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Match of the Day

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Gary Lineker’s Biography

Gary Lineker’s name is synonymous with British football. During his playing days, Gary featured for hometown Leicester City, as well as Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, giants FC Barcelona and Nagoya Grampus Eight. He 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, Gary entered the broadcasting world and has flourished in several roles, most notably as host of the BBC’s immensely popular highlights and analysis show, Match of the Day. His expert knowledge of the game and charismatic persona led to further opportunities: Gary hosted BT Sport’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League for six years and he currently heads LaLiga TV's coverage of Spanish football for viewers in the UK and Ireland.

His ease in front of the camera served him well when he was chosen as the main presenter throughout the BBC’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. His calm and controlled manner ensured that the opportunity was both a personal and national success.

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, he 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 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/britishredcrossresponse

Gary Lineker’s Newsfeed

Sky News
Gary Lineker among former players demanding help from football authorities in dementia fight

Gary Lineker is one of sixty former footballers imploring the game’s authorities to support ex-players financially in their backing for dementia charity, Head for Change.

Evening Standard
Gary Lineker joins LaLigaTV in ‘multi-year agreement’

Gary Lineker has joined LaLigaTV in a "multi-year agreement" to front coverage of the Spanish top flight. “I’m thrilled to become a part of LaLigaTV, a channel I’ve watched every weekend for the last two seasons,” said Lineker.

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Gary Lineker’s Background

Match of the Day
Host
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.
BBC Sport
Presenter
Salford, UK
Providing national sports coverage for BBC television, BBC Sport was founded in 1988 and holds the broadcasting rights for several sports. Gary has displayed his diversity in linking up with BBC Sport to cover various events. Previous endeavours have included acting as the main host during the 2012 London Olympic Games and hosting golf for its spectrum of channels.
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Other Business Interests

Goalhanger Films
Founder
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.
Walkers
Ambassador
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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Philanthropy

British Red Cross
Supporter
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
Patron
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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Media

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.

Features

Gary Lineker's return to Spanish Football
Article
Oct 2021
Madrid, ES
Roger Sabatés contemplates Gary Lineker's return to Spanish Football, this time as Ambassador of LaLiga and Commentator/Analyst on LaLigaTV.

Publications

Behind Closed Doors
Co-Author
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
Winner
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
Winner
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