Beckham returns to football with own Club
by FFE Sports News Staff
Former England captain and football icon David Beckham announced his plans to create a new team based in Miami, Florida, marking his ‘comeback’ to the field after playing his last game on 18 May 2013.
On Wednesday, Beckham said ‘I want to create a team that is personal to me. I want to make it my own team. We are very excited, Miami is a vibrant city with a lot of passion. I am looking forward to spending a lot more time and my family being here.’
His 2007 contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy allows him to create a Major League Soccer club. MLS is America and Canada’s biggest professional football league, and the league is set to add three more clubs by 2020, including Beckham’s.
But before the football icon can have his Miami team accepted, he must meet league standards for a stadium and financing. However, Beckham is confident his venture will be a success: ‘There will be more fun times than difficult times. We are going to have a lot of interesting people that want to invest in this club.’
Beckham said he and his partners plan to fund the stadium themselves and revealed they were already talking to Mayor Carlos Gimenez about it: ‘It’s something we’ve worked on very hard where we can fund it ourselves.’
Since announcing his plan to start a club in America last year, he has teamed up with American basketball star LeBron James in this venture. The 28-year-old Miami Heat forward is not new to investing in sports: he is a minority shareholder in the English Premier League team Liverpool.
James said ‘David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years, and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure. There’s interest on both sides.’