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Roman Wallner
Personal information
Full name Roman Wallner
Date of birth 4 February 1982 (1982-02-04) (age 27)
Place of birth    Graz, Austria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club LASK
Number 7
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–1999
1999–2004
2004–2005
2005
2005–2007
2007–2008
2007
2008
2008
2009–
Sturm Graz
Rapid Wien
Hannover 96
Admira Wacker
Austria Vienna
Falkirk
Hamilton Academical (loan)
Apollon Kalamarias
Skoda Xanthi
LASK Linz
0 (0)
134 (42)
10 (0)
15 (1)
39 (6)
2 (0)
4 (1)
1 (0)
0 (0)
24 (13)   
National team2
2001-  Austria 027 0(6)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 1 August 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 1 October 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Roman Wallner (born February 4, 1982 in Graz, Austria) is an Austrian football player, currently playing for LASK Linz.

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Career

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Domestic

Wallner began his career with hometown Sturm Graz in 1998. In the following year he moved to Rapid Wien, where he would have his most successful years, appearing in over 100 matches and scoring 42 goals over five seasons with the club. He then spent one year spells at German club Hannover 96 and VfB Admira Wacker Mödling before signing with Austria Vienna in 2005. He left the club in 2007.

At the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, Wallner signed a 1 year contract including the option of a 2nd year with Scottish Premier League outfit Falkirk F.C..[1]

In November 2007, Roman signed for Scottish First Division Hamilton Academical on loan from Falkirk.[2] He returned to Falkirk the following month.

In January 2008, he travelled to Greece where he was on trial for the Greek Cup 2006-07 winners Larissa F.C.. In the same month Falkirk announced that Wallner had been released from his contract by mutual consent. In late January, he signed with Apollon Kalamarias.

On February 3, 2008, Apollon Kalamarias' player Barkoglou scored a last minute goal in a match against Olympiacos which ended 1-0 to Apollon. Olympiakos appealed against Wallner's appearance in the match[3], because according to FIFA rules a player could play for no more than two teams per season (having already played for Falkirk F.C. and Hamilton Academical), because of this Apollon lost the game in cards 0-3 and had 1 point deducted. The case went to the jurisdiction of CAS. The appeal for provisional measures was declined. After the end of the Greek Superleague, Apollon Kalamarias was relegated and the deducted points would be inefficient to keeo the clear of relegation. Therefore, the appeal against the first decision was withdrawn. Olympiakos won the title leading the table with runners-up AEK Athens trailing by only two points. This fact, along with the claims by the AEK chairman Demis Nikolaidis and footballers like Rivaldo, Traianos Dellas and Nikos Lyberopoulos that the Greek Football Association was responsible for this outcome, left the AEK fans with a taste of unjustice. By then, Roman Wallner was one of the most identifiable and recnognisable footballers in Greece and the controversy about his case will be remembered by all the Greek football fans in the years to come.

International

He made his debut for Austria in an April 2001 World Cup qualification match against Liechtenstein.

Honours

External links

References

  1. ^ Wallner signs for Falkirk - Falkirk
  2. ^ Wallner released - Falkirk
  3. ^ Olympiakos appeal - Sportingreece

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