Beckham & Galaxy – The Point Of No Return?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Albert Ross says:

    I think it’s a bit unfair to say that Beckham was making a choice not to play for England when he moved to LA – as far as he was concerned, someone else had made that particular choice for him. He was out of the Madrid side, and the unlamented Steve McLaren had made it pretty clear that he wasn’t going to figure for England again.

    He was presented with what at the time was a no-brainer: go to LA and earn pots of cash for old rope in his footballing dotage, or hope that another top club somewhere would take a chance on him, without any prospect of him reclaiming an England place.

    I’m not particularly a Beckham fan, but had McLaren not been so stupid as to rule him out of England regardless (and then change his mind) I doubt that the guy would have gone to LA in the first place – he’d have probably tried to get into a top-flight side in Europe in order to keep his England prospects high. Everything suddenly changed in a way that no-one really expected.

    I won’t deny that his engineering the move to Milan and what’s happened since doesn’t exactly reflect well on him, but then again he’s hardly alone in that these days – I speak as a fan of a team that seems to be being used by players to advertise their availability to other clubs (Hartlepool – Windass last season, Colin Healy over the summer) and it stinks, but Beckham is hardly the worst in terms of what he’s done…. Cristiano Ronaldo anyone?

  2. mnb098mnb says:

    Putting the rights and wrongs of the whole Beckham case aside I think the whole event should, to a certain extent, shut up the sneerers of American soccer who feel it’s too “commercialised” and “plastic”.

    Great stuff.

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