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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

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 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 squad[edit]

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 Austria GK Alexander Schlager
5 Croatia DF Petar Filipović
6 Austria DF Philipp Wiesinger
7 Austria MF René Renner
8 Austria MF Peter Michorl
9 Brazil FW João Klauss (on loan from Hoffenheim)
11 Austria MF Dominik Reiter
14 Austria MF Husein Balić
15 Austria DF Christian Ramsebner
16 Austria DF Marvin Potzmann
17 Austria DF David Schnegg
18 Austria DF Gernot Trauner
No. Position Player
19 Austria MF Valentino Müller
20 Ghana FW Samuel Tetteh (on loan from Red Bull Salzburg)
21 Austria DF Markus Wostry
23 Austria MF Stefan Haudum
24 Austria GK Tobias Lawal
25 Australia MF James Holland
26 Austria DF Reinhold Ranftl
27 Austria MF Thomas Goiginger
28 Austria MF Dominik Frieser
29 Austria FW Marko Raguž
33 Austria FW Thomas Sabitzer
36 Germany GK Thomas Gebauer

Out on loan[edit]

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

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

Manager history[edit]

As of 27 June 2016[4]

European Cup history[edit]

As of 12 December 2019
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963/64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 0–1 2–2 c (po 1–1 (a.e.t.))
1965/66 European Cup PR Poland Gornik Zabrze 1–3 1–2 2–5
1969/70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1 Portugal Sporting Lisbon 2–2 0–4 2–6
1977/78 UEFA Cup 1 Hungary Újpest FC 3–2 0–7 3–9
1980/81 UEFA Cup 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radnicki Nis 1–2 1–4 2–6
1984/85 UEFA Cup 1 Sweden Östers IF 1–0 1–0 2–0
2 Scotland Dundee United 1–2 1–5 2–7
1985/86 UEFA Cup 1 Czech Republic Banik Ostrava 2–0 1–0 3–0
2 Italy Inter 1–0 0–4 1–4
1986/87 UEFA Cup 1 Poland Widzew Lodz 1–1 0–1 1–2
1987/88 UEFA Cup 1 Netherlands FC Utrecht 0–0 0–2 0–2
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 6 Scotland Partick Thistle 2–2 N/A 2nd
Croatia NK Zagreb N/A 0–0
Iceland Keflavík 2–1 N/A
France FC Metz N/A 0–1
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 2 Sweden Djurgårdens IF 2–0 N/A 1st
Faroe Islands B68 Toftir N/A 4–0
Cyprus Apollon Limassol 2–0 N/A
Germany Werder Bremen N/A 3–1
Semi-finals Russia Rotor Volgograd 2–2 0–5 2–7
1999/00 UEFA Cup 1 Romania Steaua Bucuresti 1–3 0–2 1–5
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Israel Hapoel Petah-Tikva 3–0 1–1 4–1
2R Czech Republic FC Marila Pribram 1–1 2–3 3–4
2018/19 UEFA Europa League 2QR Norway Lillestrøm 4–0 2–1 6–1
3QR Turkey Beşiktaş 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2019/20 UEFA Champions League 3QR Switzerland Basel 3–1 2–1 5–2
PO Belgium Club Brugge 0–1 1–2 1–3
UEFA Europa League Group D Portugal Sporting CP 3–0 1–2 1st
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 4–1 0–0
Norway Rosenborg 1–0 2–1
R32 Netherlands 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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