English soccer star Beckham coming to Uganda

David Beckham LA Galaxy

David Beckham this month announced he will return to Old Trafford to captain a Great British XI against Zinedine Zidane’s Rest of the World team.

The England star is also hoping to undertake a remarkable world tour to benefit UNICEF.

Beckham, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, launched his own fund for the charity earlier this year, naming it ‘7’.

To celebrate his 10th anniversary of working with UNICEF, Beckham is hoping to compete in seven games across seven continents over seven days.

There will be a documentary, expected to be broadcast by the BBC, charting the former England captain’s trip around the world.

“I want a world where children can grow up safe from violence, free from poverty and protected from preventable diseases,” said Beckham of his work with UNICEF.

“This match gives me the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds to help reach the children who need it most.”

He will be wearing the No7 shirt he famously occupied for Manchester United and England.

Not content with just Europe, Beckham will visit Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Antarctica among other places over the course of just a week.

Beckham hopes to raise a record-breaking amount of money for the children’s charity of which he is a global ambassador.

Beckham has been a UNICEF UK ambassador since 2005, and in 2015 he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger around the world.

In February 2014, MLS announced Beckham and a group of investors would own an expansion team in Miami, which would begin play in 2016 or 2017.

About Beckham

David Robert Joseph Beckham, is a retired English 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 holds the appearance record for an outfield player.

He is the only English player to win league titles in four countries, England, Spain, the United States and France.

He announced his retirement at the end of the 2012–13 season and, on 18 May 2013, played the final game of his 20-year career.

He won 19 major trophies.

Beckham’s professional career began with Manchester United, where he made his first-team debut in 1992 aged 17.

With United, he won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999.

He then played four seasons with Real Madrid, winning the La Liga championship in his final season with the club.

In July 2007 Beckham signed a five-year contract with Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

While a Galaxy player, he spent two loan spells in Italy with Milan in 2009 and 2010.

He was the first British footballer to play 100 UEFA Champions League games.

In international football, Beckham made his England debut on 1 September 1996 at the age of 21.

He was captain for six years, earning 58 caps during his tenure.

He made 115 career appearances in total, appearing at three FIFA World Cup tournaments, the 1998, 2002 and 2006 editions and two UEFA European Championship tournaments, the 2000 and 2004 editions.

Renowned for his range of passing, crossing ability and bending free-kicks, he was twice runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year and in 2004 he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.

Consistently ranked among the sport’s highest earners, in 2013 Beckham was listed as the highest-paid player in the world, earning over $50 million in the previous 12 months.

He has been married to Victoria Beckham since 1999 and they have four children.

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