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Gary Lineker

Biography

Legendary striker who played out on the British nationwide team from 1984 to 1992; became England’s all-time best scorer within the FIFA Globe Glass finals after rating an extraordinary ten goals in his profession. He performed both cricket and soccer during senior high school and thought at that time he would possess a higher potential for succeeding expertly at cricket. He spent his golf club profession with five different groups, especially Leicester Town, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur; in his 466-video game club profession, he compiled a complete of 243 goals. His parents, Barry and Margaret Lineker, elevated him in Leicester, Britain. He was wedded to Michelle Cockayne from 1986 to 2006 as well as the few experienced four sons collectively: George, Harry, Tobias and Angus. In ’09 2009, he wedded Danielle Lineker, however they announced their parting in 2016. He performed against Argentina and Diego Maradona within the quarterfinals from the 1986 Globe Glass competition. Maradona obtained twice and Britain was eliminated.

Quick Facts


Full Name Gary Lineker
Date Of Birth November 30, 1960
Place Of Birth Leicester, England
Height 1.77 m
Weight 74 kg
Profession Soccer Player
Education King's College London
Nationality British, English, British
Spouse Danielle Lineker, Michelle Cockayne
Children George Lineker, Harry Lineker, Angus Lineker, Tobias Lineker
Parents Margaret Lineker, Barry Lineker, Gary Lineker, Michelle Cockayne
Siblings Wayne Lineker, Angus Lineker, Harry Lineker, Tobias Lineker
Nominations FIFA World Player of the Year, BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, NME Award for Hero of the Year, National Television Award for Most Popular TV Presenter
Movies Gascoigne, Bernard and the Genie, An Evening with Gary Lineker
TV Shows Underground Ernie, They Think It's All Over, Match of the Day, Final Score, The Premier League Show, Sport Relief 2010, We Are the Champions, 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1His eldest two sons, George and Harry, are currently attending Charterhouse school (May 2008).
2Second top scorer of the 1991-92 Football League First Division with 28 goals behind Ian Wright on 29 goals.
3He scored England's first penalty in the 1990 World Cup semi-final shootout defeat to West Germany.
4He is a keen amateur golfer, with a handicap of four.
5Has 2 honorary MA degrees
6He 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.
7On 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.
8Played in Japan for Nagoya Grampus Eight.
9FA Cup winner with Tottenham Hotspur FC (1991).
10Wore the number 10 shirt as a player.
11His first goal as an England international was against the Republic of Ireland on 26 March 1985.
12He made his England debut on 26 May 1984 against Scotland.
13His first England hat-trick was against Turkey on 16 October 1985.
14He scored 48 goals for England, just one goal short of the record set by Bobby Charlton.
15He played in 80 internationals.
16He is the only 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.
17In 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.
18Younger brother, Wayne, ownes a number of bars, aptly called "Bar Lineker", in the Mediterranean
19He and Michelle are patrons for Leukaemia Busters, a fund raising organisation.
20His son George underwent surgery for leukaemia in 1992, which briefly meant he had to put a hold on his footballing career.
21English soccer player, played for national team 1984-'92. Captain 1990-'92.
22Main presenter for Match Of The Day.
23Father owns a fruit-and-veg stall in Leicester Market.
24Children are George, Harry, Tobias (Toby) and Angus.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Magnificent Eleven2012Tomato
Phineas and Ferb2011TV SeriesSoccer Player #1
Ant & Dec's Christmas Show2009TV MovieThe Penguin (as Gary Lineker OBE)
Underground Ernie2007TV SeriesErnie
Jeffrey Archer: The Truth2002TV MovieEngland manager
Splitting Heirs1993Couple at Restaurant

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All in the Game1993TV Mini-Series creator - 6 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
World Cup 981998Video Game voice talent: Electronic Arts Canada Team

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation2016DocumentaryTV Presenter / Former England Football Captain
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 20162016TV MovieHimself - Host
Have I Got News for You2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Presenter
The Premier League Show2016TV SeriesHimself - Reporter / Himself - Presenter
Children in Need2016TV SeriesHimself
Match of the Day2001-2016TV SeriesHimself - Presenter / Presenter / Himself
Match of the Day: Euro 20162016TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Presenter / Himself
The Hand of God: 30 Years On2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Striker
Jamie Johnson2016TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Hill: A Man for All Seasons2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rooney: The Man Behind the Goals2015Documentary
Barça Dreams2015DocumentaryHimself
Wimbledon2015TV SeriesHimself - Spectator
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interviewee
Gascoigne2015DocumentaryHimself
Steph2015TV Short documentaryHimself
The FA Cup: 2014/15 - Gary Lineker on the Road to FA Cup Glory2015DocumentaryHimself - Presenter
The Football Mavericks2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Gogglebox2015TV SeriesHimself - Presenter on Match of the Day
Football Focus2015TV SeriesHimself - Interviewer
BBC News 8pm Summary2015TV Series shortHimself - Match of the Day Presenter
Match of the Day FA Cup2015TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
The Graham Norton Show2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Room 1012015TV SeriesHimself
The Boy in the Dress2014TV MovieHimself
Once More for Bobby2014DocumentaryHimself
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 20142014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Marvellous2014TV MovieHimself
Commonwealth Games2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Presenter
Rio in Rio2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Alan Hansen: Player and Pundit2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
England's Top 53 Footy Goals2014TV SpecialHimself
EE British Academy Film Awards: The Red Carpet Show2014TV SpecialHimself
Backchat2013TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty2013TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Central Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself
Who Do You Think You Are?2013TV Series documentaryHimself
That Puppet Game Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Goodbye Television Centre2013TV Special documentaryHimself
My Beautiful Game2013TV Series documentary
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHimself
The Big Sport Relief Warm-up2012TV SpecialHimself
The One Show2009-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Seve: The Legend2011TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Strictly Come Dancing2008-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Audience Member
The Y Word2010Video shortHimself
Breakfast2005-2010TV SeriesHimself - Match of the Day Presenter / Himself
London 2012: Two Years to Go2010TV MovieHimself
The Rimet Trophy, the Incredible Story of the World Cup2010DocumentaryHimself
Match of the Day: 2010 FIFA World Cup2010TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2002-2010TV SeriesHimself
Match of the Day 22010TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Sport Relief 20102010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Dancing on Ice2010TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
All Star Mr & Mrs2010TV SeriesHimself
Pride of Britain Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Hell's Kitchen2009TV SeriesHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2008TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2008TV SeriesHimself
Sport Relief 20082008TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Happy Birthday Brucie!2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Gary Lineker OBE)
The National Lottery: Big 72007TV SpecialHimself
Comic Relief Does Fame Academy2007TV SeriesHimself
LMA Manager 20072006Video GameHimself - Presenter (voice)
Sport Relief 20062006TV MovieHimself - Presenter
A Safe Place2006Documentary shortHimself
LMA Manager 20062005Video GameHimself - Presenter (voice)
Top of the Pops: Reloaded2005TV SeriesHimself
Best Ever Ads2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Alan Shearer Story2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
LMA Manager 20052004Video GameHimself - Presenter (voice)
Old Big 'Ead: A Tribute to Brian Clough2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
That Game: England v Germany 19902004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Match of the Day at 402004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Johnny & Denise: Passport to Paradise2004TV SeriesHimself
Sport Relief 20042004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Blue Peter2001-2004TV SeriesHimself
The Terry and Gaby Show2004TV SeriesHimself
LMA Manager 20042003Video GameHimself - Presenter (voice)
Fascism and Football2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Saturday Show2003TV SeriesHimself
The Day Britain Stopped2003TV MovieHimself (sports commentator) (uncredited)
This Morning2003TV SeriesHimself
They Think It's All Over1995-2003TV SeriesTeam Captain / Himself - Team Captain / Himself
LMA Manager 20032002Video GameHimself - Presenter (voice)
Football Shorts2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Sport Relief2002TV SpecialPresenter
When Snooker Ruled the World2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Snooker Fan
LMA Manager 20022002Video GameHimself - Presenter, PlayStation 2 version (voice)
Bend It Like Beckham2002Himself
When Louis Met... Chris Eubank2002TV Special documentaryHimself
A Question of Sport2002TV SeriesHimself
The Kumars at No. 422001TV SeriesHimself
I Love the 1990s2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Brass Eye2001TV SeriesHimself
The Real David Beckham2000Video documentaryHimself
Night of a Thousand Shows2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything1999TV SpecialLord Gary Lineker
Sports Personality of the Century1999TV SpecialHimself
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Lunch1999TV SeriesHimself
Lenny Goes to Town1998TV SeriesHimself
Golden Boots1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
TFI Friday1998TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1998TV Series
Kicking & Screaming1995TV Series documentaryHimself
An Evening with Gary Lineker1994TV MovieHimself
Clive Anderson Talks Back1993TV SeriesHimself
All in the Game1993TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Saturday Disney1993TV SeriesHimself
Italia '90: England - World Cup Heroes1993VideoHimself
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal 1991 FA Cup Semi-Final1991VideoHimself
Bernard and the Genie1991TV MovieHimself
Aspel & Company1991TV SeriesHimself
Spatz1991TV SeriesHimself
XIV FIFA World Cup 19901990TV Mini-SeriesHimself - England
Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup1987DocumentaryHimself (as Lineker)
The Grand Knockout Tournament1987TV SpecialHimself
Àngel Casas Show1987TV SeriesHimself
XIII FIFA World Cup 19861986TV Mini-SeriesHimself - England
Summer of '661986TV SeriesHimself
We Are the Champions1973TV SeriesHimself - Host
Grandstand1958TV Series 1995-
Sports Personality of the Year1954TV SeriesHimself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
History of the Euros2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - England
Match of the Day 32016TV Series shortHimself
Have I Got News for You2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest Presenter
It Was Alright in the 70s2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Wimbledon2014TV SeriesHimself
Football Focus2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s2012TV SpecialHimself
The Ultimate Collection of Classic International Goals2003Video documentaryHimself
Manchester United: The Official History 1878-20022002Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Story of Football2002Video documentaryHimself - 1986 World Cup, 1991 FA Cup Semi-Final
The 100 Greatest TV Ads2000TV SpecialHimself
World Cup: England's World Cup Heroes and Villains!1998Video uncredited
Match of the Eighties1997TV SeriesHimself
Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds: Three Lions1996Video shortHimself
Liverpool: Greavsie's Six of the Best Matches from the 80s1988VideoHimself - Striker: Everton FC
Greatest Goals1987VideoHimself - England Player

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsSports PresenterMatch of the Day (1964)
2009TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsSports Presenter
2007TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsSports Presenter
2006TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsSports Presenter
2003TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsSports Presenter/Reporter


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#Quote
1[on Johan Cruyff] 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.
2There 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.
3Maradona [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.
4What happens to some of these players when they pull on an England shirt?
5When you see England pass it's like they've never been introduced to each other.
6[speaking in 2012] Technically, we're way behind some of the nations in world football at the moment.
7[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.
8Without the agony, the ecstasy's not quite the same.


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