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      28.05.2013 12:27
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      There have been some seismic retirements in British football this month and none more so than Sir Alex Ferguson. But on the pitch we have seen no less than 365 England caps worth of players call it a day with Becks 115 of those caps at the top of that particular pile, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Phil Neville, all Manchester United players - at some point - also going.

      I like David Robert Joseph Beckham, OBE, but, alas, all the things men want to be are the reasons why men generally hate him. He is handsome, women love him and adored in abroad and gets paid big bucks to play football. His wife is cute and far more fun and playful than the press make out and his kids as handsome as him, one already signing forms for a professional team. Ok, he is not the brightest but what man wouldn't want his lifestyle? 642 England and club caps and 112 goals for England and six different clubs in the back pocket isn't bad.

      It all went wrong when he was vilified for his flick kick foul in the World Cup (sent off unfairly by the way) and sent off, the only England player to ever receive two red cards in his career. His second red card would be the first time an England captain had ever been sent off.

      But he turned full circle and later lorded for that stunning free kick that get England into the World Cup Finals against Greece, probably the greatest performance by one man in one game in an England shirt. He was sensational in that match. In the tournament proper he couldn't repeat it as he simply didn't have enough world class quality around him to trust the ball with or to put it in the net. I don't think there was a better crosser of the ball in an England shirt than Beckham. He had a gorgeous touch and picked a lovely pass and if he had Bale's pace he would be still playing now, worthy of his 56 caps of 115 as England captain.


      125 Games - Peter Shilton 1970-1990 (GK) 0 goals
      115 Games - David Beckham 1996-2009 (MF) 17 Goals
      108 Games - Bobby Moore 1962-1973 (DF) 2 Goals
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      106 - Games - Bobby Charlton 1958-1970 (MF) 49 Goals
      105 - Billy Wright 1946-1959 3 (DF) 3 Goals
      102 - STEVEN GERRARD 2000-000 (MF) 19 goals
      101 - ASHLEY COLE 2001-000 (DF) O Goals
      095 - FRANK LAMPARD 1999-0000 28 (MF) 28 goals
      090 - Bryan Robson 1980-1991 (MF) 26 Goals
      089 - Michael Owen 1998-2008 89 (FW) 40 goals


      It was the young floppy fringed super confident Beckham at Old Trafford with that chip over the keeper from the half-way line that was enough to make his name. Here was this beautiful young man doing amazing things and over there were five million young women and gay men drawling, the marketing mans dream. The question then has always been is Beckham famous for being a great footballer and a good looking lad or a great looking lad and just a good footballer. I think he was generally world class and the looks helped, but ugly mugs Ronaldo (the goofy one), Zidane and the rather plane Messi earning more money and fame on the pitch. I certainly feel Becks looks dragged his playing career our and if he looked like Ribbery he would never have got 100 caps for his national team. I think the FA were shrewd to stick with him and make him our most capped outfield player as his name alone as captain must have generated the FA serious money. But as that's what the game is about now then why not?

      As a United fan I enjoyed watching Beckham play, a similar style player to me, be it with a s**t load more talent and looks. Like David, I enjoyed making goals rather than scoring goals, his clever chessboard passes, exquisite touch and vision made him the perfect modern footballer for me. But because of Brand Beckham had he had to retire that Rolls Royce touch at the top so to protect his price tag in his next chosen career.

      Beckham is not only England's second highest capped player but the first ever English player to win a top league championship in three different countries, Madrid, United and Paris, of course and the first British player to play 100 Champions League matches. He would win 6 Premier League titles, 2 FA Cups and 1 Champions League trophy with United. I have noticed that British players are reticent to play abroad and it take some guts to risk your career by doing that and so this achievement pretty good, why the likes of Rooney and Bale are still here, neither having the bottle or sophistication to try foreign pastures new. Beckham was the consummate modern football superstar.

      Where he goes now is the question. He has said fashion but that won't feed his ego enough for me, a life of gay men and skinny girls fluffing around on the catwalk tiring after while for any sportsman, how ever metrosexual. I reckon he will take his badges and go into management as the looks fade and the kids go into the same sport. He still loves the game and a buzz like no other. His biggest challenge is to stay married, an incredibly 67% of footballers divorced after just five years out of the game. The money wont be drying up for Posh & Becks and so no reason for Victoria to leg it as she has her own successful career in fashion but Becks may be tempted to enjoy himself now he doesn't have to nurture the family man image to keep his sponsors. Prepare for some tabloid fun.

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        07.07.2009 15:30
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        one of the most recognisable footballers in the modern era

        David Beckham is not just a footballer but is a recognised celebrity and icon. He came from quite humble beginnings to become one of the if not the most recognisable and popular footballers of the modern era. He was born on the 2nd May 1975 in Leytonstone ,London. His parents were fans of Manchester United and would travel to games from London to watch them play at Old Trafford. Beckham attended Tottenham Hotspur's school of excellence but went on to sign as a schoolboy for Manchester United at the age of 14.

        He became a Youth training scheme (YTS) player in 1991. In 1992 he was part of the Manchester United youth team which on the Fa Youth Cup. He scored a goal in the second leg against Crystal Palace and as offered a professional contract shortly after making his first team debut that year.

        Before leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid, Beckham had made 265 Premier league appearances for United and scored 61 goals. He also made 81 Champions league appearances, scoring 15 goals. Beckham won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and one FA Youth Cup in his 12 years at the club.

        Beckham moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2003 for a fee of around £25 million. He choose to wear the number 23 shirt at Real as number 7 was taken by Raul, citing his reason of his admiration for basketball player Michael Jordan. He spent four years at the club and in his final season won the La Liga title. Real Madrid's team was not as successful as had been hoped in the time Beckham was at the club.

        Beckham moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy team in MLS (Major League Soccer) in July 2007. Since moving he has had trouble with injuries and the team has not always performed that well. Beckham joined Ac Milan on loan in January 2009. Beckham extnded his deal to play until July and wore the number 32 shirt as 7 and 23 were already taken.

        He has played for England 112 times and has scored 17 goals and is currently England's most capped outfield player. He has twice been runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year and in 2004 was the world's highest-paid footballer. Beckham is the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches.

        He is not just a well known footballer, he is recognised celebrity and fashion icon.He was Google's most searched of all sports topics in both 2003 and 2004. He has great footballing ability and has alot of natural talent which he has worked on and developed with practice. He is one of the best set piece takers in the game with fantastic delivery from corners and free kicks. He has scored a number of goals in his time through free kicks. He also has a great delivery crossing the ball when in wide positions and has created alot of goals for his team mates. He is a great player and although he has had his moments he still seems to come back again and again. One thing that is not so great about him is his almost too glamorous and celebrity lifestyle and recently maybe that has been a bit too much in comparison to his football. He should just get back to concentrating on his football in the few remaining years he has in his career.

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          07.04.2009 08:49
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          One of the greats of the modern game

          One of the best players of his generation, David Beckham is a quality right midfielder with the best delivery in World Football. A wand of a right foot made Beckham a wonderful creator. Whilst he was an awful tackler and sometimes let his temper get the better of him, generally he was a credit to the game, passing intelligently, thinking about his game in a way many British footballers are unable to and working harder than anyone else to be the best.

          His image is his image, but as a footballer he should be admired for his performances for club and country a fine free kick taker, provider and team player, he will be remembered by Manchester United and England fans as a fabulous player.


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          Manchester United - Becks played here for 265 matches between 1993 to 2003, winner of leagues, FA Cups and Champions Leagues, Beckham was part of the Golden Generation, with the Nevilles, Scholes and Nicky Butt. Remembered early on for an audacious goal from his own half against Wimbledon, Beckham grew to become the greatest creator of goals and free kick taker in modern football, admired by an army of fans, he finally left United after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson over his image, which to be fair to Beckham has never stopped him performing on the pitch.

          Real Madrid - From 2003 to 2007 Beckham played as one of Los Galacticos an ill advised series of big money purchases who struggled (until the arrival of Fabio Capello) to play as a team. Beckham was dropped as soon as Capello arrived, however his gutsy performances persuaded the Manager that he really was a team player rather than an individual and he went out on a high winning the league before moving on.

          LA Galaxy - From 2007 to today Beckham has been the big name star of MLS 'Soccer' in America playing for LA Galaxy, famously he got off to an awful start, being picked on and being singled out by fans and fellow players alike but his ability to work hard did finally win everyone over, with the Galaxy's play off defeat to Dallas this weekend ending possibly his final chance to win something in America.

          AC Milan - Played on loan for a couple of years whilst at Galaxy, the slower league suits his style of play and although he's unlikely to go back this year, it helped his fitness and added to his career.

          England - With 115 caps, Beckham is Englands most capped player, he never won anything with his country, but anyone who remembers the sending off against Argentina, his subsequent redemption scoring the penalty that beat Argentina at the next World Cup and his incredible one man performance against Greece will know he worked hard for his country and deserved his caps.

          Overall he seems like a nice guy and was a top player, not in the higher echelons of all time greats but someone to be remembered for his skill, precision, passing and crossing ability.

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            17.01.2009 13:38
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            A model athlete

            I was browsing through the general discussions in speakers corners and happened upon this - I have read a few of the reviews and I'm not going to tell you his life story, club history or similar - I am going to tell you why I respect him as a person and an athlete.

            Obviously for myself, especially when David Beckham was just starting out, I had the inherent feeling about David Beckham as many non Manchester United fans of - git. Good looking, good footballer and the rest,

            And of course, living in London there were quite a few 'true' Man Utd fans who could explain in great detail why they supported Man Utd because there great uncle's twice removed second cousin's sister's boyfriend once went to Manchester for a 2 week holiday in 1982.

            Anyway, there is no denying his talent - even as he is ageing, he is still performning, personally I think at the top of his game. He is quite similar to Teddy Sheringham in the way that no-one really noticed Teddy getting older because he didn't run that much in the first place - he, like David Beckham, is an intellegant player who can pin-point a pass anywhere you want it.

            So, my respect for him - and why.

            In 1998, a fairly young (23) and still relativley inexperienced, on the international scene, David Beckham had a moment of the 'red mist'. He was fouled by Argentina's Diego Simone, and whilst laying on the floor, in full view of the referee, David Beckham lifted his leg to kick out, and trip up, Diego Simone as he was backing away from the referee defending his foulf on Beckham.

            This turned Beckham from the victim to the attacker in an instant, and he saw straight red. With that red card, the face of every English man everywhere turned the same colour in anger, and I even remember myself being slightly 'miffed' - and the Beckham hate campaign started - especially after England lost.

            The papers for months to come would be filled daily of Beckham hate, targetting him, watching his every move, waiting for a slip up making it almost impossible for him to go anywhere, or do anything. every stadium he went to was full of boo's every week, every time he touched the ball, every time his name was called, everytime he scored a goal. Every time he so much as touched another player - chants of 'Off, Off, Off' were heard from everywhere.

            Personally, I got sick of picking up the paper everyday to the Beckham hate campagin, and I wrote to the paper complaining. That day, a lot of people must have felt the same as the next day, the paper in question had a 4 page spread of people's letters and asking 'Was it time to forgive and forget'?

            In the 1998/99 Season, the year of hating Beckham - he played 35 games scoring 6 times. That was only 2 games short of the previous season.

            So, all the time he was being mobbed in a barrage of hate - he was out doing his job - business as usual. His head never dropping, his determination never stopping - his love for the game never dying.

            He also played 4 games for England.

            Hossam Ghaly of Tottenham, about a year and half ago was subbed, and in anger he threw his shirt down at the feet of the Tottenham manager. He hasn't played for Tottenham since. About 2 weeks ago, Harry Redknapp named him on the subs bench - when his name was called boo's filled White Hart Lane from Spurs fans - when he got up to come on - boo's filled White Hart Lane from Spurs fans. Do you know what happened? He put his jacket back on and sat down because both he and Redknapp did not want him going through that.

            39 times Beckham went through that in the 98/99 season - and if anything, it made him stronger - and it gained him the respect of so many people - including me.

            So in 2000, when Beckham was announced the captain of the England team - I thought 'Yes, he deserves that'. I truly still believe that to this day. He has earnt his England spot, he earnt the captaincy.

            In 2002, when Beckham and co. met Argentina again a tear almost came to my eye when he scored that penalty to give England the win.

            What it meant to England fans everywhere to get one over on them, and what it meant to Beckham to banish all his demons for good.

            People still question whether Capello should include Beckham in the England squad and I hear so many people say no, he;s too hollywood, he doesn;t love the game anymore, he;s not good enough. I suppose, if you don't want someone that breaths, lives, eats and bleeds England then OK no, don't include Beckham.

            Unlike the majority of the England squad, Terry, Gerrardm, Lampard, Rooney, Ferdinand, Cole - at least he doesn't presume he'll be in the England squad - at least he works hard for his country when he is there and never shy's away from a challenge or a tackle.

            In my opinion, he has been one of the most influenctial people in the Englanfd set-up since being named captain and when the day comes he hangs up his boots will be sad day for the world of football, and every youngster coming into the game looking for a role model.

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            David Beckham - Born on the 2nd May 1975 in Leytonstone, London. As a child David regularly played football in Ridgeway Park, Chingford (London) and played for local side Ridgeway Rover, coached by his father "Ted Beckham". David unfortunatly inherited the horrible disease of been a Manchester United fan from his father and his main passion was football.

            Beckham, in his early days attended one of Bobby Charltons training schools in Manchester and won the chance to take part in a training session at FC Barcelona as part of a football talent competition.

            Beckham had trials with local clubs, Leyton Orient, Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs infact was the first school of excellence david actually played for. During a 2 year period David played for Brimsdown Rover's youth team and was named under 15's player of the year in 1990. He signed schoolboy forms at Manchester United on his 14th birthday and then signed a youth training scheme contract in July 1991.

            Beckham was part of agroup of young players which guided Manchester United to the FA Youth Cup Final in May 1992 in which they won and Beckham scored in the second leg of the tie. He made his first appearance for Man Utd in a League Cup game against Brighton and then signed a professional contract shortly afterwards. Beckham again in 1993 only losing out to the Mighty Leeds United. David won another medal in 1994 helping the reserves team to winning there league title.

            David joined Preston North End on loan for the 1994-95 season to gain some vital first team experience and on returning to Manchester United he made his league debut in a goaless draw against the Super Leeds United.

            1995-96 season david became a first team regular in the Manchester United team helping them to a Premiership and FA Cup double in that season, but despite his good form he missed out on the Euro 1996 England squad.

            1996/97 season Beckham was given the #10 shirt at Man Utd, and on the very first day of the season Beckham made himself a somewhat household name by scoring a spectacular goal against Wimbledon. With Man Utd winning 2-0 Beckham noticed that dons keeper Neil Sullivan was stood a long way off his goal line and struck the ball from the half way line for it to float over Sullivans head for Beckham to score a wicked goal.

            Beckham Left his number 10 shirt in th 1997/98 season for the number 7 shirt which came available after Eric Cantona retired. Beckham and Man Utd started the season well only to finish second behind Arsenal and Beckham to be left medal-less this season.

            World Cup 1998 proved to be a horrid time in the career of David Beckham when he became the hate of every England fan! After kicking out at Diego Simeone in the World Cup Finals second round extra time which many england fans say caused us not winning the game.

            1998/98 Beckham was part of the famous Man Utd team which won the Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League Treble!

            Beckhams and Alex Fergusons relationship started to detirarate and a few seasons after the trebele winning season David joined Real Madrid in 2003 for £25 million!
            After possessing the number 7 shirt for years at old trafford beckham was given the number 23 shirt for madrid.

            Beckham had a throphyless period at Madrid and in his final season Beckham helped Madrid win the La Liga title after proving Fabio Capello wrong. Capello had stated that Beckham would never play for madrid again but would continue training for them. Capello backtracked his statement and called beckham up for a game against Real Sociedad. Beckham proved Capello wrong to help madrid lift the la liga title!

            Beckham then signed for LA Galaxy in 2007 which Beckham was handed a huge contract to play in the MLS of USA. Beckham stated that he had joined LA Galaxy to help promote the MLS and help galaxy win things.

            He is sill there today and still in the England set up

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              David Beckham is an English midfielder born in Leytonstone on 2nd May 1975. The position with which he is synonymous is right midfield, although he has been known to play central midfielder. He has amassed 102 caps (as of 17/06/08), and currently plays his football in America for LA Galaxy.
              Beckham started his career at Manchester United in 1993, and stayed there until 2003, when he moved to Real Madrid for a rumoured £25m. Probably his most notable moment at Manchester United came when he lobbed the ball into the back of the net from the halfway line, over Neil Sullivan of Wimbledon, shocking and impressing the support in a 2-0 win. Beckhams popularity rose from this point, and started attracting the attention of big clubs, although stayed fiercely loyal to Manchester United.
              Beckham's career in recent times has wained, and now it is dubious whether he deserves his place in the England team.

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                Introduction
                David beckham may have some good memories and bad memories as he reaches the twilit of his career. I have written some useful info about his clubs, his family, his personal facts, his international career, his media career and what is it with the ladies and him.

                David beckham personal facts

                David beckham was born on the 2nd of May 1975 in Leytonstone near London in England. His full name was David Robert Joseph Beckham and he is not short either at 183 centimeters or for you math matitions out there he is six feet long.
                David beckham`s family

                He has one wife called Victoria beckham, famously known as "posh spice," he also has three sons called Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz. These are very bizarre names. Maybe he was trying to get more media attention I do not know. His wife Victoria was a part of the famous band called the spice girls .she was called posh spice. But it suddenly turned from many successful singing years to the band splitting up. The reformed the spice girls this year. David and Victoria got married on at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland on 4 July 1999, and her name changed to Victoria Beckham. David beckham made his best mate Gary Neville as the" best man" at the wedding. Brooklyn and Romeo's godfather is Elton John and godmother is Elizabeth Hurley. David and Victoria have stated that they would like to have more children, especially a daughter. In 1999, the Beckham`s purchased their most famous home in Hertfordshire. The mansion has been dubbed as the new Beckingham palace.

                David beckham`s youth and professional clubs

                David beck ham played for an amateur team in Essex until the bigger teams started turning there heads to him.
                Manchester united approached him and signed a youth contract in 1991 to 1993. He was eventually given a professional first team contract in 1993 to 1994 season.

                But he fell out of favor so Sir Alex Ferguson decided to loan him out to Preston north end in 1995 where he made five appearances and scored two goals and he also got some assists
                He impressed Sir Alex so he decided to recall him from his loan spell and scored an impressive goal from the half way line which sailed over Neil Sullivan's head in the back of the net which sealed his first team place. he was a key role in united`s team in the league and fa cup wins from 1996 to 2003. in 1999 he was in the champions league team in the final when united won only there second ever European cup in there history and a historic treble winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, a unique feat in English football . In 2003 there was a famous incident involving him and Sir Alex Ferguson with the supposed "flying boot". After that affair he decided to leave the club.

                Lots of big clubs were chasing him but in the end Spanish giants Real Madrid fc paid a whopping twenty five million pounds. At Real Madrid fc he never won any major tittles in his four long frustrating, but impressive seasons until the end of the 2006-2007 season when he won the la liga title on the last day of the la liga season.
                Earlier in at that season there was a rumor going round that David beckham wanted to leave the club for another team. In the end Los Angeles galaxy snapped him up on a free transfer. David then signed a five year contract with them making him the highest paid soccer player in the mls league history. He eventually made his debut on the 21st of July 2007 against the English giants Chelsea fc in a friendly. He made his first start on the 15 of October 2007 in the Super Liga semi-final scoring his first goal ever Los Angeles galaxy goal and he notched up yet another assist. His first mls league start was on the 18 August 2007 against the mighty New York red bulls where he added two more assists to his name in front of a record crowd at the giant's stadium in the USA.

                David beckham`s international career with England
                David beckham made his first ever appearance or debut against Moldova in a World Cup qualifying match on the first of September 1996. in the fifa world cup qualifying he made an appearance in every single game for glen hoddle`s team .he was named in the England squad for France 98 but did not play in the first two games. In the third game he scored a lovely long range free kick against Colombia to drag England in the final sixteen. This is when it went all wrong for England and David against deadly rivals Argentina. England went one nil up when Michael Owen scored. It was all well until diago Simone fouled beckham. But he reacted by striking him on the calf. Later in the post match reaction he admitted to trying to get Beckham sent off by over-reacting to the kick and then, along with other members of his team, urging the referee to send him (beckham) off. After the match Glenn hoddle publicly criticized beckham for not doing or concentrating on his job .in the end England were eliminated by the dreadful penalty shoot out .

                Suddenly Many supporters and journalists blamed him for England's elimination and he became the target of criticism and abuse, including the hanging of an effigy outside a London pub, and the Daily Mirror printing a dartboard with a picture of him centred on the bulls eye. Beckham also received death threats after the World Cup. This did not affect his confidence as he tried to ignore the England supporters.
                England qualified for euro 2000 but David beckham was still receiving abuse and some stick after the world cup incident. in the euro 2000 game against Portugal he got two assists but the England fans started taunting him . But David beckham reacted ferociously by giving them the middle finger gesture to shut them up. The next day, after England 3-2 defeat to Portugal , many of the newspapers that had previously encouraged his vilification asked their readers to stop abusing him.

                On the 15 of November 2000 Kevin keegan resigned as England manager .care taker manager peter Taylor made David beckham the national side captain. It took England quite a long time to appoint a new manager but they named the Swede Sven-Göran Eriksson as new manager. He kept David beckham as his English national team captain.
                England started to play some good football in the fifa world cup qualifiers and really impressed in a five one win against the Germans with beckham once again playing an instremenl role in England's victory .England just needed a draw to qualify against Greece but England were losing 2-1 with five minits to go . But When Teddy Sheringham was fouled some eight yards outside the Greek penalty area, England was awarded a free-kick and he did what he always does. Most England fans will know what I am going to say next he curled it right round the wall past the despairing dive of the goal keeper .he won sports pearonaty of the year and was finished runner-up, to Luis Figo of Portugal, for the FIFA World Player of the Year award. As England qualified they got paired with there rivals Argentina and Sweden. Nigeria was also in the group. The game against Argentina was defiantly David beckham game. He scored the penalty which won the game getting his own back for what happened in 98. But they were knocked out against eventuall winners Brazil.

                England qualified very easily for euro 2004 but this was not David's tournament. He had a penalty saved in England's 2-1 defeat against the French but England got to the last 16 against Portugal where they had to go all the way to the penalty shootout. It was David beckham to take the first penalty for England but he absolutely skied it. England's hopes soon followed .
                Beckham became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in January 2005 and was involved in promoting London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

                In October 2005, Beckham's sending off against Austria made him the first ever England captain to be sent off and the first (and only) player to be sent off twice while playing for England. He captained England for the 50th time in a friendly international against Argentina the following month.
                The 2006 fifa world cup in Germany was when David proved his critics wrong with a deflected goal against Paraguay and a stunning free kick against Ecuador which were both match winners. England met Portugal again in the quarter final this time in the world cup. He got injured half way in the second half. England lost on the penalty shoot out again.

                After the world cup David beckham made a decision to step down as captain of England and then was completely dropped by the new manager Steve maclaren.


                And again this year the new england coach fabio cappello droped him but called him up agian.

                What is it with beckham and the girls?

                Is there something going on with him and the girls because every girl really likes him and they defend him
                His media career

                He has done ads with lots of people including Gillette
                My overall opinion

                Overall I think that he in a good player with excellent quality .

                thank you for reading my first review . I am babesmagnet in ciao as well and it is published under the same name.

                babesmagnet.......................may......................... 2008

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                  Maybe this is the right time, rather than joining the elite with 100 caps, he is on his own on 99!

                  Gone for good?

                  So, yesterday Mr Capello did it. He took the same step that Steve Maclaren took when naming his first England squad, by omitting David Beckham. This time, however, the circumstances are totally different and no doubt the public and media reaction will be much more split on this occasion.

                  The History

                  David Beckham is one of the best known names on the planet. To be honest, I would be surprised if there is a single person in the country who doesn't know the name. In the mid 90's Beckham shot to fame with Manchester United and England, he was an integral part of the treble winning team of 1999, as well as the right sided player in the best Premier League midfield ever. Later in the same year he married Victoria Adams - 'Posh Spice' from the girl group The Spice Girls. Many saw this as an unwelcome distraction, as she seemed to want to use David as a tool to promote her ailing pop career. Things came to a head in 2002 when the Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson was enraged with Beckham's under performance, and in 2003 Beckham was on his way to Spain, seemingly urged on by Victoria, and to Real Madrid. He stayed there for four seasons, winning only one trophy and in 2007 it was announced that he would be moving to LA Galaxy in the largest contract ever given out to a football player, believed to be worth around $1m a week.

                  Beckham and England

                  David Beckham made his debut for England in 1996, and was named captain by Peter Taylor in his one game in charge in 2000, a role that Sven Goran Eriksson made permanent. He went on to captain his country 58 times, and made a tearful resignation after the 2006 World Cup. Despite resigning the captaincy, he expected to be named in the squad, and was shocked and emotional when Maclaren rang him to tell him he had been omitted. It appeared the door was shut for Beckham, and the move to the MLS seemed to state that he had no intention of returning to play for his country. However, at the end of the 2007 season Maclaren gave him a shock recall, giving him five more caps, and when Maclaren was sacked, Beckham had 99 caps and had scored 17 goals.

                  Beckham and Capello

                  This is not the first time that Capello and Beckham have crossed swords. Indeed, Capello was manager at Real Madrid when Beckham announced his transfer to LA Galaxy. It seemed at the time that Capello cast Beckham out and made him train on his own, although the truth was that it was the sporting director of the club, Predrag Mijatovic who told Capello to exclude David Beckham. Capello pleaded for Beckham to be included after being overwhelmed by the player's attitude whilst training on his own. He recalled Beckham in February and he played a key role in helping the club win the only trophy in his four years there. The sum of all of this is basically that there is no bad feeling between Capello and Beckham, and therefore this is not the reason for his exclusion.

                  Is Capello right to leave Beckham out, or should he have given him this last game?

                  This really is where most of the argument comes on this topic. The main argument for including David Beckham is that the game is only a friendly game; it could give him his 100th cap and is on the anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, which affected the club he loves - Manchester United. As well as the argument about his 100th cap, many supporters believe that he is actually still worth a place in the squad, if not the team on merit. He was arguably the best player for England over the summer in the games against Estonia and Croatia, as well as the friendlies against Brazil and Germany and could still offer pearls of wisdom to the younger players around the camp. He has been training full time with Arsenal over the last month to gain fitness, and has stated his desire on more than one occasion to play for England for many years to come. Those who are apparently in the know think he should have been included, perhaps most notably Sir Alex Ferguson.

                  The arguments against his inclusion appear to have won, at least in Mr Capello's mind at any rate, but unlike his predecessor Capello has not ruled out Beckham being included in future squads. The strongest argument for his exclusion is the fact that he has not played in a competitive game since England's defeat to Croatia - at least this is the explanation that Capello has given. However, even is he had been playing he would have only been playing at a level similar to that of perhaps League One or Two over here, and his match sharpness would not have been at the same level had he been playing at the top level. Also, Capello may be thinking about the future and by the time the next World Cup comes around Beckham will probably not be in the squad.

                  My opinion

                  I, personally, would have liked to see David Beckham wear the number 7 shirt and the captain's armband for England's game against Switzerland on the 6th February. At times during his England career I was his biggest critic, most notably after his sending off in WC '98 and his poor performances during EC '04 and WC '06. However, for four or five years he was the standout player for our country, always putting in 100% and often getting the team through matches almost single handedly. For this reason alone, and his obvious desire to pull on an England shirt I believe he deserves the right to join a group that contains only Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and Bobby Moore and gain his 100th cap. For now, he isn't going to, but one thing we can all be certain of is that he will be putting in 120% to make sure he is in the next squad.

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                  © Martin24, also published elsewhere

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                    13.08.2007 01:31

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                    david rules and deserves the best of support from his REAL fans i love you david!!!!!!

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                    03.07.2007 00:03
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                    David beckham, world class player, great dad

                    David beckhams talent was noticed at an early aged and was signed up to play for manchester united's youth team. David beckham grew up in London, but had to stay in manchester in a boarding house to be nearer to the grounds, he was a dedicated player who devoted his time to football. His parents were ordinary people who worked for a living.

                    I remember the first time I watched david beckham playing for manchester united - no I was not a fan I was just interested in the other team, I watched this young talented player playing and I thought to myself he is going to be a player of the future.

                    When I knew he was going to be in the england team I was interested in seeing if his talents would progress to playing for his country, and boy I was not dissapointed, what a superb player he is just a master when it comes to football, he has his off days, but dont we all.

                    Yes, he did marry someone who was from a different class from him, victoria beckham's father was a banker but even so between them they have brought three beautiful boys into the world who will never want for anything, and their futures are assured. Yes they have used their fame, but they have used it wisely. The only problem I see with the fame side of it, is the constant media attention they get and I think it is wrong of the press to keep following their kids about they should be left alone and allowed to enjoy their childhood. David beckham deserves to be called a world class player because that is what he no matter what club he plays for he always gets results and I am glad to see him playing for england once again, steve mc claren knew he dropped a spanner and he has had to rectify his mistake.

                    All together david beckham is an all round family man who loves his kids, and a world class player worthy of wearing the england jersey.

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                      14.06.2007 10:43
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                      A great England player

                      I don't know about golden balls but certainly golden future seems to apply for David Beckham as his new contract will ensure that Posh Spice will be kept busy at the shops in Hollywood for a good few years to come.

                      What is interesting is that now there is talk that Real Madrid are trying to keep the player however it would appear that this is much too late in the day, the only factor that could possibly make Beckham change his mind is the fact that his England career appears to have been revived with some pretty good performances over the past couple of games in what is still an under performing team. It was certainly a msitake to completely drop him from the England set up, I can agree that at the world cup there was a good case for dropping him from the starting eleven as he did not perform that well and as a winger he is slightly limited as he does not have the pace to go past players but he still deserved a place in the squad especially as he is one of the best dead ball takers in the world.

                      It will be interesting to see how his future now pans out in the American league and particularly with the distractions that Los Angeles will bring however one thing is certain he certainly will not disappear from the front pages of the papers.

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                        11.06.2007 21:39
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                        Something needs to be done to stop the gravy trains

                        Just a thought about rip off Britain. How many times have we heard the line. . . we have shareholders to consider,the main excuse when a company is trying to justify a price hike or announcing profits that make a mockery of their performance when telling us customers their main aim is to keep us happy.I refere mainly to utility companies as a point to start with.
                        All those years ago, when the goverment of that time decided in their wisdom to denationalise gas electricity and bt , offering shares to the lucky people who could afford them. The true 'shareholders' at that time were the bill payers, pensioners having paid bills for these services for up to 60 years and every other householder on a scale relating to their age as tenants or home owners. There was no reward of even a free months power.
                        Anyway back to the point, it seems give or take a few pence the main players in the supply of power seem happy to give discounts when there is a drive to sign up customers. It seems to me the profit margin gives these companies plenty of scope to discount and still manage magnificent profits. I would like our local authorities to become service providers earning an acceptable profit that may be invested in services we require instead of filling the pockets of a selected few. I am sure this could be achieved even with a cut price for the customers.
                        I have no problem with companies earning profit . After all thats what they are there for, but there are some industries that should be capped on the amount they should earn in profit and energy providers being a neccesity for the public and industry falls in to this category.

                        sorry about landing under david beckham heading I'm new to this . But in his case he earns because the public have created a massive market for him. Good luck to him the public support him by choice not by neccessity

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                          10.06.2007 23:40
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                          was a good player once

                          David Beckham is the most famous footballer in the history of the game. Born in 1975 he turned pro in 1992. For next decade Beckham was one of several key player in the team that dominated English football. He scored 85 goals at Manchester United and made 394 appearances with Manchester United.

                          In 2003 David Beckham signed for Real Madrid, only the third English player to play for a club which was founded by the British. At Real Madrid he scored 5 goals in the first three months. After that he goals dried up as personal problems mounted. Beckham is due to leave Madrid when the season ends. He has signed a five year deal with LA Galaxy worth $250 million dollars ($50 million in wages rest endorsements and profit share).

                          Beckham is an icon of British society. He is the richest footballer in the world with personal fortune worth over £80 million, every week Beckham is on the front cover of a magazine anywhere in the world.

                          Beckham is not the most talented footballer in the world. He only has one weapon and that is set play and passing of the ball. In other aspects of football he is ordinary.

                          At 32 he should be on decline. After the world cup failure Beckham was stripped off captaincy and lost place but this year he has made a remarkable turnaround both at club and national level, Last week he played for England again and he has been very influential at Madrid (set to win the Spanish League this year).

                          Lot of people throw mud at Beckham, this includes professional footballer and media. Beckham is a brand name, he is an icon, and his face is recognised all over the world. He is the richest footballer in the world. He has achieved more in life than millions of us would. He must have some talent.

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                            07.06.2006 20:46
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                            Beckham - Commercialism or Football??

                            On the eve of what is possibly david beckhams last world cup there is still parties of england fans who are unenthusiastic about Svens inclusion of the england captian.

                            i can understand that, we look at beckham in the last world cup jumping out of a takcle against brazil in which they promtply scored -however he wasnt fit then. he is now.

                            The season beckham has just had with real madrid has possibly been his best since the united treble winning season. it is important to identify what beckham is - he is not a stevie G, he cannot tackle, what he can do however is provide the ammo for the other 9 outfield players to score.

                            i think he has been very good as captian of england and, along with his fellow players will bring back the cup to its rightful home.

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                              David Beckham is one of the countries top players. He used to play for Manchester United and has supported them since the age of about 11. He is faithfull to his wife (Victoria Beckham0 and his to young sons (brooklyn and romeo). He is captain of the England sqaud and plays for Real Madrid. He isn't a person who would go out drinking come back smelling of booze. He is god al round the world and people worship him. He is the perfect role model in many ways like- good looking good at football he isn't an alchoholic he would do anything for his family. He works hard at what he does. He is like an embassader of this country. he plays as a midfielder. His number for England is 7 and for Real Madrid it is 23. He is the best. Victoria beckham is the ex spice girl.

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                              Los Angeles Galaxy. David Robert Joseph Beckham, OBE (born 2 May 1975) is an English professional footballer. Actual football club: Los Angeles Galaxy. Beckham was named as a member of Pelé's FIFA 100. In addition to his success on the pitch, Beckham has been recognized by Time magazine as one of 2004's Time 100 (Heroes & Icons), as well as an elite global advertising brand. Beckham is the fifth most capped English player of all time, has twice been the runner up in the FIFA World Player Of The Year Award in 1999 and 2001 and in addition to being the only Englishman to score in three different World Cups, is also only the ninth player in World Cup history to score twice from direct free kicks. He was captain of the English national team from 15 November 2000 to 2 July 2006. On 10 January 2007 Real Madrid Sporting Director Predrag Mijatovic announced Beckham would leave the club when his contract expired in June 2007.