Friday, August 17, 2012

Free Kick Specialist: David Beckham

David Robert Joseph Beckham

David Robert Joseph Beckham, born on 2 May 1975 plays for Los Angeles Galaxy. He has played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, and the England national team for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield player.

Beckham's career began when he signed a professional contract with Manchester United, making his first-team debut in 1992 aged 17. During his time there, United won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. He left Manchester United to sign for Real Madrid in 2003, where he remained for four seasons, clinching the La Liga championship in his final season with the club.

In January 2007, it was announced that Beckham would leave Real Madrid for the Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy, signing a five-year contract with them on 1 July 2007. While a Galaxy player, he spent two loan spells in Italy with Milan in 2009 and 2010. On 20 November 2011, he joined an elite group of players to have won three league titles in three different countries, when Los Angeles won their third MLS Cup.
Beckham has twice been runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year and in 2004 was the world's highest-paid footballer when taking into account salary and advertising deals. Beckham was the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches. He is third in the Premier League's all time time assist provider chart, with 152 assists in 265 appearances. When joining the MLS in 2007 he was given the highest player salary in the league's history, with his playing contract with the Galaxy over the next three years being worth US$6.5m per year.

Beckham's Famous Center line Goal for MANU
Beckham Achievements

Manchester United
Premier League (6): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03
FA Cup (2): 1995–96, 1998–99
FA Community Shield (4): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
FA Youth Cup (1): 1991–92
UEFA Champions League (1): 1998–99
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999

Real Madrid
La Liga (1): 2006–07
Supercopa de España (1): 2003

Los Angeles Galaxy
MLS Cup (1): 2011
MLS Supporters' Shield (2): 2010, 2011
MLS Western Conference
Winners (Regular Season) (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
Winners (Playoffs) (2): 2009, 2011

Tournoi de France: 1997
FA Summer Tournament: 2004

  • Premier League Player of the Month (1): August 1996
  • PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
  • FWA Tribute Award: 2008
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 1998–99
  • UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (1): 1998–99
  • Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02):
  • Domestic & Overall Team of the Decade
  • Goal of the Decade (vs. Wimbledon, 17 August 1996)
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2001
  • UEFA Team of the Year 2003
  • Real Madrid Player of the Year (1): 2005–2006
  • PFA Team of the Year (4): 1996–197,1997–98,1998–99,1999–2000
  • ESPY Award – Best Male Soccer Player: 2004
  • ESPY Award – Best MLS Player: 2008
  • English Football Hall of Fame: 2008
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award (1): 2010
  • MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award (1): 2011
  • Major League Soccer Best XI: 2011
  • ESPY Award: Best MLS Player 2011

Beckham Records
  • Second Englishman after Trevor Francis to win league titles in 3 different countries (England, Spain, USA)
  • First England player to score at three World Cups
  • First British footballer to play 100 Champions League games
  • Has the joint-second most goal assists in European Championship finals history
Due to an injury suffered to his torn left Achilles tendon, Beckham was forced to miss the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a player. On 14 May 2010 it was announced that Beckham would work as a mediator between management and the players, and as an English member of the coaching staff for the England national football team at the tournament.[151] As an agreement between Beckham, his representatives, his club, Los Angeles Galaxy and Fabio Capello, the former England captain was on the plane to South Africa on 2 June.


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