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I was pleasantly surprised to find a section for England’s most loved / hated man. And I certainly couldn’t resist writing an editorial about the guy. Whatever your feelings for him, I hope you enjoy reading my opinions on the man and the myth.
Firstly, I absolutely hate Manchester United Football Club plc and everything they stand for. I did so before they dominated English football and will stand as an ABU all my life. Obviously much of this is derived from jealousy and this affliction is the major driving force behind people’s hatred (and hatred is an apt word) for David Beckham.
But unlike Man Utd, I do not hate David Beckham, I respect them both and admire him and his wife for what they have to stand up to. Man Utd are a football club and football is a game, it may stir up raw emotions of excessive swings, but it’s still a game, so hating them is OK. Hating a human being is not something you should be proud of. Manchester United doesn’t have feelings, but David Beckham does.
The jealousy derives from the fact that he’s good looking. Blokes hate him for being better looking that them and girls hate him for their boyfriends not being better looking than him. He is rich, successful, married to a beautiful woman and he is one of the finest players of his generation. The English media love to knock "stars" off their perch and so do the English people. It’s a more popular sport than football, but can be crueller than Fox hunting, because we are dealing with real people.
Some say he is over-rated as a player, but I think that that is just bollocks. He is worthy of his position in the FIFA rankings of 6 and far and away the best English footballer. He would walk into any team in the world bar Real Madrid, where the older, more experienced Luis Figo resides.
The term "thick and thin" may be pretty funny, but the closer you look at such derogatory terms, the less funny they become. If you’re daughter was anorexic or looked it, you wouldn’t poke at her and show her up to the world. The media and the public did this to get back at the Beckhams. As for David being thick, he certainly doesn’t come across as particularly astute, but who’s to know what he’s like in public. Half the people slagging him off were idiots and do you laugh at people in public who are not as intelligent as you?
They are self-publicists to a large degree, but most people miss the irony of a lot of their publicity stunts. They may have stupid taste in clothes, but just because they don’t completely conform to taste, they apparently need to be mocked. The tyranny of the majority is trying to dictate taste here.
Somewhat ironically, they were crucified for receiving cash from OK Magazine for their wedding exclusive. The charge of greed was called out by a nation fixated with "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" and the Lottery, which is something akin to the pot calling the kettle black.
I don’t expect people to suddenly stop making fun of the media’s easiest target and his wife and kid. But I would like to remind everyone who does make fun (as I do on occasion) that it is extremely childish. Things get more serious when attacks get personal and even go as far to threaten the privacy and safety of Brooklyn Beckham. There’s nothing wrong with poking a bit of gentle fun at someone. But hasn’t the Beckham joke worn out a little?
HardCover. Pub Date :2013-10-31 Pages: 288 Language: English Publisher: Headline Book ... more
Publishing David Beckham is the worlds most famous football icon.In May this year he brought down the curtain on a hugely successful playing career that spanned two decades . during which he proudly wore the shirts of Manchester United. Real Madrid. LA Galaxy. AC Milan. Paris Saint-Germain. and England. He captained his country on 58 occasions. winning 115 international caps in total. an English record for an outfield player.His colourful and stellar career has been characterised by the emotional highs of great goals and remarkable trophy successes around the world. as well as by more than the occasional moment of set-back. disappointment and despair. but through it all Beckham has emerged as a universally adored figure. both inside and outside the game.Here. intimately talking us through 1...
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talent for football; at least, that's the impression one gets after flicking through this gorgeous coffee table tome devoted to the striking features of the country's most celebrated and idolised sportsman since George Best.Beckham: My World is both an autobiography and a photographic portrait of him and his family (that's Mrs Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and their baby son Brooklyn, in case you didn't know). The Beckhams have been captured on film by renowned photographer Dean Freeman and there are plenty of shots covering all aspects of David's life and career: if you are a fan of his football, you will love the atmospheric snapshots of David proving himself on the field. If you are a fan of his looks, you will be ecstatic over the range of matinee-idol poses Freeman has created. Beckham in the bath, Beckham in bed, Beckham as a father.David reveals as much of himself in the text as he does in the photos and offers some pretty candid thoughts about the more memorable moments of his life so far, such as the World Cup: "I know I've not always been an angel. There are things I have done that I have regretted but there were times after the world cup when I was treated like a criminal." On Glenn Hoddle: "I never read Hoddle's book, just the bits and bobs that were serialised, including that rubbish about me not being focused. I am not sure if anything was said to the manager's face, but I think he knew our feelings. We lost respect for him over that." It's obvious David is very much in love and adores his family. But what is even clearer is that he is also very uncomfortable with a lot of the publicity he receives, despite the fact that he admits he loves being centre stage on the pitch. As a personal insight into a footballing hero and cultural icon, it works very well and is very readable, but it scores more as a loving tribute to Beckham's heartthrob status and on that level you won't be disappointed. --Jonathan Weir
Paperback. Pub Date :2001-08-02 Pages: 240 Language: English Publisher: Hodder Stoughton ... more
Manchester United footballer David Beckham has been voted one of European football's brightest stars. His marriage to Spice Girl Victoria Adams and the birth of their son. Brooklyn . crowned the couple's celebrity status. But while much is written about him. David Beckham remains an elusive character. Here. for the first time. he tells his own story and talks of the artistry of his football skills. his personal heroes and influences. his daily life in football and the celebrity world. and his hopes for the future. With exclusive and intimate photographs throughout by Dean Freeman. DAVID BECKHAM - MY WORLD will provide a unique insight in to this much talked about icon of our times.