Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Bending it like Beckham as become a popular phrase in the English lexicon. Is the title of an English movie but it also speaks about the talent and popularity of the English soccer start David Beckha, or Becks as he is known to his friends.
Born in Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, London. David Beckham was born to parents who were die hard Manchester United fans. He often traveled with his parents to watch the games in the Old Trafford (In Manchester) and that definitely was the start of his love for playing English football, or as it is known in the US…soccer. One of the famous ex soccer players in the UK, Bobby Charlton, had a football school for young boys that David was part of. He signed on as a trainee for the Man United youth team in 1991 and was instrumental in helping them win the youth FA cup in 1992. With his trademark free-kick ability and his accurate passing skills, David was fast becoming arguably one of the most popular footballers ever. He went on to playing with the adult Man United team and helped them win the Premier League in the UK in 1995. He went on to captain the English team over 68 times before he was transferred to Real Madrid.
He played with them until 2007 when he announced his new contract with the LA Galaxy. It was hoped that this move would boost the popularity of soccer in the United States. Since he has been here, the game has gained more popularity although not at the level of the other more popular sports. David Beckham is married to Victoria Adam, one of 90’s popular Spice girls group. He has three sons with her and although they have faced criticism in their personal life,but his marriage to her seems as strong as ever.
They have a foundation together and David is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.He supports the charities Malaria No More and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) He was instrumental in helping London win the nomination for 2012 Olympic Games.