Nationality United Kingdom
City of Birth Leytonstone
Weight 73.92 kg
Height 180 cm
Team Manchester United Position Midfield
Appearances with Club 394
Goals Scored with Club 85
International Caps 60 (England)
International Goals 11
As a schoolboy, David Beckham represented the county of Essex,
had trials with Leyton Orient and attended Tottenham Hotspur's
school of excellence.
After signing for Manchester United as a trainee
on 8 July 1991, he helped the club to win the FA Youth Cup in
May 1992, scoring in the second leg of the final against Crystal
Several months later, on 23 September 1992, David
made his first team debut as a substitute in the Rumbelows Cup
tie at Brighton and Hove Albion. However, he then had to wait
a further two-and-a-half years to make his League debut.
During this time, he collected a runners-up medal
in the 1993 FA Youth Cup (United lost to Leeds in the final) and
a reserve team championship medal in 1994. He also played five
matches on loan for Preston North End, scoring two goals for the
David eventually made his Premier League debut
at home to Leeds United on 2 April 1995, but it was in the following
season, 1995/96, that he really established himself in the first
David played predominantly in the right midfield
position that had been vacated by Andrei Kanchelskis, and started
to show the knack for scoring great goals, including the winner
in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. The season ended with
United winning their second Double.
David started the next campaign, 1996/97, by scoring
his most famous goal - from the halfway line against Wimbledon
at Selhurst Park. He went on to earn his first senior cap for
England, on 1 September 1996 against Moldova in Kishinev. He had
previously been capped at youth and Under-21 level.
David's match-winning performances during 1996/97
helped United to win another Premiership title and reach the semi-final
of the UEFA Champions League. On a personal level, he was voted
Young Player of the Year and second in the overall Player of the
The 1997/98 season was a disappointing one for
United as they finished second to Arsenal in the League, lost
to Barnsley in the FA Cup and were knocked out of the Champions
League quarter-finals by Monaco. There was some consolation for
David, though, when he was selected for England's World Cup Finals
The 1998 World Cup Finals provided mixed feelings
for David, and were later seen as something of a turning point
in his career. After being left out of the starting line-up for
the first two matches, he then scored a stunning free-kick for
England against Colombia and was hailed a national hero. He was
later branded a villain, however, when he was sent off for a foul
on Diego Simeone as England were knocked out in the second round
by Argentina. It was the first red card of David's career.
Some experts predicted that his World Cup problems
could lead to David's exit from English football, but he knuckled
down to prove them all wrong. In the first League game of the
1998/99 season against Leicester City, he curled in one of his
trademark free-kicks to prevent defeat.
In March 1999 he became a father to Brooklyn,
whose name appeared on his boots when United completed the unprecedented
Treble of Premiership, FA Cup and European Cup. In July 1999,
David married Victoria Adams, better known as 'Posh', a member
of the Spice Girls pop group.
The 1999/2000 season was another successful one
for David, despite all the press hype caused by a new haircut
and a high-profile argument with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The midfielder picked up his fourth Premiership
winner's medal, and was voted second best player in Europe and
the World. Rivaldo of Barcelona and Brazil pipped him to both
awards. David also finished runner-up in the BBC Sports Personality
of the Year, losing out to boxing champion Lennox Lewis.
The major highlights of David's 2000/01 season
were on the international stage, although he again won the Premiership
title with United, having scored in three matches in a row early
in the campaign.
David proudly captained England for the first
time in a friendly in Italy and then kept the armband for the
friendly with Spain and the World Cup qualifiers against Albania
and Finland, against whom he scored an important goal at Anfield,
home of Liverpool FC.
He saved the most important goal for Old Trafford,
however, and his last-gasp goal against Greece in October 2001
secured England's place at the World Cup finals in Japan and South
Korea. After breaking a metatarsal bone in his left foot against
Deportivo la Coruna, the nation waited to see if the inspirational
captain would be fit to lead Sven's men in the Far East.
In the end, he recovered but was not fully fit
as England drew 1-1 with Sweden before Becks' penalty beat pre-tournament
favourites Argentina. A 0-0 draw with Nigeria took David and the
lads through to the second round where a comprehensive 3-0 win
over Denmark set up a quarter-final against Brazil. The Samba
Kings was a step too far for England, however, and they lost 2-1
before coming home to a heroes' welcome. What a difference four
The 2002/03 season again saw Beckham make headlines
both on and off the pitch. He found the net eleven times in total
- but only once in the Premiership, on the last day of the season
at Goodison Park. A stray boot, kicked in frustration by Sir Alex
Ferguson, accidentally struck Becks on the forehead in the dressing
room and ensured more tabloid coverage for the England captain.
That was nothing compared to the frenzy at the end of the season
where he was linked with moves to Real Madrid, AC Milan and Barcelona
after winning his sixth League title with United.