Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Beckham's PSG Arrival Draws Mixed Reaction
ESPN Soccernet, February 1st, 2013 10:55AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, france

MOST COMMENTED

David Beckham’s surprise move to Paris Saint-Germain received a decidedly mix reaction in the French media. Players, former players and coaches seemed to think that 37-year-old Beckham still has what it takes to succeed in Ligue 1, while the French media wondered aloud whether the Englishman’s arrival would prove to be anything but massive publicity stunt for PSG.

Former Chelsea defender Franck Leboeuf pointed out that even if he doesn’t play much, Beckham’s presence could help steady PSG’s unsettled locker room. "I'm sure he'll be an incredible example,” the former World Cup winner told Le Parisien. “If he doesn't play, he won't say a word. That will incite others to do the same … He can bring stability to the squad."

After watching Beckham train with his squad over the past few weeks, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger gushed over his professionalism. "He arrives early in the morning, works very well and continues after the training session,” Wenger said. “The players, especially the youngsters, admire him and listen to his advice, which is always positive. He's got enormous charisma. He also has one incredible quality, he's been able to get the most out of his career. He's managed to do that because he loves football. He's ambitious and very professional."

The French media were less impressed with Beckham and PSG’s latest move. Sports daily L’Equipe declared, “With the signature of the 'Spice Boy' David Beckham yesterday, PSG pulled off a sensational publicity stunt. The sporting interest of the move is less clear,” while Le Parisien termed the move “an incredible publicity stunt for the club and its Qatari owners."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Creighton shuts down Jordan Morris    
No. 24 Creighton got goals by freshman Ricky Lopez-Espin and Fabian Herbers to beat No. 13 ...
Redknapp to Sign Two-Year QPR Extension    
Despite losing his first three games of the season, Queens Park Rangers coach Harry Redknapp revealed ...
Hernandez, Juve Agree Personal Terms    
The Corriere dello Sport on Friday reported that Juventus has agreed personal terms with Manchester United ...
Cambiasso Joins Leicester City     
Former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso on Friday officially joined Premier League club Leicester City. The ...
Fringe Players' Pay Could Derail Man United Transfer Plans    
Following the British record $99 million arrival of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, Manchester United ...
Chelsea's Torres Wants AC Milan Move     
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is said to be closing in on a move to AC Milan ...
Report: Gunners Favorite to Sign Falcao on Loan     
ESPN on Thursday reported that AS Monaco has made sought-after striker Radamel Falcao available for a ...
Xabi Alonso Transfer Raises Question Marks in Germany    
Xabi Alonso's 10 million-euro ($13.2 million) transfer from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich has been met ...
Rooney Named England Captain     
Roy Hodgson on Thursday named Wayne Rooney captain of England following the retirement of former captain ...
Van Basten Exhibits 'Severe Symptoms'; Leaves AZ Indefinitely     
Netherlands and AC Milan legend Marco van Basten on Thursday mysteriously left his post as AZ ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives