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LASK Linz logo
Full name Linzer-Athletik-Sport-Klub
Nickname(s) Die Schwarz-Weißen
(The Black-Whites),
Die Laskler
Founded August 7, 1908
Ground Linzer Stadion
(Capacity: 14,100)
Chairman Peter Michael Reichel
Manager Germany Matthias Hamann
League Austrian Bundesliga
2007-08 6th
Home colours
Away colours

LASK Linz is an Austrian football club, from the Upper-Austrian state capital Linz. It is the oldest football club hailing from that region, and currently plays in Austria's first division. 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 August 7, 1908. In 1965 the club became the first team outside of Vienna to win the Austrian football championship. This is also the 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 a 1899-founded club for heavy athletics, Linzer Athletik Sportklub Siegfried, decided to establish a footballclub. At that time, the side already played in the black-and-white lengthwise-touched shirts.

The club's first name was Linzer Sportclub, when in 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 1985-86's UEFA Cup, the side managed to beat European giants Internazionale Milan at home (1-0), on October 23, 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.

The club's biggest success was the winning of the Austrian League in 1965, which no club outside of Vienna had won before; additionally, the club won the domestic cup that year.

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

European cup history

As of December, 2008.

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963/64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 0-1, 1-1 AET in 3rd game 1-1 (Zagreb progressed after a coin toss)
1965/66 UEFA Champions League 1 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 Serbia 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, 1st game Scotland Partick Thistle 2-2
Group 6, 2nd game Croatia NK Zagreb 0-0
Group 6, 3rd game Iceland Keflavík 2-1
Group 6, 4th game France FC Metz 0-1
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 2, 1st game Sweden Djurgårdens IF 2-0
Group 2, 2nd game Faroe Islands B68 Toftir 4-0
Group 2, 3rd game Cyprus Apollon Limassol 2-0
Group 2, 4th game Germany Werder Bremen 3-1
Semifinals 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

Current squad

As of November 5, 2009. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Silvije Čavlina
2 Lithuania DF Vidas Alunderis
3 Austria DF Florian Hart
4 Austria DF Georg Margreitter
5 Austria DF Florian Metz
7 Austria FW Roman Wallner
8 Austria MF Jürgen Panis
9 Austria FW Christian Mayrleb
10 Austria MF Klaus Salmutter
11 Austria MF Markus Weissenberger
12 Austria GK Michael Zaglmair
13 Austria GK Lorenz Höbarth
14 Austria MF Thomas Prager
15 Austria DF Christoph Kobleder
No.   Position Player
16 Austria MF Thomas Höltschl
17 Austria FW Lukas Kragl
18 Serbia FW Petar Škuletić
19 Austria MF Florian Gahleitner
20 Austria MF Christoph Saurer
21 Austria DF Wolfgang Bubenik
22 Austria MF Paul Bichelhuber
23 Austria DF Siegfried Rasswalder
24 Austria MF Thomas Piermayr
27 Austria MF Ali Hamdemir
28 Zimbabwe MF Justice Majabvi
30 Austria FW Sascha Pichler
31 Costa Rica DF Pablo Chinchilla
32 Austria GK Jürgen Macho

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Austria FW Christopher Pinter (at Waidhofen)

Famous players

See also Cat:LASK Linz players.

Manager history

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