Philipp Lienhart

Squad No. 3
Date of Birth July 11, 1996
Age 26
Height 189cm
Position Defender
Birthplace Lilienfeld
Previous Clubs Real Madrid

Philipp Lienhart (born 11 July 1996) is an Austrian footballer who plays for SC Freiburg as a centre back.

Club career
Born in Lilienfeld, Lower Austria, Lienhart joined SK Rapid Wien’s youth setup in 2008, aged 12. He made his senior debut for their reserve team on 16 April 2013, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–3 away draw against FC Admira Wacker Mödling Amateure for the Regionalliga championship.

In August 2014, after being regularly used, Lienhart was loaned to Real Madrid. He competed with their youth team in the season’s UEFA Youth League, playing seven matches and scoring in a 3–2 loss away to Liverpool in the group stage on 22 October, and also appeared with the C-side in Tercera División.

At the end of his first season, Lienhart was signed permanently for €800,000, and was subsequently promoted to the reserves by manager Zinedine Zidane. He made his debut for the B-team on 30 August 2015, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 win at CF Rayo Majadahonda.

On 3 October 2015, Lienhart scored his first Castilla goal, equalising for a 1–1 draw at Sestao River Club by heading in Martin Ødegaard’s corner kick. Two weeks later, amid an injury crisis, he was included in the main squad for the first time by manager Rafael Benítez, for a La Liga match against Levante UD; he was unused in the 3–0 win at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. He made his first team debut on 2 December 2015, replacing James Rodríguez in a 3–1 Copa del Rey away win against Cádiz CF.

On 5 July 2017, Lienhart was loaned to SC Freiburg for one year. In June 2018, the club announced they had signed him permanently from Real Madrid. The transfer fee was estimated at €2 million plus bonuses.