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(The Sun)   UK coach puts David Beckham's Olympic participation out of play   ( divider line
    More: Followup, David Beckham, Stuart Pearce, Gary Lineker  
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2012-07-26 09:46:03 AM  
Beckham's not worthy of licking Pearce's boots clean. Pearce is all about passion and his country and Beckham's all about popularity and cash.
2012-07-26 09:54:35 AM  
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2012-07-26 10:02:41 AM  
Beckham is a class act. He probably shouldn't be playing in the Olympics, but still, the dude is right proper.
2012-07-26 10:09:50 AM  
No UK Olympic soccer team since 1960, all that work Becks put in to help the cause. The man could have retired after his Achilles tendon injury 3 years ago but came back coz he loves the game. He is having a great season with the LA Galaxy.

He deserved a spot.
2012-07-26 10:19:44 AM  
Pearce is a leader, Beckham has a great right foot but no pace or intuition - he's a robot. He had a good match against Greece but it was at Old Trafford and ten years ago, plus he only converted one of six free kicks. He's a pretty boy (should've been a Spice Boy at the 'Pool) but not the great footballer that he likes to present himself as.
2012-07-26 10:47:46 AM  
God's balls. This shiat again

Here are the steps of every major tournament England competes in:

1. England fields its top players, not its top team
2. England loudly declares that because it invented the game, it will now proceed to win this tournament as it has won every game of football ever played and won every tournament ever*
3. England proceeds through the group stage and then with clockwork precision drops out in the quarterfinals round
4. All of England rises as one voice and declares that this horrible first ever loss by England is an affront to God, The Queen, and the very holy soil of England itself; the only reason such an unprecedented thing could have occurred is because the manager fielded a bunch of individually great, yet compositely meh, players - instead of working to build a good team,as every loyal Englishman from Alfred the Great down to the littlest guttersnipe in the East End has said he should
5. The manager - often new, as the old one was rogered to death by the Queen's Own Royal Death-Rogerer of Association Football Managers - proceeds to try and build a cohesive team as everyone is loudly declaiming he should
6. As the next tournament rolls around, the England manager releases his roster
7. Howls of outrage boom across hill and dale, as England curses him for not fielding the Official English Football Wankers List of The Best English Players. Parliamentary Commissions are established, white papers are issued, declarations against the manager are read aloud in trembling tones of barely suppressed fury from every market square in England, the Archbishop of Canterbury denounces the manager from his pulpit as a vile interloper sent by Satan to finish what the Armada could not.
8. The manager relents; fields the Best English Players
9. Return to (1)

If England would ever field a team not comprised of primadonnas, but having a few players that can work together, they might not be stuck in the doldrums quite so much. Also, they need to quit acting like inventing the game 150-odd years ago means they are automatically the best team by fiat - England is a good team, occasionally great, but they will not be the best until they stop expecting writing the laws down first to be the equivalent of a farking Super Mario mushroom.

* Note, this also means it has won every game of American football and every game of non-American football, even the games it hasn't played in and the tournaments it never competed in.
2012-07-26 10:49:13 AM  

You clearly have a chip on your shoulder about Beckham. If he's such a poor player how did he manage to win so many trophies with arguably the best teams in the world? Alex Ferguson doesn't hold on to players unless they are good enough. Capello dropped him from Real Madrid's first IX and then reinstated him.

Just because you don't like him doesn't mean he's a bad player. Personally I think he had a part to play at the Olympics. "Team GB" can't win, we're nowhere near good enough. Having him in the squad would however have benefitted these players, some of whom will be in Brazil in 2014 (assuming England qualifies of course).
2012-07-26 11:16:22 AM  
Hey Swiss, I don't have a problem with Beckham, I just don't think he's worthy of publicity right now just because he isn't in the GB squad. I was jumping around my living room in '99 when Man U won the Champions League with the assassin (Solskjær) and the nightclub drinker and smoker (Sheringham) who was half of the SAS, causing total mayhem up front. I'm a Liverpool supporter but my favourite player has been Rio Ferdinand since he was at West Ham. I do hate Fergie because he got Cantona for a song and Rio when Leeds were bankrupt, I'd never say Beckham was a bad player but he hasn't got what's needed to play at International standards in football right now. He definitely has a lot to offer a team in a league but so have thousands of other players without the baggage (selling lots of shirts) he carries.
2012-07-26 11:19:08 AM  
Beckham's semi-retired. That's what MLS is. Plus the team Pearce announced months ago didn't have Beckham in it. 2012 Beckham isn't 2002 Beckham or even 2006 Beckham. He's an aging athlete, and team GB doesn't need him.
2012-07-26 11:52:42 AM  
phalamir, you glorious bastard have joined the head of a nail with a hammer. Well done.
2012-07-26 01:39:00 PM  
Kind of surprised, but I feel bad for the guy. He was the face of British football forever, he did a ton of work to get London selected, and he seems like he'd genuinely appreciate one last hurrah. You'd think giving him one frickin' spot on a team that isn't even a threat to medal wouldn't be such a big deal.
2012-07-26 04:38:28 PM  
Well Seb Coe has done even more than Beckham to bring the Games to London. Why hasn't he been picked for the 1500m?

/ same reason
2012-07-26 04:54:43 PM  
I'd put him on the squad just to use as a sub in close games, a Beckham free kick late in a close game could be a huge difference maker. He's still as deadly accurate with his right foot as anyone in the game.
2012-07-26 06:14:38 PM  
Why does John Calipari care what Beckham does?
2012-07-27 01:28:15 PM  

calm like a bomb: Kind of surprised, but I feel bad for the guy. He was the face of British football forever, he did a ton of work to get London selected, and he seems like he'd genuinely appreciate one last hurrah. You'd think giving him one frickin' spot on a team that isn't even a threat to medal wouldn't be such a big deal.

He did help with the bid and he will get his gong from the Queen for all the help.

But the moment you select someone for reasons other than ability you turn the entire thing into a joke.

Some of the players have risked being blacklisted by their own countries to play for team GB and deserve for this to be taken seriously.

Whats next, Seb Coe being selected for the athletics team? Steve Redgrave getting a slot in another boat?
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