|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)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Roland Gunther Linz (born 9 August 1981) is an Austrian former professional footballer who played as a forward.
He spent most of his extensive professional career with Austria Wien, winning five major titles including three Austrian Bundesliga championships. He also competed in France, Portugal, Turkey and Thailand.
Linz earned 39 caps for Austria, appearing for the nation at Euro 2008.
Early career and Germany
Born in Leoben, Styria, Linz started in the youth teams of local DSV Leoben. Aged 15, he left for Germany to finish his football development on Bavaria with 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 sides in the country, which led to him signing with FK Austria Wien.
Linz had his first taste of success at his new team, 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 and return
Linz left Austria for the second time in 2004, 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 in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Portugal and 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 Primeira Liga goals, and subsequently moved to S.C. Braga.
In the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, Linz netted five goals before his team 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 local 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 teams 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 the first two of Austria's matches during the tournament but finishing goalless as the nation crashed out at the first hurdle.
|Club||Season||League||National cup||League cup||Continental[a]||Total|
|DSV Leoben||1999–2000||Austrian First League||0||0||2||0||—||—||2||0|
|Austria Wien||2001–02||Austrian Bundesliga||29||8||3||3||—||—||32||11|
|Admira Mödling||2003–04||Austrian Bundesliga||31||15||3||3||—||—||34||18|
|Sturm Graz||2004–05||Austrian Bundesliga||13||4||0||0||—||0||0||13||4|
|Austria Wien||2005–06||Austrian Bundesliga||31||15||1||0||—||4||3||36||18|
|Grasshoppers (loan)||2008–09||Swiss Super League||16||7||1||0||—||—||17||7|
|Austria Wien||2009–10||Austrian Bundesliga||15||6||1||0||—||—||16||6|
|Muangthong United||2013||Thai League T1||4||1||0||0||—||6||0||10||1|
- ^ Appearances UEFA Europa League, UEFA Intertoto Cup, and AFC Champions League
- Austrian Bundesliga: 2002–03, 2005–06, 2012–13
- Austrian Cup: 2002–03, 2005–06
- ^ Linz is a Nice man; UEFA, 2 June 2004
- ^ Linz boosts Braga strike force; UEFA, 21 August 2007
- ^ Braga blunt Bayern ambitions; UEFA, 30 November 2007
- ^ Braga book Round of 32 berth; UEFA, 20 December 2007
- ^ Hickersberger has room for latecomers; UEFA, 27 January 2008
- ^ Travão à indiscipline (Indiscipline stopped in its tracks); Record, 24 September 2008 (in Portuguese)
- ^ Linz continua de fora dos convocados (Linz still not selected); Record, 9 November 2008 (in Portuguese)
- ^ Linz wechselt zu den Grasshoppers (Linz moves to Grasshoppers); Kurier, 3 February 2009 (in German)
- ^ Heimkehr mit Licht und Schatten (Homecoming with lights and shadows); Der Standard, 14 February 2010 (in German)
- ^ "Der Teamchef bin ich" ("I am the boss"); Der Standard, 5 October 2007 (in German)
- ^ Austrians awarded second chance; UEFA, 24 January 2008
- ^ "R. Linz". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- ^ "Roland Linz » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- ^ "Roland Linz" (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- ^ "Roland Linz". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- ^ "Roland Linz". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- ^ Österreichs Torschützenkönige (Austria top scorers) Archived 15 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine; at Oberliga (in German)
- ^ Season review: Austria; UEFA, 13 June 2011
- Austria Wien archives (in German)
- Roland Linz – French league stats at LFP – also available in French
- Roland Linz at fussballdaten.de (in German)
- National team data (in German)
- Roland Linz at National-Football-Teams.com
- 1981 births
- Living people
- People from Leoben
- Austrian footballers
- Association football forwards
- Austrian Football Bundesliga players
- 2. Liga (Austria) players
- FK Austria Wien players
- FC Admira Wacker Mödling players
- SK Sturm Graz players
- Ligue 1 players
- OGC Nice players
- Primeira Liga players
- Boavista F.C. players
- S.C. Braga players
- C.F. Os Belenenses players
- Swiss Super League players
- Grasshopper Club Zürich players
- Süper Lig players
- Gaziantepspor footballers
- Thai League 1 players
- Muangthong United F.C. players
- Austria international footballers
- UEFA Euro 2008 players
- Austrian expatriate footballers
- Expatriate footballers in France
- Expatriate footballers in Portugal
- Expatriate footballers in Switzerland
- Expatriate footballers in Turkey
- Expatriate footballers in Thailand
- Austrian expatriate sportspeople in Portugal
- Footballers from Styria
- Austrian expatriate sportspeople in Switzerland
- Austrian expatriate sportspeople in Thailand
- Austrian expatriate sportspeople in France
- Austrian expatriate sportspeople in Turkey
- Expatriate footballers in Germany
- Austrian expatriate sportspeople in Germany
- TSV 1860 Munich players