On this day 13 years ago, David Beckham’s curling golazo free kick sent England from the dumpster to the 2002 World Cup finals. The moment lives in wonderment in England, and two years ago I wrote about it on Futbol Intellect. I’m reproducing that here in honor of the occasion.
Three men stride purposefully into a bustling Starbucks. One is DAVID BECKHAM, flanked by DON GARBER and DON JOHNSON, the latter for reasons never fully elucidated. A sweet wind blows.
BECKHAM wears a studied look and is dressed smartly, in a full Manchester United kit. GARBER looks shiftily from side to side in what looks to be a crumpled suit he’s slept in for days, leading the group to a table in the back. JOHNSON trips into the building before screaming that he’s arrived, standing up straight again, brushing aside his hair and rumpling up the sleeves of his salmon and sea-foam green blazer. He struts like a stupid idiot.
BECKHAM and GARBER ignore. BECKHAM repeatedly steps over an invisible ball en route to the table. GARBER reaches for a Xanax. The three sit down together. Glasses clink in the background. A hum of activity as the men lean into the table.
I’ve spoken before on soccer in Florida, that vexing thing that heaves in and out of corrupted lungs like a bipolar track star with a smoking habit. Like much of the rest of the state’s professional sports pantheon, it’ll balloon out to sizable proportions before contracting back in like a retreating army. The Fusion still loom large here.
We all know there’s only one David Beckham – except in his new commercial for Sky Sports. For the most part, usually one David Beckham does the job to melt a woman’s heart but in his first post-retirement video, the Becks is seen with FIVE other Becks: call them the Becks Trek.
In this dreamy ad, one Beckham is seen showing off his sleeve tattoos while tidying up the kitchen. Other Becks’ are also seen grabbing a cup of joe at a local pie’n'mash shop, backstage for some sort of TV appearance, and tuning in to a soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United. It’s simply showing David Beckham doing David Beckham-like things. In the end, all six Becks from the Becks trek gather around the couch to watch the game with one of them wearing 3D glasses promoting the Sky Sports Experience.
Sometimes Mother Nature is our friend, other times she is not. In a game between Ischia and Delta Porto Tolle in Italy’s Serie D, she was definitely not friendly to the goalkeeper of Delta Porto Tolle. Heck, she might even be in his nightmares now after this freak goal.
Already down 1-0 to Ischia, the Tolle stopper made what he had thought was a routine clearance. That’s when the fun begins. On a positive note, at least he bended it like Beckham, right?
Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged in. Here’s a little jaw-dropping gossip for the day. Spotted last night at the Staples Center was none other than the retired David Beckham.
While everyone in attendance was focused on Game Seven between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, Beckham was focused on something else. Someone else, to be exact. Spotted on the Kiss Cam was a younger female in his arms, but here’s the twist: It wasn’t Victoria. Who was this mystery girl? Where was Victoria? How could David do such a thing? So many questions, so little answers.
After thorough investigation (looking at pictures), the female was identified as his daughter, Harper Beckham. Victoria and the sons were right next to them and all is well in the world. It’s just another adorable moment in the lives of the Beckhams. Also, Tom Cruise was sitting in front of them for those who care about that kind of thing.
Now, a hybrid of the Beckhams and the Big Apple, Brooklyn Beckham – the 14-year-old son of David – has made news of his own by announcing he is joining the Queens Park Rangers Academy. The English club trains near the Beckhams’ home in London.
Brooklyn’s passion for the game has always been obvious, and now it appears he’ll try to follow in the footsteps of his father.
Tears, hugs, and a moving salute from his teammates and fans. The final game of David Beckham’s career was just about everything you’d expect. Even Posh Spice managed to break a smi … wait, is she smilin … nope, never mind.
Well, it was a proper sendoff for a soccer icon. The game won’t be the same without you, Becks.
With David Beckham announcing his upcoming retirement yesterday, he and adidas have seized the moment with special edition cleats.
Becks will wear these during the major event that will be his last home game at Brest tomorrow. If you know anything about Beckham you’ll immediately notice the personal touches on these boots. First off, he has the names of his family on the back: the wife and four children.
The red, white & blue pays respect to the union flag of Great Britain, of course.
Beckham has had a career unlike anyone before him. It’s only right he goes out in style.