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GARY LINEKER
Leicester City

 

 

 

    

 

 

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DATE OF BIRTH

30 November 1960

BIRTHPLACE

Leicester, England

POSITION

Forward

NATION

England

FULL CAPS / GOALS

80 / 48

PREVIOUS CLUB

-

SIGNED

June 1978

TRANSFER FEE

-

CLUB CAREER

MAJOR CLUB CAREER

YEAR

CLUB

LEAGUE APPEARANCES / GOALS

1978 - 1985

Leicester City

194 / 95

1985 - 1986

Everton

41 / 30

1986 - 1989

Barcelona

103 / 42

1992 - 1994

Tottenham Hotspur

105 / 67

CLUB CAREER

STATUS

LCFC CONTRACT EXPIRES

N/A

F

FOOTBALL CAREER STATUS

RETIRED

F

NEW PROFESSION

Television Presenter

F

CLUB CAREER

LINKS

Wikipedia / You Tube /

CLUB CAREER

ABOUT

Gary Linker is one of the greatest youngsters to come through from the Leicester City youth system, making the most out of his career and showing extremely talent in scoring goals, most of them from inside the penalty box.

His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic, almost netting in every second match. He is still the player with most goals for England in the World Cup, and finished to scorer in the 86 wc in Mexico, when England with two other Leicester City former players also appearing, Peter Shilton and Terry Fenwick.

Lineker formed a great partnership up front with Alan Smith, and they together with Steve Lynex formed an attacking force that first made it possible to get promoted from the 2nd tier in 1982-83, and later securing the place in the top flight with a great end to their first season back in the 1st division, 1983-84.

Lineker made his debut for England, when on the books at Leicester, coming on as a sub against Scotland in 1984. He finished his tally with 80 caps all together, being substituted in his last international in the 92 Euro's, with former Leicester team mate Alan Smith coming on. They were playing at Spurs and Arsenal at the time.

Lineker never won the league in England, but came close with Everton in 1985-86, finishing 2nd after Liverpool, who also defeated Lineker and Everton in the final of the FA Cup. Lineker made a big money move away from Leicester, a new club record fee of 800 000, a year later he moved to Barcelona for 2 800 000.

He said in an interview that he never believed he would play for the Leicester first team, and he really got surprised when he was picked for the reserves. He just did what came natural to score goals, and had no mind to anything else.

After a long career in European football he decided to move to Japan to the end, and played for Nagoya Grampus Eight. Gordon Milne, his former manager at Leicester, who actually sold him to Everton and paired him with Alan Smith, was then the man in charge of the Japanese club.

Later in life Lineker has always been a great ambasador for Leicester City, helping the club in crises and also showing his support whenever he can on the BBC Match of the Day where he has been a host for a long period of time.

He never received a yellow or red card during his long career and must be seen as one of the real gentlemen of the sport and being just fantastic. Today he is also knows for tweeting his tweets often and sometimes wrong, as he was when Leicester City appointed Claudio Ranieri as boss, and won the Premier League.
 

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