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|Founded||7 August 1908|
|Chairman||Wolf Dieter Holzhey|
|League||Austrian Regional League Central|
LASK Linz 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 First League, the second tier of Austrian football. 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 its 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 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.
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.
- Austrian League: 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
- Second Division: 1958, 1979, 1994, 2007
- As of 18 July 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Otto Barić (1972–1974)
- Adolf Blutsch (1979–1984)
- Dietmar Constantini (1993)
- Per Brogeland (1997–1998)
- 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.
- Official website (German)
- UEFA.com club profile
- EUFO.de club profile
- Weltfussball.de club profile (German)
- Squad at FootballSquads
- NationalFootballTeams data
- LASK Linz at Football-Lineups.com
- Inofficial weblog about LASK Linz (German)
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