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

LASK
LASK logo.svg
Full nameLinzer Athletik-Sport-Klub
Nickname(s)Die Schwarz-Weißen
(The Black-Whites),
Die Laskler
Founded7 August 1908; 113 years ago (1908-08-07) as Athletiksportklub Siegfried
GroundWaldstadion & Linzer Stadion for UEFA competitions
Capacity6,009
OwnerLASK GmbH
PresidentSiegmund Gruber
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2020–21Austrian Bundesliga, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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. The club currently plays its league fixtures at the Waldstadion in Pasching, but at the 14,000 capacity Linzer Stadion in UEFA competitions.

HistoryEdit

 
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 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 club name.

In 1996, Werder Bremen was beaten away in the UI Cup.

In 1997, due to public pressure, LASK Linz officially merged with city rivals FC Linz (formerly known as SK VOEST Linz). The club name, colours, chairmen and members remained the same.

At the end of the 90s the club had great ambitions. However, the bank of the president slipped into insolvency and therefore the club also faced big financial problems. The president fled to the Côte d'Azur with a lot of cash and the club was on the verge of bankruptcy with several large debts. The club sold its training facilities and the best players. The result was a relegation to the Second Division (2. Liga) but also financial consolidation.

In 2007, after a long time in the second division, they were promoted to the highest division again. They were title contenders until ten rounds before the end, but, due to a dispute about the extension of the coach's contract, they only finished 5th.

Relegation to the 3. Liga in 2012 was accompanied by imminent bankruptcy. The club was taken over by a consortium of local entrepreneurs called "Friends of LASK" in December 2013. By this time the club was on the verge of being shut down. The players received no salary. They could not afford the city stadium, so they moved to a stadium 50 km away. It was only because of the tremendous cohesion of the coach and the team that the club was able to keep the championship going at that time.

After promotion to the 2. Liga, which was celebrated in front of 13,000 fans in the Linzer stadium, the club was promoted to the highest division again in the third year after the takeover. During this time the coach Oliver Glasner built up a new team with Vice President Jürgen Werner with an unmistakable style of play.

In 2016, the club moved to Pasching after disagreements with the city council. They are due to return to the rebuilt Linzer stadium in mid-2022. In 2018, the club returned to the European competitions, but they were eliminated in qualifying for the Europa league after a 2–1 win in the second leg due to the away goals rule against Beşiktaş. In the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, LASK reached the round of 16, where they were eliminated by Manchester United.[1]

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Old logo

In 2017, the club removed the "Linz" part of their name, and returned it to LASK. The merger with FC Linz has long fallen apart, and the club have now removed "Linz" from the name.[2][3]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 7 September 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   AUT Alexander Schlager
4 DF   FRA Yannis Letard
5 DF   CRO Petar Filipović
6 DF   AUT Philipp Wiesinger
7 MF   AUT Rene Renner
8 MF   AUT Peter Michorl
9 FW   FRA Mamoudou Karamoko
10 FW   AUT Marko Raguž
13 DF   CYP Strahinja Kerkez
14 MF   AUT Husein Balić
17 FW   AUT Andreas Gruber
19 MF   AUT Marvin Potzmann
21 MF   KOR Hong Hyun-seok
22 FW   AUT Christoph Monschein
23 FW   AUT Alexander Schmidt
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 GK   AUT Tobias Lawal
25 MF   AUS James Holland
27 MF   AUT Thomas Goiginger
28 FW   SVK Adam Griger
29 MF   AUT Florian Flecker
30 MF   AUT Sascha Horvath
31 MF   AUT Lukas Grgic
32 DF    SUI Enrique Wild
33 DF   AUT Felix Luckeneder
34 DF   GER Jan Boller
35 MF   AUT Stefan Radulovic
36 GK   AUT Thomas Gebauer
38 MF   JPN Keito Nakamura
44 DF   AUT Dario Marešić (on loan from Stade Reims)
45 MF   COL Fredy Valencia

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   PAN Andrés Andrade (at Arminia Bielefeld until 30 June 2022)
DF   UKR Yevhen Cheberko (at NK Osijek until 30 June 2022)
MF   ISR Yoav Hofmayster (at Hapoel Tel Aviv until 30 June 2022)
MF   AUT Patrick Plojer (at Blau-Weiß Linz until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   AUT Tobias Anselm (at WSG Swarovski Tirol until 30 June 2022)
FW   AUT Thomas Sabitzer (at WSG Swarovski Tirol until 30 June 2022)
FW   PER Matías Succar (at FK Teplice until 30 June 2022)

Coach historyEdit

As of 27 June 2016[4]

HonoursEdit

Source:[5]

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

Austrian League

Austrian Second Division

CupsEdit

Austrian Cup

European competition historyEdit

As of match played 26 August 2021
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup 1   Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 0–1 2–2 c (po 1–1 (a.e.t.))
1965–66 European Cup PR   Górnik Zabrze 1–3 1–2 2–5
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1   Sporting CP 2–2 0–4 2–6
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1   Újpest 3–2 0–7 3–9
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1   Radnički Niš 1–2 1–4 2–6
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1   Östers IF 1–0 1–0 2–0
2   Dundee United 1–2 1–5 2–7
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1   Baník Ostrava 2–0 1–0 3–0
2   Inter Milan 1–0 0–4 1–4
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1   Widzew Łódź 1–1 0–1 1–2
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1   Utrecht 0–0 0–2 0–2
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 6   Partick Thistle 2–2 N/A 2nd
  NK Zagreb N/A 0–0
  Keflavík 2–1 N/A
  Metz N/A 0–1
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 2   Djurgårdens IF 2–0 N/A 1st
  B68 Toftir N/A 4–0
  Apollon Limassol 2–0 N/A
  Werder Bremen N/A 3–1
Semi-finals   Rotor Volgograd 2–2 0–5 2–7
1999–2000 UEFA Cup 1   Steaua București 1–3 0–2 1–5
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Hapoel Petah-Tikva 3–0 1–1 4–1
2R   FC Marila Pribram 1–1 2–3 3–4
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 2QR   Lillestrøm 4–0 2–1 6–1
3QR   Beşiktaş 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 3QR   Basel 3–1 2–1 5–2
PO   Club Brugge 0–1 1–2 1–3
UEFA Europa League Group D   Sporting CP 3–0 1–2 1st
  PSV Eindhoven 4–1 0–0
  Rosenborg 1–0 2–1
R32   AZ 2–0 1–1 3–1
R16   Manchester United 0–5 1–2 1–7
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 3QR   DAC Dunajská Streda 7−0 N/A N/A
PO   Sporting CP N/A 4−1 N/A
Group J   Tottenham Hotspur 3–3 0–3 3rd
  Ludogorets Razgrad 4–3 3–1
  Antwerp 0–2 1–0
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 3QR   Vojvodina 6–1 1–0 7–1
PO   St Johnstone 1–1 2–0 3–1
Group A   Maccabi Tel Aviv
  Alashkert
  HJK

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Man. United 2–1 LASK". UEFA. 5 August 2020. Archived from the original on 26 November 2020. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Zurück in die Zukunft: Neues Wappen für den LASK". Nachrichten.at. 4 May 2017. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ "LASK bekommt neues Wappen" (in German). Skysportaustria.at. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  4. ^ "LASK Linz " Manager history". worldfootball.net. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  5. ^ "LASK Linz – Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news". Us.soccerway.com. 29 August 2012. Archived from the original on 21 February 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2019.

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