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Birth name: David Robert Joseph Beckham.
Born: May 2, 1975 Leytonstone, London,England, UK.
Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm).
Nickname:Becks, DB7, Golden Balls.
Playing position: Right Winger, Central Midfielder.
Spouse: Victoria Beckham
September 1, 2008: "David Beckham Wears A Mystical New Age Bracelet To Improve His Sex Life"
David Beckham has been wearing a mystical necklace to improve his sex life.
The Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star wears the libido boosting beads around his wrist.
The necklace, made by Energy Muse, is made up of gems and crystals and includes a scroll promising the wearer better sex, health and work success.
A friend said: "David is a happy guy. The gems were bought as a bit of fun, but David and Victoria have certainly been smiling more recently."
"They have always had a strong sex life but are willing to try anything to keep things fresh."
Stars including Courtney Love, Heidi Klum and Kristin Davis have all been seen with the spiritual accessory, which costs between $50 and $550.
A spokesman for the jeweler said: "We couldn't be more delighted.
"The line has been popular with stars from Britney Spears to Courtney Love, but since David has been spotted with them, sales have shot up."
August 26, 2008: "David And Victoria Beckham Deny Reports They Were Involved In Car Crash"
Posh and Becks were not involved in a "terrifying car crash," the former Spice Girl's spokeswoman denies recent rumors that the couple were involved in a car accident.
Rumors circulated on the Internet on Sunday claiming the Victoria and David Beckham's vehicle hit a wall en route from their home in the French Riviera to Nice Airport. Reports added that their black BMW was spotted with a broken windscreen and other extensive damages at the passenger side.
However, spokeswoman Cheryl Maisel told the New York Daily News that "there was no car crash."
She said, "David and Victoria were driving a car that had been scratched the day before when it had been left parked at the airport - they were not involved in any accident at all. There was no police, no crash, no paparazzi chase, etc. - just very incorrect reports via Internet gossip sites."
July 28, 2008: "David Beckham Reportedly Texting Burlesque Dancer Dita Von Teese"
The soccer star is said to be so impressed by 35-year-old Dita's "raunchy routine" he got her number so he could express his gratitude.
A source is quoted on the MailOnline website as saying: "David is a big fan of Dita's raunchy routine and thinks she's very talented. Dita was delighted when he sent her a text recently."
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Galaxy star says the pair met through Victoria.
The representative said: "Dita is really Victoria's friend. I think David and Dita have met only once."
Dita, the ex-wife of goth rocker Marilyn Manson, is used to having celebrity fans. The shapely stripper recently received a variety of sexy satin dresses from "Entourage" actor Jeremy Piven.
Dita's lawyer Keith Fink said at the time: "She is single, and she's not dating, so he should step up to the plate because there are a lot of guys interested."
July 11, 2008: "David Beckham Homesick For English Food"
David Beckham says the thing he misses most about England is the food.
The soccer star yearns for roast dinners, a traditional Sunday meal comprised of oven-cooked meat and vegetables.
David says wife Victoria satisfies his craving by cooking the meal for him and their sons, nine-year-old Brooklyn, five-year-old Romeo and Cruz, three.
He said: "I still love Sunday dinners. Victoria cooked one for the boys the other day but I was away. I was quite jealous. I also miss English pubs - having a good lager shandy and a Sunday lunch while watching the football [soccer]."
David also revealed he struggles to understand his American teammates.
The 33-year-old says he is settling into his new life well, but has had some difficulty communicating with his new colleagues.
He said in an interview with Britain's The Sun newspaper: "I sometimes say something and my team mates don't understand me. Then they say things and I don't have a clue what they are going on about."
"The other day one of them said they had a raspberry, or it may have been strawberry. I can't remember. They were talking about a grass burn! I couldn't get my head around that one."
July 4, 2008: "Musical Based On Posh And Becks' Lives Being Prepared For The Stage"
he Beckhams are set to be immortalized in a song and dance play. A comedy musical based on Victoria and David Beckham is being prepared for the stage.
Entitled "MacBecks," Posh and Becks' story is about to be dramatized in a "wild comedy romp" that will grace Dublin's Olympia theaters next year.
Taken partly from Shakespeare's "Macbeth," Posh will be featured as an ambitious Lady MacBeth for whom husband David sacrifices his career.
Other real-life characters that will be portrayed include Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager, and Rebecca Loos, David's former assistant with whom he was rumored to be linked romantically.
The play is expected to run starting in January.
May 25, 2008: "David Beckham Voted America�s Sexiest"
America�s new sexy man David Beckham has beat off competition from Ashton Kutcher and Ryan Phillippe to land the title of America�s sexiest man. English soccer star Beckham was voted top of a poll of male celebrities by OK! Magazine, which aimed to find America�s top �man candy�. David Beckham took first place, while Hollywood hunks Kutcher and Phillippe only managed eighth and 26th respectively. Phillippe was also beaten by American Idol judge Simon Cowell who was voted number 25, despite being nearly 20 years older than the sexy actor.
April 30, 2008: "David Beckham To Appear on 'Sesame Street'"
David Beckham has filmed a guest appearance for 'Sesame Street', David Beckham teamed up with one of the hit US TV show's most famous puppets, Elmo, to introduce a new word to the programme's millions of young viewers.
David Beckham chose the word 'persistence' and went on to explain why it was so important to him.
A source said, "David has always been a huge fan of the show. When he was a kid he watched it and was more than happy to go on.
"He loves dealing with kids and thought it would be a great way to get through to them. He has developed a great understanding of children because of his own boys and coaching at the Beckham soccer schools."
April 20, 2008: "David Beckham's and Tom Cruise club"
Beckham and Tom Cruise are reportedly set to buy a soccer club together.
David Bexkham, who currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy, is keen to keep busy when he eventually retires from playing and believes he and the 'Top Gun' star would work well together.
A source said: "David has often spoken of his desire to concentrate on his youth soccer academies, rather than a career in management when he retires from the game."A high-profile soccer venture with a Hollywood superstar would also give him back some of the credibility he surely feels he lost after fleeing prestigious Real Madrid for a megabucks deal in the US."
Beckham and Cruise hope their star status will attract some of the world's top players although it is not known whether they would buy a club in the UK or the US.
April 19, 2008: "David Beckham 'Lover' To Tell All"
David Beckham's alleged former mistress is set to reveal more details about their sex life.
Rebecca Loos - who claimed to have had an affair with the soccer star while he played for Spanish giants Real Madrid in the 2003-04 season - will appear on UK TV show 'Generation Sex' to talk about their alleged relationship.
A source said: "It's highly likely that Beckham will be mentioned. After all it's what made her famous."
Rebecca - who is openly bisexual - claimed to have slept with David while she worked as his personal assistant when he moved to Spain.
However, David has always denied the claims.
She said: "In a way they should be glad it happened - it's made them stronger. They even went on to have another child. Everything happens for a reason, even bad things.
April 9, 2008: "David Beckham Is MLS Player Of Week"
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 2 on Monday.
Beckham scored his first MLS goal and added an assist to lead Los Angeles to a 2-0 win in its season opener over San Jose on Thursday.
Beckham opened the scoring in the ninth minute after Landon Donovan pounced on a loose ball and slid a pass through the defense for him to run onto.
Current Earthquakes and former Galaxy goalie Joe Cannon stepped out to take away the shooting angle, but Beckham slotted it home through his legs for his first goal of the season and first regular season goal in an L.A. uniform.
"It's great to score a goal. I love scoring goals. I'm usually the other end assisting," Beckham said.
Beckham and Donovan teamed again in the 38th minute to provide the scoring punch. Beckham lofted a ball over the defense and Donovan raced onto it and lobbed the ball over Cannon to give the Galaxy their final margin of victory.
"Having played and trained together now, it's made it even easier. I know where he wants the ball and how he wants the ball, and he knows where I want it and how I want it," Donovan said.
Los Angeles (1-1-0) hosts Toronto FC on Sunday at 3 p.m. (ET).
Following is a list of the 2008 Player of the Week winners:
Week 1: Terry Cooke (Colorado Rapids).
Week 2: David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy).
March 25, 2008: "David Beckham Poised To Earn His 100th England Cap"
David Beckham is set to get his wish and win his 100th cap. He is hoping to make his 100th international appearance for England on Wednesday evening in a friendly match against France in Paris.
David has just jetted from sunny warm Los Angeles back to the bitter cold snowy weather in the UK to practice with the England squad.
He doesn�t seem to suffer from jet-lag like us mere mortals. He has been on five continents in four months for making 99 appearances in 11 1/2 years for England�s national team, and if he plays on Wednesday night in the friendly game against France it�ll be a celestial 100.
After practice David spoke at a press conference, saying, �It would be one of the biggest honours that I�ve ever had in my career, and also get it out of the way because everybody�s been talking about it for so long.�
David went on to say, �It is not about �have your 100th game and then retire�. It is about carrying on trying to play well for my country.
�I never thought a year ago or two years ago that I would make 95 caps, never mind 100.
Asked what he though of the squad? David replied, �I�m honoured that I�m making, hopefully, my 100th appearance in an England shirt but I�m also honoured to be doing it against one of the best teams in the world.
But as much as I�m honoured to be here I want it to carry on.
�It is something I want to reach. I would love to play and be part of the squad in 2010. But I�m taking it as it comes, who knows what is round the corner?
�The combination of the players and the combination of manager and staff is setting us up right for the qualification games for the World Cup.�
March 10, 2008: "The Beckhams To Return To London In 2012"
Victoria Beckham swears to return to her land of birth. Posh Spice says she and footballer husband David will return to Britain in 2012 after his LA Galaxy contract expires.
A source reveals, "They are coming and London will be home for Victoria, Davod, and their sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz."
The couple had said they are building their future in the U.S. but apparently, the famous duo are now eager to return to their country. They are set to buy a home in Chelsea in London for their residence.
Victoria is reportedly excited to return to London so they can maximize their charity efforts. However, until David's $250 million contract with the soccer team remains in effect, the Beckhams would still have to make do in Los Angeles, where they have made A-list friends of the likes of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.
Victoria had said in July about their stay in the country, "We've loved every minute so far. I can't see us going back."
March 5, 2008: "Beckham's Visit to Shanghai Hospital Causes Chaos!"
Soccer star David Beckham caused chaos on Tuesday when visiting a hospital in Shanghai.
Beckham went to the Xinhua Hospital to visit with young Leukemia patients, but fans, staff, media and bystanders ended up causing so much chaos that the police had to close one wing of the hospital for several hours.
According to the AFP, things got so crazy at one point "one woman screamed hysterically as angry police refused to allow her inside," as organizers were soon forced to cancel a donation ceremony scheduled to take place outside the hospital.
Beckham's car was delayed for at least 15 minutes while police attempted to clear people away from the ward's main entrance.
David's team, the L.A. Galaxy, are on a three-city Asian tour and are in Shanghai to play an exhibition match against a Shanghai-Hong Kong team on Wednesday. After Shanghai, the team will travel to Hong Kong for a match against a South China team on March 9.
February 25, 2008: "David Beckham Latest Tattoo �Forever By Your Side�"
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham are bust people and often spend quite a lot of time apart on opposite sides of the world, and David obviously wants his wife to know that she is always in his thoughts as he has added more ink to his body.
David�s new tattoo is a declaration of loyalty to Victoria.
David�s new tattoo is on his left forearm, below the six-inch tattoo of Victoria as a bare-breasted angel, the space is now inked with �Forever by your side�.
A source said, �They are both thrilled with the result.�
David Beckham biography (bio):
David Robert Joseph Beckham is an English professional football (soccer) midfielder who is the captain of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy. He is also currently a member of the England national team.
He was chosen runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year twice, and as recently as 2004 was the world's highest-paid footballer. He was Google's most searched of all sports topics in both 2003 and 2004. Such global recognition has made him an elite advertising brand and a top fashion icon.
Beckham was captain of England from 15 November 2000 to 2 July 2006. He made 58 appearances as captain, and ended his tenure in that role after the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals. He continued to make contributions for the England national team in 2007 competitions.
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 Premiership 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.
In January 2007, it was announced that Beckham would leave Real Madrid and sign a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He played his final match with Real on 17 June, after which the team was awarded the 2006�07 La Liga championship.
Beckham's new contract with the Galaxy, effective 1 July 2007, gives him the highest salary of any MLS player in history. He debuted for the team on 21 July in a friendly versus Chelsea FC at the Home Depot Center, and on 15 August, he had his first start with the team, scoring his first goal and first assist in the 2007 SuperLiga semifinal. His first league start then came on 18 August, where he recorded two more assists against the New York Red Bulls in front of a record crowd at Giants Stadium.
Childhood and early career:
Beckham was born in Leytonstone, London, England; the son of David Edward Alan "Ted" Beckham, a kitchen fitter and Manchester United fan, and Sandra Georgina West, a hairdresser. He regularly played football in Ridgeway Park, Chingford as a child. His mother's family is Jewish, and Beckham has referred to himself as "half Jewish" and spoken of the influence the religion has had on him, although he is not known to practice Judaism or any other faith. In his book Both Feet on the Ground, he stated that growing up he always attended church with his parents and sisters.
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.
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. During a two-year period in which he played for Brimsdown Rovers' youth team, he was named Under-15 Player of the Year in 1990. 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.
He was part of a 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 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.
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.
Manchester United era:
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, 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 �ric Cantona scored from in the FA Cup Final. Despite playing regularly for Manchester United, Beckham did not break into the England squad before Euro 96.
At the beginning of the 96/97 season David Beckham was given the number 10 shirt that was last worn by Mark Hughes. 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.
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 during the 1996�97 season, helping them to retain the Premier League championship, and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year by his peers.
Eric Cantona retired at the end of the 96/97 season, this left the coverted number 7 shirt free, and with Teddy Sheringham arriving from Tottenham Hotspur, he left his number 10 shirt fro Sheringham and picked up the number 7 jersery. Some fans had felt the number 7 shirt should be retired after Cantona had himself retire. United started the 1997�98 season well, but their performance deteriorated and the club finished the season in second place, behind Arsenal.
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, 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.
In the second round (last 16) of that competition, he received a red card in England's match against Argentina. Beckham, after having been fouled by Diego Simeone, kicked 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. 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 received death threats after the World Cup.
1998�99 season (the Treble):
In the 1998�99 season, he was part of the United team that won the treble � Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, a unique feat in English football. There had been speculation that the criticism that he had received after being sent off in the World Cup would lead to him leaving England, but he decided to stay at Manchester United.
To ensure they would win the league championship, United needed to win their final league match of the season, at home to Tottenham Hotspur, but Tottenham took an early lead in the match. Beckham scored the equaliser and United went on to win the match and the league.
Beckham played centre-midfield in United's FA Cup final win over Newcastle United and for the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, since United's first string centre-midfielders were suspended for the match. United were losing the match 1-0 at the end of normal time, but won the trophy by scoring two goals in injury time. Both of the goals came from corners taken by Beckham. Those kicks, coupled with great performances over the rest of the season, led to him finishing runner up to Rivaldo for 1999's European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
Despite Beckham's achievements in the 1998�99 season, he was still unpopular among some opposition fans and journalists, and he was 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, but his manager publicly backed him and he stayed at the 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". Beckham had a good season for his club, though, and helped United to win the Premier League by a record margin.
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, a match where Beckham set up two goals, when a group of England supporters taunted him throughout the match. 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.
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-G�ran 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 Lu�s Figo of Portugal, for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
On 10 April 2002, Beckham was injured during a Champions League match against Deportivo La Coru�a, 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. 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.
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 knockout 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.
Following an injury early in the 2002�03 season, Beckham was unable to regain his place on the Manchester United team, with Ole Gunnar Solskj�r 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. 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.
During his 11-year 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.
Real Madrid era:
Manchester United had been keen to sell Beckham to Barcelona but he refused to go there, instead signing a four-year contract with Real Madrid, worth a potential �35 million. The transfer was completed on 1 July and made him the third Englishman to play for the club after Laurie Cunningham 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 was 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 Ra�l had the right to wear it written into his contract. He decided to wear number 23 instead, citing his admiration of basketball player Michael Jordan, who also wore the number 23 shirt, as the reason behind his decision.
First season 2003�04:
Real Madrid finished the season in fourth place, and were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage. But, Beckham immediately became a favourite with the Real Madrid supporters, scoring five times in his first 16 matches (including scoring less than 3 minutes into his La Liga debut), 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".
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 missed another in a penalty shootout in the quarter final against Portugal. England lost the shootout and went out of the competition.
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. 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.
Beckham became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in January 2005 and was involved in promoting London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Third season, 2005�06:
Real Madrid finished 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 one goal. Although there is the notable fact that Beckham led La Liga in assists for the season.
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.
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.
Fourth season, 2006�07:
Real Madrid won their first Spanish La Liga title in 3 years because of their superior head-to-head record against Barcelona, giving Beckham his first title since he joined Real Madrid. Initially out of favour with manager Fabio Capello, Beckham started only a few games at the beginning of the season, as Jose Antonio Reyes was normally preferred on the right wing. In the first nine matches Beckham started, Real lost seven.
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.
On 11 January 2007 Beckham announced that he had signed a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy beginning 1 July 2007. 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. 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. In his final UEFA Champions League appearance, Real Madrid were knocked out of the competition (by the away goals rule) on 7 March 2007. Beckham had made a total of 103 appearances in the Champions League, the third highest number of any player at the time.
On 17 June 2007, the last day of the La Liga season, Beckham started in his final match for the club, a 3-1 win over Mallorca, which saw them clinch the title from Barcelona. Although both finished level on points, Madrid took the title because of their superior head-to-head record, capping a remarkable six-month turnaround for Beckham.
A month after the conclusion of Beckham's Real career, Forbes magazine reported that he had been the party primarily responsible for the team's huge increase in merchandise sales, a total reported to top $600 million US during Beckham's four years at the club.
World Cup 2006:
During the FIFA World Cup 2006, Beckham's performance was criticised by the majority of the press and public.
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.
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, 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-final 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 score 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 were 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, saying, "It has been an honour and privilege to captain my country but, having been captain for 58 of my 95 games, I feel the time is right to pass on the armband as we enter a new era under Steve McClaren". (Beckham had actually won 94 caps up to that point.) He was then succeeded by Chelsea captain John Terry.
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, although McClaren eventually opted to employ Steven Gerrard in that role.
On 26 May 2007, Steve McClaren announced that Beckham would be recalled to the England squad for the first time since stepping down as their captain. Beckham started against Brazil in England's first match at the new Wembley Stadium and put in a positive performance. In the second half he set up England's goal converted by captain John Terry. It looked as though England would claim victory over Brazil, but newcomer Diego equalised in the dying seconds. In England's next match, a Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia, Beckham sent two trademark assists for Michael Owen and Peter Crouch, helping England to prevail 3-0.
Beckham had assisted in three of England's four total goals in those two games, and he stated his desire to continue to play for England after his move to the MLS.
On 22 August 2007, Beckham played in a friendly for England against Germany, becoming the first ever to play for England while on a non-European club team.
L.A. Galaxy era:
It was confirmed on 11 January 2007 that David Beckham would be leaving Real Madrid to join MLS team Los Angeles Galaxy. 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."
On 12 January, Beckham's official press conference was held in conjunction with the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. Via satellite from Spain, 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 [sic] 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."
On 17 June, he played his final match with Real Madrid, and although he limped off the field and was replaced, his sub made two goals and the team won the season's La Liga title, their first since Beckham had signed with them. On 26 June, his first major U.S. ad campaign since finishing with Real Madrid made its debut via the web. "Futbol Meets Football" pairs him with the NFL's Reggie Bush in a 13-part video series, with additional television, radio, and online promotion by adidas planned throughout the summer season.
His new contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy took effect on 1 July, and on 13 July, he was officially unveiled as a Galaxy player in a ceremony at the Home Depot Center. It was attended by 5000 invited season-ticket holders and hundreds of international media. Beckham chose to wear number 23 (as he did while at Real Madrid), explaining it was because NBA legend Michael Jordan also wore 23. It was announced that Galaxy jersey sales had already reached a record figure of over 250,000 prior to this formal introduction.
Beckham was featured by the U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated for the first time as a Galaxy player and in his new uniform, on the cover of the 16 July 2007 edition, and was also given his own weekly TV series, "David Beckham's Soccer USA" on Fox Soccer Channel.
ESPN produced a 30-second TV promo for Beckham's arrival: "Hello, Goodbye" featuring a Son Volt cover of the Beatles composition of the same name, depicting European fans' farewells and Americans' anticipation. The same network then featured him on the cover of the 30 July issue of ESPN The Magazine.
He attended the MLS All-Star Game on 19 July in Denver, Colorado, and on 21 July, he made his Galaxy debut at the Home Depot Center, coming on in the 78th minute in a 1-0 loss to Chelsea F.C. in a match during the World Series of Football tournament. The match saw unprecedented TV coverage from ESPN, who used 19 cameras to cover it, including one trained only on Beckham, even when he was on the bench, and several used for interviewing and showing the many celebrities and dignitaries on hand, including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Beckham did not start the match, and spent just over 16 minutes on the field, at the end of the match. He exited with applause from the crowd and also shared a hug with the man who succeeded him as England captain and scored the winning goal that night, John Terry.
ESPN later announced that the TV audience for that match was five times the norm for an MLS match on their network, setting a network MLS record. In addition, Nielsen Media Research reported that it was the most watched TV program that night by young adult males across the U.S.
Beckham made his league d�but with the Galaxy on 9 August versus D.C. United. He did not start the match, but came on as a substitute in the second half in the 1-0 loss.
Beckham returned to the pitch the following week, again facing D.C. United, but this time in the SuperLiga semifinal match on 15 August. This game at the Home Depot Center, he had many firsts with the Galaxy; including his first start, and he was named the team captain. In the 18th minute, he received his first yellow card. He scored his first goal for the team, from a free kick, in the 27th minute. In the second half, he also made his first assist, for Landon Donovan. These two Galaxy goals gave the team a 2-0 victory, and a place in the inaugural North American SuperLiga Final versus CF Pachuca on 29 August.
His first start in a league game came on 18 August, in an away match against the New York Red Bulls in front of 66,237 spectators at a packed Giants Stadium. Within the first nine minutes of the game, the Galaxy scored two goals from set pieces, with Beckham assisting Carlos Pav�n for both. Beckham made the two assists in a 5-4 loss, a match that saw the stadium's highest attendance ever for a regular season MLS game.
That Saturday match was to be the first of three consecutive games where he would play the full 90 minutes, and within one week's time. The following Wednesday, he played the entire match for England against Germany in London, and on the very next night, was in L.A. and played an entire regular-season match there for the Galaxy.
Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson said that he "practiced with a discipline to achieve an accuracy that other players wouldn't care about". He maintained his training routine at Real Madrid and even when his relationship with management was strained in early 2007, Ramon Calderon and Fabio Capello praised Beckham for maintaining his professionalism and commitment to the club.
Beckham was the first England player ever to collect two red cards and the first England captain to be sent off. Beckham's most notorious red card was during the 1998 FIFA World Cup: after Argentina's Diego Simeone had fouled him, Beckham lashed out with his leg and the Argentine fell. England went on to lose the game on penalties.
For Real Madrid he amassed 41 yellow cards and 4 red cards.
Beckham has also been described as a "gentleman" when referring to his demeanour on the pitch. During his time as England captain, Beckham helped to keep Wayne Rooney's temper in check on several occasions.