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Football: Beckham sees 'bright' future for China game

Football superstar David Beckham said Thursday he sees a "bright" future for the Chinese game despite past corruption scandals and the dismal performance of the national team. Visiting Shanghai as ambassador to the Chinese Super League (CSL), the recently-retired former England captain defended his decision to take up the role, which has been viewed as an ambitious attempt by the football authorities to improve the battered image of the Chinese game.

Beckham travels to China to raise profile of soccer

Beijing, Jun 18 (EFE).- Retired soccer great David Beckham is in China to build enthusiasm for the beautiful game in the world's most populous country, though fans here are pretty discouraged at the moment over the poor performance of their national team. The former England international, who became a goodwill ambassador for Chinese soccer earlier this year, arrived in Beijing on Monday, two days after China's national squad suffered a crushing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Thailand.

Football: Beckham shines amid China gloom on the pitch

Football superstar David Beckham began a seven day visit to China on Monday, sprinkling stardust at a charity event as the domestic game reels from its latest humiliation. The recently retired former England captain was donating his football shirts for a children's charity at the start of a visit in which he is expected to be joined by his glamorous wife Victoria on Sunday. The 38-year-old announced his retirement last month after winning the French league title with Paris Saint-Germain.

Football: Scholes 'sad' to see old ally Beckham retire

Paul Scholes says his former Manchester United and England team-mate David Beckham's decision to retire is a "sad day". Scholes and Beckham, both 38, came through the youth ranks at United together in the early 1990s and enjoyed huge success as midfield partners before Beckham left for Real Madrid in 2003. Following subsequent spells with Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and, latterly, Paris Saint-Germain, Beckham has announced that he is to retire at the end of the campaign.

Football: What next for Becks?

David Beckham will not be short of work offers after he ended a playing career that made him a globally recognised celebrity, with sponsors and sporting bodies jostling to secure his services. The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy star expressed the hope as he announced his retirement on Thursday that he would be best remembered as a footballer, rather than a celebrity.

Football: Beckham calls time on stellar career

Football megastar David Beckham announced on Thursday that he is to retire after a glittering 20-year playing career in which he became one of the most widely recognised figures in world sport. The former England captain, 38, made the announcement shortly after winning the Ligue 1 title with French giants Paris Saint-Germain, which made him the first Englishman to win league championships in four different countries. He bows out from the game at the same time as his former Manchester United mentor Alex Ferguson, who handed Beckham his professional debut in 1992.

By making growth of soccer in US his pet project, Beckham gave MLS credibility, visibility

Ask someone in Asia or Europe a decade ago what they knew about the Galaxy, and odds are the answer would have been limited to planets or stars. Nowadays, it's likely to include a reference to "Beckham's team," the Major League Soccer franchise in Los Angeles.

Football: David Beckham to retire - spokesperson

David Beckham is to retire from professional football at the end of the season, his representative announced on Thursday. The 38-year-old midfielder has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan, as well as winning 115 caps for England, and recently won the French Ligue 1 championship with Paris Saint-Germain. "I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," he said, in comments reported by the BBC.

Football: Beckham salutes 'father figure' Ferguson

David Beckham paid tribute to "father figure" Alex Ferguson on Wednesday after the Manchester United manager announced he would retire at the end of the season.

Beckham to donate PSG salary to Paris children's hospital

Paris, Apr 16 (EFE).- English midfielder David Beckham, the biggest star ever signed by Paris Saint-Germain, plans to donate the salary from his time with the French club to Necker Children's Hospital in Paris, the press reported Tuesday. The teaching hospital specializes in treating rare diseases and infections, the Le Parisien newspaper said. The soccer star also plans to donate money to a second charity that has not yet been identified publicly.
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