talkSPORT has launched a brand new specialist documentary series called ‘Upfront with'.
In the series talkSPORT presenter Sam Matterface talks to some of the top strikers of the game about their life and times doing what they love - scoring goals.
The number 9s also discuss what the shirt means to them and their best footballing partners. The show will air every Tuesday at 7-8pm and be available to listen to as a podcast immediately after each show in the talkSPORT Game Day feed.
The first episode with Garry Lineker can be listened to on the listen again feature on the talkSPORT website.
The opening show is a fascinating listen as Lineker, a legendary figure of the game who came so close to firing England to glory at the 1990 World Cup, looks back on some of his career highlights.
He explains how a goal for England against Poland in the Mexico ’86 World Cup set the ball rolling for a series of events which would define his career, “It was an absolutely typical, attack a near post run and how you score goal,” he recalled.
“It was also my favourite goal – not because it was spectacular in any way, shape or form – but because it changed my life.
“I had struggled with England a few games before that but Bobby Robson kept me in the team.
“I went on to score a hat-trick in that game and then got the Golden Boot at the tournament – which eventually saw me move to Barcelona off the back of that.”
Lineker, who has gone to have another highly successful career as a TV presenter, also admitted that the one thing he misses about football is that feeling of euphoria when the ball hits the back of the net.
“There’s no better feeling than scoring a goal and hearing your name sung in a football stadium,” he said.
“There’s nothing like making the fans happy – it’s what the game’s all about.
“It’s a beautiful feeling. The only thing I miss in football is the feeling of scoring, everything else you can kind of replicate to a degree – like the camaraderie.
“Nothing in life even closely compares to scoring a goal in the game or a winning goal.”
Head of talkSPORT Lee Clayton said: “We have been investing in specialist programming and growing our documentary output over the past 12 months and have lots more projects being worked on with some of the biggest names from across sport. With a host of new programming and a brand new Breakfast Show, listeners have a range of content to enjoy through lockdown and beyond.”
Up Front With interviews a new striker every week on talkSPORT at 7-8pm every Tuesday and is available for podcast immediately afterwards in talkSPORT’s GameDay podcast feed.