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David Beckham
Personal information
Full name David Robert Joseph Beckham
Date of birth May 2, 1975 (1975-05-02) (age 31)
Place of birth    Leytonstone, London, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) [2]
Nickname Becks, DB7, Goldenballs [1]
Playing position Right midfield, Centre midfield,
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 23
Youth clubs
1991–1992 Manchester United
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1992–2003
1995
2003-
Manchester United
Preston North End
Real Madrid
266 (61)
0005 (2)
094 (11)   
National team2
1994–1996
1996–2006
England U21
England
009 0(0)
094 (17)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20 February 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 1 July 2006.
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David Robert Joseph Beckham, (IPA: ['bɛkəm]) OBE (born 2 May 1975) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid. Beckham was named as a member of Pelé's FIFA 100.[3] In addition to his success on the pitch, Beckham has been recognized by Time magazine as one of 2004's Time 100 (Heroes & Icons),[4] as well as an elite global advertising brand.[5] IPA may refer to: The International Phonetic Alphabet or India Pale Ale ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... A professional can be either a person in a profession (certain types of skilled work requiring formal training / education) or in sports (a sportsman / sportwoman doing sports for payment). ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (born October 23, 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil), best known by his nickname Pelé, is a former Brazilian football (soccer) player and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. ... Pelé The FIFA 100 was unveiled on March 4, 2004 at a gala ceremony in London to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body of football. ... Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ... The Time 100 The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential in the world, as assembled by Time magazine. ...


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. A cap is an appearance for a select team, such as a school, county or international team in sports. ... The FIFA World Player of the Year is a football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. ... The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ... The team captain of a football team, sometimes known as the skipper, is a team member chosen to be the on-pitch leader of the team: it is often one of the older or more experienced members of the squad, or a player that can heavily influence a game. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Beckham's career began when he signed a professional contract with Manchester United, making his first first-team appearance in 1992, at the age of 17. While with Manchester United he played a key role in their dominance of the FA Premier League in the 1990s and early 2000s, being pivotal in accomplishing The Treble of the League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in 1999. He left the club to become only the third Englishman to sign for Real Madrid in 2003, after Laurie Cunningham and Steve McManaman. Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... The Treble is a term in football. ... Note: for the full results of all FA Cup finals, see FA Cup Final The FA Cup - this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... Laurie Cunningham (March 8, 1956 - July 15, 1989) was an England international association footballer, the first black player to represent England in a competitive football match. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In 2006, after England's quarter-final exit at the World Cup in Germany, he stood down as captain.[6] He was then succeeded by Chelsea captain John Terry.[7] Beckham was dropped from the England national team squad selected by coach Steve McClaren on 11 August 2006.[8] Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... John George Terry (born December 7, 1980 in Barking, London) is an English professional football player. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... Steven Barry McClaren (born 3 May 1961 in Fulford, York) is an English former professional footballer and the current manager of the England national football team, having succeeded Sven-Göran Eriksson on 1 August 2006. ... August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


On 10 January 2007 Real Madrid Sporting Director Predrag Mijatovic announced Beckham would leave the club when his contract expired in June 2007. On 11 January 2007, Beckham agreed to a move to the Major League Soccer (MLS) team Los Angeles Galaxy on a five year contract beginning on 1 July 2007, after his current deal with Real Madrid expires.[9] Late Monday (15 January), after speculation in the UK and Spanish press on a possible early exit for Beckham from Real Madrid, MLS Commissioner Don Garber denied that his league was attempting to secure an early MLS debut for Beckham.[10] January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... Predrag Mijatović. Predrag Mijatović (born January 19, 1969 in Podgorica, Yugoslavia) is a former Serbian football player. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with a length of 30 days. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... Year founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Nickname Galaxy, The Gs, The Green and Gold, Los Galacticos de Los Angeles Stadium The Home Depot Center Carson, CA Coach Frank Yallop, 2006— Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group First Game Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 MetroStars (Rose Bowl; April 13, 1996) Largest... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Don Garber (born October 9, 1957) is the commissioner of Major League Soccer, succeeding Doug Logan in 1999. ...

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Childhood and early career

Beckham was born in Leytonstone, East London, the son of David Edward Alan "Ted" Beckham, a kitchen fitter and Manchester United fan, and Sandra Georgina West,[11] a hairdresser. He regularly played football in Ridgeway park, Chingford as a child. His maternal grandfather, Joseph West, is Jewish,[12] and Beckham has spoken of the influence the religion has had on him but is not known to practice Judaism or any other faith, though he stated in his book Both Feet on the Ground that growing up he always attended church with his parents and sisters. East London is the name commonly given to the eastern part of London on the north side of the River Thames. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ...


His parents were fanatical Manchester United supporters who would frequently travel to Old Trafford from London to attend Manchester United's home matches. David inherited his parents' love of Manchester United and his main sporting passion was football. He attended one of Bobby Charlton's football schools in Manchester and won the chance to take part in a training session at FC Barcelona, as part of a talent competition. As a child he played for a local youth team called the Ridgeway Rovers coached by his father, Stuart Underwood and Steve Kirby. Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... Old Trafford (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Sir Bobby Charlton) is a football stadium in the Greater Manchester borough of Trafford, and is the home of Manchester United F.C.. The ground has been Uniteds permanent home since 1910, bar an eight year absence from 1941... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Sir Robert Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland) is a former English professional football player who won the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Futbol Club Barcelona, known familiarly as Barça (IPA: baɾsa), is a Catalan sports club based in Barcelona, Spain. ...


He was Manchester United's mascot for a match against West Ham United in 1986. Young Beckham had trials with his local club, Leyton Orient, and attended Tottenham Hotspur's, which was the first club he played for, school of excellence. He also attended Bradenton Preparatory Academy, but signed schoolboy forms at Manchester United on his fourteenth birthday, and subsequently signed a Youth Training Scheme contract on 8 July 1991. West Ham United Football Club are a football club based in Upton Park, Newham, East London and play their home matches at The Boleyn Ground or formally known as Upton Park. ... Leyton Orient F.C. are an English football team promoted at the end of the 2005/6 season to League One of the Football League. ... Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English professional football club, who play in the Premier League. ... The Youth Training Scheme (YTS) was the former name in the United Kingdom of a course of on-the-job training for school leavers ages between 16 and 17 who would otherwise have been unemployed. ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 176 days remaining. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He was part of an exceptionally talented group of young players at the club who guided the club to win the FA Youth Cup in May 1992, with Beckham scoring in the second leg[13] of the final against Crystal Palace. He made his first appearance for United's first-team that year, as a substitute in a League Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion, and signed his first professional contract shortly afterwards. United reached the final of the Youth Cup again the following year, with Beckham playing in their defeat by Leeds United, and he won another medal in 1994 when the club's reserve team won their league. The Football Association Youth Challenge Cup is an English football competition run by The Football Association for under-18 sides. ... Crystal Palace Football Club are an English professional football team based in SE25, South East London and currently play in the Coca-Cola Championship, the second level of English football. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. are an English football team based in the coastal city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. ... Leeds United Association Football Club are an English professional football club based in Leeds. ...


He went to Preston North End on loan in the 1994–95 season to get some first team experience, then made his first Premier League appearance for Manchester United on 2 April 1995, in a goalless draw against Leeds United. Preston North End Football Club is an English football club located in Preston, Lancashire, currently playing in the second tier of English league football, The Championship. ... The original FA Premier League logo, in use until the name was changed in 2007 The Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership for sponsorship reasons, or as the Barclays English Premier League internationally, or even simply known as The Premiership) is a professional league competition for football... April 2 is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 273 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Leeds United Association Football Club are an English professional football club based in Leeds. ...


Manchester United

Becoming a first-team player

United manager Alex Ferguson had a great deal of confidence in the club's young players. When three of his first-team players left the club at the end of the 1994-95 season, his decision to let youth team players replace them instead of buying players from other clubs, drew a great deal of criticism. The criticism increased when United started the season with a 3–1 defeat at Aston Villa,[14] with Beckham scoring United's only goal of the game; however, United won their next five matches and the young players performed well. Beckham became a regular player on the team and helped them to win the Premiership and FA Cup double that season, scoring the winner in the semi-final against Chelsea and also taking the corner that Éric Cantona scored from in the FA Cup Final. Still, Beckham's form was not good enough to break into the England squad before Euro 96. Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson CBE (born 31 December 1941 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish football manager and former player, currently managing Manchester United F.C. He has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of English football and been in charge of Manchester United for more... Aston Villa Football Club are an English football (soccer) club. ... Note: for the full results of all FA Cup finals, see FA Cup Final The FA Cup - this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... In association football a corner kick is awarded if the defensive team is the last to touch the ball before it crosses its own goal line (goal line of the end of the field it is defending) outside of the goal itself (whether by kicking or off the hands of... Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born May 24, 1966 in Marseille) is a French former footballer of the late 1980s and 1990s. ...


In August 1996, Beckham became something of a household name when he scored a spectacular goal in a match against Wimbledon. With United ahead 2–0, Beckham noticed that Wimbledon's goalkeeper Neil Sullivan was standing a long way out of his goal, and hit a shot from the halfway line that floated over the goalkeeper and into the net.[15] Beckham was frequently mentioned in the press, and he made his first appearance for the England national football team on 1 September 1996, in a World Cup qualifying match against Moldova. He became an automatic first-choice player at United that season, helping them to retain their league championship, and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year by his peers. Wimbledon F.C. crest Wimbledon F.C. was the original name of a football club that played in south London. ... Neil Sullivan (born 24 February 1970 in Sutton) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing for Leeds United in the Football League Championship. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ... At the end of every English football season the members of the PFA, the players union, vote on which of its young members has played the best football in the previous year. ...


United started the 1997-98 season well, but their performance deteriorated when several players got injured. They finished the season in second place, behind Arsenal. Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ...


World Cup 1998

Beckham had played in all of England's qualifying matches for the 1998 FIFA World Cup and was part of the England squad at the World Cup finals in France, but the team's manager Glenn Hoddle publicly accused him of not concentrating on the tournament,[16] and he did not start in either of England's first two matches. He was picked for their third match against Colombia and scored from a long-range free kick in a 2–0 victory, which was his first goal for England. Qualifying countries The 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 16th staging of the World Cup, was held in France from June 10 to July 12 after 60 years to celebrate the third edition scheduled in 1938. ... Glenn Hoddle (born October 27, 1957 in Hayes, London) is a football manager and former player for Tottenham Hotspur and England. ... A free-kick in football describes the situation where a player on the opposing team has committed a foul, and you are given the ball to play from the position where the offence took place. ...


In the Second Round (last 16) of that competition, he received a red card for violent conduct in England's match against Argentina.[17] Beckham, after having been fouled by Diego Simeone,he kicked out at Diego Simeone, striking him on the calf. Simeone later 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 Beckham off.[18] The match finished in a draw and England were eliminated in a penalty shootout. 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 bullseye.Beckham also recieved death threats after the world cup and the incident is also the topic for his Adidas advert [19] Misconduct in football (soccer) is any conduct by a player which is deemed by the referee to warrant a disciplinary sanction (caution or send-off) in accordance with Law 12 the Laws of the Game. ... Diego Pablo Simeone (born April 28, 1970 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football midfielder, he is the most capped player ever for Argentina. ... A penalty shootout is a method of determining a winner in sports matches which would have otherwise been drawn or tied. ... The effigy of John Gower in Southwark Cathedral, London. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Alternate newspaper: The Daily Mirror (Australia) The Daily Mirror is a popular British tabloid daily newspaper. ... A standard dart board. ...


1999-2000 season

Despite Beckham's achievements in the 1998-99 season, he was still unpopular among opposition fans and many journalists, and he was heavily criticised after being sent off for a deliberate foul in Manchester United's World Club Championship match against Necaxa. It was suggested in the press that his wife was a bad influence on him, and that it might be in United's interests to sell him,[20] but his manager publicly backed him and he stayed at the club. The FIFA Club World Championship is a football (soccer) competition contested between the leading clubs from all 6 continental confederations. ... Club Necaxa is a Mexican professional football club. ...


The relationship between Ferguson and Beckham began to deteriorate, possibly as a result of Beckham's fame and commitments away from football. In 2000, Beckham was given permission to miss training to look after his son Brooklyn, who had gastroenteritis, but Ferguson was furious when Victoria Beckham was photographed at a London Fashion Week event on the same night, claiming that Beckham would have been able to train if Victoria had looked after Brooklyn that day. He responded by fining Beckham the maximum amount that was permitted (two weeks' wages – then £50,000) and dropping him for a crucial match against United's rivals Leeds United. He later criticised Beckham for this in his autobiography, claiming he hadn't been "fair to his team mates".[21] Beckham had a good season for his club, though, and helped United to win the Premier League by a record margin. Gastroenteritis involves diarrhea or vomiting, with noninflammatory infection of the upper small bowel, or inflammatory infection of the colon, both part of the gastrointestinal tract. ... Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams) (Born April 17, 1974) is a singer and fashion designer best known as a former member of the Spice Girls. ... Leeds United F.C. is the only professional association football club in Leeds. ...


Winning over the England fans

The abuse that Beckham was receiving from English supporters peaked during England's 3–2 defeat by Portugal in Euro 2000, when a group of England supporters taunted him throughout the match.[22] Beckham responded with a one-fingered gesture and, while the gesture attracted some criticism, many of the newspapers that had previously encouraged his vilification asked their readers to stop abusing him.[23] The 2000 UEFA UEFA European Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Championship, which is held every four years and organised by UEFA, footballs governing body in Europe. ... This article is about the gesture. ...


On 15 November 2000, following Kevin Keegan's resignation as England manager in October, Beckham was promoted to team captain by the caretaker manager Peter Taylor, and then kept the role under new manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. He helped England to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals, with their performances including an impressive 5–1 victory over Germany in Munich. The final step in Beckham's conversion from villain to hero happened in England's 2–2 draw against Greece on 6 October 2001. England needed to win or draw the match in order to qualify outright for the World Cup, but were losing 2–1 with little time remaining. The rest of the England team were playing relatively poorly, and it was Beckham's inspirational performance that lifted his teammates. When Teddy Sheringham was fouled some eight yards outside the Greek penalty area, England were awarded a free-kick and Beckham ensured England's qualification with a curling strike of the kind that had become his trademark. Shortly afterwards, he was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2001. He once again finished runner-up, to Luis Figo of Portugal, for the FIFA World Player of the Year award. November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born February 14, 1951 in Armthorpe, South Yorkshire, England)[1] is a former English football coach and one of the all-time greatest players. ... Peter Taylor (born January 3, 1953 in Southend-on-Sea) is an English football (soccer) manager. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Qualifying countries The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... Munich (German: , pronounced  ; Austro-Bavarian: Minga; Italian: Monaco; Latin language: Monacum) is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria (German: ). Munich is Germanys third largest city and one of Europes most prosperous. ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edward Paul Teddy Sheringham (born April 2, 1966 in Highams Park, London) is a veteran English footballer. ... The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is given to one sportsman or sportswoman, usually British, every year. ... Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo (pron. ... The FIFA World Player of the Year is a football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. ...


Metatarsal injury

On 10 April 2002, Beckham was injured during a Champions League match against Deportivo La Coruña, breaking the second metatarsal bone in his left foot. There was speculation in the British media that the injury might have been caused deliberately, as the player who had injured Beckham was Argentinian Aldo Duscher, and England and Argentina were due to meet in that year's World Cup.[24] The injury prevented Beckham from playing for United for the rest of the season, but he signed a three-year contract in May, following months of negotiations with the club, mostly concerning extra payments for his image rights. The income from his new contract, and his many endorsement deals, made him the highest-paid player in the world at the time.[25] April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña, S.A.D. (abbreviated Depor) is a Spanish football club. ... The metatarsus consists of the five long bones of the foot, which are numbered from the medial side (ossa metatarsalia I.-V.); each presents for examination a body and two extremities. ... Aldo Pedro Duscher (born March 22, 1979 in Esquel, Argentina) is an Argentine football (soccer) player with an Austrian passport, who currently plays for the Spanish team Deportivo de La Coruña. ...


World Cup 2002 and final season at United

He was partially fit by the time of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and played in the first match against Sweden. Beckham scored the winning goal of the match against Argentina with a penalty, causing Argentina to fail to qualify for the playoff stage. England were knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil. The following month, at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Beckham escorted Kirsty Howard as she presented the Jubilee Baton to the Queen. Qualifying countries The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England from July 25 to August 4, 2002. ... Kirsty Howard (b. ...


Following an injury early in the 2002-03 season, Beckham was unable to regain his place on the Manchester United team, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær having replaced him on the right side of midfield. His relationship with his manager deteriorated further on 15 February 2003 when, in the changing room following a defeat to Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson kicked a football boot that struck Beckham over the eye, causing a cut that required stitches. The incident led to a great deal of transfer speculation involving Beckham, with bookmakers offering odds on whether he or Ferguson would be first to leave the club.[26] Although the team had started the season badly, their results improved greatly from December onwards and they won the league. He was still a first-choice player for England, however, and he was awarded an OBE for services to football on 13 June.[27] The 2002-2003 season was the 123rd season of competitive football (soccer) in England, from August 2002 to July 2003: // England national team Key: ECQ = 2004 European Championship qualifiers, F = Friendly; scores are written England first European club competitions UEFA Champions League Manchester United - Quarter finals Arsenal - Second group phase... Ole Gunnar Solskjær (born February 26, 1973) is a Norwegian football player who currently plays for Manchester United (since July 1996). ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... A bookmaker, or a bookie, is an organisation or a person that takes bets and may pay winnings depending upon results and, depending on the nature of the bet, the United States, with Singapore and Canada, the only legal bookmaker is state_owned and operated. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ...


During his 11 years stint at United, Beckham made 266 appearances for them and scored 61 goals.


He won 6 Premiership titles, 2 FA Cup's, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 1 FA Youth Cup with his time at United. Note: for the full results of all FA Cup finals, see FA Cup Final The FA Cup - this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Real Madrid

Beckham (right) and Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid
Beckham (right) and Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Manchester United had been keen to sell Beckham to Barcelona[28] but he refused to go there, instead signing a four-year contract with Real Madrid, worth a potential 35 million.[29] The transfer was completed on 1 July and made him the fourth Englishman to play for the club after Laurie Cunningham, Jonathan Woodgate and Steve McManaman. It was speculated that Real's desire to sign him came from the merchandising opportunities he would bring as well as from his football ability. For example, Real Madrid shirts bearing his name and number sold out in Madrid on the day his transfer was completed and the club were expected to receive €624,000 for the sale of the shirts. Although Beckham had worn the number seven shirt for Manchester United and England, he was unable to wear it at Madrid as Raúl had the right to wear it written into his contract. Being a fan of Michael Jordan, he decided to wear 23 instead.[citation needed] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (262x625, 38 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Beckham Zinedine Zidane Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (262x625, 38 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Beckham Zinedine Zidane Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Zinedine Yazid Zidane (IPA: ; born 23 June 1972), popularly nicknamed Zizou, is a French former football midfielder who played for four European clubs, including Juventus FC and Real Madrid, and was a member and later captain of the French national team for which he participated in two World Cup finals... ISO 4217 Code EUR User(s) Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Vatican City Inflation 1. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... Laurie Cunningham (March 8, 1956 - July 15, 1989) was an England international association footballer, the first black player to represent England in a competitive football match. ... Jonathan Simon Woodgate (born January 22, 1980 in Middlesbrough) is an English footballer, who plays as a defender for Premier League side Middlesbrough after signing from Real Madrid. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Raúl González Blanco, usually referred to simply as Raúl, (born June 27, 1977) is a Spanish football forward. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


First season 2003-04

Beckham immediately became a favourite with the Real Madrid supporters, scoring five times in his first 16 matches, but the team, whose club president expected them to win either the Spanish league or the Champions League each season, was not performing well. He had further problems in April 2004, when the British tabloid News of the World carried claims by his former personal assistant Rebecca Loos that he and Loos had had an extramarital affair. A week later, the Malaysian-born Australian model Sarah Marbeck claimed that she had slept with Beckham on two occasions. Beckham dismissed both accusations as "ludicrous".[30] Real Madrid finished the season in a disappointing fourth place, and were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage. The News of the World is a British tabloid newspaper published every Sunday. ... Rebecca Loos (born in Madrid, Spain at June 19, 1977) is a glamour model who was personal assistant to David Beckham. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Euro 2004

Beckham played in all of England's matches at Euro 2004, but the tournament was a disappointment for him. He had a penalty saved in England's 2-1 defeat to France and badly missed another in a penalty shootout in the quarter final against Portugal. England lost the shootout and went out of the competition. The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called Euro 2004, was held in Portugal between June 12 and July 4, 2004. ... Penalty shootouts (officially referred to as kicks from the penalty mark) are a method sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament (or wins the tournament) following a draw in a game of association football. ...


Second season, 2004-05

In July 2004, while Beckham was in pre-season training in Spain, an intruder scaled a wall at the Beckhams' home while carrying a can of petrol. Victoria and their children were in the house at the time, but security guards apprehended the man before he reached the house.[31] Beckham made more headlines on 9 October 2004 when he admitted intentionally fouling Ben Thatcher in an England match against Wales in order to get himself booked. Beckham was due to receive a one-match suspension for his next caution, and had picked up an injury which he knew would keep him out of England's next match, so he deliberately fouled Thatcher in order to serve his suspension in a match that he would have had to miss anyway. The Football Association asked Beckham for an explanation of his actions and he admitted that he had "made a mistake" and apologised.[32] October 9 is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Benjamin David Thatcher (born November 30, 1975 in Swindon, England) is a Welsh professional footballer, who currently plays for Charlton Athletic in the English Premier League. ... First international Scotland 4 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876) Biggest win Wales 11 - 0 Ireland (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888) Biggest defeat Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1958) Best result Quarter-finals, 1958 European Championship Appearances none (First... A yellow card is used in many sports as a means of cautioning a player regarding their conduct, or indicating that a player is to receive a certain level of punishment. ... The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England (and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). ...


Beckham became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in January 2005 and was involved in promoting London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.[33] UNICEF Logo The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF (Arabic: ; French: ; Spanish: ) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ... This is a list of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, who work on behalf of the United Nations Childrens Fund. ... The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, will be held in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. ...


Third season, 2005-06

Real Madrid had another disappointing season, finishing second to Barcelona (with a 12 point gap) in the La Liga and only reaching the last sixteen in the Champions League after losing to Arsenal by a goal. Although there is the notable fact that Beckham led La Liga in assists for the season.

Warming up
Warming up

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. He was sent off again shortly afterwards, this time in a league match for Real Madrid against Valencia CF. Having received a yellow card, he appeared to sarcastically applaud the referee and was given a second yellow card, causing an automatic dismissal, although the suspension was cancelled on appeal two days later. He was sent off for the third time that season on 3 December 2005 in a league match against Getafe. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (558x648, 86 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Beckham Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (558x648, 86 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Beckham Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Valencia Club de Fútbol (also known as Valencia CF or Valencia) is a Spanish professional football team based in Valencia, Spain. ... Misconduct in football (soccer) is any conduct by a player which is deemed by the referee to warrant a disciplinary sanction (caution or send-off) in accordance with Law 12 the Laws of the Game. ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Getafe Club de Futbol is a Spanish Primera División football club based in Getafe, a town in the metropolitan area of South Madrid, founded in 1983. ...


During the season, Beckham established football academies in Los Angeles and east London and he was named a judge for the 2006 British Book Awards.[34] Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Fourth Season, 2006-07

Out of favour with manager Fabio Capello, Beckham started only a few games in that season, normally as a substitute, as Jose Antonio Reyes was normally preferred on the right wing. In the nine matches Beckham started, Real had lost seven. Fabio Capello (born June 18, 1946 in San Canzian dIsonzo, Gorizia) is an Italian football manager and former professional player who is currently the coach of Real Madrid. ... Jose Antonio Reyes (born September 1, 1983 in Seville) is a Spanish footballer. ...


On 10 January 2007, after prolonged contract negotiations, Real Madrid's sporting director Predrag Mijatović announced that Beckham would not remain at Real Madrid after the end of the season. However, he later claimed that he was mistranslated and that he actually said that Beckham's contract had not been renewed yet.[35] January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


On 11 January 2007 Beckham announced that he had signed a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1 July 2007. The deal is worth £125 million over the 5 years. On 13 January 2007 Fabio Capello said that Beckham had played his last game for Real Madrid, although he would continue to train with the team.[36] Capello back-tracked on that statement and Beckham rejoined the team for their match against Real Sociedad on 10 February 2007 – he scored and Real Madrid won.[37] However the next game at home against Real Betis ended up with Beckham being shown a straight red card for a professional foul in the 90th minute.But in the next UEFA Champions League match vs Bayern Munich, he carried out two assists to help Real Madrid win by 3-2 and won fans' appreciation. If Beckham moves to Los Angeles and transfers to the Galaxy as currently planned, this match would seem to mark his final appearance in the UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid were knocked out of the competition (by the away goals rule) at the conclusion of their second leg away tie in Munich on 7 March 2007. He has made a total of 103 appearances in the League, the third highest number of any player at the time. January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Year founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Nickname Galaxy, The Gs, The Green and Gold, Los Galacticos de Los Angeles Stadium The Home Depot Center Carson, CA Coach Frank Yallop, 2006— Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group First Game Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 MetroStars (Rose Bowl; April 13, 1996) Largest... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Real Sociedad is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia in Guipúzcoa/Gipuzkoa. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Real Betis Balompié is a Spanish football club in Seville founded in 1907. ... FC Bayern Munich (German: FC Bayern München) is a German football club based in Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria. ...


On 4 March 2007 Beckham damaged a ligament in his right knee during a game between Real Madrid and Gestafe. Following a cross his momentum carried him into an advertising boarding along the touchline causing him to go down. The injury ruled him out of contention for England's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra. He is expected to come to the United States to play for Los Angeles Galaxy in August and this injury should have no affect on his arrival. March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (64th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... The 2008 European Football Championship (EURO 2008) will take place in Austria and Switzerland. ... Year founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Nickname Galaxy, The Gs, The Green and Gold, Los Galacticos de Los Angeles Stadium The Home Depot Center Carson, CA Coach Frank Yallop, 2006— Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group First Game Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 MetroStars (Rose Bowl; April 13, 1996) Largest...


World Cup 2006

David Beckham at the 2006 World Cup
David Beckham at the 2006 World Cup

During the FIFA World Cup 2006, England were seen as a potential winner by many, but since the start of the competition the team had several slow paced matches and Beckham's performance was criticised by the majority of the press and public. However, many still considered Beckham's contribution to England important as the team progressed to the quarter-finals of the tournament. Download high resolution version (369x723, 26 KB)David Beckham Headline text i97gu;ijuh File links The following pages link to this file: David Beckham Categories: Images with unknown source ... Download high resolution version (369x723, 26 KB)David Beckham Headline text i97gu;ijuh File links The following pages link to this file: David Beckham Categories: Images with unknown source ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th staging of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. ...


In England's opening game against Paraguay on 10 June 2006 Beckham's free kick led to an own-goal by Carlos Gamarra, and England won 1-0. In England's next match, played against Trinidad and Tobago on 15 June 2006, Beckham's cross in the 83rd minute led to Peter Crouch's goal which put England ahead 1-0. Beckham gave another assist to Steven Gerrard. In the end they won 2-0. He was named Man-of-the-Match by tournament sponsor Budweiser for this game. The English media criticised Beckham's performance in England's final Group B match against Sweden on 20 June 2006,[citation needed] citing his apparent inability to take the ball around players as an increasing hindrance to England's chances of winning the World Cup. June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... An own goal occurs in goal-scoring games when a player scores a goal that is registered against his own team. ... Carlos Alberto Gamarra Pavon (born February 17, 1971 in Ypacarai, Paraguay) is a football player. ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Peter James Crouch (born January 30, 1981 in Macclesfield, Cheshire) is an English international football player, known affectionately as Crouchy to many fans. ... Steven George Gerrard MBE[1][2][3][4] (IPA: []) (born 30 May 1980, Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football player. ... Bud Light redirects here. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


During England's second round match against Ecuador, Beckham scored from a free kick in the 59th minute, becoming the first ever English player to score in three World Cups,[38] and giving England a 1-0 victory and a place in the quarter-finals. He was sick before the game and vomited several times as a result of dehydration and illness after he scored the winning goal.


In the quarter finals stage of the World Cup against Portugal, Beckham was substituted following an injury shortly after half time and the England team went on to lose the match on penalties (3-1), the scores having been 0-0 after extra time. After his substitution, Beckham was visibly shaken and emotional for not being able to play, being in tears at one point.


A day after England was knocked out of the World Cup, an emotional Beckham made a statement in a news conference saying that he had stepped down as England captain,[39] saying, "It has been an honour and privilege to captain my country but, having been captain for 58 of my 95[40] caps, I feel the time is right to pass on the armband as we enter a new era under Steve McClaren." Steven Barry McClaren (born 3 May 1961 in Fulford, York) is an English former professional footballer and the current manager of the England national football team, having succeeded Sven-Göran Eriksson on 1 August 2006. ...


Having stepped down as captain after the World Cup, Beckham was dropped completely from the England national team selected by new coach Steve McClaren on 11 August 2006. McClaren claimed that he was "looking to go in a different direction" with the team, and that Beckham "wasn't included within that". McClaren said Beckham could be recalled in future. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kieran Richardson and the World Cup alternative to Beckham Aaron Lennon were all included, and are likely to compete for what was Beckham's place on the right-wing in future, although it seems that McClaren will employ Steven Gerrard on that side. Steven Barry McClaren (born 3 May 1961 in Fulford, York) is an English former professional footballer and the current manager of the England national football team, having succeeded Sven-Göran Eriksson on 1 August 2006. ... August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Shaun Cameron Wright-Phillips (born 25 October 1981 in Greenwich, London) is an English football player of Jamaican and Grenadian descent. ... Kieran Richardson (born 21 October 1984 in Greenwich, London) is an English football currently playing with Manchester United. ... Aaron Justin Lennon (born April 16, 1987 in Chapeltown, Leeds) is an English footballer currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur. ... Steven George Gerrard MBE[1][2][3][4] (IPA: []) (born 30 May 1980, Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football player. ...


There was talk that McClaren could recall Beckham after Aaron Lennon sustained an injury in early September and Owen Hargreaves subsequently broke his leg.[citation needed] However despite pressure from the media and high profile sports figures Bobby Robson, Glenn Hoddle, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Hansen all saying he should be in the England team,[citation needed] McClaren has not recalled Beckham. In December, 2006, McClaren suggested that Steven Gerrard had supplanted Beckham's role in the team: "We all know about David Beckham and his delivery from the right-hand side. But Stevie's set-plays and crosses from the right are as good as anybody in the world."[41] Aaron Justin Lennon (born April 16, 1987 in Chapeltown, Leeds) is an English footballer currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur. ... Owen Lee Hargreaves (born 20 January 1981 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a professional footballer who plays in midfield or as a right-back for Bayern Munich and England. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Glenn Hoddle (born October 27, 1957 in Hayes, London) is a football manager and former player for Tottenham Hotspur and England. ... Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born Preston, Lancashire, June 2, 1957) was a defender in the Liverpool and Irish football teams of the 1980s; he later became a prominent radio and television pundit for the BBC. // Mark Lawrenson began his career, as a 17 year-old, with his hometown club, Preston North... Alan David Hansen (born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, June 13, 1955) is a television football pundit and a former football player. ...


L.A. Galaxy and U.S. Soccer

It was confirmed on 11 January 2007 that David Beckham would be leaving Real Madrid to join MLS team Los Angeles Galaxy on a 5 year deal that will see Beckham earn up to $10 million a year in direct salary, but with endorsements and profit-sharing, Beckham could earn up to $50 million a year and earning about 90 dollars every second on the field.[42] Beckham said, "After considering several options to stay in Madrid or join other major British and European teams, I have decided to join LA Galaxy." January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... Year founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Nickname Galaxy, The Gs, The Green and Gold, Los Galacticos de Los Angeles Stadium The Home Depot Center Carson, CA Coach Frank Yallop, 2006— Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group First Game Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 MetroStars (Rose Bowl; April 13, 1996) Largest...


Beckham had departed Manchester United in July 2003 to sign for Real, who paid £25m for the midfielder's services. However, in the three-and-a-half seasons since his arrival, the Spanish giants have failed to win any major trophies. The 2006-07 season proved particularly disappointing for Beckham, who was dropped by England coach Steve McClaren and then fell out of favour with Real boss, Fabio Capello, who has allowed Beckham only seven starts in over 25 matches this season. As of January 2007, his form had been disappointing, with just 12 league goals scored in his entire time at Real Madrid. Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... Steven Barry McClaren (born 3 May 1961 in Fulford, York) is an English former professional footballer and the current manager of the England national football team, having succeeded Sven-Göran Eriksson on 1 August 2006. ... Fabio Capello (born June 18, 1946 in San Canzian dIsonzo, Gorizia) is an Italian football manager and former professional player who is currently the coach of Real Madrid. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ...


On 12 January 2007, Beckham's official press conference was held, via satellite from Madrid, in conjunction with the 2007 MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis, IN. All MLS announcements concerning Beckham's signing and his press conference (as well as the Super Draft) were a part of the NSCAA National Soccer Coaches Association of America annual convention.[43] At the press conference, Beckham told reporters "I'm coming there not to be a superstar. I'm coming there to be part of the team, to work hard and to hopefully win things. With me, it's about football. I'm coming there to make a difference. I'm coming there to play football... I'm not saying me coming over to the States is going to make soccer the biggest sport in America. That would be difficult to achieve. Baseball, basketball, American football, they've been around. But I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think I could make a difference."[44] January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... The 2007 MLS SuperDraft, will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 12, 2007. ... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... IN or in may stand for: India ISO country code Indiana state code Indium In symbol for the chemical element Intelligent network a telecommunications architecture Car designation for Ingolstadt Inch In Nomine Look up IN in Wiktionary, the free dictionary This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists... The 2007 MLS SuperDraft, will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 12, 2007. ... NSCAA is the (United States) National Soccer Coaches Association of America. ...


On 13 January 2007, Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello stated during a news conference that Beckham would never again play for the team, saying that he could practice, but would not be permitted to put in any minutes in actual matches for the remainder of his time under contract.[45][46] A month later however, Beckham not only returned to the first team with a start against Real Sociedad, but he also scored the game's equalizing goal in a 2-1 victory.[47] January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... Fabio Capello (born June 18, 1946 in San Canzian dIsonzo, Gorizia) is an Italian football manager and former professional player who is currently the coach of Real Madrid. ...


On 14 January 2007, when a new "SuperLiga" was announced for a new North American championship, it was reported that Beckham could make his Galaxy debut during that tournament.[48] January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


On 15 January 2007, published reports quoted Major League Soccer spokesman Stephen Rodriguez as saying that MLS would now try to get Beckham over to the LA Galaxy in time for the start of the MLS season in April. Such a move would require a buy-out of his remaining Real Madrid contract, which would amount to a transfer fee.[49] Late that same day, MLS Commissioner Don Garber denied that his league was attempting to secure an early MLS debut for Beckham.[50] January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... Year Founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Stadium Home Depot Center Coach Steve Sampson, 2004- All-Time Leaders* Games Cobi Jones, 223 Goals Cobi Jones, 59 Assists Mauricio Cienfuegos, 80 Points Cobi Jones, 194 Shutouts Kevin Hartman, 47 First Game Los Angeles Galaxy 2 - 1 MetroStars (Rose Bowl; April 13... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... In football, a transfer is the action taken whenever a player moves between clubs. ... Don Garber (born October 9, 1957) is the commissioner of Major League Soccer, succeeding Doug Logan in 1999. ...


On 17 January 2007, the U.S. publication Sports Illustrated released a detailed report on the blockbuster contract and the economics behind it.[51] January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


Discipline on the pitch

Beckham was the first England player to ever collect two red cards and the first captain to be sent off for the England team.[52] Beckham's most notorious red was during the 1998 FIFA World Cup: after Argentina's Diego Simeone had fouled him, Beckham lashed out with his leg as the Argentine defender rose to his feet. It was mostly criticized as selfish and bad sportsmanship on Beckham's part and the front page read "10 proud Lions,one Stupid boy". England went on to lose the game on penalties, Beckham was vilified back in England for the act but was later to redeem himself with many sterling performances. Qualifying countries The 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 16th staging of the World Cup, was held in France from June 10 to July 12 after 60 years to celebrate the third edition scheduled in 1938. ... Diego Pablo Simeone (born April 28, 1970 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football midfielder, he is the most capped player ever for Argentina. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area...


For Real Madrid he has so far amassed 26 yellow cards and 4 red cards.[53] His latest was against Real Betis on 17 February 2007. Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


Despite these transgressions, Beckham has been described as a "gentleman" multiple times.[54]


Personal life

In 1997, Beckham started dating Victoria Adams, widely known as "Posh Spice" of the pop music group Spice Girls, and their relationship attracted a great deal of media interest. Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams) (Born April 17, 1974) is a singer and fashion designer best known as a former member of the Spice Girls. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... The Spice Girls were a BRIT Award-winning English all-female pop group. ...


He married Adams at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland on 4 July 1999. The wedding attracted tremendous media coverage. Beckham's teammate Gary Neville was the best man, and the couple's son Brooklyn, then four months old, was the ring bearer. The media were kept away from the ceremony, as the Beckhams had an exclusive deal with OK! Magazine, but newspapers were still able to obtain photographs showing them sitting on golden thrones.[55] 437 staff were employed for the wedding reception, which was estimated to have cost £500,000.[56] For the United States holiday, the Fourth of July, see Independence Day (United States). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Gary Alexander Neville (born February 18, 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English footballer who is Englands most capped right full back, and Manchester Uniteds club captain. ... OK! is a British weekly magazine, specialising in celebrity news. ...


The Beckhams, who came to be known almost universally as "Posh and Becks", have three sons: Brooklyn Joseph Beckham (born 1999), Romeo James Beckham (2002) and Cruz David Beckham (2005).


In April 2004, Beckham's former personal assistant Rebecca Loos, sold a story to a tabloid newspaper in which she claimed to have had a four month affair with Beckham, which he described as "ludicrous". Rebecca Loos (born in Madrid, Spain at June 19, 1977) is a glamour model who was personal assistant to David Beckham. ...


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Fame beyond football

Beckham's fame extends beyond the pitch; in much of the world his name is "as instantly recognisable as that of multinational companies like Coca-Cola and IBM."[58] Beckham's relationship and marriage to Victoria, who had been famous in her own right as part of the musical group Spice Girls, contributed towards him becoming a major celebrity outside of football. He has recently moved into the world of aftershave along with Victoria with the release of his own line of scents, David Beckham Instinct. Beckham's name was searched for on Google more than that of any other sporting personality in 2003 and 2004.[59] A football field is the playing surface for the game of football (soccer). ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... International Business Machines Corporation (known as IBM or Big Blue; NYSE: IBM) is a multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA. The company is one of the few information technology companies with a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. ... The Spice Girls were a BRIT Award-winning English all-female pop group. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Beckham has also become an internationally recognized sex symbol because of his 'metrosexual' tendencies in fashion and because of his immense gay following,[citation needed] which he recognized and has publicly appreciated.[60]



David's passion since he was a child is to collect ornamental ducks.[citation needed] It is to be believed that he got the hobby from his mother.[citation needed]


Charitable work

  • Beckham has supported UNICEF since his days at Manchester United and in January 2005 the England Football Captain became a Goodwill Ambassador with a special focus on UNICEF's Sports for Development programme.
  • He recently hosted the "World Cup Party - Full Length and Fabulous" at his mansion in Hertfordshire, raising money for three charities, including the Beckhams' own charity. Over 500 of the richest and most famous faces in England made appearances.
  • On 17 January 2007, Rebecca Johnstone, a 19 year old cancer patient in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada had a surprise phone call from Beckham. After the conversation, he sent her a Real Madrid Jersey with his signature on it. Rebecca passed away on 29 January 2007.[61]

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Trivia

  • Beckham never appeared in the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham except in archive footage. He and his wife wanted to make cameo appearances but scheduling proved difficult so the director used lookalikes instead.[62]
  • Beckham makes a cameo appearance with Zidane and Raùl in the 2005 fictional film Goal! where he says hello to the main character during a party about halfway through the film. In Goal! 2: Living the Dream...,[63] Beckham appears as himself again, when the film's lead gets a roster spot on the Real Madrid squad. This 2006 sequel is also the second part of a trilogy, and the story this time centres around the Real Madrid team. Besides Beckham, other real life Real players also appear on and off the pitch alongside the fictional characters.
  • With his free kick goal against Ecuador in the second round of the 2006 World Cup, Beckham gained membership into two of football's most exclusive clubs: he became the only English player — and the 21st player regardless of nationality — to score in three world cups. Real Madrid team-mate Raùl also achieved this feat a few days earlier.[64] It also made him only the fifth player in World Cup history to score twice from direct free kicks; the other four were Pelé, Rivelino, Teófilo Cubillas and Bernard Genghini (Beckham had previously scored this way against Colombia in the first round of the 1998 World Cup). All three goals were against South American teams (Colombia, Argentina, and Ecuador) and from set pieces (the two aforementioned free kicks and a penalty against Argentina).
  • Beckham has ten tattoos on his body, one of which is the name of his wife Victoria but it is written in Hindi rather than English because Beckham thought it would be "tacky" to have it written in English. The tattoo is misspelt, however, so the tattoo actually reads "Vhictoria" rather than "Victoria".[65] Another tattoo, written in Hebrew reads אני לדודי ודודי לי הרעה בשושנים, "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine, that shepherds among the lilies." This is from the Song of Songs in the Hebrew Bible, and a popular Jewish paean to fidelity. Beckham has also been ridiculed in the press for looking like a "Hell's Angel biker" and a "football yob" due to his ever-expanding number of tattoos, the design, and the location of them.[66]
  • Beckham almost always plays in long sleeve shirts to cover up aforementioned tattoos, as they are considered indecent in some countries.
  • Beckham is the only player to be sent off twice while playing for England.[67]
  • Beckham captained England 58 times during his tenure as England captain.

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References

Books

  • Beckham, David (2002). David Beckham: My Side. HarperCollinsWillow. (ISBN 0-00-715732-0). 
  • Beckham, David; Freeman, Dean (2001). Beckham: My World. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (ISBN 0-340-79270-1). 
  • Beckham, David; Watt, Tom (2003). Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground. HarperCollins. (ISBN 0-06-057093-8). 
  • Crick, Michael (2003). The Boss -- The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson. Pocket Books. (ISBN 0-7434-2991-5). 
  • Ferguson, Alex; McIlvanney, Hugh (1999). Managing My Life -- My Autobiography. Hodder & Stoughton. (ISBN 0-340-72855-8). 

Footnotes

  1. ^ It's a Goldenballs-up!. Daily Mail. Retrieved on 2007-01-25.
  2. ^ David Beckham Profile on Realmadrid.com
  3. ^ http://www.fifa-100.com/home.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/2004/time100/heroes/100beckham.html
  5. ^ "Beckham the worldwide brand", This is money, 8 June 2006
  6. ^ Beckham quits as England captain. Retrieved on 2 July 2006.
  7. ^ Terry named new England skipper. Retrieved on 10 August 2006.
  8. ^ McClaren ends Beckham England era. Retrieved on 11 August.
  9. ^ http://sdmlsproject.com/beckhamgalaxymove.html
  10. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=400011&cc=5901
  11. ^ http://www.wargs.com/other/beckham.html
  12. ^ Beckham's Hebrew tattoos. Femalefirst.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
  13. ^ "Second leg" refers to the second of two matches that are played to decide the tie. The scores from the two matches are added together to determine the winner.
  14. ^ The most famous comment was Alan Hansen's "You can't win anything with kids", quoted in The Boss 405. Beckham scored United's goal from a distance of around 30 metres.
  15. ^ Sky Sports' commentator Martin Tyler's words "You'll see that over and over again" proved prophetic as the goal was voted Premier League Goal of the Decade in 2003.
  16. ^ Beckham Blasts Hoddle. Dispatch Online, 29 June 1998. Retrieved on 5 October, 2005.
  17. ^ "Argentina 2-2 England", englandfc.com, 30 June 1998. URL accessed on 25 June 2006.
  18. ^ Simeone admits trying to get Beckham sent off. Rediff Sports, 19 May 2002. Retrieved on 26 October, 2005.
  19. ^ Beckham's Darkest Hour. Article on official UEFA website. Retrieved on 6 October, 2005.
  20. ^ Man Utd's flawed genius?. BBC News, 7 January 2000. Retrieved on 6 October, 2005.
  21. ^ The Boss 469.
  22. ^ A reference to Brooklyn. Leader -- Play games behind closed doors. New Statesman, 26 June 2000. Retrieved on 4 October, 2005.
  23. ^ Media sympathy for Beckham's gesture. BBC News, 14 June 2000. Retrieved on 4 October, 2005.
  24. ^ Did "hatchet man" target Beckham?. ESPN Socernet, 2 April 2002. Retrieved on 7 October, 2005.
  25. ^ Beckham signs new contract. BBC News, May 2002. Retrieved on 7 October, 2005.
  26. ^ Will Becks give Man Utd the boot?. BBC News, 18 February 2003. Retrieved on 6 October, 2005.
  27. ^ Beckham's pride at OBE. BBC News, 13 June 2003. Retrieved on 6 October, 2005.
  28. ^ Beckham to stay in Spain. Guardian Unlimited Football, 11 June 2003. Retrieved on 24 May, 2006.
  29. ^ Equivalent to £25,000,000 or US$41,000,000.
  30. ^ Beckham to stay in Spain. BBC News, 20 May 2004. Retrieved on 7 October, 2005.
  31. ^ Intruder alert for Victoria Beckham. Manchester Online, 20 July 2004. Retrieved on 9 October, 2005.
  32. ^ FA wants explanation from Beckham. BBC News, 14 October 2004. Retrieved on 6 October, 2005.
  33. ^ David Beckham, Goodwill Ambassador. UNICEF official website. Retrieved on 9 October, 2005.
  34. ^ Maul, Kimberly. David Beckham: Soccer Star and Book Judge. The Book Standard. January 11, 2006.
  35. ^ "Beckham 'to leave Real in summer'", BBC Sport, 10 January 2006. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  36. ^ "Real coach calls time on Beckham", BBC Sport, 13 January 2007. Retrieved on 2007-01-13.
  37. ^ "Beckham scores on Madrid return", BBC Sport, 10 February 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  38. ^ "England 1-0 Ecuador", BBC Sport, 25 June 2006. URL accessed on 25 June 2006.
  39. ^ "Beckham quits as England captain", BBC Sport, 2 July 2006. URL accessed on 2 July 2006.
  40. ^ This was an error on Beckham's part - he had to date won 94 caps, not 95.
  41. ^ "McClaren backs Gerrard to deliver for England", 08/12/2006. Retrieved on 2006-12-29.
  42. ^ Bose, Mihir. "The 275 million dollar man", BBC News, 2007-01-11. Retrieved on 2007-01-12.
  43. ^ Halpin, Jason. Events surround MLS SuperDraft. MLSnet.com. January 10, 2007.
  44. ^ Associated Press. "Beckham set to invade America", January 12, 2007.
  45. ^ http://football.guardian.co.uk/continentalfootball/story/0,,1990221,00.html
  46. ^ Beckham's Real Madrid days appear over. Los Angeles Times. 14 January 2007.
  47. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=408065&cc=5901
  48. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=399951&cc=5901
  49. ^ http://sport.independent.co.uk/football/news/article2154902.ece
  50. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=400011&cc=5901
  51. ^ "The story behind the Beckham deal and the economics", CNN, 17 January 2007.
  52. ^ Beckham red card but joy for Sven, The Sunday Times, 9 October 2005. Retrieved on 9 April, 2007.
  53. ^ http://www.beckham-magazine.com/stats05-06.html
  54. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/6256125.stm
  55. ^ Sun pips OK! to Posh wedding photos. BBC News, 6 July 1999. Retrieved on 25 May, 2006.
  56. ^ Wedded spice. BBC News, 5 July 1999. Retrieved on 2 December, 2005.
  57. ^ Dolan, Andy. The obsessive disorder that haunts my life. The Daily Mail. April 3, 2006.
  58. ^ Beckham the worldwide brand, a June 2006 article from an Associated New Media website
  59. ^ 2003 Year-End Google Zeitgeist. Google.com. Retrieved on 9 October, 2005., 2004 Year-End Google Zeitgeist. Google.com. Retrieved on 9 October, 2005.
  60. ^ People Magazine Profile. People.com. Retrieved on 20 April, 2007.
  61. ^ "To Rebecca, with love", Toronto Star, 26 January, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-02.
  62. ^ Bend It Like Beckham at the Internet Movie Database
  63. ^ Goal! 2: Living the Dream... at the Internet Movie Database
  64. ^ "England 1-0 Ecuador", BBC Sport, 25 June 2006. URL accessed on 25 June 2006.
  65. ^ "Beckham's tattoo misspelt", BBC News, 28 November, 2000. Retrieved on 2006-06-27.
  66. ^ "Beckham's tattoo sparks debate", BBC News, 22 May, 2004. Retrieved on 2006-06-27.
  67. ^ "England 1-0 Austria", BBC Sport, 8 October 2005. URL accessed on 11 January 2007.

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England squad - 2002 FIFA World Cup Quarter-finalists

1 Seaman | 2 Mills | 3 A. Cole | 4 Sinclair | 5 Ferdinand | 6 Campbell | 7 Beckham | 8 Scholes | 9 Fowler | 10 Owen | 11 Heskey | 12 Brown | 13 Martyn | 14 Bridge | 15 Keown | 16 Southgate | 17 Sheringham | 18 Hargreaves | 19 J. Cole | 20 Vassell | 21 Butt | 22 James | 23 Dyer | Coach: Eriksson Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... Qualifying countries The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... David Andrew Seaman MBE (born 19 September 1963 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire) is a former English football goalkeeper who played for several clubs, most notably Arsenal and most recently with Manchester City. ... Daniel John Mills (born May 18, 1977 in Norwich, Norfolk) is an English professional footballer, who currently plays for Manchester City. ... Ashley Donovan Cole (born 20 December 1980, Whitechapel, London, England) is an English footballer of Barbadian descent. ... Trevor Sinclair (born March 2, 1973 in Dulwich, London) is an English footballer, who currently plays midfield for Manchester City of the English Premiership. ... Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born November 7, 1978 in Peckham, London) is an English footballer of mixed St Lucian and Anglo-Irish descent. ... Sulzeer Jeremiah Sol Campbell (born 18 September 1974 in Plaistow, London) is an English footballer. ... Paul Scholes (born November 16, 1974) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. ... Robert Bernard Robbie Fowler, born 9 April 1975, and commonly known as God by Liverpool F.C. supporters, is an English footballer who currently plays as a striker for Liverpool F.C. Fowlers career began with Liverpool, with whom he made his debut in 1993. ... For other persons named Michael Owen, see Michael Owen (disambiguation). ... Emile William Rufus Baw Simba Hugo Wilberforce Ivanhoe Heskey (born 11 January 1978 in Evington, Leicester, to an Antiguan father and Barbudan mother) is an English professional footballer currently playing for Wigan Athletic, he is a former England international. ... This article is about Wesley Brown the football player. ... Anthony Nigel Martyn (born August 11, 1966 in St Austell, Cornwall) is a former English football goalkeeper who has played more than 500 competitive matches in English football. ... Wayne Michael Bridge (born August 5, 1980) is an English football defender, who currently plays left back for Chelsea. ... Martin Raymond Keown (born July 24, 1966 in Oxford) is a former English footballer, with full Irish heritage, who spent most of his career at Arsenal. ... Gareth Harold Southgate (born 3 September 1970 in Crawley, Sussex) is a former English footballer, currently manager of Middlesbrough in the English Premiership. ... Edward Paul Teddy Sheringham (born April 2, 1966 in Highams Park, London) is a veteran English footballer. ... Owen Lee Hargreaves (born 20 January 1981 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a professional footballer who plays in midfield or as a right-back for Bayern Munich and England. ... Joseph Joe John Cole (born November 8, 1981 in Paddington, London) is a professional footballer who plays for Chelsea of the English Premier League and the England national team. ... Darius Vassell (born 13 June 1980 to Jamaican parents in Sutton Coldfield) is an English international footballer who plays club football in the Premiership at Manchester City. ... Nicholas Nicky Butt (born 21 January 1975 in Gorton, Manchester, England) is an English footballer who currently plays for Newcastle United. ... David Benjamin James (born 1 August 1970, Welwyn Garden City, England) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Portsmouth in the Premier League. ... Kieron Courtney Dyer (born 29 December 1978 in Ipswich) is an English footballer currently playing for Newcastle United . ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

England squad - 2006 FIFA World Cup Quarter-finalists

1 Robinson | 2 Neville | 3 A. Cole | 4 Gerrard | 5 Ferdinand | 6 Terry | 7 Beckham | 8 Lampard | 9 Rooney | 10 Owen | 11 J. Cole | 12 Campbell | 13 James | 14 Bridge | 15 Carragher | 16 Hargreaves | 17 Jenas | 18 Carrick | 19 Lennon | 20 Downing | 21 Crouch | 22 Carson | 23 Walcott | Coach: Eriksson Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... Qualifying countries The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th staging of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gary Alexander Neville (born February 18, 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English footballer who is Englands most capped right full back, and Manchester Uniteds club captain. ... Ashley Donovan Cole (born 20 December 1980, Whitechapel, London, England) is an English footballer of Barbadian descent. ... Steven George Gerrard MBE[1][2][3][4] (IPA: []) (born 30 May 1980, Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football player. ... Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born November 7, 1978 in Peckham, London) is an English footballer of mixed St Lucian and Anglo-Irish descent. ... John George Terry (born December 7, 1980 in Barking, London) is an English professional football player. ... Frank James Lampard, Jr. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other persons named Michael Owen, see Michael Owen (disambiguation). ... Joseph Joe John Cole (born November 8, 1981 in Paddington, London) is a professional footballer who plays for Chelsea of the English Premier League and the England national team. ... Sulzeer Jeremiah Sol Campbell (born 18 September 1974 in Plaistow, London) is an English footballer. ... David Benjamin James (born 1 August 1970, Welwyn Garden City, England) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Portsmouth in the Premier League. ... Wayne Michael Bridge (born August 5, 1980) is an English football defender, who currently plays left back for Chelsea. ... James Lee Duncan Carragher (born January 28, 1978 in Bootle, Merseyside) is an English international footballer currently playing his club football at Liverpool where he is at present vice-captain, behind teammate and fellow Liverpudlian Steven Gerrard. ... Owen Lee Hargreaves (born 20 January 1981 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a professional footballer who plays in midfield or as a right-back for Bayern Munich and England. ... Jermaine Anthony Jenas (born 18 February 1983 in Nottingham) is an English football midfielder currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur, in the English Premiership. ... Michael Adrian Carrick (born 28 July 1981 in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear) is an English footballer who currently plays for Manchester United as a defensive midfielder. ... Aaron Justin Lennon (born April 16, 1987 in Chapeltown, Leeds) is an English footballer currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur. ... Stewart Downing (born July 22, 1984 in Middlesbrough) is an English football player, who currently plays for Middlesbrough, and is in the England squad. ... Peter James Crouch (born January 30, 1981 in Macclesfield, Cheshire) is an English international football player, known affectionately as Crouchy to many fans. ... Scott Paul Carson (born September 3, 1985 in Whitehaven, Cumbria) is an English football goalkeeper, currently playing for Charlton Athletic on loan from Liverpool. ... Theo James Walcott (born 16 March 1989 in Stanmore, London) is an English footballer who currently plays for Arsenal FC, having signed there from Southampton on 20 January 2006. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Real Madrid - Current Squad

1 Casillas | 2 Salgado | 3 Roberto Carlos | 4 Ramos | 5 Cannavaro | 6 Diarra | 7 Raúl | 8 Emerson | 10 Robinho | 11 Cicinho | 12 Marcelo | 13 López | 14 Guti | 15 Bravo | 16 Gago | 17 van Nistelrooy | 18 Cassano | 19 Reyes | 20 Higuaín | 21 Helguera | 22 Pavón | 23 Beckham | 24 Mejía | 25 Miñambres | 26 Javi García | 27 De la Red | 36 Nieto | 38 Torres | 39 Valero | Coach Capello Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ... Míchel Salgado (full name Miguel Ángel Salgado Fernández, born October 22, 1975 in Las Nieves, Spain) is a footballer, who currently plays in the right back position for Real Madrid of Spain. ... Roberto Carlos, full name Roberto Carlos da Silva (born April 10, 1973, Garça, São Paulo), is a Brazilian-Spanish football wingback who has played for Real Madrid since 1996. ... Sergio Ramos García (born March 30, 1986) more commonly known as Sergio Ramos, is a Spanish international footballer, who usually plays as a defender. ... Fabio Cannavaro, Cavaliere OMRI[1] (born September 13, 1973, Naples, Italy) is a professional Italian footballer, currently playing for Real Madrid. ... Mahamadou Diarra (Arabic: محمدو ديارا) (born May 18, 1981 in Bamako, Mali) is a Malian footballer. ... Raúl González Blanco, usually referred to simply as Raúl, (born June 27, 1977) is a Spanish football forward. ... For the player known as Emerson currently playing for AEK Athens FC who had played for Middlesbrough, please see Emerson Moisés Costa Émerson Ferreira da Rosa, popularly known as Émerson or Emerson (born April 4, 1976, in Pelotas, Brazil) is a Brazilian football (soccer) midfielder who currently plays for... Robson de Souza (born January 25, 1984 in São Vicente, Brazil), nicknamed Robinho (Little Robson), is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. ... Cícero João de Cézare, nicknamed Cicinho (born June 24, 1980 in Pradópolis, São Paulo, Brazil), is a Brazilian footballer of Italian descent who plays as a wingback. ... Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, or simply Marcelo (born May 12, 1988 in Rio de Janeiro), is a Brazilian football Defender. ... Diego López Rodríguez (born November 3, 1981) is a player with the Spanish football club Real Madrid, who plays as a goalkeeper. ... Guti, full name José María Gutiérrez Hernández (born October 31, 1976 in Madrid) is a Spanish football player who currently plays for Real Madrid. ... Raúl Bravo Senfélix (born April 14, 1981 in Gandía, Valencia) is a Spanish football defender and midfielder, who currently plays for Real Madrid. ... Fernando Rubén Gago (born April 10, 1986 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football midfielder, who plays for La Liga club Real Madrid. ... Rutgerus Johannes Martinius van Nistelrooy (originally spelled Van Nistelrooij) (born July 1, 1976 in Oss, North Brabant, Netherlands) is a Dutch footballer who plays in the position of centre forward for Real Madrid. ... Antonio Cassano (born July 12, 1982 in Bari) is an Italian professional football player, who currently plays for Spanish club side Real Madrid and is an occasional member of the Italian national team. ... José Antonio Reyes Calderón (born September 1, 1983 in Utrera, Seville) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid on loan from English club Arsenal. ... Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín (born December 10, 1987 in Brest, Finistère, France) is a Argentine-French footballer. ... Iván Helguera Bujía (born March 28, 1975 in Santander, Cantabria) is a Spanish football (soccer) defender, who currently plays for Real Madrid of La Liga. ... Francisco Pavón Barahona, nicknamed Paco Pavón (born January 9, 1980 in Madrid) is a Spanish football defender, who currently plays for Real Madrid. ... Álvaro Mejía Pérez (born January 18, 1982 in Madrid) is a Spanish football central defender, who currently plays for Real Madrid. ... Óscar Miñambres Pascual (born January 1, 1981 in Madrid) is a Spanish football right-sided fullback, who currently plays for Real Madrid. ... Javi Garcia (born February 8, 1987 in Murcia) is a Spanish footballer. ... Rubén De la Red Gutíerrez (born June 5, 1985 in Madrid) is a Spanish football central midfielder, who currently plays for Real Madrid. ... Miguel Ángel Nieto de la Calle (born 12 January 1986) is a Spanish football (soccer) attacking midfielder. ... Miguel Torres Gómez (born 28 January 1986) is a Spanish football (soccer) defender. ... Borja Valero Iglesias (born 12 January 1985 in Madrid) is a Spanish football (soccer) midfielder for Real Madrid Castilla. ... Fabio Capello (born June 18, 1946 in San Canzian dIsonzo, Gorizia) is an Italian football manager and former professional player who is currently the coach of Real Madrid. ...

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NAME Beckham, David
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Professional football player
DATE OF BIRTH May 2, 1975
PLACE OF BIRTH Leytonstone, London
DATE OF DEATH
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