Featured Matches
Previous
Modena
Cittadella
1
1
FT
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
St Pauli
3
0
FT
Game Details
Brest
AS Nancy Lorraine
2
0
FT
Game Details
Lanús
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
1
1
FT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Banfield
1
0
FT
Game Details
Tigre
Quilmes
0
0
FT
Game Details
La Equidad
Atlético Nacional
0
4
FT
Game Details
Modena
Cittadella
1
1
FT
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
St Pauli
3
0
FT
Game Details
Brest
AS Nancy Lorraine
2
0
FT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Boavista
4
0
FT
Game Details
OFI Crete
Veria
0
1
FT
Game Details
Hobro IK
FC Vestsjaelland
3
1
FT
Game Details
Lucerne
FC Aarau
Postp
Game Details
Lanús
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
1
1
FT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Banfield
1
0
FT
Game Details
Tigre
Quilmes
0
0
FT
Game Details
La Equidad
Atlético Nacional
0
4
FT
Game Details
Next

Danny Welbeck in, but where's the defence?

Arsenal about an hour ago
Read

Zenit sign Bart Simpson

The Toe Poke 11 hours ago
Read
Mar 4, 2013

Beckham to play in China to boost game

David Beckham will play in an all-star game in China this year as part of a deal to help raise soccer's profile in the world's most populous country.

The former England captain has signed up to help boost soccer's appeal in China, which is trying to clean up its image by clamping down on corruption following a series of match-fixing scandals.

"I'm excited by the prospect of promoting the world's greatest game to Chinese sports fans as I've seen firsthand the growing interest in football there," Beckham said. "This is a wonderful sport that inspires people across the world and brings families together, so I'm relishing the opportunity of introducing more fans to the game."

Fans in China should get a chance to see Beckham play in a team against China's best players in November, five months after his current contract with PSG expires. If a new PSG deal is agreed beyond the end of this season, the midfielder will ask for permission to make the trip.

If Beckham has retired by then, the match could offer the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star a chance to bid farewell to the sport before focusing on his career off the field.

"It really underlines the scale and reach of his global popularity," said Simon Fuller, Beckham's business partner. "This is the start of a new chapter in the David Beckham story."

China has played once at the World Cup, in 2002.

"Beckham's own story and his love of the game will inspire a new generation of children to play football in China so Chinese football will take its place on the world stage," said Adam Zhu from IMG, which helped to broker the deal.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.