Linz playing with Austria Wien in 2011
|Full name||Roland Gunther Linz|
|Date of birth||9 August 1981|
|Place of birth||Leoben, Austria|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current club||Muangthong United|
|2003–2004||→ Admira Mödling (loan)||31||(15)|
|2004||→ Nice (loan)||15||(0)|
|2005||→ Sturm Graz (loan)||13||(4)|
|2009||→ Grasshoppers (loan)||16||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early career / Germany
Two years later, Linz returned to Austria to rejoin his hometown club, this time being featured in the professional squad. Over the next two years there he scored 27 goals in 53 games. His good form in the second division attracted the attention of higher clubs and, in 2001, Linz joined one of the country's major football teams, Vienna's FK Austria Wien.
At Austria Wien, Linz had his first taste of success, winning both the Bundesliga and cup in 2002–03. One year later, he moved on loan to VfB Admira Wacker Mödling, located in the southern outskirts of the capital.
Second move abroad / return
In 2004, aged 23, Linz left Austria for the second time, moving to France to play for Ligue 1 club OGC Nice on loan. However, he failed to establish himself and returned home after just six months, to play for SK Sturm Graz until the end of the season.
Linz then returned to Austria Wien for a final campaign, which again ended with the double as well as Linz being the league's top goalscorer. It was around this time that he established himself in the national team, with two goals in a 2–3 defeat against Poland at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów.
Portugal / Later years
After excellent performances for both club and country, interest in Linz's services increased, and he eventually joined Boavista F.C. during the 2006 summer, on a three-year contract. He finished his first season with ten top division goals, and subsequently moved to Sporting de Braga.
In the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, Linz netted five goals before his side was eventually ousted by SV Werder Bremen, and added 11 in the league, relegating veteran goal-getter João Tomás to the bench, as Braga finished seventh and again reached the UEFA Cup, through the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
After a run-in with manager Jorge Jesus, following a substitution during a 0–2 loss at Leixões SC, in September 2008, Linz lost his importance in the Braga squad and, on 30 January 2009, moved on loan to Grasshopper Club Zürich, until the end of the season. In his first competitive fixture for Grasshoppers, in the Zürich derby against FC Zürich, Linz scored a goal but was sent off after two yellow cards, in the 39th and 41st minutes.
Linz joined Gaziantepspor during the 2009 summer, on a three-year contract, signing alongside Braga teammate Jorginho. In January 2010, however, he returned to his country and Austria Vienna, scoring on his debut – a 4–3 home win against Kapfenberger SV – to make the Bundesliga Team of the Week
After severals of years playing in Europe Linz joined The Three times Thai Premier League champions Muangthong United The club hoped that Linz would Play well in the Thai Premier League and AFC Champions League. His first goal ever for his new club was a friendly match against Three times J-league Champions Júbilo Iwata which ended 1-1.On the 30 March 2013 linz scored his first goal ever for SCG Muangthong United against Songkhla United which ended up a 3-0 victory for SCG Muangthong United.
In September 2007, Linz made a public outburst against former Austrian Football Association president Friedrich Stickler, and for the next 18 months was cast into the international wilderness. He returned to the national side in time for UEFA Euro 2008 on home soil, starting in all three of Austria's matches during the tournament, but finished goalless as the side crashed out at the first hurdle.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|DSV Leoben||First League||1999–2000||0||0||2||0||—||—||2||0|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|OGC Nice||Ligue 1||2004–05||15||0||—|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Taça da Liga||Europe||Total|
- Away from football, Linz enjoys surfing the Internet and shopping.
- His favourite band is U2.
- Linz enjoys building Lego dinosaurs.
- Austria Wien archives (German)
- L'Équipe stats (French)
- Roland Linz French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Stats at Fussballdaten (German)
- Grasshoppers profile (German)
- Transfermarkt profile (German)
- Roland Linz at National-Football-Teams.com
- Official website (German)