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‘Beckham led the battle’

Posted by admin on 30/04/07 in DavidBeckham

Update – Real Madrid have indicated they will investigate whether David Beckham’s yellow card can be appealed. In the same report from The BBC Capello pays David Beckham a great compliment, saying -

His absence would be a very big loss. Now he is in very good form and against Athletic he had a great game.

‘Beckham led the battle’ was the conclusion of AS.com this morning. The post match analysis praised Beckham’s contribution complimenting his touch, his passing, his assist for the first goal and his ability to organise the team, setting the pace and plan. Story here. Elias Israel in his post-match player assessments on Yahoo sport said David Beckham was not phased by the hostile atmosphere and was the key factor in the victory. It is always good to see David Beckham getting the recognition he deserves. Source.

Here’s first half high-lights of David Beckham’s great game against Athletic, I’ll add the second half tomorrow. Commentary is in english.

In other news -

* Becks future team the LA Galaxy had their first win of the MLS season beating Chivas USA 3-1 on the weekend, details here.

* There is an interview with Sven Goran Erikkson in The Sun in which he defends David Beckham saying “he did a very good job as captain”.

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David Beckham meets the Everest Boys

Posted by admin on 30/04/07 in DavidBeckham

This clip was on the Adidas site when the latest Impossible is nothing campaign launched but I think it was shorter and I can not find it on the Adidas site now so, for anyone who missed it, here’s the video of Becks meeting the Everest Boys, Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper. Thanks to Bertster. It’s a cute clip especially the part where Becks jokes about how
far he runs :)

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Athletic 1 – 4 Real Madrid

Posted by admin on 29/04/07 in DavidBeckham

david beckham warms up

The first of the photos are in the gallery.

Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao convincingly in San Mames to keep their title bid alive. They went into the match knowing that they needed a victory to stay within 2 points of the top of the table and despite the pressure, delivered and delivered well. David Beckham was instrumental in getting the game off to a flying start with Sergio Ramos heading in from a Becks free kick for the second week in a row, to give Real Madrid the psychological edge in the 13th minute. Van the Man scored a brace and Guti sealed the deal. The Official match report in english and photos are online here.

The Real Madrid match report praises Becks contribution saying “David Beckham had a colossal game” which he did. He played with tremendous heart and was crucial to the victory. It was a performance that was a fitting tribute to another great England No. 7 Alan Ball, who has recently passed away. Becks wore a black armband to mark his passing and as a show of respect for one of the legends of the game. Thanks to Siniestrototal for providing this info.

The only sour note was that Becks picked up his fifth yellow card and will serve a one match suspension, which will rule him out of next weeks game against second placed Sevilla.

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Go Becks!

Posted by admin on 28/04/07 in DavidBeckham

David Beckham

Update – Photos of Becks arriving in Bilbao Saturday are in the gallery

The squad list is out and the final training session is complete, you can view the training report in english online here. David Beckham will travel with the team tonight to San Mames ahead of the match against Athletic Bilbao. Becks will hopefully start as expected following his performance against Valencia. Capello when asked whether David Beckham would start said “The important thing is that he’s recovered. He trained very well this week and we’ll see if he’s a starter tomorrow. I still don’t know what my initial lineup will be.” (Source)

A fierce physical contest between two sides with a huge amount at stake is predicted. Athletic Bilbao are facing relegation and desperately need the life-line these three points might provide but Real Madrid, having narrowed the gap at the top of the table to two points for a second time, can not afford a slip if their title hopes are to stay alive. View match preview.

I’m already nervous and it’s not even Sunday yet! Let’s all hope that earlier la liga results favor Real Madrid and relieve some of the pressure. Either way, here’s hoping Becks has another great game and that Real Madrid win. Go Becks and Hala Madrid.

I’ll be back after the game. Updates may be a little less frequent for the next four days as I am working on a few things for the site to celebrate David Beckham’s birthday next Wednesday!

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David Beckham expected to start

Posted by admin on 27/04/07 in DavidBeckham

Blondie BeckhamDavid Beckham is expected to return to the Real Madrid starting line-up this Sunday when they play Athletic Bilbao. Details here.

There are nicer photos of Becks new look, taken this morning in Madrid, in the gallery.

The papers this morning are full of stories about Becks and his new “do”. The Daily Mail reports that he has gone for the look as he and Victoria are scheduled to complete a photo session with top photographer Stephen Klein for America’s fashion bible W, full story here.

AS Diario went with a picture of David Beckham on the cover (view) and reported that the new style was especially to celebrate his return to the starting line-up. They also mentioned that his team-mates are now referring to him as “Canizares”, a reference to the Valencia Goal-keeper who also sports bleached blonde hair, a translation of the story is online here. David Beckham joked with reporters as he left training yesterday, “I like to change and with short hair I wanted to do it – although I’ve had the mickey taken out of me for it”, source.

Thanks to Sieniestro total here is another cute video of David Beckham kidding around with his team-mates at yesterday’s training, click here.

AS.com also carries an editorial by Guillem Balague where he praises the difference that David Beckham makes to Real Madrid and praises his quality as a player both in terms of his skill at passing and crossing but also in terms of his fighting spirit and determination. The column is in spanish but you can translate via your browser or babel fish translator.

Finally today’s training report in english is online here. It was a warm and sunny day but Becks trained with his wooly hat on and was the only player to do so. Photos are in the ‘this week’ gallery

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New Adidas clip

Posted by admin on 26/04/07 in DavidBeckham

David Beckham and Ashley Cole are having a stare off!! Who knew Becks could do that with his eyebrow :) Now that’s talent! I’ve added a few caps to the gallery.

You can view a slightly larger version of the Ad via the Adidas site click here and then click on the athlete rivalries button.

Todays training report is on the official site and photos are in the gallery, David Beckham has dyed his hair platinum blonde. As you can see in the photo of him arriving at training. He kept his hat firmly on his head during the session (it was raining) and received a lot of ribbing from his team-mates.

You can see a few cute shots of Becks at training over at Marca view video

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David Beckham’s PSA

Posted by admin on 25/04/07 in DavidBeckham

Real Madrid admit mistake

Real Madrid Sporting Director Pedja Mijatovic has finally admitted that David Beckham’s departure is due to a mistake by Real Madrid and is a source of regret, full story. Mijatovic blames press confusion but it is a weak excuse as the Real Madrid hierarchy chose to conduct negotiations and communicate via the press, this was not forced upon them. They had both the means and opportunity to sit down with David Beckham and make sure that all parties were clear, they didn’t do it.


Becks supports Malaria No More

David Beckham appears in a public service announcement on behalf of Malaria No More (visit www.malarianomore.org to find out more about this worthy cause) that asks people to donate money for malaria nets to help protect under-priveleged children in Africa against the disease. You can follow this link to download the Ad or watch it on youtube below. A big thanks to Becks fan <3 for the heads up!

There are a couple of caps from the PSA in the gallery.

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David Beckham Sky Sports clip

Posted by admin on 25/04/07 in DavidBeckham

Sorry today’s update is a little late but I had a few computer glitches making this clip of David Beckham’s interview that aired on Revista de la liga last night, here it is at last! The presenter said that there would be more segments from the interview in coming weeks so I’ll post them as they air. I’ve also put a few screen caps in the gallery.

NB I’ve updated the video to include comments from Guillem Balague, who interviewed Becks as he has makes some interesting observations and says that he thinks David Beckham would have liked to stay at Real Madrid for another two years if it were possible.

Todays training report and photos are on the official site here. There is also a video which you can access through the spanish main page here look for the video dated 25/4/2007 that starts “Trabajo fisico” it includes some footage of Becks at today’s session. If you have difficulty accessing the Real Madrid site there is also a clip at Marca.com

Finally don’t forget to tune in to American Idol tonight if you are in the US as David Beckham will be appear in a public service announcement to raise awareness about Malaria, that is scheduled to debut during the show details here.

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David Beckham on Revista

Posted by admin on 24/04/07 in DavidBeckham

becks and henrietta

Update April 25 – AS.com has a longer excerpt from David Beckham’s interview. To translate into your language if you don’t speak spanish, right click on the page, highlight the page info option and then click “translate page into …” If you don’t have this option in your browser copy the article and paste into the babel fish translator.

David Beckham was interviewed tonight on Sky sports Revista de la liga. You can read some of his comments online here and also here. I hope to have a video available tomorrow.

Becks, being as always a gentleman, refused to criticise Real Madrid or his current manager. I think David Beckham is an example to us all in the way he conducts himself and there is real wisdom in his approach. Becks has the sense to know when criticism will do more harm than good and the judgement to choose the minimum words necessary to deliver a restrained but effective message when he has something to say. He’s a class act!

I posted a story last month from The Guardian about David Beckham mentoring Henrietta Brockway, story here scans of photos that accompanied the hard-copy article have been kindly donated to the site by a generous fan and are in the gallery. Thanks!

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Becks on ‘Idol gives back’

Posted by admin on 24/04/07 in DavidBeckham

Update – Today’s training report and photos are online here. It’s good to see that David Beckham’s impressive return to action hasn’t aggravated his knee and he continues to train with the team.


David beckham will appear on Idol Gives BackAccording to this mornings Sun David Beckham will be making an appearance on this week’s American Idol show ‘Idol gives back’ in which A-list stars raise awareness about poverty in Africa. Becks has filmed a segment where he teaches children how to take a free kick. The special show will air over two nights, tonight and Wednesday at 7pm central in the US. The second night will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres. For further details of what is planned click here. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your country.

Becks is having a busy week on the box it seems! I posted this yesterday but just a reminder that an interview with David Beckham will screen on Sky Sports Revista de la liga tonight at 6.30pm UK time.

A huge thank you to horseheadelmadrid, who made the highlights clip from the Real Madrid v Valencia game I previously posted, as they have very kindly re-made the clip just for David Beckham fans so I have updated the news item “David Beckham highlights” below with this clip.

Update – Here also is a clip of a Real Madrid supporter running onto the field to give Becks his shirt during last Saturday’s game. As you can see from this video and photos in the gallery, Becks was very calm and kind towards the ‘fan’ under difficult circumstances.

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