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Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« on: January 12, 2007, 05:10:06 am »
When I say 'your' - i mean for the Americans of the pack...

Sexy Footballer Player and HUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGEEEEE celeb David Beckham is joining the LA Galaxy Football (Soccer) Team in a deal worth $US275million over 5 years!



He is intending to make you Yanks enjoy watching adult soccer as much as you do baseball or american football.... (I understand its a very popular kids sport at the moment with you guys - and sunday league for adults?)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6253829.stm

This means Posh Spice Victoria is also coming your way and no doubt she will be seen out in town with her new bestfriend Katie Holmes a lot!!

This is HUGE news in the UK at the moment.
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Re: Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2007, 05:28:44 am »
I have heard of both of them.  Are they Scientologists?  Just asking because of Katie Holmes being married (?) to a famous Scientologist.

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Re: Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2007, 05:51:45 am »
No - but they are friends with Katie and Tom - and Posh was at the wedding. (David had football on the day but was at the pre-wedding run up) so it might not be long until they are! *groan*!
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2007, 07:24:52 am »
Amazing!    That is about $1 Million US Dollars a week!   

If you break that down to a 5 day work week, and 8 hours a day, that is $25,000 US dollars an hour!

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2007, 07:31:57 am »
Let's see who can find the Hottest picture of him.     ;D

This is nice, but give me time, i'll find something better!


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Re: Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2007, 07:52:33 am »
Amazing!    That is about $1 Million US Dollars a week!   

If you break that down to a 5 day work week, and 8 hours a day, that is $25,000 US dollars an hour!





I know - its ridiculous isn't it.. $417 a minute, $7 a second

He's being managed by Simon Fuller (who incidentally as well as the brainchild between the Idol format - also managed the Spice Girls) who has brokered this huge deal for him.

Posh is also said to be brokering huge deals in the US currently.

Yes - he's pretty hot and there are some FABBY pictures of him around.. once I#m home and can search I'll post ones of him in his whitey - tighty swimming trunks!

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2007, 07:58:58 am »
Swim trunks?   what are those?   He he he!


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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2007, 08:01:03 am »
Course, this is more appropriate considering his new contract.   Sitting pretty indeed!


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Re: Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2007, 08:01:50 am »
Amazing!    That is about $1 Million US Dollars a week!   

If you break that down to a 5 day work week, and 8 hours a day, that is $25,000 US dollars an hour!

And what does he do? Run up and down a field and kick a ball around.

Sorry to sound cynical, but I sometimes wonder about the priorities in this world.

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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2007, 08:49:59 am »
And what does he do? Run up and down a field and kick a ball around.

Sorry to sound cynical, but I sometimes wonder about the priorities in this world.

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No more out of whack than what CEOs make in a year.

I recall 10+years ago when the Travellers Insurance company announced it was closing the Observation deck on the Travellers Tower here in Hartford.   The CEO said it was because it cost $30,000 a year to operate it.   

It was quickly pointed out in an editorial that the CEO Sandy Wiel <spelling?> was making about $500 Million a year in salary and stock.     The Tower stayed open.

While I don't agree that Beckhams salary is justified, he will at least break a sweat while working unlike the CEOs who most likely never work an 8 hour day.  They probably don't work an 8 hour month!   

Another time I was working for National Car Rental as a service agent.  (car washer)   I had to deliver a car to the Travellers Tower parking garage.    I saw a long line of shiny new Lincoln Towncars waiting by the exit door.  a dozen or so cars, all with drivers waiting.    I asked what the cars were for.   I was told they were there to drive home all the Vice Presidents.   It was 2 pm.    Nice eh?    Fat salary, great hours and a chauffer driven car to your house.     And the insurance companies cry poor and give us crap about paying out on claims.

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Re: Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2007, 08:59:10 am »
How long will it take David Beckham in his new job to surpass the salary of one of his LA team mates?

Two hours?

11 hours?

One day?
 


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It's two hours, according to the Washington Post which compares Beckham's $50m-a-year package to the $11,700 earned by the Galaxy's worst-paid player.
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Re: Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2007, 09:02:38 am »
When I say 'your' - i mean for the Americans of the pack...

Sexy Footballer Player and HUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGEEEEE celeb David Beckham is joining the LA Galaxy Football (Soccer) Team in a deal worth $US275million over 5 years!



He is intending to make you Yanks enjoy watching adult soccer as much as you do baseball or american football.... (I understand its a very popular kids sport at the moment with you guys - and sunday league for adults?)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6253829.stm

This means Posh Spice Victoria is also coming your way and no doubt she will be seen out in town with her new bestfriend Katie Holmes a lot!!

This is HUGE news in the UK at the moment.

Yeah, I heard about this last night. 

He's going to be in California, and Posh will probably never leave Beverly Hills, so for all the news in the UK, it's a shrug here.  Few people outside of those who keep up with such things, know who he is.

Especially in my neck of the woods where American football is king and you don't even want to know what they think of soccer/football and those who play it.

Now his salary is nothing to sneeze at, but I bet a lot of his teammates will be wondering if he's really going to earn it, or if they just paid for his name. 

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Re: Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2007, 09:42:46 am »
well apparently that figure  is made up with his wages but existing sponsorship contracts, merchandising shirt sales and a share of the club profits as well as payment for use of his images.

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His £5million-a-year WAGES will be paid by a combination of the MLS league, the club, its parent company AEG and sports giant adidas — which is now likely to sponsor the team’s shirts.

He can expect another £2.6million from SALES of replica shirts.

A host of SPONSORSHIP deals with the likes of Pepsi will earn him £13million a year.

And a revolutionary “stakeholder” share of the Galaxy club’s profits is set to bring in a further £5million each year — and potentially far more.

He will effectively be a shareholder in both LA Galaxy and the MLS itself and will get BONUSES if he gets more kids playing the game and more fans at matches.

A source confirmed: “The figure isn’t based on salary alone. There are sponsorship and merchandising deals and performance related payments. For example, if David brings in new TV money he’ll get a cut.

“He will be marketed in the States like no other sportsman in history.
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2007, 10:08:06 am »
David Beckham. The man for whom the term metrosexual was coined. (Didn't I read somewhere once that he admitted to wearing Victoria's underwear?)  ;D

Heard on this morning's news that he's now 31 years old--and he's just getting better looking as he gets older.  :)

But I wish he'd take some of that LA money and hire himself an Oxbridge elocution teacher. As Professor Henry Higgins so memorably asks, "Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?"   ::)

(Of course, one could always tell him, "Don't talk. It's better that way. ...")
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2007, 10:20:25 am »
I think she joked about him wearing her thongs (the underwear not the shoes for you Ozzies!) it on an episode of Parkinson - but it wasn't actually true (apparently!)  :laugh:

But he did wear a sarong once! (late 1990's)



ah and here are those white speedos! (Picture from this summer)

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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2007, 01:15:36 pm »
Here's an oldie:  I guess he'll have enough money for all that peroxide.


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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2007, 02:07:57 pm »
I know that he is ridiculously overpaid .. but
I am a fan ..

Some Becks for y'all ..

 











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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2007, 02:16:02 pm »
A few more ..  :P






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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2007, 02:16:40 pm »
Beckham is one of the most overrated football players ever... And his wife should eat more, she's just awful...

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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2007, 03:01:10 pm »
ah and here are those white speedos! (Picture from this summer)



lol, he looks like Mr Krabs in this pic.


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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2007, 03:02:38 pm »
Well, $250,000,000 would be difficult to resist.

I enjoy watching soccer (football) if it's on television. I watched the World Cup this year, but most of the games weren't aired in this country. We have some Spanish language channels here in Indianapolis, and sometimes I could watch the World Cup on one of those channels.

But Americans are creatures of habit (especially in the middle part of this country) and I don't know if David Beckham will succeed in raising the interest of soccer in the US. Baseball, American Football and Basketball have been popular here for generations. But if anyone has a chance of elevating the American people's interest in the sport, David Beckham would be the one.

I hope he can do it. Time willl tell I suppose.  :)
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2007, 03:05:23 pm »
I hate Becks with long hair - he's just yuck with it!!!

and yes - Posh should eat more!!

lol!!!!!
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lol, he looks like Mr Krabs in this pic.


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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2007, 04:10:36 pm »
lol, he looks like Mr Krabs in this pic.



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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2007, 04:19:40 pm »
I hate Becks with long hair - he's just yuck with it!!!


I think so, too. But I don't like him with the shaved-head look, either.
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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2007, 04:24:51 pm »

I agree with the Mr. Crabs comment .. ;D  :laugh:


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« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2007, 12:11:33 am »
lol, he looks like Mr Krabs in this pic.



That crab is cute!

Is that the crab from the "Little Mermaid"? Or "SpongeBob Squarepants"?

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« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2007, 09:03:31 am »
That crab is cute!

Is that the crab from the "Little Mermaid"? Or "SpongeBob Squarepants"?

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« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2007, 02:48:19 pm »
Well, $250,000,000 would be difficult to resist.

At the rate they run though their money, they need it.  I hope they invest well.

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« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2007, 04:25:06 am »
Those shaved head pictures remind me of 



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« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2007, 04:26:29 am »
I was in our local variety store this evening, and saw something I never would have noticed if it wasn't for this thread - "Instinct" the cologne by David Beckham.  How gross a name is that?  Eau de apres soccer stink.


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« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2007, 04:33:34 am »
I was in our local variety store this evening, and saw something I never would have noticed if it wasn't for this thread - "Instinct" the cologne by David Beckham.  How gross a name is that?  Eau de apres soccer stink.



I'd probably buy a bottle of Soccer Stink; especially if it was David Beckham's.

 ???   ??? 

Okay. Now I REALLY know it's time to log off.

<but I'm serious about the  soccer stink>  :)
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« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2007, 04:45:15 am »
heh.. I hadn't thought of like that before ..lol!

How randowm threads can pop up in real life eh!?
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« Reply #32 on: January 19, 2007, 04:56:10 am »
I'd probably buy a bottle of Soccer Stink; especially if it was David Beckham's.

 ???   ??? 

Okay. Now I REALLY know it's time to log off.

<but I'm serious about the  soccer stink>  :)

Now we know what to get you for your next birthday, David!  "Soccer Stink" for that special man.  :)

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« Reply #33 on: January 19, 2007, 05:02:20 am »
Now we know what to get you for your next birthday, David!  "Soccer Stink" for that special man.  :)

Hey! I like it!

Let's work on putting that in the next edition of GQ.  ;)

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« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2007, 12:41:33 pm »
I was in our local variety store this evening, and saw something I never would have noticed if it wasn't for this thread - "Instinct" the cologne by David Beckham.  How gross a name is that?  Eau de apres soccer stink.

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« Reply #35 on: January 25, 2007, 05:18:29 am »
From BBC News Website:

Dummy Beckhams welcomed into US 
 


Wax doubles of David and Victoria Beckham have been unveiled at the New York branch of Madame Tussauds ahead of the couple's impending move to the US.
The figures, draped in the stars and stripes, were placed next to a waxwork of George W Bush holding a sign saying "Welcome to America".

David has signed a five-year, £128m contract with LA Galaxy football team.

Victoria has already been seen on the celebrity circuit, partying with the stars after the Golden Globe Awards.

David's move has caused a flurry of excitement, with the footballer being described as a "celebrity supernova" and the biggest British invasion "since the Beatles" by the press.

The waxwork couple stand arm in arm, with David dressed in a black tuxedo and Victoria wearing a pale green sparkling evening gown.

Visitors are encouraged to embrace and kiss the figures as well as take photos.

Janine DiGioacchino, general manager of Madame Tussauds New York, said: "We are very excited to give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with Posh and David Beckham.

"Posh and Becks are celebrity icons in England and already on the path to superstardom in the United States."

The figures have been imported from Madame Tussauds in London and will remain on display in New York for two weeks.



 
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« Reply #36 on: January 25, 2007, 06:55:21 am »
That has to be he most ridiculous picture I have seen in months!!

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« Reply #37 on: January 25, 2007, 07:20:30 am »
A life sized Ken doll !     I hope he is anatomically correct though!

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« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2007, 07:43:26 am »
A life sized Ken doll !     I hope he is anatomically correct though!

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« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2007, 08:03:43 am »
From BBC News Website:

Janine DiGioacchino, general manager of Madame Tussauds New York, said: "We are very excited to give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with Posh and David Beckham.

Ooooo!   in that case,  I really hope he is anatomically correct!      :laugh:

You think the staff would be upset if I snuck in and stuck a 10 inch dildo in his pants?

Just imagine the increase in visitors wanting to get their picture taken next to him, er, it.

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« Reply #40 on: January 27, 2007, 05:42:51 pm »
I'd probably buy a bottle of Soccer Stink; especially if it was David Beckham's.

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« Reply #42 on: July 12, 2007, 12:20:53 pm »
OhMyGod yall.  Just read this whole thread for the 1st time.  Can't believe there wasn't more commentary on this:



Cream across his mouth (like the other milk ads, yes — but then look where they put the "Got Milk")  Is this a parody?

Or was the ad designer just in a horny (or highly irreverent) mood?

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« Reply #43 on: July 12, 2007, 01:56:02 pm »
OhMyGod yall.  Just read this whole thread for the 1st time.  Can't believe there wasn't more commentary on this:



Cream across his mouth (like the other milk ads, yes — but then look where they put the "Got Milk")  Is this a parody?

Or was the ad designer just in a horny (or highly irreverent) mood?

heh, quite funny! Notice how many less tats he's got there too.. I think he quite suits the tats myself and I'm not a lots and lots of tats on a guy girl!
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« Reply #44 on: July 13, 2007, 07:10:16 am »
The Beckhams arrive in LA...



scary crowds!





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« Reply #45 on: July 16, 2007, 07:00:02 pm »
From the New York Times...


July 16, 2007
Television Review | 'Victoria Beckham: Coming to America'
New Girl in Town Gets Settled With Hubby
By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
There must be a reason NBC chose to lavish an hour of prime time tonight on “Victoria Beckham: Coming to America.”

But conspiracy theorists will be hard put to connect the dots. It’s not clear what links Philip F. Anschutz, the billionaire who agreed to pay David Beckham $27.5 million over five years to play for his soccer team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, to General Electric, the conglomerate that owns NBC. At first Google-glance, there appears to be little overlap between the corporations. If anything, their film divisions are competitors.

It could be a plot by the Trilateral Commission and Opus Dei, though some paranoids may prefer to point a finger at the Church of Scientology because the Beckhams, Victoria and David, are new best friends and neighbors of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. That’s just plain silly. Mr. Cruise has been on chilly terms with NBC ever since he excoriated psychiatry and Brooke Shields’s postpartum depression on that network’s “Today” program.

Unless, of course, the Beckham special is Mr. Cruise’s well-plotted revenge on the network.

There has to be something going on behind the scenes because there is no other way to explain so much time and videotape spent on the moving arrangements of Mr. Beckham’s wife. Mrs. Beckham, the once and future Spice Girl nicknamed Posh, is somewhat famous for being sort of famous, and is photographed a lot in Britain, a nation so open to media hypnosis that a Web site devoted to the ripening of a 44-pound wheel of cheddar has received more than a million Internet hits. (As of today Wedginald is on Day 206.)

And watching “Victoria Beckham: Coming to America” is a little like that site, cheddarvision.tv — although the cheddar probably has an ounce or two on Mrs. Beckham, who is also famous for being thin but with very large breasts.

“Seriously, do they look that big, do they really?” she asks, shaking her décolletage during a coffee-shop confrontation with the gossip blogger known as Perez Hilton. “They’re not that big in the flesh,” she explains. The blogger agrees and says he would really prefer a nude picture of Mrs. Beckham’s husband.

Mr. Beckham’s move to Los Angeles has been promoted by AEG, Mr. Anschutz’s company, with even more than the usual meteor shower of publicity that surrounds a movie opening. The arrival is more like a giant P.R. asteroid hurtling toward Earth.

The special, originally envisioned as a reality series in the style of “The Anna Nicole Show” or “The Simple Life” or even “Hey Paula,” is just one block in a vast promotional pyramid scheme: While Mr. Beckham whips up his profile in the United States with television interviews, soccer-field appearances, endorsements and Galaxy jersey sales, Mrs. Beckham pumps up her end of their business partnership with her jeans label and line of designer sunglasses and perfume and, of course, the television special.

Almost all celebrities sell a glimpse of their private lives to promote their latest movie or project. The Beckhams market their marriage as the core of their brand, which explains the couple’s racy conjugal spread in the August issue of W magazine. And yet, for all her erotic poses, skimpy outfits and well-oiled limbs, Mrs. Beckham is oddly unsensual on television; she somehow takes the sin out of synergy.

She does appear to be pleasant and not without a sense of humor. But that isn’t quite enough to carry viewers through an hour of house hunting, sunbathing and applying for a driver’s license, all executed with “Zoolander” pouts and poses. These kinds of reality shows rely on a fish-out-of-water conceit, but in Beverly Hills Mrs. Beckham is a fish-in-Évian, one rich, blond, spray-tanned wife-of among many. She has tea with a group of golden-haired, Botoxed and bosomy matrons and fits right in: “Footballers Wives” meets “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

The special does serve another purpose besides propping up Mr. Anschutz’s soccer investment, however. It tests the American market’s seemingly insatiable demand for rich, idiotic It girls, from Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan to Britney Spears and Nicole Richie. Mrs. Beckham comes to the genre armed with an entourage of stylists, huge sunglasses and her own version of Ms. Hilton’s trademark expression, “That’s hot.” Posh deems posh things “major.” But she totters, in the requisite leopard-print high heels — through well-trod territory.

If she can retain viewers past the first commercial break, then the results will be conclusive: Either there is a vast, media-controlling conspiracy afoot, or there is no such thing as celebrity ditz-fatigue.

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« Reply #46 on: July 17, 2007, 12:01:39 am »
That was well-written.

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« Reply #47 on: July 17, 2007, 08:28:06 am »
How many zillions of dollars are they paying this guy? And now he's INJURED??



Beckham may delay debut; Capello considers U.S. job
Injury may force soccer star to sit out Galaxy's game Saturday, and former Real Madrid coach says he has received an offer to coach in the U.S.
By Grahame L. Jones
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July 17, 2007

The rapidly unfolding David Beckham story took a couple of new twists Monday, one of them expected, the other somewhat surprising.

First, it appears quite possible that Beckham will not make his debut for the Galaxy against Chelsea at the Home Depot Center on Saturday as planned. Everything depends on the status of his injured left ankle, and on Monday it was still swollen and sore.

Also, Fabio Capello, Beckham's former coach at Real Madrid, revealed that he had been offered an undisclosed position in the United States.

"They have contacted me," Capello told Gazzetta Dello Sport in Milan, without revealing who made the offer. "However, I must think about it.

"It would be a new experience that would intrigue me, not for the money but to see if anyone could make American soccer take off."

There was immediate speculation that Capello might be headed to the Galaxy, to reunite with Beckham and to take the place of Coach Frank Yallop. It is equally possible — and perhaps more likely — that Capello, 61, is being targeted by U.S. Soccer as someone who could fill the planned technical director position overseeing all U.S. national teams.

"I hope it's not here," Yallop joked Monday. "It's nice to know that he's interested in coming over. He's a very, very good manager and coach. It'll be good if we can get him in this country."

Yallop was less upbeat with the short-term outlook for Beckham, who donned a Galaxy uniform for the first time Monday but did not participate fully in the team's workout at the stadium that attracted an estimated 1,000 fans and a larger-than-usual media contingent.

Beckham did 45 minutes of very light work, not with the team but either alone with trainer Ivan Pierra or in conjunction with injured defender Chris Albright.

He also did some stretching exercises with new teammates Kyle Veris, Edson Buddle and Quavas Kirk. He did a little ball juggling, took one or two jogs across the field but did not sprint, did not strike the ball and engaged in no physical contact. It was more an appearance than a training session.

Asked whether it was possible that Beckham would remain on the bench, or even in a luxury suite, on Saturday, Yallop said: "There's always a possibility that he will not be playing because of his injury, but hopefully he will be.

"We're not going to force him to play. That would be wrong. If he's ready to play, he will, but we'll wait and see. We won't put him in any danger of making it long-term."

Later Monday night, Beckham acknowledged that the ankle was swollen and confirmed that he might not play but added, "Hopefully I'll be all right."

Beckham injured the ankle while playing for England in a Euro 2008 qualifying game against Estonia in early June and was still suffering the effects when he helped Real Madrid win the Spanish league championship on June 17.

He has not played a game since then but did start working out on his own while on holiday in the south of France.

Yallop said Beckham's flight to Los Angeles from England on Thursday had not helped matters, and that the ankle had swollen because of the flight and possibly because Beckham had started running on it "maybe a little bit too soon."

"With ankles, they do tend to clear up pretty quickly, if there's no structural damage, which there isn't," Yallop said.

"It's just that swelling and that soreness that he's got to get out of his system."
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Re: Be Prepared - the Beckham's are heading your way!!!
« Reply #48 on: July 18, 2007, 01:11:56 am »
Wow!! I just saw a big commercial about Beckham. The Beatles were singing "Hello, Goodbye" and people were sad he was leaving, but in America--everyone was cheering. At the end--I think the words were "America, say hello to Beckham" and he was standing in the field. He must really be a force to have that kind of press!!
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« Reply #49 on: July 18, 2007, 02:47:19 am »
But what was it a commercial for, Shasta?  Just David Beckham himself?  Is he running for governor of California?  This sounds nuts.  As if some musclebound furriner could ever get elected to.........grumble grumble...

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« Reply #50 on: July 18, 2007, 03:24:49 am »
He made it here??!!!  :D

Now instead of 5000 miles, he's only 2000 miles away from me.  :-\

I guess we gotta take what we can get, huh?
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« Reply #51 on: July 18, 2007, 04:48:14 am »
How many zillions of dollars are they paying this guy? And now he's INJURED??

I know. But it is true he's injured. He got injured here in Madrid I think at a practice, and was on leave for a few weeks. It was all over the press, as you can imagine. You know how it is, if a soccer player breaks a nail it makes front-page news, here. I'm exaggerating though, well... not that much!
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« Reply #52 on: July 18, 2007, 07:32:17 am »
So I asked my son Lance, who was home from camp for 24 hours, "Is David Beckham single-handedly turn the US into a nation of soccer watchers?" and he said, "I doubt it." I asked why and explained that the game we play here is not the same game that causes such a wild fanaticism in the rest of the world. The biggest thing, he said, is the field is smaller, but there are other subtle rule changes. I asked if really makes that much difference and he said, "Mom, it's like watching Tuffy Football vs. the NFL" (meaning the non-US version is the NFL).

He watches soccer/football from the rest of the world and loves it, and wonders why on earth we have a different game here. He also thinks it is only a matter of time before David Beckham gets fed up/bored and heads back to England, or Spain, or somewhere else where they are playing the "real" game.

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« Reply #53 on: July 18, 2007, 08:49:22 am »
Rumor has it that Beckham is about to retire, that he'll play just two more years. Maybe that's the reason why he decided to go to the US. But I don't know if it is true because he signed for 5 years with the LA team. So who knows. On the other hand, Beckham stardom as a soccer player was beginning to fade, at least in Spain. He still has international fame but, according to my sister, in the past months he had a lot of problems with El Real Madrid because the coach did not want him in the field. He kept him on the bench in most games, including important games. It got so bad that his fellow players called a press conference to ask the team management to get Beckham off the bench. On top of that, he is injured. He has been dragging that problem with the ankle for sometime now.

More info: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/5392932.stm
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« Reply #54 on: July 18, 2007, 01:35:02 pm »
But what was it a commercial for, Shasta?  Just David Beckham himself?  Is he running for governor of California?  This sounds nuts.  As if some musclebound furriner could ever get elected to.........grumble grumble...

Yeah---it was just welcoming Beckham, as far as I could tell. I didn't see any product sponsor, but I just saw it in passing--so not sure. It was very cool commercial, tho. He oughtta feel VERY welcome!
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« Reply #55 on: July 18, 2007, 04:04:30 pm »
Damn!
he's hot!
He can eat crackers in my bed anytime!
I guess I'll be watchin soccer more! :o
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« Reply #56 on: July 18, 2007, 09:54:41 pm »
I've never seen a commercial welcoming anybody to the US.  That's very surprising.

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« Reply #57 on: July 18, 2007, 10:29:43 pm »
Here's part of it. The commercial that I saw was this, but longer.

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F181MI-llTo[/youtube]
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« Reply #58 on: July 18, 2007, 10:36:51 pm »
Thanks for posting, Shasta.   As I understand it, getting the rights to use a Beatles song in a commercial is VERY expensive (thank you, Michael Jackson).

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« Reply #59 on: July 18, 2007, 10:44:47 pm »
Yeah---I can't imagine how much $$ was spent on that little welcome wagon deal. Great song to use, tho, huh?
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« Reply #60 on: July 19, 2007, 10:48:36 am »
Thanks for posting, Shasta.   As I understand it, getting the rights to use a Beatles song in a commercial is VERY expensive (thank you, Michael Jackson).

Well, I don't think Sir Paul would have charged much less, LOL!   ;)

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« Reply #61 on: July 19, 2007, 10:58:00 am »
Well, they might have spent tons of money with the song but not with the filming since it appears to have been filmed in Mexico and not in Madrid. That's not Madrid. The Stop sign gives it away. In Spain it does not says ALTO, it says STOP. In English!
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« Reply #62 on: July 19, 2007, 01:14:45 pm »
I've never seen a commercial welcoming anybody to the US.  That's very surprising.

It was produced by ESPN, to  get people to watch soccer on their station. Not so surprising when you realize what it is for.

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« Reply #63 on: July 19, 2007, 03:14:34 pm »
David Beckham seems to be following Victoria's steps.

David Beckham to Star in Own TV Series

Hot on the stiletto heels of wife Victoria Beckham's NBC special, David Beckham is about to get his own TV show.

The 13-part weekly reality series David Beckham's Soccer USA, from American Idol producer Simon Fuller, will premiere next Wednesday on the FOX Soccer Channel.

"David Beckham's arrival is a tremendous milestone in U.S. soccer history," said FOX rep David Sternberg. "[The series] will provide an insider's look at his performance with the Los Angeles Galaxy."

On Monday, only 5 million viewers tuned into Victoria Beckham: Coming to America, which put the show – originally conceived as a mini-series – in the ratings basement.

David also faces a big question mark with his highly anticipated Saturday debut for the Galaxy. His kick-off still looks in doubt due to a left ankle injury.

Still, the money is on Beckham to make some sort of appearance on Saturday, reports Britain's The Times on Thursday.

"Everybody in Los Angeles and around the world wants to see him make his debut," Galaxy president Alexi Lalas tells the paper's Web site.


Source: People Online
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« Reply #64 on: July 25, 2007, 08:50:01 am »
A roll call of Hollywood stars attended a party in honour of David and Victoria Beckham at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles last night.

The celebrity bash, billed as an official welcome to Tinseltown, was hosted by four friends of the British footballer and his former pop star wife - the actors Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes, and Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

The six stars arrived together and halted to pose on the red carpet outside the venue. They locked arms and smiled at the cameras before disappearing inside.

The A-list credentials of the hosts apparently helped to tempt screen stars including comic Jim Carrey, Matthew Perry of Friends, and Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives to sip champagne in the museum's Geffen Contemporary gallery.
   
Action hero Wesley Snipes and the music producer Quincy Jones came to welcome the 32-year-old soccer star, who on Saturday played his first game for his new club side, Los Angeles Galaxy. Bruce Willis turned up, as did his former wife Demi Moore and her new husband Ashton Kutcher.

The director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer were among the first to arrive. Brooke Shields was there, as was Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol, who managed the Spice Girls pop group that launched Mrs Beckham to fame.

Cruise flew in for the bash from Germany, where he is shooting a film about a general who tried to assassinate Hitler. Other Hollywood heavyweights expected to drop in included George Clooney and Steven Spielberg.

A small army of police patrolled streets for blocks around the venue, keeping curious bystanders at a distance. The entrance was busy with limousines and TV cameras by the dozen. Helicopters thumped overhead.

Inside, the warehouse-like venue was transformed with couches, elaborate lighting and floral arrangements into a glitzy nightclub. Music blared.

Beckham, hindered by a nagging ankle injury, played only 12 minutes in his debut match as a Galaxy player. His team lost to Chelsea 1-0, but that failed to dampen the spirits of the sold-out crowd, whose cheers were so loud Beckham admitted to being “a little bit embarrassed at times”.

The match's only goal was scored by John Terry, Beckham's replacement as England captain.

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« Reply #65 on: August 03, 2007, 08:52:40 am »
Britney and Victoria cross paths....sort of!



Britney Spears Pauses in Mid-Meltdown to Insult Posh Spice
Jennifer McDonnell
Published: Thursday, August 02, 2007

It looks like Hollywood just isn't big enough for the inflated egos of both Britney Spears and Victoria Beckham. Even though the ditzy duo recently crossed paths at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont, they won't be rushing out to get matching BFF tattoos anytime soon.

According to the New York Daily News, Spears dropped in at the Hollywood hotspot last Tuesday and was horrified to see the slightly-less-tragic-but-equally-ridiculous Beckham holding court.

"Britney Spears turned up at the Chateau and the only table available was the one next to Posh," a witness tells the paper. "But Britney didn't want to sit next to her, so she and her friend stormed off to Il Sole instead."

Amazingly, the Chateau's management might actually prefer the cooch-flashing baby-neglector's patronage, since the former Spice Girl has a tendency to draw unwanted attention to the establishment.

"She always lets the paparazzi know when she'll be arriving," sniffs the source. "The Chateau Marmont tries to give celebs their privacy, and they hate her there. They like David [Beckham], though."

Sigh. Don't we all?
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« Reply #66 on: July 03, 2009, 08:24:39 am »
Ten years of Brand Beckham

By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

It is 10 years since Posh and Becks sat on those thrones during their fairytale wedding at a castle in Ireland.

She is a former Spice Girl, now best known for her pout; he is a footballer not afraid to experiment with hairstyles and tattoos.

Together, David and Victoria Beckham are arguably the UK's most famous couple.

"They've been very clever with their marketing, and their branding has been very well thought out," says Phil Gould, assistant editor of OK! magazine.

With an estimated fortune of £125 million and ranking at 426th on the Sunday Times Rich List, Brand Beckham is a reliable money-spinner for the couple.

"They still sell very well and our readers are fascinated by their lives," Mr Gould says.

In fact, it was the Beckhams wedding on 4 July 1999 - for which they reportedly received £1 million - that started the celebrity wedding bidding wars we so often hear about today.


“ I think we can take it for granted that David and Victoria Beckham could possibly be together for ever ”
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"It was the thing that everybody was talking about, and for the magazine, it was one of the first things we did. It got everybody talking about us," Mr Gould adds.

He says the photos of their wedding remain the third best-selling issue in the magazine's history.

Only the recent wedding of the late reality TV star Jade Goody, and the Katie Price/Peter Andre nuptials, outsold the Beckhams.

Over the past decade the Beckhams have worked their way up the celebrity ladder.

When they moved to Los Angeles in 2007, the pair were welcomed into the LA glitterati and were regularly photographed with Tom Cruise, his wife Katie Holmes, and Jennifer Lopez.

However, the state of their marriage has often been a cause for speculation, leaving some asking whether the united smiles in front of the camera are just a front.

'Deep love'

"I think a lot of people think the reason they stay together is for the money and the power that kind of couple brings.

"But there is more to it than that, there is a deep love there," says former Heat magazine editor Mark Frith.

Frith, who has met both of them, has written about his encounters in his book, The Celeb Diaries.


"They're not together just to keep this brand going. They have all the money in the world anyway and the fame isn't ever going to be a problem for them."

When asked if he thinks it is likely Posh and Becks will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, he says it is a certainty.

"I'd put money on it. I think we can take it for granted that David and Victoria Beckham could possibly be together for ever."

But if it did all end tomorrow - would Brand Beckham still bring in the bucks?

Although Victoria remains the only Spice Girl not to have secured a number one solo single under her Gucci belt, her newly chosen career in fashion seems to be going well.

"The next progressive step for her was to launch her own catwalk label, which she's done very slowly, very carefully," says fashion designer Scott Henshall.

"I think it's very important that she didn't do this in the UK. She's shown this in New York - which automatically makes us Brits think she's even more fabulous."

'True icon'

According to him, the incredible success the pair have had as a couple is all down to Mrs Beckham.

"It's Victoria who is constantly pushing forward onto the global stage. I think the Spice Girls is almost a footnote now for her.

"Victoria's world stage is the red carpet."

He describes her as a "true icon" and says a lot of people would be surprised at how funny she is.

"She's very down-to-earth and she has a very dry sense of humour. I think she just wants to belong, I think she just wants to be accepted."

It seems David - or Goldenballs as Victoria likes to call him - has never had much of a problem being accepted within his profession.

"It's amazing how he can walk around in a sarong, a pair of pants or two ponytails, and it doesn't seem to have affected him a jot in terms of the way he's perceived within the sports world," says sports broadcaster Mark Webster.

"On a football field he expresses himself beautifully.

"It's an amazing achievement that David Beckham's come up with. He's kind of like the first guy to really nail it in in terms of football and everything else.

"He has taken it to a completely different level."

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/entertainment/8113103.stm

Published: 2009/07/03 10:58:30 GMT

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