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.INFO: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.


  • Verde B
    Verde B  2 months ago +656

    'the day beckham played all 10 positions at once for england'

  • Punjabi Study Capital
    Punjabi Study Capital  4 months ago +417

    You can see that at the end all the other players had lost hope, but Beckham hadn't, he was dribbling with agility, putting all his effort into it till the very last minute. And it paid off!
    People only talk about that late free kick goal, but it was David throughout the full 92 mins of the match, that helped England get through!

  • Aleksander Olsen
    Aleksander Olsen  2 months ago +216

    8:04 Most masculine "yes" i ever heard.

  • Intel Kore
    Intel Kore  2 months ago +105

    For his whole life, Teddy Sheringham has looked like Teddy Sheringham! He basically looks like he's 35 years old all the time.

  • Midnight Son
    Midnight Son  2 months ago +78

    didn't they realise the amount of drag resistance those shirts were causing

  • LeoNardi TABA
    LeoNardi TABA  2 months ago +45

    Wow.. this match was a free kick training for Beckham. Lol how many free kicks he got.

  • Rasheed Al-Nimr Al-Adab Siz

    The Greek goalkeeper was very good.

  • Andrew Curtis
    Andrew Curtis  1 months ago +43

    For a player to be hated so much and come back and win the hearts of a nation is quite incredible. An amazing footballer ⚽️😊

  • Mandy Milton
    Mandy Milton  2 months ago +61

    I can’t think of a better England football captains performance!!

  • GizzmoD
    GizzmoD  2 months ago +58

    shame we never got all of the players lit up like this.. shame because we had one hell of a team

  • Ferruzzicati
    Ferruzzicati  1 months ago +62

    Best performance by an England captain ever. He was everywhere.

  • John Dearden
    John Dearden  2 months ago +49

    Pogba should be made to watch this and learn something about commitment.

  • Taffy Jones
    Taffy Jones  2 months ago +27

    One of THE great personal performances capped by one of The greatest free kicks. Real Roy of the Rovers stuff!!

  • me Marriott
    me Marriott  2 months ago +30

    Carried a team on his shoulders that day. Gave so much more than anyone. Proper captains performance.

  • Stan Sebastos
    Stan Sebastos  1 months ago +7

    With the new coach Rehhagle the same Greek team playing here went on to win Euro 2004 beating Portugal twice at home

  • Haydn Marsh
    Haydn Marsh  2 months ago +105

    The perfect free kick and great work ethic from Beckham throughout the whole match. Never gave up.

  • Villain544
    Villain544  1 months ago +14

    Never seen an individual performance like it was incredible like he single handily dragged England to the World Cup

  • Richie Rich
    Richie Rich  1 months ago +27

    He played his heart out, David Beckham.

  • alvin cho
    alvin cho  2 months ago +45

    David Beckham's best ever performance for England. He was everywhere around the pitch...left, right, back, middle, front.....tireless! N he truly deserved that goal!

  • Animesh Nagar
    Animesh Nagar  2 months ago +60

    I remember the commentary.. " Beckham can raise a roof here with a goal".. and he did it...