Life, Laughs and Football
This text is inspired by stories Gary Lineker and Danny Baker have shared with each other about what life in football is really like. Not the dull-as-dishwater post-match interviews you sometimes see on TV, but the secrets, the superstitions, the laughs and the personalities at the heart of it all.
***Includes a new foreword by Gary Lineker about football in lockdown***
Shortlisted for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards
‘Lineker is nearly as good a presenter as I was a footballer’ DIEGO MARADONA
‘Hilarious, almost as funny as me’ ALAN SHEARER
‘This is Lineker unleashed. As a non-football nut I didn’t expect to enjoy it, but between laddish anecdotes are passages of sudden tenderness. . . Lineker opens up, dislodging memories and reflections, not just about football but his whole life.’ THE TIMES
‘Football is a simple game. 22 players chase a ball for 90 minutes, and at the end the Germans always win.’
This book is inspired by the stories Danny and I have shared with each other about what life in football is really like: in the dressing room, in the commentary box, on the pitch and – with the appropriate pixellation – in the showers afterwards.
What’s it really like to play with Messi? I wouldn’t know, but I have starred alongside him in an advert for Walkers crisps. And, well, his performance was world-class.
And what is a life in football really like? You won’t learn much from the dull-as-dishwater post-match interviews – it’s a world of secrets, superstitions, laughs and personalities, and let me tell you, half of it you won’t believe.
I’ve looked back at my playing days, from England to Leicester, Everton to Barcelona, Tottenham to, er, Nagoya Grampus Eight, and shared the chaotic behind-the-scenes secrets of Match of the Day – and Danny has chipped in with stories from a lifetime following the game as a fan.
From Italia ’90 to Leicester’s Premier League fairytale, from yellow cards to World Cup trophies (I’ve never been awarded either), from Gascoigne to Maradona, you’ll find it all here – everything you always wanted to know about football, but didn’t realise that you did.
Inspired by the No.1 podcast Behind Closed Doors