Monday, 20 July 2009

Booing Beckham

To mangle an old joke, what has LA Galaxy and Victoria Beckham got in common? They have both been screwed by David Beckham.
Now Mr Beckham is not the sharpest knife in the kitchen drawer, although by all accounts he is a very nice and decent person, but even he must have realised that what he did to LA Galaxy with his extended stint with Italian's AC Milan, would not go down well with the Galaxy supporters.
He has been booed and banners calling him Judas and telling him to go home (as if we want him, he's past it)have been waved at him by his own fans in his first few games back and that's perfectly understandable.
The infrequent goal scorer, Emmanuel Adebayor, at my team suffered the same fate for just thinking of moving elsewhere last season and the treatment handed out to any player who returns to his former club is unforgiving.
Just shows that football fans are the same the World over and Beckham making comments about how Milan is the ideal place to be a footballer and how hard he would find it to go back to LA Galaxy must have really pleased the fans of the team he signed a five-year deal worth £128m in 2007.
I don't know what the fans in the stand were shouting at him during the friendly with AC Milan yesterday, he said that they went beyond football so a fair guess would be that they somehow involved his wife, but to attempt to climb the fence to confront the morons has pretty much sealed his fate.
Most Europeans football fans do have a patronising view of American football but the yanks know when they have been conned and Beckham took them for fools and he must be the only person in the world who is surprised by the fans reaction.
I expect he will be searching a return to Europe now and will be looking for a team willing to pay crazy amounts for an overrated player of limited ability. As Manchester City just paid Arsenal £25m for Adebayor, they seem the obvious candidate and their fans obviously don't know when they are being conned.

9 comments:

Cheezy said...

"the treatment handed out to any player who returns to his former club is unforgiving."

Doesn't that depend on how popular the player was to start with, and the circumstances under which they left? Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe are both now back at Spurs and the fans are happy as larry... (about Pascal Chimbonda we're slightly less so)...

Also, Robbie Fowler had a second spell at Liverpool and scousers were overjoyed.

Re- Adebayor: I agree that £25 mill is stupid money for him. Arsene must have seen City coming... Mind you, Liverpool have just paid £17 mill for the profoundly ordinary Glen Johnson so what do I know?

Re- Beckham: He's taken the Galaxy for a ride here and deserves the contempt of the fans. The whole LA adventure seems like a whim (probably of Posh's) to 'break America', rather than any decision made on footballing grounds, and it's funny to see it all turn to custard.

Lucy said...

Sorry, on reading it back now it wasn't what i meant.
I was speaking about players who join another club and then come back to play at their former club with them. Ince at West Ham or a Walcott at Southampton.

Cheezy said...

Or Sol at Spurs? :)

I geddit now. And fully agree!

Anonymous said...

who is this beckham person and why would anybody care? i mean, he isn't Pele or somebody really great. right?

sorry, my bad, i keep forgetting you brits don't even participate in baseball, basketball, or football. you know, the world has changed and there are sports other than soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, and cricket... right? i mean you do know that? right?

q

Lucy said...

We do participate in these sports, we just call them different names.

US Basketball = UK Netball. A team of girls have to get a ball through a hoop at the end of the court.

US American Football = UK Rugby.
A team have to manoeuver a funny shaped ball to the end of the pitch by kicking and throwing it to score points while the opposing team try to physically stop them.

US Baseball = UK Rounders.
A popular games in schools, where someone throws a ball to a batter who has to hit the ball and then round around 3 bases set out in a diamond shape.

See, we do participate but you knew that already didn't you.

Anonymous said...

lucy,

i did know those things. i meant at a high level of competency...

q

Lucy said...

Us Brits don't do any sport at a high level of competancy Q. Maybe darts.

Cheezy said...

This is starting to remind me of The Persuaders, with all this playful trans-Atlantic verbal jousting between the dignified Roger Moore (Lucy) and the slightly snappy Tony Curtis (Q)...

Lucy said...

I love the playful trans-atlantic jousting. Not so fond of being compared to Roger Moore though. You have to be happy with Tony Curtis Q.

Hey cody, that's something we never got around to in out little UK v US tussles, who has the better actors.
Thinking about who we have here, it's probably a good thing that we never.