The Causa Beckham ⋆ An Old International

The Causa Beckham

Currently there is a lot being written about David Beckham and his possible move from Los Angeles back home to England. Two clubs are at loggerheads to get one of the most sought after signature in football these days: Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspurs.

The icon Beckham who has become a journey man in the twilight of his career aims to play at the London 2012 Olympics and therefore he needs match practice to be in contention. Fair enough. But should, who ever is in charge of the British team next year, really rely on a player whose best days as a player for club and country are way beyond him, whose most significant contribution to football these days is to push the sale of merchandize and to grab headlines with the news of the birth of his fourth child as well as his exploits into the fashion world? If this is the case, poor Britain, never missing an opportunity to shoot herself in the foot!

His achievements with his Man United have been widely acclaimed and reported. Ever since his move to Real Madrid in 2003 it appeared that Beckham’s career was not holding any silverware in store for him, except for the Super Copa in 2003 and one Spanish title in his last season at the Bernabeu, thus bracing his time in Spain. The move to the US to LA Galaxy in 2007 certainly pushed their sales of Beckham shirts but did not produce any trophies, nor did a loan spell at Milan. While playing there he ruptured his achilles tendon and his career almost certainly was over. That he is still playing is not less miraculous. However, considering him as a player for 2012 however, smells of someone who can’t accept that his time is over and a publicity stunt the Olympics do not need.

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