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Alan Hansen: Player and Pundit (2014)

A central character in the BBC's football coverage since 1992, Alan Hansen is bowing out after this year's World Cup finals in Brazil. Gary Lineker presents a personal and revealing tribute... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Alan Hansen ... Himself
Gary Lineker ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenny Dalglish ... Himself
Ryan Giggs ... Himself
Janet Hansen Janet Hansen ... Herself
Mark Lawrenson ... Himself
Des Lynam ... Himself (as Desmond Lynam)
José Mourinho ... Himself
Gary Neville ... Himself
Harry Redknapp ... Himself
Jamie Redknapp ... Himself
Brendan Rodgers ... Himself
Paul Scholes ... Himself
Graeme Souness ... Himself


A central character in the BBC's football coverage since 1992, Alan Hansen is bowing out after this year's World Cup finals in Brazil. Gary Lineker presents a personal and revealing tribute as Hansen joins friends, family and colleagues to look back at an illustrious career as a player and a pundit. Written by bob the moo

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13 July 2014 (UK) See more »

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It is a workplace "leaving presentation" in the form of a film, so you have to forgive aspects of it which are part of that
20 July 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Having been with the BBC team for around 22 years, Alan Hansen decided that 2014 would be the year he called it quits, leaving at the end of a great Premiership season and an exciting World Cup in Brazil. As a pundit he is a divisive character but it is hard to deny that he is not one of the reasons why people will generally go with the BBC when given the choice – as shown by the usual trouncing ITV got in the ratings when they and BBC1 both screened the final at the same time (fewer than 3 million viewers versus BBC's just over 12 million).

Personally I like Hansen; he always played the dour Scot well but has a good sense of humour and dry charm in front of the camera, and of course it helped that often his opinions were mostly close to the mark. It is no surprise then to find that, after so many years, BBC Sport have not produced a documentary that tears into its subject looking to probe and expose. No, instead this is a film that is sitting down in the pub with an old work colleague and having a few laughs (and contemplative sighs) about old times over a slow pint; we will all do it at the end of a job we have been in for some time, the only difference is that Hansen's is on national telly and the pint is with a bunch of famous sportsmen!

The chat with Lineker provides the frame for the film and it is good natured in spirit. It starts with his boyhood, goes through his playing career and ends at the present day. Considering how much ground is covered I was surprised that it didn't feel rushed and it does have time for small personal things as well as big sporting headlines. It doesn't give you detail on anything in particular but the focus on Hansen helps reduce the significance of that since it is about him, not the events he was part of. As such it is nicely paced and affectionate; okay it is a bit sentimental and full of platitudes, but this is a "leaving presentation" just like in any workplace, so you do have to understand why it talks up achievements and nary has a bad word to say about him that isn't played in jest or affection. Watch it for what it is and it is nicely done – but you do need to be aware of what it is.

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