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									David Beckham
David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an
English footballer who plays for Real Madrid. Named a member
of Pelé's FIFA 100, he is one of the most famous players in the
world, and considered a celebrity even outside the soccer world.

Beckham is the fifth most capped England player of all time, and
in addition to being the only Englishman to score in three
different World Cups, is also only the fifth player in World Cup history to score twice
from direct free kicks. He was captain of the English national team from 15
November 2000 to 2 July 2006.

Beckham's career began when he signed a professional contract with Manchester
United, making his first first-team appearance in 1992, at the age of 17. While with
Manchester United he played a key role in their dominance of the FA Premier
League, being pivotal in accomplishing The Treble of the League, FA Cup, and
UEFA Champions League in 1999.

He left the club to became only the third Englishman to sign for Real Madrid in 2003,
after Laurie Cunningham and Steve McManaman.

In 2006, after England's quarter-final exit at the World Cup in Germany, he stood
down as captain and was then succeeded by Chelsea captain John Terry. Beckham
was dropped from the England national team selected by coach Steve McClaren on 11
August 2006.

Childhood and early career
David Beckham was born in Leytonstone, East London, the son of Ted Beckham, a
kitchen fitter and Sandra West, hairdresser. His maternal grandfather is Jewish, and he
has spoken of the influence the religion has had on him; however, he is not known to
practice Judaism or any other faith. His parents were fanatical Manchester United
supporters who would frequently travel to Old Trafford by coach to attend
Manchester United's home matches. Although a strong cross-country runner, regularly
finishing first in his age group in the Essex cross-country championships, David had
inherited his parents' love of Manchester United and his main passion was football.
He attended one of Bobby Charlton's football schools in Manchester and won the
chance to take part in a training session at FC Barcelona, as part of a talent
competition. As a child he played for a local youth team called Ridgeway Rovers
coached by his father, Stuart Underwood and Steve Kirby.

He was Manchester United's mascot for a match against West Ham United in 1986.
Young Beckham had trials with his local club, Leyton Orient, and attended Tottenham
Hotspur's school of excellence, but signed schoolboy forms at Manchester United on
his fourteenth birthday, and subsequently signed a Youth Training Scheme contract
on 8 July 1991. He was part of an exceptionally talented group of young players at the
club who helped the club to win the FA Youth Cup in May 1992, with Beckham
scoring in the second leg[1] of the final against Crystal Palace. He made his first
appearance for United's first-team that year, as a substitute in a League Cup match
against Brighton & Hove Albion, and signed his first professional contract shortly
afterwards. United reached the final of the Youth Cup again the following year, with
Beckham playing in their defeat by Leeds United, and he won another medal in 1994
when the club's reserve team won their league.

He went to Preston North End on loan in the 1994–95 season to get some first team
experience, then made his first Premier League appearance for Manchester United on
2 April 1995, in a goalless draw against Leeds United.

								
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