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Romelu Lukaku makes debut as Manchester United see off LA Galaxy

  • LA Galaxy 2-5 Manchester United
  • Mourinho rules out bid for Cristiano Ronaldo

After this stroll of a victory Jose Mourinho became the latest Manchester United manager to rule out a move for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Mission impossible” was how the Portuguese billed it. “We have never thought about it because he is such an important player for his club, of great economic power. I am not a defender of my club once you waste time on players who are mission impossible,” he said, and so United fans will have to put on hold their dreams of a romantic return of a player they still adore again.

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Beckham’s Miami soccer dream inches closer – but glitz is in short supply

A crucial vote from local politicians has restored life to Beckham’s stalled venture, but it’s not quite the show-stopping product he envisaged at the beginning

Barely a month ago, the final whistle was set to blow on David Beckham’s long-held dream of launching his own professional football club in Miami, the glitziest of American cities.

What was to have been a lucrative retirement project for the former England captain appeared thwarted by a series of broken stadium deals, the snail’s pace of Miami’s complicated political machinery and resistance from locals keen to block progress of Beckham’s investment group.

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David Beckham’s Miami soccer stadium land sale gets approval

  • Commissioners vote nine to four in favor of sale to Beckham’s group
  • Beckham’s looks to bring MLS to Miami in city’s Overtown district

The Miami-Dade Commission voted on Tuesday to approve a deal to sell David Beckham’s group nearly three acres of county land, representing a major hurdle cleared in the former England and Manchester United star’s push to bring a Major League Soccer team to the city.

The commissioners voted nine to four in favor to ratify a recommendation by the mayor to sell Beckham’s partnership a county truck-depot at the corner of Northwest Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue, which would become the last piece in a nine-acre site for a planned 25,000-seat stadium on the Miami River.

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Cruz Beckham’s workout: should 12-year-olds be hitting the gym?

Whether it makes him a poster-boy for fitness or you think he’s missing out on a childhood munching doughnuts, the youngest Beckham boy’s gym snap is provoking debate

Pictures of a Beckham working out would normally be cause for celebration, but when 12-year-old Cruz (the third child of David and Victoria) posted a clip of himself at the gym on Instagram this week, there were disapproving tuts from a certain sort of internet user.

“It’s actually bad to work out when you’re a kid; your muscles get damaged,” warned one, below the video of Cruz on a rowing machine, viewed almost 200,000 times. “You are too young for this,” wrote another. A third suggested he “eat a donut and have a childhood”.

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‘This is our last chance’ says Beckham group ahead of MLS Miami stadium vote

Former England skipper now has $500m investment in place, but still needs local approval on the stadium plot required to secure MLS franchise

David Beckham’s protracted bid to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami now rests on the fate of a small plot of disused, contaminated, county-owned land.

Tim Leiweke, Beckham’s top negotiator, this week told residents in the Overtown district where it plans to build a 25,000-seat arena “this is the last chance to get a stadium or soccer team”.

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How to be a professional footballer, by some of the best players in the game

We sat down with some modern greats – including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham – to ask them what it takes to make the grade

By Copa90 for the Guardian Sport Network

After numerous interviews with some of the best footballers on the planet, we have gained some insight into their careers and how they made it as professionals. We’ve spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Cesc Fàbregas, David Beckham, Deli Alli, John Stone, Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Kevin De Bruyne, Renato Sanches and many more. What is apparent from every player interviewed is that self-belief, hard work and enjoying the game are key ingredients to becoming a successful footballer. Watch the short film to see what the players have to say about their careers, but we’ve also picked out a few lines below:

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Publication of hacked David Beckham emails renders injunction worthless

Beckham team left frustrated after ‘stolen information’ about celebrity’s tax affairs and failure to get knighthood made public

A high court injunction blocking the publication of David Beckham’s hacked personal emails has been rendered worthless after a consortium of European media outlets from Romania to France published anyway.

Beckham’s team expressed deep frustration that “stolen information”, which had been prohibited from publication by the high court, had come to light, and that it was no longer possible to keep the information confidential.

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Publication of hacked David Beckham emails renders injunction worthless

Beckham team left frustrated after ‘stolen information’ about celebrity’s tax affairs and failure to get knighthood made public

A high court injunction blocking the publication of David Beckham’s hacked personal emails has been rendered worthless after a consortium of European media outlets from Romania to France published anyway.

Beckham’s team expressed deep frustration that “stolen information”, which had been prohibited from publication by the high court, had come to light, and that it was no longer possible to keep the information confidential.

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David Beckham admits ‘wrong decisions’ led to rift with Alex Ferguson

• Former Manchester United player ‘can see why manager got so frustrated’
• Beckham grateful for Ferguson’s support during ‘toughest time of my life’

David Beckham has said he made mistakes during his time at Manchester United that led to a breakdown in relations with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Beckham progressed from the youth ranks at Old Trafford but was sold by Ferguson to Real Madrid in 2003. Beckham accepts that his celebrity status and marriage to Victoria, a former Spice Girl, gave Ferguson cause to doubt his professionalism.

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David Beckham to be castaway on 75th anniversary Desert Island Discs

Special edition of Radio 4 programme will also have sound of sea wash during the credits for first time since 1960s

David Beckham is to be the castaway on the 75th anniversary episode of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

The former England footballer will appear on a special edition on 29 January, which will also feature the return of the sound of sea wash to the programme credits for the first time since the 1960s.

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A decade on, did David Beckham’s move to MLS make a difference?

This week marks 10 years since the former England captain announced his move to LA Galaxy. But how did his decision shape soccer in the States?

Wednesday marks 10 years since David Beckham confirmed he would leave Madrid and head to California to sign with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Then football’s most recognisable star, he arrived in Major League Soccer with the goal of improving the American game. Beckham promised to “make a difference” Stateside, but where did he fail and where did he succeed?

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The Beckhams: Britain’s real royal family? | Observer profile

Last week, 11-year-old Cruz became the latest Beckham to taste fame with a charity single, leading some to wonder if the family are developing a dynasty to rival the Windsors

At the top of a steep, snowy slope on Hampstead Heath a few winters back, so the story goes, a disparate group of north London parents were expressing mild concern to one another about their unruly children, tobogganing down the ice together on assorted tea trays and sledges. “It’s an accident waiting to happen,” agreed one slim man in a grey beanie hat, looking round good-naturedly. In response the other parents started edging away, as of one mind, and the friendly banter froze in the frosty air. Yet there was nothing visibly wrong with this father. Far from it. In fact, he was near perfect. He was also, they had realised, David Beckham.

For all the vast, enviable wealth revealed last week in the joint Beckham family bank account, each of its members – father, mother, three sons and a little daughter – are condemned to walk a strangely isolated path through the world. High levels of grooming, good looks and international fame ensure that David and Victoria, his wife of 17 years, and their children rarely pass among us without provoking, at most, a paparazzi frenzy and, at least, a moment of social awkwardness.

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A year in the life of the Beckham industrial complex

Brand Beckham marches on with news that Cruz is releasing a Christmas single, while Brooklyn aims for the book charts. What have the rest of the clan been up to in 2016?

With forays into fashion, sport, photography and philanthropy it has been a busy year for the Beckhams. It has also been a year in which Victoria opted not to sing, but now Cruz has decided to give it a whirl. Here’s how things are measuring up for the Beckhams …

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A year in the life of the Beckham industrial complex

Brand Beckham marches on with news that Cruz is releasing a Christmas single, while Brooklyn aims for the book charts. What have the rest of the clan been up to in 2016?

With forays into fashion, sport, photography and philanthropy it has been a busy year for the Beckhams. It has also been a year in which Victoria opted not to sing, but now Cruz has decided to give it a whirl. Here’s how things are measuring up for the Beckhams …

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Golden Goal: David Beckham for Manchester United against Wimbledon (1996)

It’s 20 years this week since a young midfielder brought the halfway-line goal into the mainstream – and rocketed himself towards superstardom

Goals change games. Occasionally, they change lives. Mario Götze, Toto Schillaci, Michael Thomas and hundreds of others would confirm that – as would David Beckham. Wednesday was the 20th anniversary of his goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon, a fork in the road that led to him becoming a cultural icon first and a footballer second. Probably an ambassador third.

Most goals that change lives do so because of their brilliance and especially their importance. They might win a World Cup or Golden Boot or a league title. Beckham’s came on the opening day of the season, in a match that was already over. The impact stemmed almost entirely from the audacity and originality of the goal. Even Pelé hadn’t been able to do it.

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Golden Goal: David Beckham for Manchester United against Wimbledon (1996)

It’s 20 years this week since a young midfielder brought the halfway-line goal into the mainstream – and rocketed himself towards superstardom

Goals change games. Occasionally, they change lives. Mario Götze, Toto Schillaci, Michael Thomas and hundreds of others would confirm that – as would David Beckham. Wednesday was the 20th anniversary of his goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon, a fork in the road that led to him becoming a cultural icon first and a footballer second. Probably an ambassador third.

Most goals that change lives do so because of their brilliance and especially their importance. They might win a World Cup or Golden Boot or a league title. Beckham’s came on the opening day of the season, in a match that was already over. The impact stemmed almost entirely from the audacity and originality of the goal. Even Pelé hadn’t been able to do it.

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If the penny ever drops, Ravel Morrison would probably volley it into the net | Jacob Steinberg

Manchester United Youth Cup winner from 2011 looked being a world-beater, just as his then team-mate Paul Pogba went on to become, but after a succession of disasters the Englishman is still struggling to make an impact at Lazio

For a heady spell in the autumn of 1995, it was not unthinkable that the youngster who would blossom into Manchester United’s undisputed first-choice right winger for the best part of the next decade would be Terry Cooke rather than David Beckham. Even though Cooke’s career probably peaked when he helped Manchester City win the Division Two play-off final against Gillingham in 1999, four days after Beckham helped United win the treble, the notion is not as ridiculous as it sounds.

Bear with me here. Younger than every member of the Class of 92 apart from Phil Neville, Cooke was part of a front six that featured Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Lee Sharpe and Ryan Giggs when he excelled on his Premier League debut, ripping Bolton Wanderers apart, starting an attack with an extravagant volleyed backheel before tearing on to a piercing pass from Scholes and crossing for Giggs to score at the far post.

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England’s next manager: the candidates’ strengths and flaws

From the favourites Jürgen Klinsmann and Glenn Hoddle, through Sam Allardyce and Eddie Howe to wildcards David Beckham and Lars Lagerback

Optimist Was the catalyst for the revolution in German football when his young, likable side reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2006. Smart and effortlessly charming, he has already won the English public over once as a player. Pessimist He’s German which, in the current climate, may not be entirely conducive to uniting the country. The number of USA fans desperate for him to take the England job suggests there might not be that much substance behind those immaculately pressed shirts.

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Experts doubt impact of David Beckham’s EU vote intervention

Psephologists are unconvinced that former England star’s support for remain will swing voters in favour of staying

Football hero David Beckham has backed remain – but does anyone care?

From Benedict Cumberbatch to Keith Chegwin, a host of “celebrities” have urged the British public to vote one way or the other in the upcoming EU referendum.

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David Beckham backs remain ‘for future our children’

Former England captain comes out in favour of EU membership as Leave.EU highlights wife Victoria’s Eurosceptic interview from 20 years ago

David Beckham has said he backs a vote to remain in the European Union, saying he wants his children to grow up “facing the problems of the world together and not alone”.

The former England captain said he had played his best years at Manchester United, with great British players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, but they had been a “better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman, Roy Keane, and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona.”

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