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SHORT NAME GAK

FOUNDED 1902

GROUND Sportzentrum Weinzödl (football section)

GROUND CAPACITY 2,500

LEAGUE Oberliga - Mitte West Steiermark (V)

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GRAZER AK, founded 18 August 1902 as Grazer Athletik-Sport Klub (in Austria
Austria
the abbreviation GAK is more common), is an Austrian sports club, from the city of Graz
Graz
in the federal state of Styria (Steiermark). The football section used to be one of the most popular Austrian clubs, mostly successful in the decade 1995–2005. The other sections are basketball , diving and tennis , which however all act as separate legal entities. The "GAK" football section was folded in 2012. It has since been revived and plays in the amateur divisions of Austrian football. The club has a big rivalry with neighbours Sturm Graz
Graz
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 The Beginning * 1.2 European football and the golden start to the new millennium * 1.3 Financial troubles and bankruptcy * 1.4 New start

* 2 Fans and the Graz
Graz
Derby * 3 Achievements * 4 Managers

* 5 Statistics

* 5.1 European competition statistics * 5.2 Derby statistics vs. SK Sturm Graz
Graz

* 6 Achievements in other sports * 7 References * 8 External links

HISTORY

THE BEGINNING

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
Charité
in Berlin. Acquainted with football from his hometown, he organised the first public match in present-day Austria
Austria
on 18 March 1894 in the Graz
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 .

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL AND THE GOLDEN START TO THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Between 1962–1983 GAK has been involved in European competitions. Their first match was against Odense BK
Odense BK
in the Cup Winners Cup in 1962. The club has made regular appearances in European cups ever since, with regular UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
appearances since the 1980s, but the highlight came on the domestic scene in 1981 when they won the Austrian Cup
Austrian Cup
. The Golden years arrived in the first half of the 2000s, when they won the Austrian Cup
Austrian Cup
two more times in 2000 and 2002. Their biggest success was in 2004 where they did "the double" – they managed to win the cup yet again but also the Austrian title . Their last appearance in Europe was a disappointing 5–0 away defeat to RC Strasbourg in 2005 in Round 1 of the UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
.

FINANCIAL TROUBLES AND 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 Central . After a second bankruptcy, the club managed to achieve a settlement and accommodation with its creditors in September 2008, ensuring its survival. Soon after, the club started having difficulties again after it never recovered for its relegation to the Regionalliga Mitte and eventually was dissolved in 2012.

NEW START

A phoenix club was set up by the fans soon after the club was dissolved in 2012 called GRAZER AC and started from the bottom tier. On 14 March 2014 Grazer AC at an extraordinary meeting was considered to be a continuation of the original "GAK" in agreement with its umbrella association. Currently they are in the 5th tier of the football pyramid .

FANS AND THE GRAZ DERBY

The organised fan movement at GAK started in 1985. Since then several fan groups have been created, the most well-known currently are the Red Firm, Society Graz, Tifosi Rosso Bianco and the Everreds.

GAK have a big rivalry with cross-town rivals Sturm Graz
Graz
with whom they compete the GRAZ DERBY. In 1974 there was big opposition from both sets of fans against a proposed merger to become FC Graz. Since 1920, excluding the friendly matches (especially before the first official Styrian Cup in 1920), 197 matches have been played between the two, of which there were: 185 encounters in the league (130 at the professional level and 55 at amateur level in the Styrian League); an additional 5 encounters in Austrian Cup
Austrian Cup
(including one final that was won by the GAK in 2002); 1 match in Austrian Supercup ; 2 meetings in the Tschammerpokal and 4 games in the Styrian Cup. The very first Derby took place in 1911, the last was dated 17 May 2007. So far Sturm Graz
Graz
have won more derby matches than GAK. Due to the recent financial troubles and subsequent relegations GAK is more likely to revive the derby with Sturm's reserve squad as they begin to climb up the football pyramid.

ACHIEVEMENTS

GAK celebrates its Austrian Championship 2004 on Hauptplatz in Graz
Graz
.

AUSTRIAN BUNDESLIGA

* WINNERS (1): 2003–04 * RUNNERS-UP (2): 2002–03, 2004–05

AUSTRIAN CUP

* WINNERS (4): 1980–81, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2003–04 * RUNNERS-UP (2): 1961–62, 1967–68

AUSTRIAN SUPERCUP

* WINNERS (2): 2000, 2002 * RUNNERS-UP (1): 2004

AUSTRIAN FIRST LEAGUE

* WINNERS (3): 1974–75, 1992–93, 1994–95

MANAGERS

* Karl Mütsch (1948–1951) * Josef Pojar (1951–1952) * Engelbert Smutny (1952) * Karl Mütsch (1953–1954) * Alfred Pestitschek (1954–1957) * János Szép (1957–1960) * Ferdinand Fritsch (1960–1962) * Juan Schwanner (1962–1963) * Fritz Pimperl (1963–1964) * Milan Zeković (1964) * Karl Durspekt (1964–1965) * Karl Kowanz (1965–1967) * Fritz Kominek (1967–1969) * Vlado Šimunić (1969–1970) * Karl Durspekt (1970–1971) * Helmut Senekowitsch (1971–1973) * Alfred Günthner (1973–1974) * Hans Hipp (1974–1975) * Hermann Stessl (1975–1977)

* Hermann Repitsch (interim) (1977) * Gerd Springer (1977–1978) * Walter Koleznik (interim) (1978) * Václav Halama (1978–1981) * Zlatko Čajkovski (1981–1982) * August Starek
August Starek
(1982–1984) * Helmut Senekowitsch (1984–1985) * Gernot Fraydl (1985–1986) * Adolf Blutsch (1986–1987) * Adi Pinter (1987–1988) * Václav Halama (1988–1989) * Karl Philipp (1989) * Adi Pinter (1989–1990) * Heinz Binder (1990) * Savo Ekmečič (1990–1992) * Milan Miklavič (1992–1993) * Hans Ulrich Thomale (1993–1996) * Ljupko Petrović (1996) * Hans Peter Schaller (1996)

* August Starek
August Starek
(1996–1997) * Klaus Augenthaler (1997–2000) * Rainer Hörgl (2000) * Werner Gregoritsch (2000–2001) * Christian Keglevits (2001) * Thijs Libregts (2001–2002) * Christian Keglevits (2002) * Walter Schachner (2002–2006) * Lars Søndergaard (2006–2007) * Dietmar Pegam (2007) * Stojadin Rajković (2008) * Gregor Pötscher (2008–2010) * Heinz Karner (2010) * Peter Stöger (2010–2011) * Aleš Čeh (2011–2012) * Ante Šimundža (2012) * Gernot Plassnegger (2013–)

STATISTICS

EUROPEAN COMPETITION STATISTICS

SEASON COMPETITION ROUND OPPONENT AGGREGATE 1ST LEG 2ND LEG

1962-63 UEFA Cup Winners Cup Round 2 B 1909 Odense 4:6 1:1 (H) 3:5 (A)

1964-65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Round 1 NK Zagreb
NK Zagreb
2:9 2:3 (A) 0:6 (H)

1968-69 UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
Winners Cup Round 1 ADO Den Haag
ADO Den Haag
1:6 1:4 (A) 0:2 (H)

1973-74 UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
Round 1 Panachaiki Patras 1:3 0:1 (H) 1:2 (A)

1981-82 UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
Winners Cup Round 1 Dinamo Tbilisi 2:4 0:2 (A) 2:2 (H)

1982-83 UEFA Cup Round 1 Corvinul Hunedoara 1:4 1:1 (H) 0:3 (A)

1996-97 UEFA Cup Qualification FK Vojvodina Novi Sad 7:1 2:0 (H) 5:1 (A)

Round 1 Germinal Ekeren (a ) 3:3 1:3 (A) 2:0 (H)

Round 2 Inter Milan
Inter Milan
1:1 (3:5 p ) 0:1 (A) 1:0 a.e.t. (3:5 p ) (H)

1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Group Stage Silkeborg IF 5:4 2:0 (H)

Ebbw Vale AFC 0:0 (A)

NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac 1:3 (H)

SC Bastia 2:1 (A)

1998-99 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round 2 Vaasan PS 3:0 0:0 (A) 3:0 (H)

Round 1 Litex Lovech
Litex Lovech
3:1 1:1 (A) 2:0 (H)

Round 2 AS Monaco 3:7 3:3 (H) 0:4 (A)

1999-00 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round 2 KÍ Klaksvík 9:0 5:0 (A) 4:0 (H)

Round 1 FC Spartak Trnava 4:2 3:0 (H) 1:2 (A)

Round 2 Panathinaikos Athens (a ) 2:2 2:1 (H) 0:1 (A)

2000-01 UEFA Cup Round 1 1. FC Košice 3:2 3:2 (A) 0:0 (H)

Round 2 Espanyol Barcelona 1:4 0:4 (A) 1:0 (H)

2001-02 UEFA Cup Qualifikation HB Tórshavn 6:2 2:2 (A) 4:0 (H)

Round 2 FC Utrecht 3:6 0:3 (A) 3:3 (H)

2002-03 UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
Qualifying Round 2 Sheriff Tiraspol 6:1 4:1 (A) 2:0 (H)

Qualifying Round 3 Lokomotiv Moscow 3:5 0:2 (H) 3:3 (A)

2002-03 UEFA Cup Round 1 APOEL Nicosia 1:3 0:2 (A) 1:1 (H)

2003-04 UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round 2 SK Tirana 7:2 5:1 (A) 2:1 (H)

Qualifying Round 3 Ajax Amsterdam
Ajax Amsterdam
2:3 1:1 (H) 1:2 (s.g. ) (A)

2003-04 UEFA Cup Round 1 Vålerenga IF 1:1 (a ) 0:0 (A) 1:1 (H)

2004-05 UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round 3 Liverpool F.C.
Liverpool F.C.
1:2 0:2 (H) 1:0 (A)

2004-05 UEFA Cup Round 1 Litex Lovech
Litex Lovech
5:1 5:0 (H) 0:1 (A)

Group Stage AJ Auxerre
AJ Auxerre
5:4 0:0 (A)

Amica Wronki 3:1 (H)

Rangers 0:3 (A)

AZ Alkmaar
AZ Alkmaar
2:0 (H)

1/16 finals Middlesbrough F.C. 3:4 2:2 (H) 1:2 (A)

2005-06 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round 2 Nistru Otaci 3:0 2:0 (A) 1:0 (H)

Round 1 Racing Strasbourg 0:7 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)

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