LASK Linz are perhaps the only club in this list, and perhaps anywhere, where the name of their home town is mentioned more than once in their official name. Formed in 1908 by Alebert Seims - the head of the local post office garage - as an offshoot of the existing athletics club Linzer Athletik Sportklub Siegfried, they originally went under the name of Linzer Sportclub for the first eleven years of their existence before changing it to Linzer Athletik Sport-Klub in 1919.
Linz city elders decided that they wanted the wider world to know where LASK came from, but also feared that, as LASK was now an internationally known footballing trademark, any major change in the name may cause further confusion. So they now lumber under a committee-decided name that translates into English as Linz Athletic Sports Klub from Linz. the joy of beaurocracy, eh!
They are also notable though as being one of the very few major Austrian teams who have never displayed a sponsor's logo as part of their name. Although the thought of them being sponsored by the Bank of Linz or Linz Rent-a-Car and adding a third Linz to their name is perhaps just a tad too much to bear.
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