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 36)
Place of birth Leoben, Austria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
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)
Total 368 (141)
National team
2002–2010 Austria 39 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roland Gunther Linz (born 9 August 1981) is an Austrian former footballer who played 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 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 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 / return[edit]

Linz left Austria for the second time in 2004, joining Ligue 1's OGC Nice on loan.[1] 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 for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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 Primeira Liga goals, and subsequently moved to S.C. Braga.[2]

In the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, Linz netted five goals before his team was eventually ousted by SV Werder Bremen,[3][4] and added 11 in the league, relegating veteran goal-getter João Tomás to the bench[5] 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[6][7] and, on 30 January 2009, signed for Grasshopper Club Zürich on loan until June.[8] 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.[9]

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.

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.[10][11]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of matches played on 17 February 2017.
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
DSV Leoben 1999–2000 First League 0 0 2 0 2 0
2000–01 12 3 1 0 13 3
Totals 12 3 3 0 15 3
Austria Wien 2001–02 Bundesliga 29 8 3 3 32 11
2002–03 21 3 3 0 1 0 25 3
Totals 50 11 6 3 1 0 57 14
Admira Mödling 2003–04 Bundesliga 31 15 3 3 34 18
Nice 2004–05 Ligue 1 15 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 17 0
Sturm Graz 2004–05 Bundesliga 13 4 0 0 0 0 13 4
Austria Wien 2005–06 31 15 1 0 4 3 36 18
Boavista 2006–07 Primeira Liga 28 10 4 1 32 11
2007–08 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Totals 28 10 4 1 1 0 33 11
Braga 2007–08 Primeira Liga 27 11 4 0 8 5 0 0 39 16
2008–09 6 0 3 1 6 3 0 0 15 4
Totals 33 11 7 1 14 8 0 0 54 20
Grasshopers (loan) 2008–09 Super League 16 7 1 0 17 7
Gaziantepspor 2009–10 Süper Lig 5 0 0 0 5 0
Austria Wien 2009–10 Bundesliga 15 6 1 0 16 6
2010–11 36 21 4 2 6 3 46 26
2011–12 28 12 3 2 10 2 41 16
2012–13 7 1 2 2 9 3
Totals 86 40 10 6 16 5 112 51
Muangthong United 2013 Thai League T1 4 1 0 0 6 0 10 1
Belenenses 2013–14 Primeira Liga 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
Career totals 327 117 35 14 41 16 4 0 407 147
References:[12][13][14][15][16]

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Austria Wien
Braga

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Linz is a Nice man; UEFA.com, 2 June 2004
  2. ^ Linz boosts Braga strike force; UEFA.com, 21 August 2007
  3. ^ Braga blunt Bayern ambitions; UEFA.com, 30 November 2007
  4. ^ Braga book Round of 32 berth; UEFA.com, 20 December 2007
  5. ^ Hickersberger has room for latecomers; UEFA.com, 27 January 2008
  6. ^ Travão à indiscipline (Indiscipline stopped in its tracks); Record, 24 September 2008 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ Linz continua de fora dos convocados (Linz still not selected); Record, 9 November 2008 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Linz wechselt zu den Grasshoppers (Linz moves to Grasshoppers); Kurier, 3 February 2009 (in German)
  9. ^ Heimkehr mit Licht und Schatten (Homecoming with lights and shadows); Der Standard, 14 February 2010 (in German)
  10. ^ "Der Teamchef bin ich" ("I am the boss"); Der Standard, 5 October 2007 (in German)
  11. ^ Austrians awarded second chance; UEFA.com, 24 January 2008
  12. ^ "R. Linz". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Roland Linz » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Roland Linz" (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Roland Linz". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Roland Linz". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Austria Topscorers; at Oberliga (in German)
  18. ^ Season review: Austria; UEFA.com, 13 June 2011

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