January 31, 2013
The next stop on David Beckham’s glamorous and jet-setting soccer career seems like a logical one: Paris.
On Thursday, hours after his private plane landed in the French capital, Beckham announced at a news conference that he would join Paris St.-Germain for the rest of the Ligue 1 season. He said he would donate his salary for the five-month deal to a local children’s charity.
For Paris St.-Germain, a club whose ambitions have swelled over the past year under the control of a new Qatari ownership group, the signing represents a major public relations coup, if not an actual boost for the team on the field.
Beckham, 37, one of the world’s most famous athletes, an Englishman who became a household name for his devastating right foot but also because of his good looks, was chased by several teams around the world. After finishing a six-year commitment with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in December — he won back-to-back league titles in the last two seasons — he reportedly heard offers from at least one club on every continent where professional soccer is played.
“It’s an exciting city — it always has been, and it always will be,” Beckham said of Paris. “But now there’s a club that’s going to have a lot of success over the next 10, 15, 20 years.”
Wielding loads of fresh cash, Paris St.-Germain has added star players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura, as well as the respected coach Carlo Ancelotti. Ligue 1 has long been seen as a second-tier competition in Europe, but the club has looked determined to change that image on its own.
Beckham played down his arrival, saying he did not expect to be thrust into a featured role. But Paris St. Germain seemed happy to play him up, decorating the home page of its Web site with a black-and-white photograph of Beckham in a tie and jacket along with a headline proclaiming, “Beckham in Paris.”
Beckham, a former captain of England’s national team, has already played for some of the world’s biggest clubs. After rising through the youth system of Manchester United, where he won six league titles, he made a career stop with Real Madrid, where he won one league championship. His stay in Los Angeles included two winter loans to the Italian club A.C. Milan.
Fabien Barthez, a former goalkeeper for France’s national team who played with Beckham at Manchester United, said the move was good for French soccer.
“It shakes things up,” he told France Info radio. “It’s true that there are some who will always talk,” he went on, referring to criticisms that Beckham represents little more than a grab for publicity. “But we know that music.”
Barthez added, “You mustn’t forget what the guy has lived, and all the experience, all this lived experience that he can bring to the young players and the team.”
Even as Beckham’s athleticism has deteriorated, he has remained a global star. Wherever he and his family have lived, the attention of soccer fans, journalists and paparazzi has followed. This time, Beckham’s wife, the pop singer turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham, and three sons will remain in London, where the children attend school.
Beckham’s stay in Paris, meanwhile, will require some refresher language courses.
“I haven’t spoken French for quite a few years, since I was in school,” said Beckham, sending cameras clicking as he flashed his signature smile. “So, yeah, that’s quite a few years. I’m definitely going to have to brush up on it.”
But one reporter practically begged Beckham to say a sentence, or even just a word, in French.
After a pause, Beckham said, “Bon jour.”
David Beckham was born on May 2nd, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Beckham
May 2nd, 1975
5 + 2 +1+9+7+5 = 29 = his life lesson = Team. Teamwork. Cooperation. Skilled. Talented. The team he plays for.
May 2nd, 1975
5 + 2 +2+0+1+2 = 12 = his personal year (from May 2nd, 2012 to May 1st, 2013) = Saint Beckham. Phenomenon.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
41494 2532814 47
his path of destiny = 47 = Famous. Internationally known. Hall of Fame. Legacy.
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