FACTBOX: David Beckham

Reuters, Thursday 31 Jan 2013

A factbox on former England captain David Beckham who joined Ligue 1 club Paris St Germain on Thursday

FILE- In this Saturday, June 3, 2006 file photo, England's David Beckham in action against Jamaica during their international friendly soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England. David Beckham will join Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, opting for a move to France after mulling over lucrative offers from around the world since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy. The 37-year-old Beckham was to undergo a medical examination in the French capital before being officially presented as PSG's latest recruit, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. (Photo: AP)

Early life

- Beckham was born on May 2, 1975 in London. He joined Manchester United as a 16-year-old trainee in 1991. By 1995 he became a regular during the club's most successful era.

- They won the Premier League and FA Cup double during his first full season. During the 1996/97 campaign he scored from the halfway line in an opening day victory over Wimbledon.

- In 1999 the team went one further, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.

England career

- Beckham made his England debut on Sept. 1, 1996 in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova. Two years later he scored in the finals against Colombia but went home from France in disgrace after being sent off for kicking out at Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone in a last-16 defeat.

- In England, Beckham was widely blamed for the defeat and slammed by the tabloid newspapers.

- Beckham captained England on the first of 58 occasions against Italy in a friendly in November 2000 and the next year booked them a place in the 2002 World Cup finals with a stunning injury-time free kick, salvaging a 2-2 draw against Greece. England were knocked out by Brazil in the quarter-finals.

- In 2006, he resigned as England captain after his side lost in the World Cup quarter-finals to Portugal, who knocked them out at the same stage of Euro 2004.

- Beckham returned to the team a year later and earned 115 caps, an England outfield record. His last international appearance was against Belarus at Wembley in October 2009.

- Beckham missed playing for England at the 2010 World Cup after he ruptured his Achilles tendon while on loan at AC Milan in March. Manager Fabio Capello asked him to accompany the team in an advisory role and announced that he would not be picked for England's attempt to qualify for Euro 2012.

New clubs

- Beckham signed for Real Madrid from United for 25 million pounds ($41 million) in 2003 and after the Spanish club went three seasons without a major trophy, the team won the league title in 2007.

- He joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in July 2007 in a mega-money deal in a bid to promote soccer in the United States.

- Beckham won a second successive Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup at the end of 2012 and went back to Europe where he trained with Arsenal, although club manager Arsene Wenger said they were not interested in signing him.

- After rumours in 2011 that Beckham was joining PSG - sports daily L'Equipe ran a front page saying "Le Voilà!" (Here he comes!), - it was reported on Thursday that he was joining the Parisian club.

Off the pitch

- Beckham met Victoria Adams in the mid-1990s when she was a member of pop group the Spice Girls. The perfect media match-up, the couple were instantly catapulted into the limelight.

- Beckham and Adams married in July 1999, a few months after their first son Brooklyn was born. They have three other children.

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