Early last week ex-Latic Paul Scharner announced his retirement from professional football, the madcap Austrian made his name in the UK playing for us in the Premier League during two stints with the club, the last one culminating in that fantastic day on the 11th May when we lifted the FA cup at Wembley
Scharner has wrote himself into the folklore here at Wigan Athletic, a massive fans favourite, his antics both on and off the pitch put smiles on the faces of not only Latics supporters, but almost everyone who came across him
Vital Latics member Wigan Blue aka Kathryn, has written her own tribute and I am sure that it will be echoed by all Latics supporters, over to you Kathryn:
In January 2006 we had no idea how this player, an Austria international, that we had just signed from Norwegian club SK Brann would make such an impact on our club. Arriving in a knee length fur coat, we all wondered just who is Paul Scharner?
Scharner made his impact immediately whilst making his Latics debut on 10th January 2006, playing against Arsenal in the Carling Cup semi final 1st leg at the then JJB stadium, Scharner scored in the 78th minute after coming on as a first half substitute for Le McCulloch, Scharners goal gave us a 1-0 victory that night and provided the foundation for reaching the final. We lost that final, but true to himself he ended up throwing his losers medal into the crowd at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Paul Scharner became an instant hit by giving his all, playing with passion and creating a special relationship with the fans.
One rainy day in Sheffield 2007 he cemented his legendary status, by remaining calm during a frantic match and of course scoring a vital goal that helped to keep the Latics in the Premier League on the final day of the season.
I can imagine he would have caused the manager some problems with his demands to play in midfield or up front?but Scharner would not be Scharner without with an occasional fall out. He missed playing in 2008 Euro due to disagreements with the Austrian team coaches.
In the summer of 2010 he left the Latics to go to West Brom, and I thought that was the end? until a twitter picture of the fur coat saying ‘guess who is back’ was posted by @LaticsOfficial in January 2013.
He was always seen with outrageous hairstyles and has a wacky personality. On TV he would be interviewed in bright red glasses or be sat in a deck chair at the top of Parbold Hill or even helping a housewife do their housework for a day. For those of you who didn’t see the pre-show before the FA Cup final, I recommend you watch it because I’m certain it will make you laugh!
During the week the transfer window shut, Paul Scharner announced his retirement, even though he had offers to go the Everton, Hull or even to remain with us. I believe he wanted his children to be brought up in their own country, which would be impractical if he was to remain to in England.
So I’d like to say Paul ‘THANX’ for the memories, you will always be a welcome here by the fans.
Paul Scharner whoooaa Paul Scharner whoooaa comes from Austria and is now a Wigganer??.
Thanx to you to Paul
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