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Linzer Athletik-Sport-Klub, commonly known as LASK Linz (German pronunciation: [lask lɪnʦ] (About this soundlisten)) 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 plays in the Austrian Football Bundesliga, the top tier of Austrian football. The club's colours are black and white. The women's football department plays in the second highest division of Austrian women's football.

LASK logo.svg
Full nameLinzer Athletik-Sport-Klub
Nickname(s)Die Schwarz-Weißen
(The Black-Whites),
Die Laskler
Founded7 August 1908; 111 years ago (1908-08-07)
GroundWaldstadion & Linzer Stadion for UEFA competitions
OwnerLASK GmbH
ChairmanSiegmund Gruber
ManagerValérien Ismaël
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2018–19Austrian Bundesliga, 2nd
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, however plays at the 14,000 capacity Linzer Stadion in UEFA competitions.


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, colours, chairmen and members remained the same.

In 2016, the club moved to Pasching after the creation of LASK GmbH, a few month later the word Linz is removed from the logo.


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.[1][2]



Current squadEdit

As of 4 September, 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Alexander Schlager
4   DF Emanuel Pogatetz
5   DF Petar Filipović
6   DF Philipp Wiesinger
7   MF René Renner
8   MF Peter Michorl
9   FW João Klauss (on loan from Hoffenheim)
10   MF Fabian Benko
11   MF Dominik Reiter
14   FW Yusuf Otubanjo
15   DF Christian Ramsebner
16   MF Marvin Potzmann
17   DF David Schnegg
18   DF Gernot Trauner
19   MF Valentino Müller
No. Position Player
20   FW Samuel Tetteh (on loan from Red Bull Salzburg)
21   DF Markus Wostry
22   MF Oh In-pyo
23   MF Stefan Haudum
24   GK Tobias Lawal
25   MF James Holland
26   DF Reinhold Ranftl
27   MF Thomas Goiginger
28   MF Dominik Frieser
29   FW Marko Raguž
30   MF Andrés Andrade
33   FW Thomas Sabitzer
36   GK Thomas Gebauer
43   MF Nemanja Čelić

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Felix Luckeneder (at TSV Hartberg until 30 June 2020)

Manager historyEdit

As of 27 June 2016[4]

European Cup historyEdit

As of 12 December 2019
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963/64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1   Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 0–1 2–2 c (po 1–1 (a.e.t.))
1965/66 European Cup PR   Gornik Zabrze 1–3 1–2 2–5
1969/70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1   Sporting Lisbon 2–2 0–4 2–6
1977/78 UEFA Cup 1   Újpest FC 3–2 0–7 3–9
1980/81 UEFA Cup 1   Radnicki Nis 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   Banik Ostrava 2–0 1–0 3–0
2   Inter 1–0 0–4 1–4
1986/87 UEFA Cup 1   Widzew Lodz 1–1 0–1 1–2
1987/88 UEFA Cup 1   FC 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
  FC 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
1999/00 UEFA Cup 1   Steaua Bucuresti 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


  1. ^ "Zurück in die Zukunft: Neues Wappen für den LASK". 4 May 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ "LASK bekommt neues Wappen" (in German). Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ "LASK Linz - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news". 29 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  4. ^ "LASK Linz " Manager history". Retrieved 27 June 2016.

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