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Rooney: The Man Behind The Goals, the extraordinary insight into the life of England’s greatest ever goalscorer Wayne Rooney, comes to DVD 30th November. To celebrate, we have a copy to giveaway.
Featuring extensive interviews with Rooney himself, his family and a host of figures from the world of football including David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, this is the perfect stocking filler for Christmas!
When Wayne Rooney scored against Switzerland at Wembley in September this year he became England’s greatest ever goalscorer, eclipsing a record held by Sir Bobby Charlton for almost half a century. Having scored against France last night, this record continues to grow.
But who is the real Wayne Rooney, off the pitch and away from the glare of the media spotlight?
For the first time he has allowed a television production team, as well as BBC football presenter Gary Lineker, unique access to his »
- Gary Collinson
This week sees tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year go on sale, with the ceremony set to be held in Belfast later this year.
For those wanting to sit amongst the sportsmen and women to be honoured at the Sse Arena on Sunday, December 20, tickets will be available to buy from Thursday (October 15).
We've still got a few more weeks of sporting achievement ahead of us, but milestones bound to feature this year include England's Ashes triumph, Wayne Rooney becoming the Three Lions' top scorer and Chris Froome claiming his second yellow jersey in the Tour de France.
Other achievements this year include Northern Ireland reaching their first major football tournament in 30 years, Great »
Gary Lineker missed a sitter in this sweet and revealing portrait of England’s top goalscorer – he failed to get Wayne on the karaoke
Not the greatest timing for Rooney: The Man Behind The Goals (BBC1), coming the day after an indifferent performance – and no goals – in Machester United’s mauling by Arsenal. Still, the stats don’t lie: he’s scored more goals for England than anyone else. Who is he, though? Gary Lineker, now relegated to third greatest (yeah, thanks Graham Taylor), goes to find out.
Rooney Towers is everything you’d want it to be and more: Disneyland Cheshire, a paradise for Coleen’s three children – Klay, two; Kai, five; and Wayne, 29 (plus one more on the way). Outside there are bouncy castles, slides, swings, Gypsy caravans, woodland cabins, mini Range Rovers, a tennis court, and footballs – at least one for every one of those England goals. »
- Sam Wollaston
Gary Lineker's mother has passed away. The 'Match of the Day' host took to his Twitter account last night (29.09.15) to post a touching tribute to his mum Margaret. He wrote: ''I am profoundly saddened to tell you that my wonderful, beautiful mother has left us. She will though live on in my heart and mind. #RIPMum (sic).'' The 54-year-old presenter and former footballer also posted a snap of him posing alongside his late mother on Instagram. He captioned the photograph: ''She wouldn't want sympathy. She wouldn't want tears. She would want a gin and tonic. Cheers Mum #Rip (sic).'' Gary's brother Wayne - who »
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An underrated football player can play for any team in the world. They do not have to play for a poor side and they’re often household names that are simply overshadowed by a ridiculously well-built, Nike endorsed, Portuguese goal predators.
But enough about Swansea City’s Eder. Nowadays, footballers’ performances are inspected by the media’s meticulous magnifying glass every week and fans are now able to view almost every game (if you can work out the migrainously complicated logistics of having both Sky Sports and BT Sport). If you’re playing in isolation (for instance the 12.45pm kick off on Saturday or an 8pm Monday Night Football spectacle in front of Neville and co) then your performance will be hung up like a punch bag and continuously poked, caressed, prodded and sometimes punched until the studio manager turns the fancy touch-screens off.
This well-rounded »
- Matt Smith
Rooney - The Man Behind the Goals will give Gary Lineker and the BBC unprecedented access to the England footballer's home and family.
The programme, which comes after Rooney broke the national team's goalscoring record against Switzerland yesterday, will air on Monday, October 5.
It will cover Rooney's journey from humble beginnings all the way through to his success on the pitch for England, as well as his thoughts on the future and his relationship with Coleen.
"I have been approached many times about allowing the cameras into our lives and always said no," he said. "But now seems the right time.
"This film is not just about my goals. It's about the people I care about the most - my teammates, the people closest to me, but most importantly, my family."
Lineker added: "I think that »
In a Q&A at the Edinburgh TV festival, the director discussed the final chapter of his state-of-the-nation series, as well as the possibility of its return
After an initial 2006 film, transformation into a series and a third instalment, director Shane Meadows opened the final phase of the This is England saga at the Edinburgh TV festival with a preview of the new series’s first episode.
This is England ’90 sets the tone with an opening montage of mad cows, poll-tax riots and Gazza and Gary Lineker on the pitch at Italia 90, before juxtaposing Margaret Thatcher’s resignation speech (“We leave the United Kingdom in a much better state than when we arrived 11 years ago”) with There She Goes by The La’s on the soundtrack.
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- Richard Vine
Check it out Akshay Kumar is dizzy and it is for a very good cause!
The cause is the #dizzygoals challenge, a campaign for the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Launching at the United Nations General Assembly by 193 world leaders, The Global Goals are a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.
Akshay Kumar, is the first Indian personality to get behind the #dizzygoals challenge. So what is the dizzy goals challenge you ask? Using the connection of ‘goals’, the dizzy goals challenge invites personalities and the public to run around a ball until they’re dizzy and then to try score a goal.
The above video was shot when Akshay Kumar took the hilarious challenge in Houston, USA during rehearsals for his sell-out concerts Fusion which also marks the superstar’s »
- Stacey Yount
With pitches being mowed, pies being readied and programmes hitting the printers, the 2015/16 Premier League season is almost upon us. Huzzah!
As excited as we are for another 9 months of footballing action, the new season brings with it something of a headache - the constant struggle of working out how to watch the live action without heading to the ground or spending a troubling amount of time down the pub.
With Sky and BT having recently splashed a staggering £5.18 billion on TV rights (yes, really), enjoying the beautiful game from the comfort of your living room isn't particularly cheap. There's also so many subscription plans, deals and caveated offers, that you need a PhD to decipher what it all means.
There's really no right or wrong answer as to which is the best deal, either. The games you enjoy, teams you support, how much you plan to watch, and your »
The stars have come out in force to defend the BBC against government criticism.
Describing the corporation as a "very precious institution", they have warned the Prime Minister that "a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain".
They are joined by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Claudia Winkleman, Graham Norton, Chris Evans, Professor Brian Cox, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Adil Ray, Jamie Oliver, Clara Amfo, Nick Grimshaw, Trevor Nelson, Annie Nightingale and Reggie Yates.
The letter reads: "The Government and the BBC are now entering the Charter Review. We »
The wage bill for BBC television presenters earning more than £1m went up by 22% last year, as spending and staff numbers rose despite years of cost-cutting at the corporation.
Three or four of the BBC’s highest-paid stars, likely to include Gary Lineker, Graham Norton and Jeremy Clarkson, shared a total of £5.1m in the year to March 2014. In the previous year, the BBC spent £4.2m on presenters earning between £1m and £5m.
Related: BBC fights back against Tory assault on 'waste' and right to make popular shows
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- Jane Martinson Media editor
Annual report shows BBC’s three or four best-paid presenters shared £5.1mStaff numbers rose by 1.7% to 18,974Bbc Worldwide’s headline profits fall 11.9% to £138.6m Tony Hall: public and producers reject ‘much-diminished’ corporationRona Fairhead: ‘There are likely to be scope cuts’
The wage bill for television presenters earning more than £1m went up by 22% last year at the BBC, which paid a total of £5.1m to a handful of stars likely to have included Jeremy Clarkson, Gary Lineker and Graham Norton.
Despite cost cuts set to save a total of £1.5bn by the end of next year, the BBC’s annual report published on Tuesday showed that total talent spend rose 7% to £208m, some 12% of the BBC total expenditure on content.
Related: BBC told to do more to put women and ethnic minorities on screen
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- Jane Martinson and John Plunkett
Gary Lineker has set up his own television production company. The former footballer has revealed his company, Goalhanger Films, have already started producing sport documentaries for networks in the United Kingdom and all over the world. He said: ''I've always wanted to get involved in production and hopefully we can make some programmes that people enjoy. ''We've got one or two ideas in development that might appeal to both UK and international audiences, all with a sport focus, but not exclusively football.'' And Gary hasn't gone into producing alone, getting support from former ITV Sport controller Tony Pastor. Tony added: ''Gary's always been interested in »
He will top a small group of high earners at the BBC understood to include TV presenters Graham Norton, Gary Lineker and Fiona Bruce. Jeremy Clarkson was in that elite group until being dropped by the BBC from Top Gear following an attack on a producer.
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- Jane Martinson and John Plunkett
The broadcaster’s TV and sport managing director on sharing a stage with Gary Lineker on her birthday, the Champions League, and whether she has plans for drama
Turning 43 was, perhaps, more joyous for Delia Bushell than for most people. “My birthday was the day of our big press launch,” says Bushell. Then she adds: “Nothing better than sharing your birthday with Gary Lineker on stage.”
As managing director of TV and sport for BT, Bushell is Lineker’s new boss. He is BT’s biggest on-screen signing so far, as the phone company turned pay-tv insurgent parks ever more tanks on Sky’s premium-sports lawn. The hoopla heralded Lineker as co-presenter of live Uefa Champions League, to which BT has exclusive rights for the next three seasons – having poached them from ITV and Sky in an eye-watering £897m deal. “What we are looking for is a really stellar A-list presenting lineup, »
- Neil Midgley
Director: Jane Preston
Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne was born and raised in Newcastle, one of the UK’s most passionate football cities, and my memories of Gazza come from the mid-1990s and in particular Euro 1996 where he shone on the European and World Stage. Prior to this, Gascoigne had really come to the forefront of football at Italia 90 and although England went out in the semi-finals, his tears of heartfelt disappointment connected him to the entire population and things changed quickly as celebrity took over.
Gascoigne, as a documentary, is perhaps more catered for a sport-loving audience but this doesn’t mean that Gazza’s story isn’t an interesting one but here director Jane Preston focuses less on his troubles with alcoholism and more on the man, »
- Dan Bullock
Gary Lineker has joined BT Sport.
There has been much speculation about the presenter's future with the BBC, but it has now been confirmed that he has signed a new non-exclusive deal with the corporation, allowing him to present for both broadcasters.
He tweeted: "Thrilled to tell you, I'll be presenting @ChampionsLeague football next season on @btsport."
The retired footballer's new deal with the BBC has ensured that he will remain on Match of the Day and other programmes until at least 2020.
It has been reported that Lineker agreed a BBC pay-cut to allow him to present for BT Sport alongside his current commitments.
Your @btsport #ChampionsLeague presenters. Between us we scored 48 goals for England... pic.twitter.com/aM1bOJ2ng7
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) June 9, 2015
John Petter, chief executive of BT Consumer, »
At the heart of Gascoigne is a difficult subject, but an irresistible one: a wayward genius, wounded and definitively vulnerable. In football, it’s also an age-old story thanks to the vortex created at the end of playing careers, when the irreplaceable thrill of adulation makes way for a vacuum that must be filled by something else.
For Gazza, the vacuum was filled with the same kind of self-destruction that made him such a commodity for the media in his playing days. He was never one for restraint: and just as that led to some of his more notorious and controversial moments on the pitch (his catastrophic knee injury, his infamous celebrations…) it also gave rise to some of the most famous stories about the amiable Geordie.
As Gascoigne is pretty quick to establish, not only are most of the wildest and worst things you’ve heard about Gazza true, »
- Simon Gallagher
Gary Lineker will remain on the BBC for at least another five years.
The former England and Spurs striker has signed a new deal with the corporation that will keep him hosting Match of the Day and Sports Personality of the Year among other programmes until 2020.
"I'm thrilled that my relationship with the BBC has been renewed and that I will continue to present Match of the Day, Fa Cup, major football tournaments and Sports Personality of the Year. I'm already looking forward to getting the 2015-16 season underway," Lineker said.
Philip Bernie, head of TV sport, added: "We are delighted that Gary will continue to front the country's favourite football programme on the BBC, as well as leading our live football coverage.
"He is the outstanding football presenter of his generation, combining great authority from his very distinguished playing career with wonderful broadcasting instincts and sharpness - making him a true star performer. »
Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne’s story is a sad one for most of us football fans who remember the midfielder’s incredible talent. He’s also been privy to the tabloid media covering his every addiction move and although some have tried to help as well, Gazza’s alcoholism continued as he battle to find that thrill he once received during his professional career.
Directed and written by BAFTA award-winner Jane Preston, Gascoigne is a feature film told by the man himself and promises to open up his story and with his involvement, it sounds like a positive process. As we get to the 25th Anniversary of the Italia ’90 World Cup, Gascoigne will screen in cinemas for one night only on 8th June, at 158 sites nationwide with a live Q&A from panellists Stuart Pearce, Henry Winter, Pete Davies and Paul Gascoigne.
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- Dan Bullock
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