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LaLiga’s star-studded punditry team for 2021-22 season revealed as Gary Lineker lands new role after BT Sport exit

GARY LINEKER and Steve McManaman will be lending their expert analysis for the new LaLiga season.

The new campaign kicks off on August 13 with Real Madrid and Barcelona hunting down Atletico Madrid to reign in Spain.

Gary Lineker was announced as LaLiga TV's new host last month


Gary Lineker was announced as LaLiga TV’s new host last month

In the UK, LaLiga TV will once again broadcast matches via its own platform and the Premier Sports network.

The 24/7 channel has also signed a deal with Amazon Prime to make games available for subscribers at an additional £6.99-a-month.

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Ahead of the new campaign, LaLiga TV signed up former Barcelona striker Lineker, 60, to front its coverage.

The presenter quit BT Sport in the summer but will still host Match of the Day on the BBC.

Lineker said: “I’m thrilled to become a part of LaLigaTV, a channel I’ve watched every weekend for the last two seasons.

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

Joining Lineker will be ex-pros including Gaizka Mendieta, Albert Ferrer and Gus Poyet as well as journalists such as Guillem Balague.

Part of the reason for Lineker’s BT exit was his desire to free up his midweeks and watch Leicester in the Europa League.

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He stated: “I feel it’s time to do things that I’ve always promised myself I’d do: such as follow Leicester across Europe with my sons (how many opportunities will we have?).


LaLiga TV: Gary Lineker, Gaizka Mendieta, Gustavo Poyet, Chapi Ferrer, Guillem Balague, Terry Gibson, Graham Hunter, Sid Lowe, Guillem Balague.

ESPN (US): Steve McManaman, Luis Garcia, Diego Forlan, Mario Kempes, Pablo Zabaleta, Hugo Sanchez.

“A big thank you to everyone at BT Sport, both in front of the camera and behind. You’re one hell of a team.”

Meanwhile, ESPN have announced their line-up for the US coverage of the division.

Steve McManaman will have Pablo Zabaleta and former Liverpool forward Luis Garcia for company with Diego Forlan and Mario Kempes featuring on the network’s Spanish language shows.

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