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
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
FIFA have warned Los Angeles Galaxy they will not be able to prevent David Beckham playing in England friendlies.
Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas only wants to release the midfielder for competitive internationals, but FIFA insist the club will have no choice if Beckham continues to be picked by England manager Steve McClaren.
A FIFA spokesman said: “The same rules apply for everybody – for all national associations, for any club, for any player.
“Players must be released for friendly or competitive games if they are on the international calendar and the required notice is given.
“Under the regulations, all players are equal.”
Galaxy have sold thousands of season tickets on the back of Beckham’s arrival but with England matches coming up against Israel, Russia twice and Estonia – with the possibilities of friendlies in between – he would be needed on this side of the Atlantic.
SOURCE: The Bolton News