Updated November 30, 2020, 11:03 am
- Gary Lineker is celebrating his 60th birthday.
- The former England international is known to most Germans because of an iconic saying about the German national team.
- Lineker now works as a football commentator, but he is in top form on Twitter. We have collected his best tweets.
Gary Lineker is best known in Germany for a popular and often quoted bon mot: “Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and in the end the Germans always win.” It was Lineker’s kind of bitter defeat for the English in the semi-finals WM 1990 to deal with.
And Lineker has kept this biting sense of humor to this day. And he moved with the times. On the social media platform Twitter The former striker literally blossoms and proves almost daily that a comedian was lost to him.
Lineker celebrates his on November 30th 60th birthday. To celebrate this properly, we have collected his best tweets and translated them for you.
Lineker has already adapted his best-known saying several times. For the first time, after playing the German national team against Sweden at the 2018 World Cup. When Jerome Boateng saw red and Toni Kroos shot the Germans to victory at the last minute. Lineker’s comment:
“Soccer is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 82 minutes, then one of the Germans is sent off the field, so 21 men chase the ball for 13 minutes and in the end the Germans somehow win.”
But just a few months later, Lineker found himself again obliged to deal with his quote. Germany plays in the Nations League against the Netherlands only 2-2 and Lineker tweeted:
“Whoever said that football was a game in which 22 players kicked a ball for 90 minutes and in the end the Germans always win has no idea and should be relegated.”
But Lineker doesn’t just comment on current football games. He also finds football where no one else would suspect it. During a visit from the US President Donald Trump in the Queen for example:
“Outstanding movement from the Queen here. Sneaks up behind the defender, deceives and then pulls past the inside. Royal attack game.”
Also from the Coronakrise Lineker doesn’t let his humor spoil. At the beginning of the lockdown in March, for example, he discovered a completely new use for his hands:
“One positive side effect of all of this hand washing is that I can now rub cheese with the back of my hand.”
Lineker’s reaction to the news is also very nice, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had tested positive for the coronavirus:
“You can hear that Ibrahimovic has tested positive for the coronavirus. My thoughts are with the virus at this difficult time.”
As in active times, Lineker likes to wait for templates on Twitter – if these templates come from the US President, all the better. And so Lineker replied Trumps famous “I WON THE VOTE!” tweet with:
“I WON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!”
Lineker is also always available for a good play on words. The following is especially for Shakespeare-Kenner and Anglisten funny:
“Romeu, Romeu, why not red for Romeu?”
And then there’s Lineker’s famous bet when he just can’t imagine that Leicester City could actually become English master:
“YES! If Leicester wins the Premier League, I’ll appear in my underwear in the first episode of Match of the Day next season.”
A man a word. Leicester City wins the English league in 2016 and at the start of the new season Lineker flickers across the English screens in his most beautiful boxer shorts.
Whether we might even get such an action from Lothar Matthäus see? It would be funny anyway.
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