Gary Winston Lineker, born November 30, 1960 in Leicester (England), is an English footballer, who played at the center forward position.
He was one of the best European forward-centers in the 1980s. He was particularly known for his elegance and fair play, he is one of the few players who have never received a yellow card, nor of red card during his whole career1. He scored forty-eight goals in his eighty caps with the England team between 1984 and 1992, making him the third-leading scorer in the history of the English team. He was top scorer of the 1986 World Cup.
After his playing career, he became a TV consultant.
Childhood and youth
Gary Lineker’s father was a greengrocer in Leicester. Gary is growing up in the suburbs of this city. He has a brother, Wayne, two years younger than him.
As a teenager, Gary Lineker practices both football and cricket in various school teams in Leicester. His taste for football led him to attend schools in the center of Lokeicester, which were relatively far from his parents ‘home, as the schools closest to his parents’ home offered rugby, a dominant sport in the Leicester area. but no football. For a time, he lives with his grandmother, who lives in the center of Leicester, closer to Gary’s schools.
At the age of 16, he chose to focus solely on football, he left school and joined the club Leicester City.
With the England team
Gary Linker started as an England team on May 26, 1984 against Team Scotland. He scored his first goal on March 26, 1985 against Ireland.
During the 1986 World Cup, Gary Lineker played most games with a light cast on his forearm. Nevertheless, he scored a hat-trick against Poland (3-0) in the first round followed by a double in the round of 16 against Paraguay (3-0). Team England is eliminated in the quarter-finals by Argentina 2-1, in a match made famous by the goal that Diego Maradona scored, and he qualified more later of “God’s hand”. Gary Lineker will make up for this disappointment with a top scorer title with six goals in five games.
Gary Lineker also plays Euro 1988. The England team loses all three games, and Gary Lineker scores no goal. We will learn later that he was suffering from hepatitis at that time.
At the 1990 World Cup, Gary Lineker scored four goals, and the England team advanced to the semi-finals. In this semifinal against West Germany, Gary Lineker scores in the 80th minute a goal that allows the English to equal to 1-1 after the opening of the German score by Andreas Brehme to the 60th minute. The Germans finally qualify on penalties (4 shots on goals to 3), and then win the trophy.
After this match, Gary Lineker pronounces this famous sentence: “Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win” (“Football is a simple sport: 22 men run after a ball for 90 minutes and in the end, the Germans win “).
Gary Lineker is playing his last England match against Sweden at the 1992 Euro. He has scored 48 goals in 80 caps, making him the second-leading scorer in the league’s history. England team, only one unit from Bobby Charlton’s record. During the match against the Swedish team at Euro 1992, coach Graham Taylor decided to release him, thus depriving him of additional playing time that could have allowed him to score a 49th goal in the squad. England and thus match Bobby Charlton’s record. A few weeks earlier, in a friendly against the Brazilian team, Gary Lineker missed a penalty that would have allowed him to equal Bobby Charlton’s 49 goals.