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Die Roten (The Reds) Rotjacken (The Red Jackets) Die Roten Teufel (The Red Devils) Athletiker (Athletics)

Short name GAK

Founded 18 August 1902; 115 years ago (1902-08-18) 20 December 2012; 5 years ago (2012-12-20) (Re-founding football section) 14 March 2014; 4 years ago (2014-03-14) (Integration into the Stammverein)

Dissolved 30 October 2012; 5 years ago (2012-10-30)

Ground Sportzentrum Graz-Weinzödl

Ground Capacity 2,500

Chairman Harald Rannegger

Coach David Preiß

League Landesliga Steiermark (IV)

2016–17 Oberliga Mitte/West, 1st (promoted)

Website Club website

Home colours

Away colours

Grazer AK, founded 18 August 1902 as Grazer Athletiksport 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.

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 Past seasons 4 Achievements 5 Managerial history 6 Statistics

6.1 European competition statistics 6.2 Derby statistics vs. SK Sturm Graz

7 Achievements in other sports 8 References 9 External links

History[edit]

Historical chart of GAK league performance

The Beginning[edit] 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[edit] Between 1962–1983 GAK has been involved in European competitions. Their first match was against Odense BK
Odense BK
in the Cup Winners Cup
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. 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. Financial troubles and bankruptcy[edit] 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.[1] 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[edit] 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.[2] Currently they are in the 4th tier of the football pyramid. Fans and the Graz
Graz
Derby[edit] 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
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
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. Past seasons[edit] These are the seasons that the team has done since it was re-founded at the end of the year 2012.

Season League Place Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Austrian Cup Notes

2013–14 1. Klasse Mitte A (VIII) 1 22 20 2 0 124 12 112 62 not qualified Promoted

2014–15 Gebietsliga Mitte (VII) 1 26 23 1 2 107 29 78 70 not qualified Promoted

2015–16 Unterliga Mitte (VI) 1 26 22 3 1 88 19 69 69 not qualified Promoted

2016–17 Oberliga Mitte/West (V) 1 26 14 9 3 65 29 36 51 not qualified Promoted

2017–18 Landesliga Steiermark (IV)

not qualified Season in progress

Green marks a season followed by promotion

Achievements[edit]

GAK celebrates its Austrian Championship 2004 on Hauptplatz in Graz.

Austrian Bundesliga (I)

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 (II)

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

Austrian Regionalliga
Austrian Regionalliga
Mitte (III)

Winners (1): 2011–12

Oberliga Mitte (V)

Winners (1): 2016–17

Unterliga Mitte (VI)

Winners (1): 2015–16

Gebietsliga Mitte (VII)

Winners (1): 2014–15

1. Klasse Mitte A (VIII)

Winners (1): 2013–14

Managerial history[edit]

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
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
Hans Ulrich Thomale
(1993–1996) Ljupko Petrović
Ljupko Petrović
(1996) Hans Peter Schaller (1996)

August Starek
August Starek
(1996–1997) Klaus Augenthaler (1997–2000) Rainer Hörgl (2000) Werner Gregoritsch
Werner Gregoritsch
(2000–2001) Christian Keglevits (2001) Thijs Libregts
Thijs Libregts
(2001–2002) Christian Keglevits (2002) Walter Schachner
Walter Schachner
(2002–2006) Lars Søndergaard (2006–2007) Dietmar Pegam (2007) Stojadin Rajković (2008) Gregor Pötscher (2008–2010) Heinz Karner (2010) Peter Stöger
Peter Stöger
(2010–2011) Aleš Čeh
Aleš Čeh
(2011–2012) Ante Šimundža (2012)[3] Gernot Plassnegger
Gernot Plassnegger
(2013–10/2017) David Preiß (9 October 2017-)

Statistics[edit] European competition statistics[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Aggregate 1st leg 2nd leg

1962-63 UEFA Cup
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 2:9 2:3 (A) 0:6 (H)

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

1973-74 UEFA Cup Round 1 Panachaiki
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 1:1 (3:5 p) 0:1 (A) 1:0 a.e.t. (3:5 p) (H)

1997 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 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 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 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. 1:2 0:2 (H) 1:0 (A)

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

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

Amica Wronki 3:1 (H)

Rangers 0:3 (A)

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[edit] (as of 23.8.2005) Total (in 1st Austrian League):

46 Won 42 Drawn 42 Lost

(Goals: 174:168) Achievements in other sports[edit] The GAK tennis section was able to win the Austrian championship in 1938, 1989, 1991 and 2002, as well as the German championship in 1940.[4] The GAK ice hockey section (not existing anymore) played in the first Austrian league in 1970/71.[5] References[edit]

^ "Austria's GAK agree to leave top flight". FIFA. 11 April 2005. Archived from the original on 18 September 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2006.  ^ http://derstandard.at/1392688340575/GAC-holt-K-zurueck-und-macht-Gewinn ^ Rijavec, Matej (25 June 2010). "Mura išče novega trenerja: Šimundža skočil čez mejo" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 25 June 2012.  ^ "GAK-Tennis: Geschichte und Erfolge". gak-tennis.at. Retrieved 2014-11-14.  ^ "G-A-K.at: Stammverein". g-a-k.at. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 

External links[edit]

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