Graz test for Stöger side

A top German club has been lured to Styria by a local soccer side.

1.FC Köln will face GAK in a friendly in Graz this Saturday (kickoff: 5pm). Fans are not just looking forward to see Cologne’s stars like Marcel Risse and Marco Höger. They are also curious about the return of Peter Stöger. The former FK Austria and Rapid Vienna midfielder was at the helm in Graz for six months until summer 2011. Last season his team sensationally managed to qualify for the Europa League. Köln have not been part of an international competition in 25 years.

Stöger was apparently on the radar of Borussia Dortmund before the club eventually decided to sign Peter Bosz. However, taking over at the ÖFB remains an option for the successful manager from Vienna. Stöger is regarded as a possible successor of Marcel Koller as Austrian national team coach.

GAK won four ÖFB Cups and one Bundesliga title in 2004 before drowning in a financial downturn. Now, after a fresh start as far as administration and club structure is concerned, the team are determined to climb further up. In the upcoming season, GAK will perform in the Styrian Landesliga.

1.FC Köln, who signed Jannes Horn and Jhon Córdoba, face Leher TS, an amateur club from Bremerhaven, in the first round of the DFB Cup on 12th August before the 2017/2018 season starts one week later. Köln striker Anthony Modeste is expected to be part of the team’s starting line-up in Graz after talks about a move to China have broken down.

Tickets for Cologne’s clash with GAK are on sale as of now on the club website: http://www.grazerak.at

Cologne’s match in Graz is just one of several international friendlies taking place in Austria this summer. Rapid achieved a 1-1 draw against Celtic Glasgow on Saturday. Yesterday the Viennese team beat Cypriot top-flight club Apollon Limassol 2-1. Mattersburg – who crushed Soroksár SC 4-0 – face Szombathelyi Haladás in Eberau (6pm) tomorrow.

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