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  • Published: 19 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529124378
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $38.00

Behind Closed Doors

Life, Laughs and Football




The ultimate insider’s guide to the beautiful game, written by two of Britain’s most popular sporting figures. Based on the N1 podcast.

'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 TIMESShortlisted for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards_______________________________________________________________‘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), 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

  • Published: 19 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529124378
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $38.00

About the authors

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker OBE is a broadcaster and a former professional footballer. He holds England's record for goals in FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 scored. He has presented the flagship BBC football programme Match of the Day since the late 1990s. He also hosts BT Sport's coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryLineker and on Instagram.

Danny Baker

Danny Baker is an author, comedy writer, journalist and Radio DJ. He is the author of the bestselling memoirs Going to Sea in a Sieve, Going Off Alarming and, most recently, Going on the Turn. He still lives in south-east London. Follow Danny on Twitter @prodnose

Praise for Behind Closed Doors

'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 recalls deathbed conversations with his father, Barry, a Leicester market trader who’d taken him and his childhood team-mates to matches in his fruit and veg van. The process seems to have acted as a sort of talking therapy for Lineker, opening him up, dislodging memories and reflections, not just about football but his whole life.

Janice Turner, THE TIMES

Gary Lineker and Danny Baker relate stories both honest and hilarious about the world of football.

SUNDAY EXPRESS

Is there anything Gary Lineker can’t do?

RADIO TIMES

Without doubt, it’s one of the funniest books around.

FourFourTwo

This personal and often hilarious book is the perfect gift for any footie fanatic.

OK! MAGAZINE

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