David Beckham: Is the Star Still the Most Bankable Footballer in the World?

David Beckham's best days as a footballer are behind him, but he remains one of the most bankable players in the game. The ex-Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and LA Galaxy star is now looking for a new home after having played his last game for the MLS-based team. Here, Bleacher Report examines Brand Beckham's history to see if he will remain the same bankable player for his next move.  But make no mistake about it; football has never seen a player like David Beckham. He isn't the best player the game has ever seen, he isn't the most talented player the game has ever seen and he certainly isn't the most skilful player the game has ever seen. He might just be, however, the hardest working player the game has ever seen—on or off the pitch. For such a "limited player" his career has been simply incredible.  Beckham made his début in the less auspicious background of the Goldstone Ground against Brighton and Hove Albion in September 1992.  Few would have predicted that this 17-minute cameo would be the beginning of a golden path to becoming the world's richest footballer.From there he would go on to become an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson's team ...
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Team USA Set To Go to War with Team Ireland Over 18-Year-Old Conor Doyle

Fresh from their recent battles with the IFA and the SFA, the Football Association of Ireland are turning their guns towards U.S. Soccer over the services of 18-year-old Conor Doyle. The Texan recently signed for Championship side Derby County after impressing Nigel Clough in a three week trial during the summer. Clough Jr. was so impressed with the physique and technique of the youngster that he awarded the player with his debut against Crewe Alexandra just four days after Doyle signed on the dotted line. Doyle began his career in Texas with the Dallas Texans Soccer Club. The club have a huge standing in American soccer and were named second in America's Top 40 soccer clubs for boys and in first place for girls. Always one of the most progressive clubs in the states, the Dallas Texans recently agreed a coaching exchange with Manchester United where the two clubs will send ideas and advice each others way. It has caused great excitement in Texas, where Manchester United will offer advice and expertise on the development of junior players. Likewise, players and coaches that are identified by Manchester United as having great potential will also be invited to Carrington for exclusive training sessions with the ...
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World Cup 2010: USA and England Through to Last-16, Relief Beyond Belief

England and the USA have progressed to the Last-16 of the 2010 World Cup after a Landon Donovan goal, in the 91st minute against Algeria, won the Group for the U.S. Meanwhile Jermaine Defoe's early strike proved enough to gain second place for a nervous Three Lions as they edged past Slovenia 1-0. The story of the night was Landon Donovan's heroic injury time winner, that put the U.S. through when all looked lost in the Loftus Versfield Stadium. With England hanging on to a 1-0 lead, and both games moving into the phases, Team USA were in third position behind Fabio Capello's misfiring team, who were Group leaders for most of the afternoon, and Slovenia who were second on four points. However, cometh the hour, cometh the man. Jozy Altidore forced his way into a shooting position and fired home, but Mbouli proved equal to the effort, as he had been to all of Team USA's best chances. The ball squirmed free to Donovan who made no mistake from just six yards to cue wild celebrations, as the entire of Team USA's squad made their way to the LA Galaxy man who had dived into the corner flag. One of the World Cups greatest goal ...
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England 1-1 USA : Fabio Capello Left Green in Face as U.S. Earns Deserved Draw

Team USA came away with a highly credible 1-1 draw, despite Robert Green's huge howler after he allowed Clint Dempsey's tame shot to creep into the goal. The U.S. forced much of the game against an abysmally inept England who played about as bad as they possibly could. Clint Dempsey's equalizer cancelled out Steven Gerrard's early strike as Team USA were every bit England's equals during the game. Huge question marks now stand against Fabio Capello who seems to be making the same mistakes Sven Goran Erikkson made in 2006, and one must wonder at his strange selection and long ball tactics. For his part, Bob Bradley deserves great credit. After going 1-0 down his team showed great courage to come back into the game and were every bit the equal of their illustrious opponents. The opening couple of minutes were very reminiscent of an English Premier League match as neither side dwelt on the ball for any longer than a couple of seconds. Before the match the USA's defence and league were compared unfavourably with their opponents and after just four minutes the differences were apparent. A simple throw in on the right from Glen Johnson was picked up by Frank Lampard, ...
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