This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer

Lineker in Brazil: The Beautiful Game

As the nation prepares for the start of the 2014 World Cup, England football legend Gary Lineker presents this very special documentary on the world's fascination with Brazil and the beautiful game. Gary meets Brazilian striking legend Ronaldo for a frank and illuminating insight into the pleasure and pain of playing for Brazil and there are revealing interviews with key figures, like World Cup-winning player Leonardo.

Focus also falls on Pele - his gifts, global appeal and role in cementing Brazil and Brazilian football firmly in the hearts and minds of the world. The programme asks Michael Palin why we all love Brazil, and there are also contributions from Rio Ferdinand, John Barnes and Michael Owen.

It features rarely-seen archive footage, reliving great moments in World Cup history, and with help from Brazilian model and television host Fernanda Lima, explores the roots and romance of Brazil and the beautiful game.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Tue 10 Jun 2014 23:35
BBC One Scotland, Scotland HD only


Role Contributor
PresenterGary Lineker
ParticipantFernanda Lima
ParticipantMichael Palin
ParticipantRio Ferdinand
ParticipantJohn Barnes
ParticipantMichael Owen
ProducerDan Gooding
Executive ProducerCarl Doran