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David Beckham

Kirsty Young talks to former professional footballer David Beckham on Desert Island Discs' 75th Anniversary.

David Beckham is Kirsty Young's guest as Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

As a professional footballer he's the only Englishman to win the league titles in England, Spain, the US and France. He spent the bulk of his career as a midfielder for Manchester United, winning the Treble - Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League - in 1999, before moving to Real Madrid in 2003. He headed to the US to play for LA Galaxy in 2007, and ended his career at Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, retiring in May that year.

Born and raised in East London, the middle child of Ted and Sandra, David Beckham discovered football early and spent hours kicking a ball around at the local park with his father. At the age of seven, he played for his first team, Ridgeway Rovers, before coming to the attention of Manchester United while attending the Bobby Charlton Soccer School. He became a trainee with Manchester United in 1991, and progressed to make 265 first team appearances, winning the Premier League six times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Champions League once. He played for England from 1996 to 2009 and captained the side for six years.

He has been married to Victoria Adams - known as Posh from the Spice Girls - since 1999 and they have four children. Since retiring from professional football in 2013, David has spent more time on his work with UNICEF which he has supported since 2005.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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52 minutes

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Fri 3 Feb 2017 09:02

Music Played

  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Ella Fitzgerald

      Every Time We Say Goodbye

      • Forever Ella.
      • Proper Records.
  • Michael McDonald & The Doobie Brothers

    What a Fool Believes

    • Minute By Minute.
    • Sony.
  • The Stone Roses

    I Am the Resurrection

    • The Stone Roses.
    • Silvertone.
  • Elton John

    Something About The Way You Look Tonight

    • The Big Picture.
    • Rocket.
  • Alejandro Sanz

    No Es Lo Mismo

    • No es lo mismo.
    • Warner Music.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Wild Horses

    • Sticky Fingers.
    • Universal.
  • Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

    The Girl is Mine

    • Thriller.
    • Sony.
  • Sidney Bechet

    Si tu vois ma mère

    • Si tu vois ma mère.
    • Wnts.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    On Fire by Francis Mallmann

  • LUXURY ITEM

    His England Caps

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest David Beckham
Producer Cathy Drysdale

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