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Gary Lineker


Match of the Day

London, UK

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Gary Lineker’s Biography

Gary Lineker’s name is synonymous with British football. During his playing days, Lineker featured for hometown Leicester City, as well as Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, giants FC Barcelona and Nagoya Grampus Eight. Gary remains one of the most revered forwards in the history of the England National Team, having distinguished himself scoring the most goals at FIFA World Cup Finals.

Throughout a decorated career, extraordinary accolades include winning the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup, twice securing the Footballer of the Year award and being voted runner up in the 1986 Ballon D'Or.

At the conclusion of his football career, Lineker entered the broadcasting world and has flourished, hosting England’s immensely popular Match of the Day show. His charismatic deliverance and knowledge of the game have led to further opportunities and Gary now also regularly hosts BT Sport’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Displaying nonchalantly his terrifically diverse broadcasting manner and ease in front of the camera lens, he served superbly as main presenter throughout the BBC's coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games, a significant event on both a personal and national level.

Away from football, Gary is a brand ambassador for Walkers Crisps. Produced in his home county of Leicestershire, the affiliation is the longest between a celebrity and brand in the world. Respectably never losing the connection to his roots, Lineker is referred to as “Leicester’s favourite son” and has been honourably awarded the city’s freedom.

Gary is a passionate charity ambassador and has donated £140,000 to the British Red Cross emergency response team to help fight Coronavirus. To donate and support this cause, please visit Gary's JustGiving page at

Gary Lineker’s Newsfeed

Gary Lineker: 'You can never really justify wages in the entertainment business'

Ahead of the 50th Anniversary of Match Of The Day in 2014, Gary Lineker spoke to Alastair Campbell about his theories on English sports culture, how he kept his own game so clean – and why Fifa is playing very, very dirty.

BBC Sport
I got a glimmer of what it was like to be Maradona - Lineker

Gary Lineker shares his memories of spending time with Diego Maradona and also playing against him.

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Gary Lineker’s Background

Match of the Day
Aug 1999 - Present
Salford, UK
Match of the Day is a football highlights and analysis show, traditionally broadcast on Saturday evenings, rounding up that day's action in the Premier League. Originally screened in August 1964, 2015 saw the Guinness World Records recognise the show as the longest running football television programme in the world.
BT Sport
Sports Broadcaster
Jun 2015 - Present
London, UK
Launched in 2013, BT Sport is a series of pay-per-view television channels. BT Sport has become a major player in broadcasting in recent years, strengthened by the fact the company holds exclusive rights to 52 Premier League matches per season and all UEFA Champions League/Europa League fixtures. BT Sports also shares rights with the BBC to screen FA Cup matches.
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Other Business Interests

Goalhanger Films
May 2014 - Present
London, UK
Founded in 2014 with former ITV Controller Tony Pastor, Goalhanger films produces sports shows, films and documentaries for television channels all over the world. As well as a series of documentaries released during the 2014 World Cup and an FA Cup special, the company has also produced pieces on major players of other sports including cricketer Kevin Pietersen and boxer Anthony Joshua.
Jan 1994 - Present
Leicester, UK
Most widely recognised for their production of potato crisps, Walkers hold 56 percent of the British crisps market and was founded in Leicester, in 1948. The Walkers site in Leicester is the largest crisp production plant in the world, producing over 11 million bags of crisps per day. A proud sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, Gary has appeared in 150 Walkers commercials spanning 25 years.
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British Red Cross
London, UK
Formed in 1870, the British Red Cross Society is an impartial humanitarian network. The organisation is supported by over 32,500 volunteers and 3,500 members of staff who aid its cause in providing help to people in crisis in the UK and worldwide. The Red Cross prides itself on lending support devoid of discrimination and Her Majesty The Queen acts as patron.
Great Ormond Street Hospital
London, UK
Located in London, Great Ormond Street is a Children's hospital. Opened in 1852, the hospital specialises in heart surgery and in doing so, has developed the UK's largest such centre, which doubles up as one of the largest children’s heart transplantation centres worldwide. Gary acts as an advocate for the Tick Tock Club, helping raise over £13 million for a state of the art brain surgery suite.
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Goalhanger Films
Media Appearance - "Marcus Rashford speaks to Gary Lineker"
Dec 2019
London, UK
Gary Lineker goes one on one with prolific Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford, covering working under the management of Solskjaer and his favoured playing position.


Behind Closed Doors
Sep 2019
London, UK
Laden with laddish anecdotes and somewhat unexpected tenderness, Lineker partners up with Danny Baker to tell of the lighter side of football. Gary recalls conversations with his Father whilst on his deathbed and opens up on a whole host of matters, including life in general. Well renowned football magazine FourFourTwo remarks: "Without doubt, it’s one of the funniest books around".

Awards & Endorsements

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Football Writer's Player of the Year
May 1992
London, UK
In 1992 Gary recorded the remarkable feat of claiming his second Football Writer's Player of the Year, having previously won the award at Everton in the mid-1980s. This time, at Tottenham Hotspur, his natural goalscoring prowess led to him finding the back of the net on 35 occasions, reinforcing his proficiency in front of goal, even toward the latter part of his career.
FIFA World Cup Golden Boot
Jun 1986
Mexico City, MX
First officially awarded in 1982, the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot has been presented at every subsequent tournament since and is won by the competition's leading goalscorer. Gary acquired the accolade following his exploits at the 1986 edition, held in Mexico. He topped the scoring charts with 6 goals, helping his country England reach the Quarter-Finals stage.
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Gary Lineker’s Education

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City of Leicester College