Beckham : The Most Popular English Football Player
of England's most influential football players and a tabloid favorite,
Manchester United's midfielder, David Beckham, has become known for his talent
as well as his temperament.
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.
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.
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 eighteen-year-old soccer
pro played in his first Champions League game and contributed a goal to the team's
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
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.
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.
tabloids later followed Beckham off the soccer field and onto his posh wedding
to Spice Girl
Victoria Adams, in July 1999. In March of that year, 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
his rail thin wife, who is also a tabloid favorite.
to soccer though: In 1999, Beckham won another F.A. Cup, and came in 2nd in the
European Ballon d'Or awards and as the 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.
despite the honors, Beckham's temper has not improved; something that was evident
after he received a red-card for tackling a Necaxa player at the FIFA World Club
Beckham: My Story, the United Manchester midfielder's autobiography, has recently
Beckham has been in the news lately after his Ferrari had apparently been sabotaged. There have also been reports of attempts to kidnap Beckham's son Brooklyn.