Lindenberger made his professional debut with LASK Linz in the 1976/1977 season and stayed with his hometown club for over ten years before moving to and winning silverware with Football Club Swarovski Tirol. After three years he returned to Linz to play for Stahl Linz. He finished his career with minor league side Eintracht Wels.
He made his debut for Austria in an April 1982 friendly match against Czechoslovakia and was a participant at the 1982 and 1990 Fédération internationale de football association World Cups.
He earned 43 caps, no goals scored. His last international was an August 1990 friendly match against Switzerland.
LASK subs on 24 March 2009 Lindenberger after nine months and named officialized Hans Krankl as new coach, Krankl, former Barcelona player, Lindenberger, however, remains at the club in the position of executive manager.