One of the most influential football players in the world, David Beckham was born on May 2nd 1975 in
Leytonstone, East London. He began playing for Manchester United in 1995 and shot to stardom during
the 1996 season, especially gaining attention for making a goal all the way from the halfway line in a
On September 23, 1992, David Beckham made his first team debut as a substitute in the Rumbelows
Cup tie at Brighton and Hove Albion. During the two-and-a-half year wait to make his League debut,
he collected a runners-up medal in the 1993 FA Youth Cup and a reserve team championship medal in
1994. David Beckham also played five matches on loan for Preston North End, scoring two goals for the
In the 1998-99 season, Manchester United enjoyed a tremendously successful year when they won
the ‘treble’ of league, FA Cup and Champions League – a unique feat in English football. David Beckham
was pivotal in United’s FA Cup final win over Newcastle United and for the 1999 UEFA Champions
League Final against Bayern Munich. This led to him finishing as runner up to Rivaldo at the European
Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 1999.
In January 1998, David Beckham became engaged to Victoria Beckham Adams (former member of the
Pop group Spice Girls) and exchanged wedding vows on July 4, 1999.
At the 2002 World Cup, in another tense matchup with Argentina, David Beckham redeemed himself in
the eyes of English fans when he converted a penalty kick that eventually gave England the victory.
In the summer of 2003, David Beckham was awarded an OBE (Order Of British Empire Honor) in Queen
Elizabeth II’s honors list.