David Beckham

Professional footballer David Beckham

David Robert Joseph Beckham, is an English association footballer who currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy. He has previously played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, as well as the England national team, for which he holds the all-time appearance record for an outfield player. Beckham's career began when he signed a professional contract with Manchester United, making his first-team debut in 1992 aged 17.
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David Beckham's personal information overview.
Birthday
02 May 1975
home town
England
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David Beckham buys US soccer team
CNN - 18 days
Former soccer star David Beckham launches a Miami Major League Soccer team.
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David Beckham launches new Major League Soccer team in Miami
ABC News - 19 days
Beckham said he has been talking about owning a team for a "long, long time."
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Brooklyn Beckham under fire for posing in pic with gun
Fox News - 6 months
The 18 year old son of Victoria and David Beckham received backlash after posing in pictures toting a gun for a photoshoot with Damon Baker.
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David Beckham Closes In on M.L.S. Franchise. Will Miami Care?
NYTimes - 7 months
Beckham’s long effort to start a team in the city faces little league opposition. But an indifferent fan base and a cramped stadium site are obstacles.
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LA Galaxy's search for talent 10 years after signing Beckham
CNN - 7 months
It was only 10 years ago that LA Galaxy were signing arguably the most recognizable face in world football, David Beckham.
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David Beckham Defends Kissing His Daughter On The Lips
Huffington Post - 8 months
The famous dad faced criticism after posting a photo on Instagram.
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James Corden Roasts David Beckham For Matching Outfits With Posh
Huffington Post - 8 months
We’ve all committed a few fashion faux pas we’d rather not recall. But James Corden isn’t letting David Beckham forget his for a second.  On his show this week, the comedian busted out a throwback photo series of David and his wife Victoria Beckham in coordinating outfits, in anticipation of the couple’s 18th wedding anniversary next month. Corden was a merciless fashion cop, poking fun at the matching purple ensembles the couple wore on their wedding day in 1999. A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Jul 4, 2014 at 4:31am PDT He also had choice words for some some revealing pants-and-top combos they sported on the red carpet two years later. Beckham refused to apologize for the duo’s outfits of yore. “I’m not saying I regret them because at the time, it felt right,” he told Corden. “Now, I’m not so sure.” See some of the pair’s highlights ― or are they lowlights? ― below and in the video above. -- This...
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Parents Defend David Beckham After Criticism For Kissing His Daughter On The Lips
Huffington Post - 9 months
David Beckham has joined the ranks of moms and dads who’ve been publicly shamed. Luckily, his fellow parents came to his defense. While on vacation in Tanzania on Thursday, the retired soccer star posted a photo of himself kissing his 5-year-old daughter on the lips on Instagram. In the caption, he wrote, “Kiss for Daddy.”  A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jun 1, 2017 at 10:55am PDT The photo received over 1.8 million likes on Instagram, and the comments section is filled with positive messages to the dad. However, there were some negative reactions as well. “Disgusting u pervert,” wrote on commenter. “Tbh kissing your daughter on the lips is a little weird...” wrote another. “This is perverse,” another commented. “DISGUSTING! What a sick man kisses a little girl? This poor girl, enduring that, will never be able to have a relationship with a man, will just see the exploitation.” In response to the vitriol, fellow parents sh...
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Ed Sheeran's 'Carpool Karaoke' Teaser Has Got Us Singing Like
Huffington Post - 9 months
Don’t fear ― Ed Sheeran’s much-anticipated “Carpool Karaoke” is *almost* here. “The Late Late Show” released a sneak preview Thursday of Sheeran belting out some of his biggest hits with host James Corden. They look almost as excited as we are: The full clip will air Tuesday. In the snippet posted online, Corden also revealed that he was temporarily taking his show to London. His guests will include Tom Cruise, David Beckham, Emily Blunt, Kit Harington and Nicole Kidman. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=591ea049e4b094cdba52ebf5,585165dbe4b092f0868672dd,590b4cafe4b0e7021e9537ca -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Beckham among lots at Cannes AIDS auction
Reuters.com - 9 months
Hollywood stars like Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman, Uma Thurman and David Beckham turn up for the amFAR charity to raise money in the fight against AIDS. Rough Cut - no reporter narration
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'King Arthur' director says David Beckham 'great on screen'
Reuters.com - 9 months
LONDON (Reuters) - David Beckham has received some scathing reviews in the British press for his cameo in the film "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword", but director Guy Ritchie has given the former soccer star the thumbs up for his performance.
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David Beckham Fast Facts
CNN - 10 months
Read CNN's Fast Facts about David Beckham, and learn more about the life of the retired soccer legend.
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David Beckham and UNICEF respond to alleged hacked emails about knighthood campaign
Fox News - about 1 year
A spokesperson for the soccer star says the supposed leaked emails paint a 'deliberately inaccurate picture.'....
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Beckham
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 39
    In June 2015 he visited Siem Reap in Cambodia, where he met with child victims of violence.
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    In 2015, his tenth year as a UNICEF Ambassador, Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger.
    He was named one of GQs 50 best dressed British men in 2015.
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    In March 2015 Beckham had the third highest social media rank in the world among sportspeople, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with over 52 million Facebook fans.
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  • 2014
    Age 38
    In January 2014, Beckham appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC in the U.S, and in March he made a guest appearance in the BBC's Sport Relief special of Only Fools and Horses.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    From 14 July 2013, Beckham started appearing in adverts for BSkyB advertising their Sky Sports coverage via the Sky Go app.
    In May 2013, asked about how he wanted to be remembered in his retirement, Beckham said, "I just want people to see me as a hardworking footballer, someone that's passionate about the game, someone that – every time I stepped on the pitch – I've given everything that I have, because that's how I feel.
    On 18 May 2013, Beckham was made captain in his final home game against Brest.
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    On 16 May 2013, Beckham announced that he would retire from professional football at the end of that year's French football season.
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    He received one red card while on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, picked up in injury time in a match against Evian on 28 April 2013.
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    Chinese authorities appointed Beckham as global ambassador for Chinese football in March 2013.
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    On 12 May 2013, Beckham won a fourth different top flight winners' medal after PSG beat Lyon 1–0 to claim the Ligue 1 title.
    His PSG debut came on 24 February 2013, when he came off the bench in the 76th minute in a Ligue 1 home match against Marseille.
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    On 31 January 2013, ahead of the transfer deadline it was announced that Beckham would be undergoing a medical with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a potential move to the Ligue 1 side.
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  • 2012
    Age 36
    Beckham had earlier announced that the 2012 MLS Cup Final would be his final game with the Galaxy despite having another year remaining on his contract.
    Beckham helped the Galaxy to a fourth-place finish in the MLS Western Conference 2012 regular season with Beckham scoring seven goals and adding nine assists.
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    In May 2012, Beckham and his victorious teammates were received by President of the United States Barack Obama at the White House.
    Beckham was heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain, but on 18 January 2012, Galaxy announced Beckham had signed a new two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    Following the 2011 season, in which the Galaxy won their second consecutive Supporters' Shield, having the second most points in MLS history, Beckham's five-year contract with the Galaxy expired on 31 December 2011.
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    After having his best season with the Galaxy to date and finishing second in the league in assists, Beckham finished his fifth MLS season on a high. On 20 November 2011, he joined an elite group of players to have won three league titles in three different countries, when Los Angeles won their third MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo, winning 1–0 on a goal by captain Landon Donovan, with assists from Beckham and fellow designated player Robbie Keane.
    With Beckham playing in the centre of midfield, the Galaxy won the 2011 MLS cup.
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    During January and February 2011, ahead of the 2011 MLS season, Beckham trained with Tottenham Hotspur.
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  • 2010
    Age 34
    On 4 October, Beckham scored a trademark free kick in a 2–1 win over Chivas USA to mark his first goal in 2010.
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    On 11 September 2010, after recovering from his Achilles tendon injury, Beckham returned to the game as a substitute in the 70th minute in the Galaxy's 3–1 win over Columbus Crew.
    Doctor Sakari Orava performed surgery on Beckham's tendon in Turku, Finland, on 15 March 2010.
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    Beckham returned to Old Trafford for the second leg of the tie on 10 March 2010; he did not start the match, but was brought on for Ignazio Abate in the 64th minute to a positive reception from the Manchester United fans.
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    On 16 February 2010, Beckham played against Manchester United for the first time since he left the club in 2003.
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    On 6 January 2010, Beckham made a winning return in a Milan shirt, playing 75 minutes of a 5–2 victory over Genoa.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    In November 2009, after the end of 2009 MLS season, it was confirmed that Beckham would return to Milan for a second loan period beginning in January 2010.
    He remained a key part of the squad which saw Galaxy win the 2009 Western Conference final after a 2–0 overtime victory over the Houston Dynamo.
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    This was later confirmed by Beckham, revealing what was described as a unique "timeshare" deal, in which Beckham would play with L.A. from mid-July till the end of the 2009 MLS season.
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  • 2008
    Age 32
    Beckham was unveiled at Milan's training facility by the club's chief executive Adriano Galliani on 20 December 2008.
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    On 30 October 2008, Milan announced that Beckham was to join them on loan from 7 January 2009.
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    In 2008, Beckham's success in the England national team under Fabio Capello led to speculation that he might return to Europe to retain match fitness for the World Cup qualifying matches in 2009.
    Beckham trained with Arsenal from 4 January 2008 for three weeks until he returned to the Galaxy for pre-season training.
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  • 2007
    Age 31
    Beckham maintained his training routine at Real Madrid and even when his relationship with management was strained in early 2007, Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón and manager Fabio Capello praised Beckham for maintaining his professionalism and commitment to the club.
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    In April 2007, he and wife Victoria bought an $18.2 million home on San Ysidro Drive in Beverly Hills.
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    The speculation about his new contract in Madrid was thus put to an end and the following day Beckham's official press conference was held in conjunction with the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
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    Beckham's involvement with Major League Soccer (MLS) began while he was still a Real Madrid player when it was confirmed on 11 January 2007 that he would be leaving Madrid in six months to join MLS side LA Galaxy.
    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.
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    In his final UEFA Champions League appearance for the club, Real Madrid were knocked out of the competition by Bayern Munich at the round-of-16 stage (on the away goals rule) on 7 March 2007.
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    About a month later, however, Capello backtracked on his earlier statement, allowing Beckham to rejoin the team for the match against Real Sociedad on 10 February 2007.
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    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.
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    On 11 January 2007, Beckham announced that he had signed a five-year deal to play for the LA Galaxy beginning 1 July 2007.
    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.
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    He is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part."' – Alex Ferguson speaking about Beckham's marriage in 2007.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    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.
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    The season also marked the end of an era for the club as Pérez resigned his president post in January 2006 with Vicente Boluda named as replacement on interim basis until the end of the season. The summer 2006 off-season marked a turbulent time as club president elections were held.
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    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. Real Madrid finished second to Barcelona in the 2005–06 La Liga, albeit with a large 12-point gap, and reached the last 16 only in the Champions League after losing to Arsenal.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 29
    On 3 December 2005, Beckham was sent off for the third time that season in a league match against Getafe CF.
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  • 2004
    Age 28
    Beckham made more headlines on 9 October 2004 when he admitted intentionally fouling Ben Thatcher in an England match against Wales to get himself booked.
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    In July 2004, while Beckham was in pre-season training in Spain, an intruder scaled a wall at the Beckham home while carrying a can of petrol.
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    In April 2004, the British tabloid News of the World carried claims by Beckham's former personal assistant Rebecca Loos that he and Loos had an extramarital affair.
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    For comparison ESPN2's weekly MLS broadcasts on Thursdays drew a consistent .2 rating on virtually no promotion while Freddy Adu's MLS debut televised on ABC back in 2004 earned a 1.3 rating.
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  • 2003
    Age 27
    Had it been Beckham's final match for the Galaxy, it would have been the third time he has won a league championship in his final match for a club, repeating the feat he accomplished with Manchester United in 2003 and Real Madrid in 2007.
    In late August 2003, Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup over two legs versus RCD Mallorca, with Beckham scoring the final goal in a 3–0 return leg win at home, thus setting the stage for the start of the league season.
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    In late July 2003, the club went on a tour of the Far East as part of the pre-season training, but also to cash in on Beckham's huge marketing appeal in Asia where he enjoyed tremendous following.
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    As the summer 2003 transfer window approached, Manchester United appeared keen to sell Beckham to Barcelona and the two clubs even announced that they reached a deal for Beckham's transfer, but instead he joined reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid for €35 million on a four-year contract.
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    He was still a first-choice player for England, however, and was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to football on 13 June 2003.
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    His relationship with his manager deteriorated further on 15 February 2003 when, in the changing room following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, a furious Alex Ferguson threw or kicked a boot that struck Beckham over the eye, causing a cut that required stitches.
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  • 2002
    Age 26
    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.
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    Following an injury early in the 2002–03 season, Beckham was unable to regain his place on the Manchester United team, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær having replaced him on the right side of midfield.
    On 10 April 2002, Beckham was injured during a Champions League match against Deportivo de La Coruña, breaking the second metatarsal bone in his left foot.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    Despite the injury, 2001–02 was arguably Beckham's best season as a United player; he scored 11 goals in 28 league games, and a total of 16 goals in 42 games in all competitions, the best of his career.
  • 2000
    Age 24
    He was a key player in United's third successive league title in 2000–01 – only the fourth time that any club had achieved three league titles in a row.
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    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 23
    On 4 July 1999, David and Victoria married at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland.
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    Beckham helped United retain the Premier League title in 1999–2000 by an 18-point margin – after being pushed by Arsenal and Leeds United for much of the season.
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    Beckham played in central midfield in United's win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, since United's first string centre-midfielders Paul Scholes and Roy Keane were suspended for the match.
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    With United, he won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 22
    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.
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    In the 1998–99 season, he was part of the United team that won the treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, a unique feat in English football.
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    He made 115 career appearances in total, appearing at three FIFA World Cup tournaments, the 1998, 2002 and 2006 editions and two UEFA European Championship tournaments, the 2000 and 2004 editions.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    In 1997, Beckham started dating Victoria Adams, after she attended a Manchester United match.
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  • 1996
    Age 20
    In international football, Beckham made his England debut on 1 September 1996 at the age of 21.
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    During the 1996–97 season, Beckham became an automatic first-choice player at Manchester United helping them to retain the Premier League championship, and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year by his peers.
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    On 17 August 1996 (the first day of the Premier League season), Beckham became something of a household name when he scored a spectacular goal in a match against Wimbledon.
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    At the beginning of the 1996–97 season, Beckham was given the number 10 shirt that had most recently been worn by Mark Hughes.
    Despite playing regularly (and to a consistently high standard) for Manchester United, Beckham did not break into the England squad before Euro 1996.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1995
    Age 19
    Beckham returned to Manchester and finally made his Premier League debut for Manchester United on 2 April 1995, in a goal-less draw against Leeds United.
  • 1994
    Age 18
    When experienced players Paul Ince, Mark Hughes, and Andrei Kanchelskis left the club after the end of the 1994–95 season, his decision to let youth team players replace them instead of buying star players from other clubs (United had been linked with moves for players including Darren Anderton, Marc Overmars and Roberto Baggio, but no major signings were made that summer), drew a great deal of criticism.
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    Beckham then went to Preston North End on loan for part of the 1994–95 season to get some first team experience.
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    On 7 December 1994, Beckham made his UEFA Champions League debut, scoring a goal in a 4–0 victory at home to Galatasaray in the final game of the group stage.
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    In September 1994, Beckham went on to gain his first full appearance in the club's first team against Port Vale in a League Cup fixture.
    Beckham would also receive honours with the club's reserve team, when the squad would win the league in 1994.
  • 1993
    Age 17
    In the second leg on 13 May 1993, Beckham played the full 90 minutes of Manchester United's 2–1 defeat, which gave Leeds United a 4–1 aggregate score.
    Manchester United would again reach the final of the FA Youth Cup, where they would face Leeds United. The first leg was played on 10 May 1993, where Beckham started in Manchester United's 2–0 home loss but was replaced by substitute Robbie Savage.
    Shortly afterwards, Beckham signed as a professional on 23 January 1993.
  • 1992
    Age 16
    Beckham's impact led to a first-team debut on 23 September 1992, as a substitute for Andrei Kanchelskis in a League Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion.
    Beckham scored Manchester United's second goal in the 30th minute of their 3–1 first-leg win of the final against Crystal Palace on 14 April 1992.
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    Beckham's professional club career began with Manchester United, where he made his first-team debut in 1992 aged 17.
  • 1991
    Age 15
    Having signed for Manchester United as a trainee on 8 July 1991, Beckham was part of a group of young players, including Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, who were coached by Eric Harrison, and helped the club win the FA Youth Cup in May 1992.
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    He also attended Bradenton Preparatory Academy, but signed schoolboy forms at Manchester United on his 14th birthday, and subsequently signed a Youth Training Scheme contract on 8 July 1991.
  • 1990
    Age 14
    During a two-year period in which Beckham played for Brimsdown Rovers' youth team, he was named Under-15 Player of the Year in 1990.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 10
    Beckham was a Manchester United mascot for a match against West Ham United in 1986.
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  • 1975
    Born
    Born on May 2, 1975.
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