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Grazer AK

Grazer AK
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 Sportzentrum Weinzödl (football section)
Ground Capacity 2,000

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, which however all act as separate legal entities. The "GAK" football section was dissolved in 2012, however it has since been revived and now plays in the amateur divisions of Austrian football. The club has a big rivalry with neighbours Sturm Graz.

Contents

  • History 1
    • The Beginning 1.1
    • European football and the Golden Start to the New Millennium 1.2
    • Financial Troubles and Bankruptcy 1.3
    • New start 1.4
  • Fans and the Graz Derby 2
  • Achievements 3
  • 2014-2015 Squad 4
  • Managers 5
  • Statistics 6
    • European Cup Statistics 6.1
    • Derby Statistics vs. SK Sturm Graz 6.2
  • Achievements in other sports 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

The Beginning

The club arose from an informal association of 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 in the Cup Winners Cup in 1962. The club has made regular appearances in European cups ever since, with regular 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 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

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

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 6th 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 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 (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 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.

2014-2015 Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Martin Kreisl
31 GK Patrick Dolc
99 GK Heinz Lienhart
5 DF Marco Micelli
11 DF Kai Koleznik
20 DF Philip Fürstaller
21 DF Florian Stadler
25 DF Nico Neuhold
29 DF Benjamin Geller
8 MF Martin Strauss
9 MF Laurenz Sacher
12 MF Fabio Untergrabner
No. Position Player
13 MF Marvin Griesbacher
17 MF Elvedin Kehic
18 MF Johannes Brandtner
19 MF Marco Heibl
22 MF Richard Wemmer
24 MF Gerald Säumel
26 MF Paul Heinemann
27 MF Bunabass Ceesay
7 FW Ali Alexander Ivanescu
15 FW Michael Grischenig
23 FW Maximilian Puchmüller

Managers

Statistics

European Cup 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)

1973/74:

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

1981/82:

  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)

Achievements in other sports

The GAK tennis section was able to win the Austrian mastership in 1938, 1989, 1991 and 2002, as well as the German mastership in 1940.[4]
The GAK ice hockey section (not existing anymore) played in the first Austrian league in 1970/71.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Austria's GAK agree to leave top flight".  
  2. ^ http://derstandard.at/1392688340575/GAC-holt-K-zurueck-und-macht-Gewinn
  3. ^ Matej Rijavec (25 June 2010). "Mura išče novega trenerja: Šimundža skočil čez mejo" (in Slovenian).  
  4. ^ "GAK-Tennis: Geschichte und Erfolge". gak-tennis.at (in German). Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  5. ^ "G-A-K.at: Stammverein". g-a-k.at (in German). Retrieved 2014-11-14. 

External links

  • official homepage
  • fansite with basic information in English, French, Spanish, Polish and Dutch
  • supporters-club
  • supporters-club
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