In this article I write about the England and Real Madrid footballer David Beckham. Beckham no doubt is looking forward to leading England at the forthcoming Fifa World Cup of football and victory would provide that final acolade to what has been a very successful career.
David Beckham was born around the London area of England and as a child soon developed a passion for playing football. His dad would take him to the local park to practice his skills including how to trap and control a ball. He would at times kick it up in the air as high as he could and would then ask David to attempt to control it as it came back down towards the ground.
Young Beckham would also practice the art of scoring a goal from the other half of the pitch. This is a particular skill which is very hard to perfect. Years later when he played a famous game at Wimbledon, he scored such a goal which highlighted his talent and put him on the football map.
Beckham was soon spotted as a youngster by a variety of clubs but decided to join Manchester United. He still remains a staunch United supporter despite moving to play for Madrid and admits that he is still hurt by the way Alex Ferguson hounded him out of the club.
David always believed that he would end his career at Manchester but this was not to be. He is now very happy at Real Madrid and the supporters have really taken to him. Despite a lack of silverware at his new club, Beckham has kept his form and has been one of the most consistent performers in the team.
David Beckhams international career for England has been some what of a mixed bag. No England supporter will ever forget the moment when he was sent off against our great rivals Argentina, eight years ago at the World Cup.
It was a moment of madness which I am sure he will regard as his biggest mistake in football. The way many people in England reacted to this error was far too over the top and totally out of order. A lesser man may have even quit the game under the huge amount of pressure and the constant abuse from supporters up and down the country.
This however is not Beckhams style and he came back fighting. His performance in the last group qualifying game against Greece was nothing short of sensational and the free kick he scored in the final moments was one of the best I have ever seen. In the World Cup itself four years ago, England again were drawn to play Argentina.
During the match they were awarded a penalty which David stepped up to take. My heart was in my mouth and I was willing the ball in for him and our proud nation. The pressure he must of felt would have been immense but he kept his cool and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
I really hope that Beckham can captain England to go all the way to win the 2006 Fifa World Cup as in my opinion he truly deserves it.
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