|Full name||Paul Scharner|
|Date of birth||11 March 1980|
|Place of birth||Scheibbs, Austria|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
| SVG Purgstall|
| Austria Wien|
→ SG Untersiebenbrunn (loan)
FC Red Bull Salzburg
West Bromwich Albion
Hamburger SV II
→ Wigan Athletic (loan)
| 84 (3)|
| Austria U-21|
| 12 (0)|
Paul Josef Herbert Scharner (born 11 March 1980) is an Austrian retired footballer. He operated mainly as a defender, although he could play almost every midfield position as well. He was known for his great flexibility and haircuts.
Scharner started his professional career with Austrian Bundesliga sides Austria Wien and SV Salzburg, before moving to Norwegian Tippeligaen in late 2004, starting for SK Brann. In January 2006, he entered the Premier League where he played for over six years, playing for Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion, respectively. After a short time as a free agent, he transferred to Bundesliga veteran club Hamburger SV in August 2012, before returning to Wigan Athletic on loan in January 2013. He announced his retirement, at age 33, in September 2013.
West Bromwich Albion
Albion signed versatile former Wigan player Paul Scharner on a Bosman towards the end of the 2010 August transfer window.
The Austria international penned a two-year deal after passing a Hawthorns medical.
He had been a free agent since deciding to leave the DW Stadium after his contract ran out in May 2010 and the Baggies beat several Barclays Premier League clubs to his signature.
Scharner hadn't played a game since Wigan's final match of last season at Chelsea but arrived at The Hawthorns in peak physical condition, having worked with a personal fitness coach for two months.
Scharner joined Wigan from Norwegian side Brann in January 2006 and went onto make a club record 145 Premier League appearances for the Latics, scoring an impressive 14 goals.
He underlined his versatility by playing in every outfield position for Wigan apart from left-back.
Scharner crowned his Latics debut by scoring a Carling Cup semi-final first leg winner against Arsenal and made his Premier League debut against Albion at the DW Stadium five days later, a game the Baggies won 1-0.
Born in Schiebbs, he famously shaved the word 'thanx' into the hair on the back of his head in his final home game for Wigan against Hull at the end of last season to salute the fans for their support.
- Official website
- Paul Scharner career stats at Soccerbase
- BBC Sport profile of Paul Scharner
- Paul Scharner at National-Football-Teams.com
- Player profile – Austria Archive
- Paul Scharner at fussballdaten.de (German)