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How To Bet On Soccer – What Is Next For David Beckham?

Posted by Marco Sussman on 1/28/2013 6:07:47 PM

When people in the online sports betting legal realm contemplate how the career of an iconic figure unfolds in its latter stages, the sporting public listens. It's an endlessly fascinating conversation topic, isn't it? What's next for a legendary name at the tail-end of a remarkable journey through the world of sports, one that has captured tens of millions of fans throughout the world on multiple continents in multiple cultures?

Indeed, what is next for David Beckham? What is next for this globally recognized figure within the world of international football, this master of the set-piece poker games that turn free kicks into glorious scoring chances?

Even American football betting gurus who don't ordinarily follow the international form of football on a consistent basis might be more interested in Beckham than in other international footballers. This is true chiefly because of the movie "Bend It Like Beckham" and the recent Super Bowl Sunday underwear ad that put the Englishman's name before the American public in ways that hadn't occurred in prior years. David Beckham is one of those few men in the world who can be recognized by the last name alone: "Beckham" needs no first name to many a casual observer.

So, what is next for the freshly crowned champion of Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy? Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times wrote this story just a few days ago on Jan. 23:

"The former captain of the English national team, who retired from Major League Soccer following the Galaxy's MLS Cup victory last month, has moved his family back to London where his 13-year-old son, Brooklyn, trained Tuesday with Chelsea's youth academy players. When the Beckhams lived in L.A., Brooklyn played in the Galaxy's youth academy program.

"Brooklyn's presence with Chelsea means at least one member of the family is still playing soccer. The lad's father famously insisted he wasn't giving up the sport when he quit the Galaxy. But despite reports that he has received contract offers from around the world, David Beckham is still cooling his heels watching his kids play.

"Clubs in China were among the latest to be linked to a Beckham bid. That follows rumors Beckham was being courted by English, Australian and French clubs as well. But with each passing day a return to the pitch seems less likely, considering Beckham will turn 38 in May.

"Beckham dealt with several nagging injuries during his last two seasons with the Galaxy. And after taking more than seven weeks off, even healthy he would probably need six weeks to two months to regain the fitness to play top-level soccer."

Judging by that L.A. Times piece, it seems as though Beckham is ready to move to a different phase of work in the realm of international football. He would easily be able to become a commentator for the English Premier League and various international tournaments. He's too young to become a coach just yet; several years of seasoning in a commentator's box or a studio would smooth the path for him to coach in a decade's time or so.



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