Former England striker Gary Lineker joins LaLigaTV talent line-up after leaving BT Sport

Former England striker Gary Lineker joins LaLigaTV talent line-up after leaving BT Sport

  • Gary Lineker has signed a multi-year deal to be part of LaLiga TV’s coverage
  • He will be presenting key fixtures and appearing regularly in their studio program
  • Lineker resigned from BT Sport’s Champions League host earlier this summer

Former England captain and Barcelona striker Gary Lineker has signed a multi-year deal to showcase Spanish football from the 2021-22 season and beyond on LaLigaTV.

Lineker, who has headed BBC football coverage for over two decades, stepped down as BT Sport presenter for the Champions League after six years in the role at the end of last season.

He revealed at the time that he had turned down a new deal with BT and said he wants to spend more time with his family, including plans to follow the boys’ club Leicester City across Europe after they re-qualify for the Europa League.

Gary Lineker has signed a multi-year contract to present Spanish football on LaLigaTV

He will now join the talent series on LaLigaTV, the 24/7 channel that will show all live matches of the Spanish top flight from next season.

The 60-year-old will present key programs and make regular appearances on the channel’s VIVA LaLiga studio program, broadcast live from Barcelona, ​​among other LaLiga-related promotional activities.

“I’m thrilled to be part of LaLigaTV, a channel I’ve watched every weekend for the past two seasons,” said Lineker, who played for FC Barcelona from 1986 to 1989, scoring 42 goals in 103 league games.

“I have fond memories of my time in Spain and really look forward to sharing the excitement of LaLiga with viewers in the UK and elsewhere.”

Lineker resigned from BT Sport's Champions League host earlier this summer

Lineker resigned from BT Sport’s Champions League host earlier this summer

His addition to the LaLigaTV talent list, along with Spanish football pundits Guillem Balagué, Graham Hunter, Albert Ferrer, Terry Gibson, Sid Lowe, Gaizka Mendieta, Sportsmail’s Pete Jenson and many others, amplifies the on-air talent pool for the linear TV channel. , launched in the UK and Ireland in January 2020 as part of LaLiga’s partnership with Premier Sports. LaLigaTV is also available in the UK via Amazon Prime Video.

Lineker has been a fan of Leicester since he was a child, progressing through the club’s academy in 1976 before making his debut on New Year’s Day 1979. He scored 95 goals in 194 appearances for the Foxes before moving to Everton in 1985.

The striker also played for Barcelona, ​​Tottenham and Japan’s Nagoya Grampus, while also scoring 48 goals in 80 appearances for England before retiring.

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