Each and Every Thing About David Beckham

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Posted: 27 February 2005 at 5:06pm | IP Logged

why we like him?
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Sure, soccer is not as action-packed as hockey or basketball, but it's almost like a live action chess game that can occasionally take on a life of its own. But it usually takes the effort of an extraordinary and talented player to take the game to new levels, and David Beckham is the kind of player that makes fans stand up.

But that's not enough to impress us; what really convinces us is his supernatural-like ability to score goals from one side of the field to another. Now that's impressive.

why is he famous?    
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Known as the best soccer player in England, he was one of Manchester United's biggest draws before switching to Real Madrid. A footballer with an uncanny ability to score goals and get the crowd on its feet, he's also married to former Spice Girl Victoria Adams.


overall rating
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David Beckham is a pop star in a soccer uniform. Not only is he married to Victoria Adams, the Spice Girl formerly known as Posh, but he is the most famous footballer in the world. He is the pretty boy, rock star and teen idol of England, even though he no longer plays for the English Premiership.

His career has seen a whirlwind of ups and downs, not to mention a whole lot of press. Fans blamed his infamous red card in the 1998 World Cup in France for England's elimination. Yet many consider his superb play during the 1998-1999 soccer season as the reason why his team, Manchester United, enjoyed unprecedented success. Love him or hate him, his skin is thicker than an elephant's considering all the abuse and adoration he has received.

In June 2003, Bechkam was traded to Real Madrid -- soccer's Dream Team -- for $41 million. Despite his ability on the field, he is becoming a pop culture icon, as the unofficial "metrosexual" poster boy.  


personality & talent
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He isn't outspoken or particularly extroverted. He does, however, have a quiet hunger to be the best soccer player in the world. His temper is almost as famous as his hairstyles, and has gotten him into a fair share of trouble.

Talent-wise, few can compare to him. But more often than not, he is often quoted as the most marketable player in the world (instead of the best) because of his charisma and his enormous fan base. Without an underlying talent though, not even the world's most charasmatic character would have the global appeal he does.

How good is he? Well, let's just say he has a tendency to score goals from a very, very long distance. Try 57 yards. That doesn't seem like much, but to put it in perspective, most kickers in the NFL can't hit a ball that far, much less at a target much smaller than a football field's goal posts... and with a goaltender.

women magnetism
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He is a soft-spoken guy. He isn't a particularly graceful talker, but when you're a good-looking guy, that's only a bonus to women. Whether it's his blond hair, his model looks, or his athleticism, we're sure that quite a few women across the world became teary-eyed when their pretty boy married former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh" Adams.

But it seems that Beckham is still attracting the honeys. In 2004, his personal assistant, Rebecca Loos, admitted that she had an affair with Beckham. Depending on who you ask, his ability to attract women may diminish from this affair, or it may lead his female fans to think they have a chance of being with the soccer star.

accomplishments & fame
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Sometimes David wishes he wasn't so famous; the attempted kidnapping of his son is the kind of event that makes you want to disappear into oblivion. His throng of fans bring him extra publicity, but it also brings more critics, including those who attempted to lynch him for his 1998 World Cup red card.

Despite the harsh environment, Beckham has continued to improve his play on the field. On the international level, he is captain of the English squad. During his tenure at Manchester United, he won 4 league titles, the F.A. Cup and the prestigious Champions League Cup.

In June 2003, it was announced that Real Madrid, home to star players like Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, and Ronaldo, would pay a tranfer fee of $41 million US for the superstar midfielder. He has also become a part of mainstream pop culture, thanks to the huge hit of summer 2003, Bend It Like Beckham, and his status as the poster boy for the latest buzz word, "metrosexual."

Endorsements like his $160 million lifetime deal with Adidas and other lucrative relationships with PepsiCo, Vodafone, Marks & Spencer, and Siemens have also thrust Beckham constantly into the spotlight.

coolness factor
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David Beckham has one of the coolest jobs in the world. He has played in front of some of the world's most ardent fans, the Manchester United faithful, known as one of the loudest and most faithful in soccer, and now plays among the brightest stars of his sport as a member of Real Madrid.

He is also revered as a fashion icon, a heartthrob, and an all-around cool dude.

personal style
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His wife, Victoria, was known as the most stylish of the Spice Girls, and her sense of fashion has rubbed off on David. He has gone from a simple boy, to an icon in trendy British magazines. Whenever he gets a new haircut, it's right there on the cover of every paper, and it's safe to say that he can pull off any look he chooses. Now how many athletes have become trendsetters?

Secret Wish

That the next critic that comes along and says Beckham can't play, put some cleats on, get on a soccer field, and put his money where his mouth is.


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"I have come to accept that if I have a new haircut it is front page news. But having a picture of my foot on the front page of a national newspaper is a bit exceptional."
-David Beckham

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One of England's most influential football players and a tabloid favorite, former Manchester United's midfielder, David Beckham, has become known for his talent as well as his temperament.

David Robert Joseph Beckham was born May 2, 1975, in Leytonstone, England. As a student in Essex, Beckham won the Bobby Charlton Soccer Skills Award at the age of 11, making his football talent evident at an early age.

david beckham gets his start

After being signed as a trainee July 8, 1991, the Bobby Charlton fan played as a substitute for Andrei Kanchelskis on September 23, 1992. The game against Brighton marked Beckham's debut as a United player.

Winner of the 1992 F.A. Youth Cup and runner-up a year later, Beckham was finally signed as a professional United player in January 1993. The 18-year-old soccer pro played in his first Champions League game and contributed a goal to the team's final win.

Despite his talent, Beckham only made his full debut in April 1995. He became a first team regular in the 1996-'97 seasons as a right midfielder. In 1996, not only did England get a taste of Beckham's crossing, free kick and long shot talent, but the player also won the F.A. Premier League, Cup and Charity Shield; all in the same year. 1996 was also the year Beckham made his international debut in a game against Moldova.

david beckham in the world cup

The same summer, Beckham scored his first international goal in the June 26, 1998 game against Colombia, although he made waves in a negative way. During the 1998 World Cup in France, Beckham kicked Diego Simeone lightly in the back of the leg, in retaliation for having been fouled by the player.

Needles to say, Beckham's vengeful kick basically kicked himself -- out of the game, that is. Outnumbered by Argentina, England lost the game (at least that's what they attribute their loss to), and Beckham's nation was unforgiving, to say the least.

The tabloids later followed Beckham off the soccer field and onto his posh wedding to Spice Girl Victoria Adams, in July 1999. In March of 2000, the couple welcomed their son Brooklyn Joseph to the world. Beckham's personal life has since overshadowed the negative media stories focusing on his bad temper, shifting to stories on to his wife, who is also a tabloid favorite.

david beckham makes news

Back to soccer though: In 1999, Beckham won another F.A. Cup, and came in 2nd in the European Ballon d'Or awards and as FIFA's World Player of the Year. He also won a Champions League title, an Intercontinental Cup and an English league title that same year.

But despite the honors, Beckham's temper had not improved; something that was evident after he received a red-card for tackling a Necaxa player at the FIFA World Club Championships.

David Beckham: My Story, the United Manchester midfielder's autobiography, was released in 1998.

Beckham also made headlines after his Ferrari had apparently been sabotaged, and there were even attempts to kidnap Beckham's eldest son, Brooklyn. David and Victoria Beckham welcomed their second son, Romeo, into the world in September 2002.

At the 2002 World Cup, in another tense matchup with Argentina, Beckham redeemed himself in the eyes of English fans when he converted a penalty kick that eventually gave England the victory. The red card he received four years earlier had been forgiven.

david beckham goes to real madrid

In June 2003, it was announced that Real Madrid would pay a transfer fee of $41 million for David Beckham, who joined a team full of star footballers like Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, and Ronaldo. His latest autobiography, Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground, is an in-depth look at Beckham's rags to riches story, his career highlights with Manchester United, and how he balances super-stardom with his life as a family man.

In entertainment news, Beckham became an even bigger name when the sleeper hit of 2003, Bend It Like Beckham, paid homage to the soccer player in its title. Beckham is also getting press as the poster boy for "metrosexuals" worldwide.

david beckham's family affair

Lately, Beckham has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Rebecca Loos, his former personal assistant, has admitted that they had an affair, causing speculation that his marriage to Victoria Beckham is in trouble. The News of the World, a UK newspaper, also published an explicit transcript of the text messages exchanged between David Beckham and Rebecca Loos, and unidentified sources claim the pair had sex at the hotel Beckham was living in when he first arrived in Spain to play for Real Madrid.

But everything is back to normal in the Beckham household, as Victoria gave birth to son No. 3, Cruz, on February 20, 2005. Of course, the birth made headlines, thanks to what the media claims is a feminine name -- at least in Spain (Cruz means "cross" in Spanish).

What else do you need to know?

Edited by Ibad - 27 February 2005 at 5:14pm

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Posted: 27 February 2005 at 5:59pm | IP Logged
thanx for the humungous amount of info... Wink
now i know a lot about him where as i just knew the movie bend it like beckham was named after him n he was a good english soccer player...lol LOL LOL LOL
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