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Overview (3)

Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Birth NameGary Winston Lineker
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gary Winston Lineker OBE was English football's most famous striker in the 1980s and early 1990s. A unique blend of skill, intelligence and charm, he was venomous up front and yet also a superb professional, who rarely lost his temper. During his 14 year long professional career, Lineker was never cautioned, let alone sent off - very few footballers have achieved this feat.

He achieved stardom with Everton F.C., after initially playing for Leicester City F.C. He then had spells with F.C. Barcelona and other big clubs before returning to Tottenham Hotspur. After this, he played two years in Japan for Nagoya Grampus Eight before a foot injury finished his career and he returned to England, to become a TV pundit and presenter for the BBC. Through all these years, he was England's man up front, saving them more than once during the big matches. He has captained them for a few years too.

As an example of his value: in the 1986 World Cup, England had a lousy 1 point from the first two matches against Portugal and Morocco. Lineker's hat-trick saw England win 3-0 against Poland, and on England went into the quarter-finals, where they beat Paraguay 3-0 as well, before crashing out to Argentina, thanks to one of the greatest goals of all-time scored by Diego Maradona. Guess who scored England's only goal of the match...

When England was trailing 1-2 to Cameroon in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Lineker produced two penalties by his dazzling runs, and scored from both, securing England's 3-2 victory. In the next match, he became one of only three England men's players ever to have scored in a World Cup semi-final (the others being Bobby Charlton against Portugal in 1966 and Kieran Trippier against Croatia in 2018) when he capitalized on a rare mistake by the West German defence and equalized for England with an extremely cold-blooded strike when England were trailing 1-0. The equalizer in the 80th minute sent the game into extra time and then penalties, making it one of the most epic and memorable games in England's history.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Christian Jahnsen

Family (1)

Spouse Danielle Bux (1 September 2009 - 13 January 2016)  (divorced)
Michelle Lineker (July 1986 - 1 August 2006)  (divorced)  (4 children)

Trivia (25)

Children are George, Harry, Tobias (Toby) and Angus.
Father owns a fruit-and-veg stall in Leicester Market.
Main presenter for Match Of The Day.
He was an English footballer who played for the national team from 1984-'92 and was captain from 1990-'92.
His son George underwent surgery for leukaemia in 1992, which briefly meant he had to put a hold on his footballing career.
He and Michelle are patrons for Leukaemia Busters, a fund raising organisation.
Younger brother, Wayne, ownes a number of bars, aptly called "Bar Lineker", in the Mediterranean
In the late 90s he opened the Freemans Park Odeon Cinema at his home town of Leicester. 'The Lost World Jurassic Park' was the first film to be shown.
He was the first British player to have been awarded the FIFA Golden Boot, the award for top goalscorer during a World Cup tournament. His six goals in the 1986 Mexico World Cup earned him the honour. In 2018, Harry Kane became the second, also playing for England and also scoring six goals in that year's World Cup.
He played in 80 internationals.
He scored 48 goals for England, just one goal short of the record set by Bobby Charlton.
His first England hat-trick was against Turkey on 16 October 1985.
He made his England debut on 26 May 1984 against Scotland.
His first goal as an England international was against the Republic of Ireland on 26 March 1985.
Wore the number 10 shirt as a player.
FA Cup winner with Tottenham Hotspur FC (1991).
Played in Japan for Nagoya Grampus Eight.
On 21st October 2002, his first club (and home team) Leicester City went into administration. Immediately he formed a consortium of agents and former players to bid to get the club out of administration. After putting in a six-figure sum of his own money, and donations from other former players, the consortium clled 'New Fox Plc' took over the club in Feburary 2003. He left the club many years ago, but his name is still sung by fans as a mark of respect for the home-grown star.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1992 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Association Football.
Has 2 honorary MA degrees
He is a keen amateur golfer, with a handicap of four.
He scored England's first penalty in the 1990 World Cup semi-final shootout defeat to West Germany.
Second top scorer of the 1991-92 Football League First Division with 28 goals behind Ian Wright on 29 goals.
His eldest two sons, George and Harry, are currently attending Charterhouse school (May 2008).
He has admitted that had he been playing a few years later, he would never have avoided yellow cards because referees started handing them out far more liberally in the 1990s.

Personal Quotes (10)

Without the agony, the ecstasy's not quite the same.
[speaking in 2010] At the moment, there are three bodies running English football - the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League. What we really need is everyone working together for the benefit of the game in this country and the development of young players. Getting that right is all down to proper coaching from an early age. The fact that academies are now controlling the footballing education of our most promising youngsters is a good thing, too. Some of the clubs - not all of them - are teaching kids the right way to play in terms of technique, possession and positioning. They are giving them a greater understanding of the game, too. We might have to wait before the work benefits the senior set-up but starting with the very young is the way England must do it.
[speaking in 2012] Technically, we're way behind some of the nations in world football at the moment.
When you see England pass it's like they've never been introduced to each other.
What happens to some of these players when they pull on an England shirt?
Maradona [Diego Maradona] was unbelievable. By a million miles the best player I played with or against. It's not meant as a pun but his left foot could manipulate the ball as if it were a hand. He was astonishing. Tiny, but unbelievably strong. There are obvious similarities with Messi [Lionel Messi]. They could both beat people, they were both left-footed - Maradona even more so. He barely touched it with his right. They share that ability to ride tackles and extricate themselves from unbelievably tight situations with people around them.
There are massive advantages in playing now. That's why we're seeing scoring records set all over the place. You can't just be kicked constantly, like Diego [Diego Maradona] was in his prime, like most great dribblers were. And the quality of the surfaces they play on. In '86 in Mexico the pitches were like cabbage patches. The goal he scored against us - the good one - they dug the pitch up a few days before and just filled it with small squares of turf. Every time you put your foot on one it moved. To score that goal on that surface showed what a genius he was.
[on Johan Cruijff] I would say quite probably the best European footballer in history. Also a very rare breed in the sense that not only was he a world class footballer, but he was also a world class coach, one of the great coaches of all time as well. I can't think of anyone else who has done that. So he's unique in that sense. But also his great legacy to the sport, what he's given the sport, the style of his football and the grace. Right through to the way Barcelona and Spain play nowadays - that is largely down to his creation.
[after Piers Morgan asked him: Remind me again how many international trophies or English league titles you won in your glittering career?] None, but I shat on the pitch at a World Cup once. How many people can say that?
Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.

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