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About LASK Linz

LASK Linz is an Football in Austria club, from the Upper Austria state capital Linz. It is the oldest football club hailing from that region, and currently plays in the Austrian Football First League. The club's colours are black and white. The women's football section, LASK Ladies, currently plays in the second highest division of Austrian women's football.

LASK Linz was founded on 7 August 1908. In 1965 the club became the first team outside of Vienna to win the Austrian football championship. This is also the only championship to date.


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

The club's first name was Linzer Sportclub, when in 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.

In the 1964/65 season the LASK won the Austrian Championship and was the first side outside Vienna to do so. The same year they also won the Austrian Cup.

In UEFA Cup 1985-86, 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.

The club's biggest success was the winning of the Austrian Football Bundesliga in Austrian Football Bundesliga 1964-65, which no club outside of Vienna had won before; additionally, the club won Austrian Cup that year.

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.


- Austrian Football Bundesliga: Austrian Football Bundesliga 1964-65
- Austrian Cup: 1965, runner-up 1963, 1967, 1970, 1999
- Austrian Amateur Championship: 1931
- Upper-Austrian Championship: 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1936, 1939, 1947, 1948, 1950
- Upper-Austrian Cup: 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1937, 1946
- Upper-Austrian Championship (reserves): 2001, 2003
- Austrian Football First League: 1958, 1979, 1994, 2007

Out on loan

Famous players

- Besian Idrizaj
- György Kottán
- Helmut Köglberger
- Klaus Lindenberger
- Peter Stöger
- Christian Stumpf
- Markus Weissenberger
- Chico
- Branimir Kostadinov
- Ivica Vastić
- Hugo Sánchez (FC Linz)
- Geir Frigård
- Erik Mykland (FC Linz)
- Vidar Riseth
- Milivoje Novakovič
- Brendan Augustine
- Choi Sung-Yong
- Tolunay Kafkas
- Luka Lipošinović
- Skelley Adu Tutu
- Charles Amoah

Manager history

- Otto Barić (1972–1974)
- Adolf Blutsch (1979–1984)
- Dietmar Constantini (1993)
- Adam Kensy (1998, caretaker)
- Norbert Barisits (2003–2004)
- Werner Gregoritsch (2004–2006)
- Karl Daxbacher (2006–2008)
- Andrej Panadić (2008)
- Klaus Lindenberger (2008–2009)
- Hans Krankl (2009)
- Matthias Hamann (2009–2010)
- Helmut Kraft (2010)
- Georg Zellhofer (2010–)

European cup history

As of December 2008.

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