Roland Linz

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Roland Linz
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Linz playing with Austria Wien in 2011
Personal information
Full name Roland Gunther Linz
Date of birth (1981-08-09) 9 August 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Leoben, Austria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Belenenses
Number 29
Youth career
1995–1997 DSV Leoben
1997–1999 1860 München
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 DSV Leoben 53 (27)
2001–2006 Austria Wien 81 (26)
2003–2004 Admira Mödling (loan) 31 (15)
2004 Nice (loan) 15 (0)
2005 Sturm Graz (loan) 13 (4)
2006–2007 Boavista 28 (10)
2007–2009 Braga 33 (11)
2009 Grasshoppers (loan) 16 (7)
2009–2010 Gaziantepspor 5 (0)
2010–2013 Austria Wien 86 (40)
2013–2014 Muangthong United 4 (1)
2014– Belenenses 3 (0)
National team
2002–2010 Austria 39 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roland Gunther Linz (born 8 August 1981) is an Austrian footballer who plays for C.F. Belenenses in Portugal, as a striker.

He spent most of his extensive professional career with Austria Wien, winning five major titles including three Bundesliga championships. He also competed in France, Portugal, Turkey and Thailand.

Linz gained 39 caps for Austria, appearing for the nation at Euro 2008.

Club career[edit]

Early career / Germany[edit]

Born in Leoben, Styria, Linz started in the youth teams of local club DSV Leoben. Aged 15, he left for Germany to finish his football grooming, with Bavaria's TSV 1860 München.

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1]

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.

International career[edit]

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 statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2012[2]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
DSV Leoben First League 1999–2000 0 0 2 0 2 0
2000–01 12 3 1 0 13 3
Austria Wien Bundesliga 2001–02 29 8 3 3 32 11
2002–03 21 3 3 0 1 1 25 4
Admira Mödling 2003–04 31 15 0 0 31 15
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
OGC Nice Ligue 1 2004–05 15 0
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
Sturm Graz Bundesliga 2004–05 13 4 0 0 0 0 13 4
Austria Wien 2005–06 31 15 1 1 4 3 36 19
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
Boavista Primeira Liga 2006–07 28 10
Sporting Braga 2007–08 27 11 8 5
2008–09 6 0 7 3
Switzerland League Swiss Cup Europe Total
Grasshopers Super League 2008–09 16 7 1 0 0 0 17 7
Turkey League Turkish Cup Europe Total
Gaziantepspor Süper Lig 2009–10 5 0 1 0 6 0
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
Austria Wien Bundesliga 2009–10 15 6 1 0 0 0 16 6
2010–11 36 21 4 2 6 3 46 26
2011–12 28 12 3 2 10 2 41 16
Career totals Austria 208 79 20 8 21 9 249 96
France 15 0 0 0
Portugal 61 21 15 8
Switzerland 16 7 1 0 0 0 17 7
Turkey 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Career statistics 304 107 36 17

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Austria Wien
Braga

Individual[edit]

Personal[edit]

  • Away from football, Linz enjoys surfing the Internet and shopping.
  • His favourite band is U2.
  • Linz enjoys building Lego dinosaurs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Linz boosts Braga strike force
  2. ^ "R. Linz". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Austria Topscorers (German); Oberliga.at

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