The Iconic Match After Which David Beckham Instantly Turned Into a National Hero

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 15, 2019
  • The date was October 6, 2001 and England needed at least a draw in their final qualifying clash against Greece in order to automatically reach for the tournament in Japan and South Korea.
    Chance after chance came and went. Golden Balls himself skied many a free-kick. Until the 93rd minute. The final minute of added time. The final kick. The final chance.
    Up steps captain Beckham. He may have missed a hatful of set-pieces already, but no-one in the country would ever want anyone else to take it. It was do or die. The pressure was incredible for supporters; just imagine what it was like for the Manchester United man on his home ground.
    A quick puff of the cheeks, a bending run up to strike the ball, a clean, curling effort...
    ...And before you could blink, the ball was nestling beautifully in the left corner of the goal.
    Cue ecstasy among the England ranks, throughout a buzzing Old Trafford, in bars, living rooms and workplaces across the nation.
    That moment, that beautiful feeling only a last-gasp goal in football can generate, all thanks to Beckham and the monumental performance he put in for the entire 93 minutes, culminating with that goal.

    David Robert Joseph Beckham (born 2 May 1975) is an English retired professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016. He is the first English player to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France. He retired in May 2013 after a 20-year career, during which he won 19 major trophies.
    Known for his range of passing, crossing ability and bending free-kicks as a right winger, Beckham has been hailed as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.


  • Gabriel Chin
    Gabriel Chin  3 days ago

    It's the Manchester United combination of Beckham, Sheringham, G. Neville, Scholes n Ferdinand that won the day for their country.

  • Nabin Ale
    Nabin Ale  3 days ago

    How this team couldn’t win anything???

  • Batmanna Man
    Batmanna Man  6 days ago

    Top 3 best player ever to have played for England. Top 10 best midfielder ever. P.s im a liverpool fan

  • WilliamParadise
    WilliamParadise  7 days ago

    Run it like Ronaldo
    Move it like Messi


  • Winict Maximus Cosmo

    I remember that day i was burst into tears for that last free kick goal by Beckham....Golden Age of England and they had really good squad back then Steven Gerrad, paul scholes, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinan, Neville, Ashely Cole, Micheal Owen

  • Peter Nik
    Peter Nik  14 days ago

    I am a proud Greek and I loved every single bit of it. Long live the king BEKCHAM!

  • Mohamed abdi Ali
    Mohamed abdi Ali  14 days ago

    I remember this match very well when the david beckham scored the free kick i was on the floor then i fall down and got hurted

  • Crime & Justice TV

    Legend. Although David's Legacy has been diminished by England's Disgusting & Despicable Scum Media.

  • Paul Jones
    Paul Jones  21 days ago

    Liverpool fan... but what a player he was. I hated him when he played for manure but for England he was magnificent.

  • perma
    perma  21 days ago +1

    Who picked Eriksson as the coach of this team, and how did he not win the world cup with this line up I'll never know!

  • Руслан Антонов

    Бэкхем - Легенда , звезда , надежда Англии

  • Alex BG1
    Alex BG1  a months ago +2

    I don't know how you can give so much love to the ball when you hit it.

  • Joeda Freelancer
    Joeda Freelancer  a months ago

    It seems that the referee is the national hero for England

  • mr carlito
    mr carlito  a months ago

    People forget how good of a footballer david beckham was because of his looks

  • Alan fry
    Alan fry  a months ago

    He is a passionate Englishman. One of the best humans to put on the 3 lion shirt. Happy days

  • Karl Johnson
    Karl Johnson  a months ago +2

    This match still gives me goosebumps. I wasn't around for the "Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over. It is now!" moment but this is up there with that! :-)

  • Dmaxsiikao
    Dmaxsiikao  a months ago

    These days VAR would probably rule out Beckham's goal for a foul that an England player committed 30 minutes earlier.

  • michaelofsydney
    michaelofsydney  a months ago

    David Beckham fought his demons that day.

  • Debatable issues
    Debatable issues  a months ago +13

    this goal makes me feel like i'm English and im from asia

  • One more
    One more  a months ago

    Mr. England