SK Sturm Graz

Full name: Sportklub Puntigamer Sturm Graz

From: Graz, Austria

Nickname: 'Die Schwoazn' (The Blackies)

SK Sturm Graz kit

Club colours: Black shirts, shorts and socks with white trim.

Home ground: UPC-Arena (15,400)

Last season: 4th in Austrian Bundesliga

Franko Foda

Manager: Franco Foda (pictured left)

Squad:
Goalkeepers
Christian Gratzei, Silvije Cavlina, Daniel Bartosch.

Defenders
Dominic Pürcher, Ferdinand Feldhofer, Joachim Standfest, Martin Ehrenreic, Gordon Schildenfeld, Thomas Burgstaller.

Midfielders
Manuel Weber, Andreas Hölzl, Haris Bukva, Samir Muratovic, Mario Kienzl, Christian Klem, Daniel Beichler, Sandro Foda, Klaus Salmutter, Florian Kainz.

Strikers
Mario Haas, Dominik Hassler, Roman Kienast, Marvin Weinberger, Imre Szabics.

Website: www.sksturm.at

10 FACTS ON SK STURM GRAZ

  • Sturm Graz were founded in 1909.
  • The club's unusual name comes from the German word for storm, reflecting the weather on the day a group of drenched enthusiasts set up the club in the Austrian town of Graz.
  • Sturm made history when - after making it to the 1948 Cup Final - they became the first provincial side to enter Austria's top flight.
  • SK Sturm Graz's only official meetings with Arsenal were in the 1970 Inter Cities Fairs Cup 2nd Round. Graz won the first leg 1-0 at home before losing 2-0 at Highbury. Arsenal progressed 2-1 on aggregate.
  • In 1998 Sturm Graz won their first league championship title by a massive 19-point margin.
  • The late 1990's saw Sturm enjoy a golden era, winning the league twice - in 1997/1998 and 1998/1999 - and lifting the Austrian Cup on three occasions - in 1996, 1997 and in 1999.
  • In their 2000/01 UEFA Champions League campaign Sturm Graz reached the second group phase, enjoying victories over AS Monaco, Rangers FC and Galatasaray SK to top their group in the first phase and then twice beating Panathinaikos FC.
  • Arsenal and SK Sturm Graz last met in a pre-season friendly in 2004. Arsenal won 2-0 with goals from Jose Antonio Reyes (pen) and Francis Jeffers.
  • In February 2006, SK Sturm Graz changed the name of their stadium from the Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium to the UPC-Arena.
  • SK Sturm Graz are the current holders of the ÖFB-Cup, the Austrian equivalent of the FA Cup.

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