, founded 18 August 1902 as Grazer Athletik-Sport Klub (in Austria the abbreviation GAK
is more common), is an Austria
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n sports club, from the city of Graz
The more recent population figures do not give the whole picture as only people with principal residence status are counted and people with secondary residence status are not. Most of the people with secondary residence status in Graz are students...
in the federal state of Styria
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). The football section is one of the most traditional Austrian clubs, most successful in the decade 1995 – 2005. The other sections are basketball, diving
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The club arose from an informal association of local academics
The University of Graz , a university located in Graz, Austria, is the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria....
around the medical student Georg August Wagner from Prague, later a professor at the Charles University
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and the Charité
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in Berlin. Acquainted with football from his hometown, he organised the first public match in present-day Austria on 18 March 1894 in the Graz municipal park. The Grazer Athletik-Sport-Club
– modeled after the Wiener AC
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– was established eight years later on the 72nd birthday of Emperor Francis Joseph
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During the 2006–2007 season, 'Grazer AK' went into administration
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. 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. After a second bankruptcy, the club managed to achieve a settlement and accommodation with its creditors in September 2008, ensuring its survival.
- Austrian Championship (1): 2004 (runners up 2003, 2005)
- Austrian Cup
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(4): 1981, 2000, 2002, 2004 (finalist 1962, 1968)
- Austrian Supercup
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(2): 2000, 2002 (finalist 2004)
Managers since 1990
Famous players Skelley Adu Tutu
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(1999–2004) Rudolf Hiden (1925–1927) Paul Halla
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(1951–1953) Wilhelm Huberts
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(1955 – 1960, 1971 -1975) Saleh Selim
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(1962–1963) Bernard Vukas
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(1964–1965) Jozef Móder
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(1980–1982) Eduard Glieder
(1987 – 1994, 1995 – 1996) Roland Goriupp
(1987–1992) Dieter Schatzschneider
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(1987–1988) Matjaž Kek
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(1990–1994) Aleš Čeh
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(1992–2003) Adolf Hütter
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(1988 – 1989, 1992 – 1993, 2000 – 2002) Carlos Castro
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(1994) Alexander Manninger (1996–1997) Boban Dmitrovic
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(1996–2003) Benedict Akwuegbu
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(1998–2003) Ross Aloisi
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(1999–2000) Mario Bazina
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(2001–2006) René Aufhauser
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(2001–2005) Mario Tokić
(2001–2005) Richard Hastings
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(2002–2003) Péter Halmosi
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(2002–2003) Michaël Goossens
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(2003–2004) Emanuel Pogatetz
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(2003 – 8.3.2005) Libor Sionko
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(February 2004 – 1.6.2004) Éric Akoto
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List of international games of GAK in UEFA-Cup, Champions League Qualification, Cupwinners' Cup and in Fairs' Cup:
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- NK Zagreb
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(MC R1) 0:6 (H) 2:3 (A)
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(CdCs R1) 0:2 (H) 1:4 (A)
- Panachaiki Patras (UC R1) 0:1 (H) 1:2 (A)
- Dinamo Tbilisi
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(CdCs – 1/16 Finale) 2:2 (H) 0:2 (A)
- Corvinul Hunedoara (UC R1) 1:1 (H) 0:3 (A)
- Vojvodina Novi Sad
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(UC Q2) 2:0 (H) 5:1 (A)
- Germinal Ekeren (UC R1) 2:0 (H) 1:3 (A)
- Inter Milan (UC R2) 1:0 (H) 0:1 (4:5 i.E.)(A)
- VPS Vaasa (UC Q2) 3:0 (H) 0:0 (A)
- Litex Lovech (UC R1) 2:0 (H) 1:1 (A)
- AS Monaco (UC R2) 3:3 (H) 0:4 (A)
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(UC Q) 4:0 (H) 5:0 (A)
- Spartak Trnava (UC R1) 3:0 (H) 1:2 (A)
- Panathinaikos (UC R2) 2:1 (H) 0:1 (A)
- FC Kosice (UC R1) 0:0 (H) 3:2 (A)
- Espanyol Barcelona
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(UC R2) 1:0 (H) 0:4 (A)
- HB Tórshavn (UC Q) 4:0 (H) 2:2 (A)
- FC Utrecht (UC R1) 3:3 (H) 0:3 (A)
- FC Sheriff Tiraspol
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(CL Q2) 2:0 (H) 4:1 (A)
- Lokomotiv Moscow (CL Q3) 0:2 (H) 3:3 (A)
- APOEL Nicosia
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(UC R1) 1:1 (H) 0:2 (A)
- SK Tirana
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(CL Q2) 2:1 (H) 5:1 (A)
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(CL Q3) 1:1 (H) 1:2 (A)
- Vålerenga I.F. Fotball
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(UC R1) 1:1 (H) 0:0 (A)
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(CL Q3) 0:2 (H) 1:0 (A)
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(UC R1) 5:0 (H) 0:1 (A)
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(UC Gruppe F) 0:0 (A)
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(UC Gruppe F) 3:1 (H)
- Rangers F.C.
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(UC Gruppe F) 0:3 (A)
- AZ Alkmaar (UC Gruppe F) 2:0 (H)
- Middlesbrough F.C.
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(UC 16tel-Finale) 2:2 (H) 1:2 (A)
- Nistru Otaci (UC Q) 2:0 (A) 1:0 (H)
- RC Strasbourg
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(UC R1) 0:2 (H) 0:5 (A)
Derby Statistics vs. SK Sturm Graz (as of 23.8.2005)
Total (in 1st Austrian League):