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Grazer AK

Grazer AK is a football (soccer) club from Austria.

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About Grazer AK

Grazer AK, founded 18 August 1902 as Grazer Athletik-Sport Klub (in Austria the abbreviation GAK is more common), is an Austrian sports club, from the city of Graz in the federal state of Styria (state) (Steiermark). The football section is one of the most traditional Austrian clubs, most successful in the decade 1995–2005. The other sections are basketball, diving and tennis.

History

The club arose from an informal association of University of Graz around the medical student Georg August Wagner from Prague, later a professor at the Charles University in Prague and the Charité in Berlin. Acquainted with football from his hometown, he organised the first public match in present-day Austria on 18 March 1894 in the Graz municipal park. The Grazer Athletik-Sport-Club – modeled after the Wiener AC – was established eight years later on the 72nd birthday of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.

Bankruptcy

During the 2006–2007 season, 'Grazer AK' went into Administration (insolvency). The club was docked 28 points as a result. In the 2007–2008 season, the club was not allowed to participate in the professional leagues and was relegated to the Austrian Regional League Center. After a second bankruptcy, the club managed to achieve a settlement and accommodation with its creditors in September 2008, ensuring its survival.

Achievements

- Austrian champions (football) (1): 2004 (runners up 2003, 2005)
- Austrian Cup (4): 1981, 2000, 2002, 2004 (finalist 1962, 1968)
- Austrian Supercup (2): 2000, 2002 (finalist 2004)

Managers since 1990

- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Heinz Binder (8.1.1990 – 11.9.1990)
- Image:Flag of Slovenia.svg Savo Ekmecic (11.9.1990 – 16.4.1992)
- Image:Flag of Slovenia.svg Milan Miklavic (16.4.1992 – 24.10.1993)
- Image:Flag of Germany.svg Hans Ulrich Thomale (26.10.1993 – Summer 1996)
- Image:Flag of Serbia.svg Ljupko Petrović (Summer 1996 – 11.9.1996)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Hans Peter Schaller (11.9.1996 – 20.9.1996)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg August Starek (20.9.1996 – Summer 1997)
- Image:Flag of Germany.svg Klaus Augenthaler (Summer 1997 – 2.3.2000)
- Image:Flag of Germany.svg Rainer Hörgl (2.3.2000 – April 2000)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Werner Gregoritsch (April 2000 – 21.9.2001)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Christian Keglevits (21.9.2001 – 29.9.2001)
- Image:Flag of the Netherlands.svg Thijs Libregts (29.9.2001 – 12.8.2002)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Christian Keglevits (12.8.2002 – 7.10.2002)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Walter Schachner (7.10.2002 – 9.1.2006)
- Image:Flag of Denmark.svg Lars Söndergaard (9.1.2006 – 20.5.2007)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Dietmar Pegam (1.6.2007 – 31.12.2007)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Stojadin Rajkovic (January 2008 – Aug.2008)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Gregor Pötscher (Aug.2008 – Jan. 2010)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Heinz Karner (Jan. 2010 - Nov. 2010)
- Image:Flag of Austria.svg Peter Stöger (Nov. 2010 - June 2011)
- Image:Flag of Slovenia.svg Aleš Čeh (June 2011 - current)




Famous players

- Skelley Adu Tutu (1999–2004)
- Rudolf Hiden (1925–1927)
- Paul Halla (1951–1953)
- Wilhelm Huberts (1955–1960, 1971–1975)
- Saleh Selim (1962–1963)
- Bernard Vukas (1964–1965)
- Jozef Móder (1980–1982)
- Eduard Glieder (1987–1994, 1995–1996)
- Roland Goriupp (1987–1992)
- Dieter Schatzschneider (1987–1988)
- Matjaž Kek (1990–1994)
- Aleš Čeh (1992–2003)
- Adolf Hütter (1988–1989, 1992–1993, 2000–2002)
- Carlos Castro Borja (1994)
- Alexander Manninger (1996–1997)
- Boban Dmitrovic (1996–2003)
- Benedict Akwuegbu (1998–2003)
- Ross Aloisi (1999–2000)
- Mario Bazina (2001–2006)
- René Aufhauser (2001–2005)
- Mario Tokić (2001–2005)
- Richard Hastings (2002–2003)
- Péter Halmosi (2002–2003)
- Michaël Goossens (2003–2004)
- Emanuel Pogatetz (2003 – 8.3.2005)
- Libor Sionko (February 2004 – 1.6.2004)
- Éric Akoto (2006–2007)




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