The Life and Career of David Beckham: Football Legend, Cultural Icon

The Life and Career of David Beckham: Football Legend, Cultural Icon

by Tracey Savell Reavis

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David Beckham is an English soccer player whose popularity extends beyond the field and into international celebrity. He has played for some of the best clubs in the world, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, and AC Milan, and is known worldwide for his free kick expertise and spectacular long-range shots. His singular dedication to becoming a renowned soccer player has been an inspiration to teammates and fans alike.

In The Life and Career of David Beckham: Football Legend, Cultural Icon, Tracey Savell Reavis delivers an up-to-date and refreshing look at one of soccer’s most-recognized athletes. Drawing on extensive research and in-depth interviews, Reavis brings an outside perspective to Beckham’s life in order to reveal his profound impact on the sport in the United States and worldwide. From his birth in Leytonstone, London and his celebrated playing career to his role in bringing the 2012 Olympic Games to London and his retirement from soccer in 2013, Reavis examines the influences that shaped Beckham into the legend he is today.

Featuring photographs and original interviews, this book illuminates Beckham’s status as a soccer star, husband, father, fashion icon, and cultural phenomenon. The first biography since his retirement, The Life and Career of David Beckham will not only appeal to soccer fans, but also to anyone who wants to know more about this international icon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442229938
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Tracey Savell Reavis is a journalist and sports historian who has worked as a reporter for Sports Illustrated magazine, staff writer for the National Basketball Association, and National Football League writer for CBS Sports. Reavis is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians.

Table of Contents


1. Born to Bend It
2. Becoming a Man United Footballer
3. Forever Red
4. Posh Life
5. Fame, Fortune, and Fashion
6. The Three Lions
7. Spanish Kicks
8. In the U.S. of L.A.
9. L.A. Take 2
10. Lord of the Rings
11. Leave a Legacy

Appendix A: Total Career Stats
Appendix B: Career Milestones
Appendix C: Beckham by the Numbers
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