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Grazer AK
File:GAK Logo 2009.jpg
Full name Grazer Athletik-Klub
Nickname(s) Die Roten (The reds)

Rotjacken (the red-jackets)
Die roten Teufel (the red devils)

Athletiker (Athletics)
Founded 1902
Ground UPC Arena Graz- Liebenau
(Capacity: 16,000)
Chairman Anton Kürschner
Manager Gregor Pötscher
League Regional League Central
2008-09 Austrian Regional League Central, 2nd
Home colours
Away colours

Grazer AK, founded 18 August 1902 as Grazer Athletik-Sport Klub (in Austria the abbreviation GAK is more common), is an Austrian sports club, from the city of Graz in the federal state of Styria (Steiermark). The football section is one of the most traditional Austrian clubs, most successful in the decade 1995 - 2005. The other sections are basketball, diving and tennis.

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History

The club arose from an informal association of local academics around the medical student Georg August Wagner from Prague, later a professor at the Charles University and the Charité in Berlin. Acquainted with football from his hometown, he organised the first public match in present-day Austria on March 18, 1894 in the Graz municipal park. The Grazer Athletik-Sport-Club - modeled after the Wiener AC - was established eight years later on the 72nd birthday of Emperor Francis Joseph.

Bankruptcy

During the 2006-2007 season, 'Grazer AK' went into administration. The club was docked 28 points as a result. In the 2007-2008 season, the club was not allowed to participate in the professional leagues and was relegated to the Austrian Regional League Center.[1]. After a second bankruptcy, the club managed to achieve a settlement and accommodation with its creditors in September, 2008, ensuring its survival.

Achievements

Managers since 1990

  • Austrian Heinz Binder (8.1.1990 - 11.9.1990)
  • Slovenian Savo Ekmecic (11.9.1990 - 16.4.1992)
  • Slovenian Milan Miklavic (16.4.1992 - 24.10.1993)
  • German Hans Ulrich Thomale (26.10.1993 - Summer 1996)
  • Serbia Ljupko Petrović (Summer 1996 - 11.9.1996)
  • Austrian Hans Peter Schaller (11.9.1996 - 20.9.1996)
  • Austrian August Starek (20.9.1996 - Summer 1997)
  • German Klaus Augenthaler (Summer 1997 - 2.3.2000)
  • German Rainer Hörgl (2.3.2000 - April 2000)
  • Austrian Werner Gregoritsch (April 2000 - 21.9.2001)
  • Austrian Christian Keglevits (21.9.2001 - 29.9.2001)
  • Netherland Thijs Libregts (29.9.2001 - 12.8.2002)
  • Austrian Christian Keglevits (12.8.2002 - 7.10.2002)
  • Austrian Walter Schachner (7.10.2002 - 9.1.2006)
  • Denmark Lars Söndergaard (9.1.2006 - 20.5.2007)
  • Austrian Dietmar Pegam (1.6.2007 - 31.12.2007)
  • Austrian Stojadin Rajkovic (January 2008 - Aug.2008)
  • Austrian Gregor Pötscher (Aug.2008 - current)
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Current squad

Goalkeeper

  • 01 Österreicher Christian Petrovcic
  • 22 Österreicher Stefan Leitner
  • 32 Österreicher Christoph Weissenbacher

Defender

  • 05 Slowene Žikica Vuksanović
  • 06 Österreicher Sascha Mauerhofer
  • 12 Österreicher Andreas Bernhart
  • 15 Österreicher Christian Deutschmann
  • 18 Österreicher David Fink
  • 21 Österreicher Sandro Lindschinger
  • 23 Österreicher Christoph Krasser

Midfielder

  • 07 Slowene Alen Kavcić
  • 08 Österreicher Robert Früstük
  • 14 Österreicher Alin Asii
  • 17 Österreicher Daniel Schütz
  • 19 Österreicher Michael Tieber
  • 20 Bosnier Dejan Kecanovic
  • 24 Österreicher Ralph Spirk
  • 27 Österreicher Christian Schilling
  • 29 Österreicher Michael Hofer

Striker

Famous players

Statistics

List of international games of GAK in UEFA-Cup, Champions League Qualification, Cupwinners' Cup and in Fairs' Cup:

1962/63:

  1. B 1909 Odense (CdCs - 1/8 Finale) 1:1 (H) 3:5 (A)

1964/65:

  1. NK Zagreb (MC R1) 0:6 (H) 2:3 (A)

1968/69:

  1. Ado Den Haag (CdCs R1) 0:2 (H) 1:4 (A)

1972/73:

  1. Panachaiki Patras (UC R1) 0:1 (H) 1:2 (A)

1980/81:

  1. Dinamo Tbilisi (CdCs - 1/16 Finale) 2:2 (H) 0:2 (A)

1982/83:

  1. Corvinul Hunedoara (UC R1) 1:1 (H) 0:3 (A)

1996/97:

  1. Vojvodina Novi Sad (UC Q2) 2:0 (H) 5:1 (A)
  2. Germinal Ekeren (UC R1) 2:0 (H) 1:3 (A)
  3. Inter Milan (UC R2) 1:0 (H) 0:1 (4:5 i.E.)(A)

1998/99:

  1. VPS Vaasa (UC Q2) 3:0 (H) 0:0 (A)
  2. Litex Lovech (UC R1) 2:0 (H) 1:1 (A)
  3. AS Monaco (UC R2) 3:3 (H) 0:4 (A)

1999/2000:

  1. KÍ Klaksvík (UC Q) 4:0 (H) 5:0 (A)
  2. Spartak Trnava (UC R1) 3:0 (H) 1:2 (A)
  3. Panathinaikos (UC R2) 2:1 (H) 0:1 (A)

2000/01:

  1. FC Kosice (UC R1) 0:0 (H) 3:2 (A)
  2. Espanyol Barcelona (UC R2) 1:0 (H) 0:4 (A)

2001/02:

  1. HB Tórshavn (UC Q) 4:0 (H) 2:2 (A)
  2. FC Utrecht (UC R1) 3:3 (H) 0:3 (A)

2002/03:

  1. FC Sheriff Tiraspol (CL Q2) 2:0 (H) 4:1 (A)
  2. Lokomotiv Moscow (CL Q3) 0:2 (H) 3:3 (A)
  3. Apoel Nicosia (UC R1) 1:1 (H) 0:2 (A)

2003/04:

  1. SK Tirana (CL Q2) 2:1 (H) 5:1 (A)
  2. Ajax Amsterdam (CL Q3) 1:1 (H) 1:2 (A)
  3. Vålerenga I.F. Fotball (UC R1) 1:1 (H) 0:0 (A)

2004/05:

  1. Liverpool F.C. (CL Q3) 0:2 (H) 1:0 (A)
  2. Litex Lovech (UC R1) 5:0 (H) 0:1 (A)
  3. AJ Auxerre (UC Gruppe F) 0:0 (A)
  4. Amica Wronki (UC Gruppe F) 3:1 (H)
  5. Rangers F.C. (UC Gruppe F) 0:3 (A)
  6. AZ Alkmaar (UC Gruppe F) 2:0 (H)
  7. Middlesbrough F.C. (UC 16tel-Finale) 2:2 (H) 1:2 (A)

2005/06:

  1. Nistru Otaci (UC Q) 2:0 (A) 1:0 (H)
  2. RC Strasbourg (UC R1) 0:2 (H) 0:5 (A)

Derby Statistics vs. SK Sturm Graz (as of 23.8.2005)

Total (in 1st Austrian League):

  • 46 Won
  • 42 Drawn
  • 42 Lost

(Goals: 174:168)

References

External links


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