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01-11-2007, 10:11 AM
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OT (sorta): BECKHAM TO THE GALAXY

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/st...399471&cc=5901

So with PA and TL bringing in David Beckham, one of the most famous footballers in the world leaving Madrid for Carson (and any hope he had of playing for England again apparently) for a cool quarter BILLION (that's right 5 years $250 million - eat your heart out A-Rod/Boras).. The way I see it, the Kings won't have the money to ice a team next season. No truth to the rumor that the NHL is in discussions with Manchester to just elevate them to NHL status. Now that the Kings are evidently going to have to fold, what do you all think they should do at the deadline?


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01-11-2007, 10:27 AM
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bye Lubo!

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01-11-2007, 10:30 AM
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Awesome, Galaxy season seats, here I come.

And yeah, adios Lubo.

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Awesome?
Come on Sean, this moron is done like dinner!


This is a Roenick-esque signing.

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01-11-2007, 11:19 AM
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See my post on the LA sports (non-Kings) thread.

This in no way effects the Kings.

AEG's priority historically has always been the MLS over the NHL.

The vast majority of his $250 mil. will be coming from endorsements.

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Come on Sean, this moron is done like dinner!


This is a Roenick-esque signing.
Beckham will collect his fair share of goals off free kicks.

He's still an offensive force, and that will become apparent playing in a lesser league.

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01-11-2007, 11:24 AM
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Come on Sean, this moron is done like dinner!


This is a Roenick-esque signing.
Ummm no. Not considering the level of play in the MLS.

Does being Italian give you some special insight into the game?

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See my post on the LA sports (non-Kings) thread.

This in no way effects the Kings.

AEG's priority historically has always been the MLS over the NHL.

The vast majority of his $250 mil. will be coming from endorsements.
Yup, I believe he is only pulling in about $3 a year but has full control over his "image marketing" or something along those lines.

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01-11-2007, 11:33 AM
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Not true. Those that folow international soccer know that he is simply an unbelievable soccer player. Yes he is 31. But he has at least 2-3 good years in him. It is a miracle what he does in standard situations (i.e., free kicks, corner kicks etc.). It is a miracle because in those situations everyone has a chance to prepare, the goalie, the wall, etc, plus they all have seen him do it 100 times before, yet he manages to still score, that is what makes him an unbelievable player. I just hope other big names would follow. This no question would put people in the seats - I am going I know for sure. I am glad I got the chance to see Gretzky play live. I am glad I got the chance to see Kobe play live. Now I get the chance to see Becks play! I just hope AEG does not up the prices for tickets to unaffordable.

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Ummm no. Not considering the level of play in the MLS.

Does being Italian give you some special insight into the game?
LOL no...but it's not 1999 anymore and we're talking about real soccer, not a game on PS2.

Just to let you know, I've been a season ticket holder for AC Milan since I was 7 (I'm 31 now), I traveled to watch the World Cup in 1990, 1994, 1998...add to that 3 Champions League Finals and a couple dozens Champions League Road games. So yes, I think I know what I'm talking about.

David has been one of my fav in the past, but he was already fading when he signed with Madrid 2 seasons ago...now he's got a free ticket for the bench every Sunday at Real Madrid (which isn't exactly stellar this year). He'll make the difference for sure in the MLS, considering the level of play (comparable to a English or Italian second division), but he's not a star anymore.

And FYI, a lot of people thinks he signed with LA to jumpstart his actor career.

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LOL no...but it's not 1999 anymore and we're talking about real soccer, not a game on PS2.

Just to let you know, I've been a season ticket holder for AC Milan since I was 7 (I'm 31 now), I traveled to watch the World Cup in 1990, 1994, 1998...add to that 3 Champions League Finals and a couple dozens Champions League Road games. So yes, I think I know what I'm talking about.

David has been one of my fav in the past, but he was already fading when he signed with Madrid 2 seasons ago...now he's got a free ticket for the bench every Sunday at Real Madrid (which isn't exactly stellar this year). He'll make the difference for sure in the MLS, considering the level of play (comparable to a English or Italian second division), but he's not a star anymore.

And FYI, a lot of people thinks he signed with LA to jumpstart his actor career.

Albi his career is maybe fading true. But i do recall watching a Real Madrid game last year where he scored an unbelievable highlight goal from a free kick.

On the other hand, here is my question, with 250Mil that he is getting, and his importance to the MLS, imagine what would happen to the first $100k-a-year player from opposing team that injures Becks?

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LOL no...but it's not 1999 anymore and we're talking about real soccer, not a game on PS2.

Just to let you know, I've been a season ticket holder for AC Milan since I was 7 (I'm 31 now), .
Speaking of AC Milan, Shevchenko is from my home town Kiev, Ukraine. Is it true that his wife was threatened in Milan by fans and that was one of the reasons he signed with Chelsea?

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Speaking of AC Milan, Shevchenko is from my home town Kiev, Ukraine. Is it true that his wife was threatened in Milan by fans and that was one of the reasons he signed with Chelsea?
Nah, not threatened...that's way to much.

Shevchenko's wife is american and wanted to raise their son in England or US so he can learn to speak english, this is what Andryi said when he asked to be traded. But the rumor was around even before the request became official, so it happened that a couple fans who met her downtown Milan weren't very kind with her, but they only said "You B1tch, you're taking him away from Milan"...

This is the official version of why Shevchenko wanted to leave Milan. But there's another rumor going around here in the past few months, and I have a friend of mine who works in the fashion world who confirmed it. Btw, Sheva is a very close friend of Armani (They opened together a shop in Kiev), and the legend says Kirsten one day found his husband sleeping with an Armani's model (a guy). So she forced him to move to London or she would have told the media about it. Honestly I don't give a S about this story, I'm only disappointed with Andryi for leaving the way he did.

He could have said "Hey, he (Abrahmovich) will give me a ton of Euro and I want to play for another team". I wouldn't be happy as well, but still better than "My wife is the boss and I have to do what she wants". It's not that in Milan there'are not international schools to teach english to your kids...

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Beckham's annual salary exceeds some professional teams' overall payroll...

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Unless he can tend goal I can really give a ****.

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LOL no...but it's not 1999 anymore and we're talking about real soccer, not a game on PS2.

Just to let you know, I've been a season ticket holder for AC Milan since I was 7 (I'm 31 now), I traveled to watch the World Cup in 1990, 1994, 1998...add to that 3 Champions League Finals and a couple dozens Champions League Road games. So yes, I think I know what I'm talking about.

David has been one of my fav in the past, but he was already fading when he signed with Madrid 2 seasons ago...now he's got a free ticket for the bench every Sunday at Real Madrid (which isn't exactly stellar this year). He'll make the difference for sure in the MLS, considering the level of play (comparable to a English or Italian second division), but he's not a star anymore.

And FYI, a lot of people thinks he signed with LA to jumpstart his actor career.
I'm very happy for you. Although I will in no way ever argue that any professional leagues in N. America are even close to being the equal of the top six leagues in Europe or the top 2 in S. America, I am as sick & tired of European arrogance regarding football as I am of Canadian arrogance regarding hockey.

I've been a season ticket holder for the Galaxy since the inception of MLS, and attended many LA Aztecs game in my youth. I've been to 2 CONCACAF Champions Cups, more Gold Cups than I can count, have traveled to support the US National team overseas, and have been to the 1994, 2002, and 2006 World Cups. I think I can speak pretty authoritatively on the MLS and USA soccer.

We've known for some time that Becks wants to utilize Hollywood, much the same way that Roenick did. BFD. Its not like he hasn't had any distarctions outside of football already for the last 10 years. Unlike Roenick however, he is still definitely in his prime for the level of MLS play. The Galaxy have been missing a playmaking midfielder since Cienfuegos retired and after Andreas Herzog's one season. We also don't have anything resembling a free-kick specialist...watching Landon Donovan or Pete Vagenas take them is generally painful. I also watched Carlos Valderamma play 4 or so very effective seasons in the MLS where all he did was run maybe 10 yeards in any direction and distribute the ball. Aside from Cienfuegos, he was the best playmaker in the league. However, Valderamma was way past his prime and Beckham is not. The Galaxy have some other holes in the lineup that they need to fill but Beckham will bring much to the team.

According to my sources, the deal has been in place for some time now, pending the outcome of Becks' negotitations with Real. Adidas is apparently picking up a portion of his $250 million, although to what extent I do not know.

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Beckham's annual salary exceeds some professional teams' overall payroll...
And AEG sold DC United, one of their other MLS franchises for only $33 million this week.

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The vast majority of his $250 mil. will be coming from endorsements.
Not to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars AEG will make selling Beckham Galaxy jerseys in Europe.

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Amazing. I couldn't believe my eyes seeing how much money a MLS team is throwing at this guy. Talk about an investment. As a huge soccer fan, but one who primarily watches the english premier league on Fox Soccer Channel this is awesome news for the growth of the sport in this country. Enjoy seeing this guy play, he's instantly going to be one of the best players in the league regardless if he's old or not.

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Nah, not threatened...that's way to much.


This is the official version of why Shevchenko wanted to leave Milan. But there's another rumor going around here in the past few months, and I have a friend of mine who works in the fashion world who confirmed it. Btw, Sheva is a very close friend of Armani (They opened together a shop in Kiev), and the legend says Kirsten one day found his husband sleeping with an Armani's model (a guy). So she forced him to move to London or she would have told the media about it. Honestly I don't give a S about this story, I'm only disappointed with Andryi for leaving the way he did.
Not to be off-topic, but his wife is pretty hot

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Not to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars AEG will make selling Beckham Galaxy jerseys in Europe.
Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!

DOMESTIC endorsements for the most part, although he'll remain a recognizable and marketable figure still internationally.

At least EPL fans know of the MLS. Clint Dempsey formerly of the New England Revolution signed with Fulham yesterday, giving them 3 Americans on the roster. I believe that there are now 13 Americans in the Premiership.

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Not to be off-topic, but his wife is pretty hot
That's all right, this entire thread is off-topic!

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I am as sick & tired of European arrogance regarding football
Correct if I'm wrong, but the first one who posted an arrogant statement wasn't me:
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Does being Italian give you some special insight into the game?
I'll be the first one to be happy if soccer in the US will become a major sport, but signing Beckham will likely means more paparazzis at LA's parties than more fans in the stands.

Just my .2


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Not to be off-topic, but his wife is pretty hot
Oh, you can bet on that!

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David has been one of my fav in the past, but he was already fading when he signed with Madrid 2 seasons ago...now he's got a free ticket for the bench every Sunday at Real Madrid (which isn't exactly stellar this year). He'll make the difference for sure in the MLS, considering the level of play (comparable to a English or Italian second division), but he's not a star anymore.

And FYI, a lot of people thinks he signed with LA to jumpstart his actor career.
Completely agree with you. He'll still be the best player in the league, but worth $250 mil over 5 years!? We'll be looking back and laughing at this in two years (or less.) I can't even imagine how silly this will look 4 to 5 years from now.

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