David Beckham factfile

  • Last Updated: May 16 2013, 18:49 BST

A look at the career of David Beckham after he announces his decision to retire at the end of the season.

David Beckham factfile

1975: Born Leytonstone, May 2.

1991: Joins Manchester United as trainee.

1992: Makes debut against Brighton in the League Cup on September 23. Wins FA Youth Cup.

1993: Signs professional contract at Old Trafford.

1995: Joins Preston on loan in February and scores two goals in five games.

1996: Helps United to Premier League and FA Cup double.

Scores goal of the season on opening day at Wimbledon, lobbing Neil Sullivan from the halfway line. Makes his England debut in the 3-0 win in Moldova.

1997: Collects another championship winners' medal, voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

1998: Scores first England goal, a free-kick against Colombia in Lens on June 26. Sent off in second-round penalty shoot-out defeat against Argentina.

1999: Helps United win the Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup after coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich with two late goals.

Runner-up in World Player of the Year awards, behind Rivaldo.

2000: May - Collects fourth championship winner's medal as United win title by a record 18 points.

November - Named England captain for the November friendly with Italy in Turin by stand-in boss Peter Taylor.

2001: May - Collects another Premier League title with United.

October - Curls in a 25-yard last-minute free-kick against Greece at Old Trafford to earn England a 2-2 draw and send them into World Cup finals.

2002: June 7 - Scores from the penalty spot in the World Cup group stage match against Argentina to seal a 1-0 win. England bow out in the quarter-finals at the hands of eventual winners Brazil.

2003: February - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson accidentally kicks a boot into Beckham's face in frustration at United's FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

June 14 - Awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to football.

June 17 - United announce they have accepted a £25million bid from Real Madrid for Beckham, who agrees personal terms.

2004: June 24 - Misses a penalty as England lose to Portugal in a shoot-out in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals in Lisbon.

  • Beckham had one of the most rollercoaster England careers in the history of the game.
  • He made his first England appearance against Moldova in a World Cup 98 qualifier
  • He was subsequently called up to the squad for France '98.
  • Glen Hoddle publicly accused Beckham of not concentrating on the tournament.
  • In England's third game Becks scored from a free-kick as England beat Columbia 2-0
  • His darkest days began after Diego Simeone fouled Beckham when England met Argentina...
  • ...Beckham kicked out at Simeone and was sent-off by Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen.
  • England crashed out and many supporters targeted Beckham on his return to domestic duties.
  • In Euro 2000 Becks received a bombardment of abuse from the England supporters.
  • After Kevin Keegan resigned as England manager, caretaker boss Peter Taylor made Beckham captain.
  • When England needed to win or draw against Greece to qualify for World Cup 2002...
  • ...Beckham turned from villian to hero. In second-half injury-time he unleashes an unstoppable free kick...
  • ...Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
  • Manchester United pair Sheringham and Beckham were both on target for England against Greece at Old Trafford.
  • Revenge was on the cards as England played Argentina in the World Cup group stages.
  • Beckham slammed home a penalty to send Argentina out.
  • England were knocked out of the tournament by eventual winners Brazil.
  • At Euro 2004 the old demons returned when Becks missed a penalty...
  • ...as England lost 2-1 to France
  • The quarter-final match against Portugal went to penalties...
  • ...and another penalty miss for Becks as his foot disappears into the turf...
  • ...and the ball balloons well over the crossbar.
  • Agony as the hosts take England's place in the semis.
  • Beckham was sent off against Austria in October 2005, the first England captain ever to be dismissed.
  • Beckham played in his third World Cup in 2006.
  • Against Trinidad and Tobago Becks floated a cross over for Crouch to head home in the 83rd minute.
  • Another trademark free kick handed England much needed help to beat Equador 1-0.
  • In the quarter-final match against Portugal Becks picks up an ankle injury...
  • ...as England were once again beaten on penalties.
  • A distraught Beckham announced he was stepping down as England captain.
  • Steve McClaren dropped Becks but it's not long before he made a comeback...
  • ...playing against Brazil at the new Wembley stadium.
  • Becks set up the two goals that beat Estonia in England's Euro 2008 qualifier.
  • He became the first ever England player to play for a non-European club when signing for LA Galaxy.
  • Despite his efforts against Croatia, England fail to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.
  • After initially dropping Beckham over fitness concerns, Fabio Capello handed him a 100th cap in a friendly against France...
  • ...Beckham duly celebrated the occassion with a pair of golden boots.
  • In May 2008 he was officially awarded his 100th cap before the game with USA, receiving a standing ovation from the Wembley crowd.
  • Capello made Beckham captain for England's friendly with Trinidad and Tobago, the first time he'd worn the armband since stepping down as skipper.
  • On the 15th October 2008 an 87th minute appearance against Belarus in England's  2010 World Cup qualifier marks Beckham's 107th cap.
  • During the MLS close season Beckham went on-loan to AC Milan to offer the England centurion a prayer in beating Bobby Moore's record of 108 caps.
  • David Beckham trains in Seville ahead of England's friendly with Spain where receives his 108th cap, equalling Bobby Moore's record.
  • Beckham watches the first half of the Spain game from the bench...
  • ...before coming on at the break to equal Bobby Moore's record.
  • Beckham broke Bobby Moore's outfield record with his 109th cap against Slovakia at Wembley.
  • In the match against Slovakia; Beckham supplied the cross for Rooney who netted England's second in a 4-0 victory.
  • When it looked like Beckham would feature in a record breaking fourth World Cup, he suffered a ruptured achilles tendon during Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo.
  • Becks was invited to join the squad in South Africa as part of the backroom staff, but many questioned his role within the camp.
  • Following an appalling World Cup, Capello decided the midfielder was too old to feature for his country as they looked to blood new talent.
  • Beckham won 115 caps for England since making his debut in 1996 against Moldova.
A look at David Beckham's international career as he announces his retirement from football.

2005 - November: Captains England for 50th time in friendly against Argentina in Geneva.

2006: July 2 - Stands down as England captain after World Cup quarter-final exit to Portugal.

August 11 - Dropped from England squad for friendly against Greece, Steve McClaren's first match as manager.

2007: January 11 - Beckham announces he will leave Real Madrid and join Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy on a five-year contract in August.

January 13 - Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello says Beckham will never play for the club again.

May 26 - McClaren hands Beckham a shock England recall for matches against Brazil and Estonia.

June - Wins the La Liga title with Madrid, having won back his place in the team.

August 16 - Beckham scores his first goal for Galaxy on his full debut in the SuperLiga semi-final meeting with DC United with a trademark free-kick.

2008: March 26 - Wins 100th England cap in the friendly against France.

October 30 - AC Milan announce Beckham will join them on loan on January 7, 2009.

2009: March 9 - AC Milan announce that under a unique "timeshare" agreement Beckham will stay with them in Italy until the end of the season, return to the Galaxy from July to October and then rejoin the Serie A club for the rest of the 2009-10 campaign.

  • David Beckham has called time on a 21-year career, which began at Manchester United and will end at PSG, via stops at Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan.
  • Beckham scored his first Manchester United goal in a 4-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League in 1994.
  • Beckham made his United debut in 1993 as a substitute in a League Cup match against Brighton.
  • Beckham won the first of his six Premier League titles in 1996
  • Beckham strated the 96-97 season in fine style with a goal from the halfway line against Wimbleon on the opening day.
  • Beckham finished the season with another title medal on the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
  • Beckham was adored by United fans but suffered vitriolic abuse at away grounds after his red card at the 1998 World Cup
  • Beckham was sent off for kicking Diego Simeone, who he met again the following season when United faced Inter Milan in the Champions League.
  • Beckham played a huge role in the historic 1998-99 Treble-winning season, opening the scoring in the famous FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal.
  • Beckham also scored in the win over Spurs that clinched the title before helping United beat Newcastle in the FA Cup final a week later.
  • Beckham then had a hand in both goals as United staged a stunning comeback to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
  • It was Beckham's corner which was flicked on by Teddy Sheringham for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to score the dramtic winner in the Nou Camp.
  • Beckham, by now, was one of the most famous faces in Britain, thanks largely to his marriage to Posh Spice.
  • Beckham also suffered injury heartbreak during his career, with this injury almost depriving him of the chance to play at the 2002 World Cup.
  • Beckham's final season at Old Trafford saw the Red Devils suffer a defeat to Liverpool in the Worthington Cup final.
  • Beckham was famously on the receiving end of a boot kicked by Sir Alex Ferguson after an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal
  • Beckham was on the bench when Real Madrid knocked United out of the Champions League, though his two goals certainly impressed the Spaniards.
  • Beckham signed a four-year contract at Real Madrid in June 2003 for a fee of ¿35million
  • Beckham was one of the 'Galacticos' but the England midfielder had to wait until his final season to win the Primera Division title.
  • Beckham celebrated his final game at the Bernabeu by clinching the title under Fabio Capello
  • Before winning the title in Spain, Beckham had already agreed to move to the USA and Major League Soccer.
  • Beckham signed a five-year deal on the West Coast but he enjoyed mixed fortunes during his first couple of years in the States.
  • Beckham was keen to reignite his England career ahead of the 2010 World Cup and sought a loan move to Europe.
  • Beckham joined AC Milan, during which time he returned to Old Trafford to face United in the Champions League.
  • Beckham's World Cup dream was cruelly ended by injury in 2010, when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.
  • On his return to Los Angeles, Beckham and the Galaxy enjoyed MLS Cup success in 2011 and 2012.
  • The Galaxy's most recent triumph earned them a trip to the White House and Beckham a meeting with the President.
  • Beckham left MLS a winner and returned to Europe with Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Beckham was the last remaining English player in this season's Champions League, but PSG were narrowly edged out by Barcelona.
  • Beckham once again bowed out a winner after he helped PSG win their first Ligue 1 title for 19 years.
Pictures from throughout David Beckham's club career, which took him to Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and PSG.

March 28 - Comes on as a half-time substitute against Slovakia at Wembley to win his 109th cap and break Bobby Moore's record for an outfield player.

2010: March 14 - Tears his Achilles tendon in Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo - an injury that rules him out of the World Cup.

June - Part of England's backroom staff for World Cup campaign in South Africa which ends in second-round defeat to Germany.

August 11 - England career appears to be at an end when Capello tells ITV: "Probably he is a little bit old."

2011: November 20 - Wins the MLS Cup as the Galaxy beat Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the final.

December 31 - Five-year deal at the Galaxy expires.

2012: January 19 - Re-signs with the Galaxy.

November 20 - Confirms he is to leave the Galaxy after MLS Cup on December 1.

December 1 - Ends his time in MLS in style by winning a second MLS Cup with a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo.

2013: January 31 - Signs a five-month contract with Paris St Germain, revealing at a press conference he will play without a salary, donating what he would have earned to a children's charity in the French capital.

February 24 - Makes his PSG debut as a substitute against rivals Marseille.

April 2 - Starts Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona. A brief substitute appearance in the following week's second leg was his final European game.

May 12 - PSG clinch the Ligue 1 title with a 1-0 win over Lyon. Beckham becomes the first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries.

May 16 - Announces his retirement from football.


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