Footballer David Beckham said London 2012 would boost the fortunes of his native East End for generations.
The former England captain, who was raised near the Olympic Village, said the opening of the Games would be an “amazing moment”.
Speaking as he made an appearance at City Hall, Beckham said the transformation of the area would not end with the Games.
He also spoke of his pride in bringing the Olympics to his home turf. Read more
Crikey she’s good. Michelle Obama is wearing some jacket or other, teamed with some or other trousers, as she arrives at the US Ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park. The Florida University marching band serenade her as she passes. She seems to be moving pretty fast. “Is that … ?” the press corps is confused. “Is she jogging?” The First Lady is freaking jogging. “That must have come from her,” someone remarks, aghast. “Nobody can have told her to jog.”
She takes the stage. She says hello. “I’m so excited to be here today to share my love of sports,” she remarks, winningly. I’ve been swept away by the Olympic spirit, but she seems to me to be the very embodiment of the healthy, five-a-day life.
The purpose of the event is to introduce kids to sports, lesser-spotted sports and alarming mascots. Some are budding athletes, like the girls from Halifax Harriers, who know obscure things like the fastest time of Usain Bolt’s training partner. Some are kids from American military families stationed here, “so please be respectful of that,” the press officer says (I’m not sure what this means. Should we bow?). Some are regular kids, who want to be footballers but not really for the football. “I’m definitely going to be a footballer,” 9-year-old Yuvraj Singhlard, from Bow, tells me, craning his neck to see where one of the stewards is going with a man dressed up as a Power Ranger. “Where’s she taking him? Do you think she’s going to beat him up?” Continue
David Beckham surprises Team GB supporters in a photo booth at the Westfield shopping centre near the Olympic park in Stratford. Details
According to a recent FORBES report David Beckham is the 8th richest athlete in the world behind:
DAVID BECKHAM AT A GLANCE:
- Salary/Winnings: $9 M
- Endorsements: $37 M (Total: $46 M)
- Age: 37
- Source of Wealth: Soccer
- Residence: Beverly Hills, CA
- Country of Citizenship: United Kingdom
- Marital Status: Married
- Children: 4
- Agent: Simon Fuller
- Agency: XIX Entertainment
SOURCE: Forbes magazine
David Beckham‘s career highs and lows – from his Manchester United debut and a long England career to life at LA Galaxy, and his shock Olympic snub.
HIGH Manchester United take Beckham on as a trainee in 1991. Makes his debut in 1992 and is part of the side who win the FA Youth Cup, before signing a professional contract in 1993.
HIGH In 1996 helps United win the Premier League and FA Cup double.
HIGH Scores stunning goal on opening day of the 1996-97 season at Wimbledon, lobbing goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from the halfway line.
HIGH Makes his debut for England in 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in Moldova in September 1996.
HIGH Collects another championship winner’s medal in May 1997.
HIGH Wins PFA Young Player of the Year award for 1997.
LOW Has bullets with his name carved on them sent to him through the post. Also complains to police that he has been targeted by a mysterious stalker.
HIGH Picked for Glenn Hoddle’s 1998 World Cup squad.
LOW Left out of the starting lineup for England’s opening two World Cup matches against Tunisia and Romania, as Hoddle says he is “unfocused”.
HIGH Recalled for third match against Colombia and scores his first England goal from a free-kick.
LOW Sent off in second-round match against Argentina for a retaliatory kick against Diego Simeone. England go out on penalties.
HIGH Helps United complete the treble of FA Cup, Premier League title and Champions League.
HIGH Collects his fourth championship winner’s medal in May 2000. Read more
Victoria Beckham told her husband David Beckhamas she cuddled their new daughter Harper Seven, “We’ve had four kids — no more,” The Sun reported Tuesday.
The 37-year-old designer insisted that their family was now “complete,” a friend revealed — and her soccer star husband, 36, agreed.
LA Galaxy star Beckham is said to understand why his wife is calling a halt to more children after her difficult pregnancy gave her back pain and bunions. Read more
Harper Seven is more than the name of the world’s most famous newborn. It is a measure of how far the Beckham brand has come in the 12 years since they named their first son Brooklyn to a chorus of hilarity and barely concealed snobbery. When Brooklyn was born, the media reaction could be summed up as: how typical that such a ridiculous couple should pick such an eye-roller of a name.
With Harper, it couldn’t be more different. The eye-rollers haven’t got far this time, because the consensus seems to be that it is a really nice name. Subtle, with literary connotations rather than name-in-lights razzle-dazzle. What’s more, this time the Beckhams have shown they are one step ahead of the pack. Ever since it was announced that their fourth child was to be a girl, gossip magazines and tabloids have been in such a frenzy of thrilled excitement, you’d think the other Beckham babies had been lizards rather than a trio of gorgeous, mop-haired boys. The common assumption was that the name would be a frothy celebration of femininity. Mea culpa: last week on the Guardian fashion desk we discussed our predictions. My colleague Imogen was backing Audrey; I thought it might be a Grace. Both a bit Hollywood, a bit European, very chic, very fashion.
The Beckhams were way ahead of us. They have resisted the syrupy appeal of the noughties crop of little-girl names – the formula seemed to be, take one Flower Fairy name and one Vegas showgirl stage name, and stick a hyphen in the middle – and chosen a girl’s name that sounds a bit like a boy’s name. What’s more, they haven’t paired it with a cutesy middle name to girlify it. Continue
The Galaxy have sprinted to a nine-point advantage in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, taking a 7-0-1 record into Saturday night’s game at Home Depot Center against Toronto FC, which is 0-4 on the road and expected to fall to 0-5.
L.A. reached the MLS Cup final in November and lost on penalties to Real Salt Lake after a 1-1 draw. This season, the Galaxy have scored the most goals (15, or 1.88 per game) and given up the fewest (2, 0.25 per game) in the league.
But how will the club fare without its big attacking stars? It will soon find out: Landon Donovan, whose nine assists are tops in MLS, and Edson Buddle, who scored a league-best nine goals in the first six games, head to Princeton, N.J., after the Toronto match for the start of the U.S. national team’s pre-World Cup training camp. Continue
By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News
It is 10 years since Posh and Becks sat on those thrones during their fairytale wedding at a castle in Ireland.
She is a former Spice Girl, now best known for her pout; he is a footballer not afraid to experiment with hairstyles and tattoos.
Together, David and Victoria Beckham are arguably the UK’s most famous couple.
“They’ve been very clever with their marketing, and their branding has been very well thought out,” says Phil Gould, assistant editor of OK! magazine.
With an estimated fortune of £125 million and ranking at 426th on the Sunday Times Rich List, Brand Beckham is a reliable money-spinner for the couple.
“They still sell very well and our readers are fascinated by their lives,” Mr Gould says.
In fact, it was the Beckhams wedding on 4 July 1999 – for which they reportedly received £1 million – that started the celebrity wedding bidding wars we so often hear about today. Read more