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)|
|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 10 February 2014.
† 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 two following seasons he scored 27 goals in 53 games combined, and his good form in the second division attracted the attention of bigger clubs in the country, which led to him signing with FK Austria Wien.
At his new team Linz had his first taste of success, winning both the Bundesliga and cup in the 2002–03 campaign. 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 Linz left Austria for the second time, joining 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 the player was crowned league top scorer. 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 debut 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 S.C. in September 2008, Linz lost his importance in the Braga squad and, on 30 January 2009, signed for Grasshopper Club Zürich on loan until June. In his first competitive fixture for his new club, in the Zürich derby against FC Zürich, he scored but was also sent off after two yellow cards, in the 39th and 41st minutes.
Linz joined Gaziantepspor during the 2009 summer on a three-year contract, moving 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.
In 2013 Linz switched sides and countries again, after agreeing to a transfer to Muangthong United F.C. in the Thai Premier League. He netted his first official goal on 30 March, contributing to a 3–0 win over Songkhla United FC.
Linz made his debut for Austria in a friendly match with Slovakia, a 2–0 win in Graz on 27 March 2002. He remained a regular until September 2007, when he made a public outburst against Austrian Football Association president Friedrich Stickler which meant that, for the next 18 months, he was cast into the international wilderness.
Linz 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 finishing goalless as the nation 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|
- Austria Wien
- 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
- Roland Linz profile at ForaDeJogo
- Stats at Fussballdaten (German)
- Grasshoppers official profile (German)
- Roland Linz at National-Football-Teams.com
- Official website (German)