of the country's higher divisions that, since coming in existence, never exhibited a sponsor in the official clubname.

In 1997, due to public pressure, LASK Linz officially merged with city rivals FC Linz (formerly known as SK VOEST Linz) which, however, resulted in the cancellation of the latter. Club name, colors, chairmen and members remained the same.



Current squad[edit]

As of 24 August 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Austria GK Pavao Pervan
4 Austria DF Emanuel Pogatetz
6 Austria DF Philipp Wiesinger
7 Austria FW René Gartler
8 Austria MF Peter Michorl
9 Germany MF Alexander Riemann
10 Slovenia MF Rajko Rep
11 Austria FW Marko Raguž
13 Austria DF Maximilian Ullmann
15 Austria DF Christian Ramsebner
17 Austria DF Felix Luckeneder
No. Position Player
18 Austria MF Gernot Trauner
19 Austria FW Dominik Reiter
21 Turkey MF Doğan Erdoğan
23 Australia MF James Holland
24 Austria GK Nicolas Schmid
26 Austria DF Reinhold Ranftl
27 Austria MF Thomas Goiginger
29 Brazil FW João Victor
30 Brazil FW Alan
31 Austria GK Alexander Schlager
37 Kosovo FW Mërgim Berisha (on loan from Red Bull Salzburg)

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Serbia GK Filip Dmitrović (at SC Rheindorf Altach)
Ghana DF Kennedy Boateng (at SV Ried)
Austria MF Lukas Grgic (at SV Ried)
No. Position Player
Austria FW Tobias Pellegrini (at FC Blau-Weiß Linz)
Slovakia FW Tomáš Malec (at FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda)
Brazil FW Bruno (at Atromitos F.C.)

Manager history[edit]

As of 27 June 2016[2]

European Cup history[edit]

As of 1 December 2008
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963/64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 0–1, 1–1 AET in 3rd game 1–1 (Zagreb progressed after a coin toss)
1965/66 UEFA Champions League PR Poland Gornik Zabrze 1–3 1–2 2–5
1969/70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1 Portugal Sporting Lisbon 2–2 0–4 2–6
1977/78 UEFA Cup 1 Hungary Újpest FC 3–2 0–7 3–9
1980/81 UEFA Cup 1 Serbia Radnicki Nis 1–2 1–4 2–6
1984/85 UEFA Cup 1 Sweden Östers IF 1–0 1–0 2–0
2 Scotland Dundee United 1–2 1–5 2–7
1985/86 UEFA Cup 1 Czech Republic Banik Ostrava 2–0 1–0 3–0
2 Italy Inter 1–0 0–4 1–4
1986/87 UEFA Cup 1 Poland Widzew Lodz 1–1 0–1 1–2
1987/88 UEFA Cup 1 Netherlands FC Utrecht 0–0 0–2 0–2
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 6, 1st game Scotland Partick Thistle 2–2
Group 6, 2nd game Croatia NK Zagreb 0–0
Group 6, 3rd game Iceland Keflavík 2–1
Group 6, 4th game France FC Metz 0–1
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 2, 1st game Sweden Djurgårdens IF 2–0
Group 2, 2nd game Faroe Islands B68 Toftir 4–0
Group 2, 3rd game Cyprus Apollon Limassol 2–0
Group 2, 4th game Germany Werder Bremen 3–1
Semi-finals Russia Rotor Volgograd 2–2 0–5 2–7
1999/00 UEFA Cup 1 Romania Steaua Bucuresti 1–3 0–2 1–5
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Israel Hapoel Petah-Tikva 3–0 1–1 4–1
2R Czech Republic FC Marila Pribram 1–1 2–3 3–4


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