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David Beckham vs Landon Donovan: Celebrity vs Football Professional

landon bayern1 242x300 David Beckham vs Landon Donovan: Celebrity vs Football Professional

While David Beckham has waged his campaign to leave the LA Galaxy in the English and Italian press, his fellow, on loan, under contract LA Galaxy mate Landon Donovan has very notably said nothing. It is no secret in US Soccer circles that Donovan would like to see his current loan stint at Bayern Munich become a permanent transfer, but unlike Beckham he’s been polite, courteous and unfailingly professional.

Unlike Beckham who never indicated to the Galaxy his desire to leave the club prior to his very public announcement in front of the assembled British press in Glasgow last month, Donovan is believed to have made his desire to move abroad clear to the Galaxy’s top brass. Yet Donovan and his agent have been silent and again professional throughout the ongoing process.

Any inquiry I’ve made about Donovan’s status has been met with a polite but stern, “no comment.” Beckham’s handlers on the other hand have tried their able best to spin the ongoing soap opera of their making in a way that reflects positively on AC Milan’s on loan midfielder.

Perhaps in Britain campaigning through the media, leaving your current contract employer in the dark about your intentions and throwing a public fit when things don’t go your way are considered proper football and career etiquette. But in the United States, highly paid athletes who use the press as a campaign tool to humiliate their employers are not treated with deference.

Maybe David Beckham should take a cue from his Galaxy team mate and show more restraint. But this would be nearly impossible for an “athlete” of Beckham’s stature whose entire being as a Footballer has been based on celebrity and image.

Beckham himself badly underestimated the resolve of the Galaxy as well as American soccer supporters to not be manipulated in this ongoing saga. His comments about football in the United States being ten years behind a European standard have not been lost on most MLS supporters.

It may have simply been a slip of the tongue, but more likely it was Beckham being Beckham, a celebrity for years pampered in the European press who has never recently been made to face the consequences of his words. While Becks was at one time persona non grata in England after the 1998 World Cup loss to Argentina where a young Beckham was foolishly sent off, he’s been virtually untouchable since his 2001 performance against Greece in qualifying.

Sir Alex Ferguson learned after the release of the infamous tapes in 2004, that someone honored by his Queen is not immune from press criticism when it conflicts with the celebrity charm of David Beckham. But Beckham has underestimated the attitude of American soccer supporters and should he return to the Galaxy he should be anticipating a very rude reception.

(Photo at top of page courtesy of the AP)

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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43 Responses to David Beckham vs Landon Donovan: Celebrity vs Football Professional

  1. Jace says:

    thats because the british and italian press have absolutely no interest in hearing what Donovan has to say – due to the fact that no-one outside of the usa know who he is! Beckham is the worlds most famous footballer. but at the end of the day both plays realize how dreadful the MLS is and that they are both far to good to be playing there!

  2. DJ says:

    i agree jace, Beckham is a household name, Donavan is a US name only who’s last 2 stints in Germany were failures. you press need to make up your mind, you get mad when an athlete doesn’t speak to you but then you crucify him when they do. lets not act as if we wouldn’t do the same if we were in both Becks and Donavan’s position…

  3. Joe says:

    Who’s Donovan?

  4. Soccer Guru says:

    Joe: Donovan is the best player ever produced by the USA on the national team level. Perhaps he is far from the best American ever on the club level, but we yanks love him. If you don’t know who he is you do not follow international football.

  5. El Pepe says:

    America needs to come to grips, and start creating a League that follows what the rest of the world does. If we get all the teams into one group and stop having the “playoff” style of determining who is the league champions, we will get teams from the MLS to play against or continental rivals. We could better fit into the schedules of the South American leagues and Central Leagues so that our level of playing gets better due to exposure. The schedule now, has a start in March and goes to August, really forces players that want to stay in form to leave and play in other leagues. We need to have the August to May schedule of other leagues to grow, and allow players to stay in form all year.

  6. Rafa in LA says:

    Clearly El Pepe has never been to Chicago in December.

    Otherwise it seems this site is being taken over by eurosnobs. Kartik, good stuff but you’ve awoke the sleeping giant and I for one do not want to hang around to debate ignorant no nothings that seem to be leaving these comments.

    Latin Football and MLS is all I follow. Believe it or not I believe I am part of a silent majority of futbol fans in the US who doesn’t bang my chest every time Liverpool is on FSC.

  7. mike says:

    I am a dual citizen who was born and raised in Milan- and being part of both countries- i can admit that watching Badminton or pro bowling is more entertaining than watching MLS. Donadoni once made the mistake to attempt playing in MLS at the end of his career. it only took him one season to figure out what a joke that was and he flew back to Italy immediately.
    The author of this article is a moran if hes honestly comparing donovan to beckham (not that im a huge beckham fan) but being an ac milan fan for over 28 years- i can understand why he wants to remain in competative soccer.
    Mls cant be taken seriously ntil they actually play on their own feilds and not on football fields

    MLS is a joke and so is anyone who follows that crap

  8. Jason says:

    El Pepe,

    Latin America & South America enjoy a much more “mild” climate during the months of August through May. Half the United States is snowbound for 3-4 months during that stretch without even getting into the absolutely ungodly cold weather in places like Chicago, New England, Toronto (not even Canadians would play in January), Colorado, and Utah.

    Last December, at an American Football game in Chicago, the ambient air temperature (meaning, without wind chill) was -15 degrees fahrenheit (wind chill off Lake Michigan added another -10 to -15). With weather like that, even a relatively successful team with nearly 90 years of history in the region had trouble filling the stands…let alone a startup league like the MLS.

  9. Daniel says:

    You Euro Snobs are so out of touch with what goes on in your own country and the players that US Soccer as well as the youth academies that MLS sides are producing. It’s too damn easy to say we need promotion/relegation, we need to be like Europe & all that other crap. None of you want to see the problems within your own leagues either in MLS, USL-1st, USL-2nd, PDL or so on. (That’s for you El Pepe. You know absolutly nothing about what’s going on in our league.)

    What Bekcham has done is trashed our league for no reason. If he didn’t want to help our country produce better football, then he shouldn’t have come over here. He should’ve gone straight to Milan when his time at Real Madrid was finished. He is a jerk using the English & Italian Press as well as the World Press to trash our league and now he is paying the price. for his words and actions. Good for AEG to make a stand.

    The only reason Landon Donovan never found any success at Bayer Leverkusen those two times was that back then none of the Germans gave him a real chance. Because they thought Americans can’t produce strikers or attacking players. The real reason why Donovan has found success at Bayern Munich is because Jurgen Klinsmann knows Landon & he also knows the American players since he lived in LA & the USA. That’s why Landon looks so good with Bayern Munich. He is getting a fair shot.

    You idiots that love to talk about how well the game is in Europe & wax poetically about it, you totally ignore your own league, your own players & your own National Team. The day that MLS does become as strong as the mighty leagues in Europe, we don’t want you on our bandwagon, because we have been there since day one.

    All you Euro snobs are pathetic.

  10. Jason says:

    Mike,

    Perhaps comprehension isn’t your strong suit but the author was comparing two similar situations, i.e. the fact that both Donovan and Beckham are looking to leave their team for service at a European club. In this case, citing Beckham for a lack of professionalism in how he handled his situation while lauding Donovan for his professional conduct.

    Now, you might be willing to give Beckham a pass for his childish behavior because of his ability, but that’s part of the reason why European soccer is plagued with these kind of primadonnas. Fans like you keep making excuses for it.

    As for MLS and their stadia, right now they have 8 soccer specific stadia with five more planned or under construction.

  11. Stevo says:

    “……whose entire being as a Footballer has been based on celebrity and image.”

    This comment alone shows that you have absolutely no understanding or background experience with soccer in England or Europe and your whole argument lacks judgement with poor opinion.

    How would a footballer gain 108 caps for England, equalling Bobby Moores outfield record, on the back of celebrity status? How could he of won a bag full of trophies with United, including the champions league, won the spanish title with Real Madrid, single handedly got England through to the World Cup in 02 against Greece, and played for 3 of the biggest teams in world football by being a celebrity?

    Yes, of course he is a sponsors dream and a money machine. But you just cant compare Donovan’s stint with Bayern. As many of the other comments have pointed out, the reason noboday has heard from him regaridng a permanent move to Bayern…is simply becasue no one cares!!!

    Was it a slip of the tongue when Beckham said MLS was ten years behind Europe? No of course not…..its true…the MLS will always be a stomping ground for “over the hill” 35+ European pro’s at the back end of their career wanting a life in the sun, earning some extra cash! Even 36 year old, Cuauhtemoc Blanco has shown he can keep up with the game in the US which is an embrassment to MLS in itself!!

    Bottom line is Becks still has a year ,maybe 2, left in him and he doesnt want to waste it playing in a farcical league thats a laughing stock to the rest footballing world.

  12. Roasty says:

    well to be honest i thought the MLS was a good and improving league a couple of years ago but not made any improvement in the last 4 years and both donavan and beckham know that and know that if the league is ever going to improve they should move to europe and let the young guys play i.e. ely allen who can show that america can produce a good league and have big names want to go there to play not for maney, Brckham wants football that is progressing and the same goes for Donovan.

    And let Donovan show what America can produce you might get some rich investors

  13. chris says:

    Kartik, mate, you are talking a load of bollocks ! Rubbish

  14. asutt7 says:

    I live in Australia and I have seen the LA galaxy twice…the first time was when LA played a friendly against Sydney FC and Sydney destroyed LA 5-3…I am not a Sydney FC fan and I don’t rate the Australian A-League at all and not knowing too much about the MLS at the time I expected LA to thrash Sydney but it was far from that in fact it was the complete opposite. The only highlight from the game was Becks nailing an awesome free kick, other than that LA were woeful.. .. The second game I saw was LA v FC Dallas oct 26th last year at the Home Depot Centre and I thought that the reason why LA got thrashed in Sydney almost a year b4 was because of ‘Jet lag’ and being the start of their ‘off season’, but was I wrong the game was rude…the only spark again came from Becks…watching that final game of last years season was almost laughable and as I said I don’t rate the Australian A-league but I remember saying to my wife “as if Becks could be at all happy playing here, its a joke. He would be better off playing for Adelaide United”. It was hilarious to see Becks land a cross or a pass and to watch the rest of the team eyes pop out of their heads “ oh sh*t the ball is coming to me, what should I do.?!?! Ummm should I fall over trying to kick it or should I sky it out of the stadium???!?!!” . The MLS don’t need hard working midfielders like Becks then need strikers like Owen and the like…people who can take a team on and score 20 goals a season. All you MLS diehards will hate on me but I am talking from an ‘outsider non bias’ point of few and the MLS is nothing and wont b for a long time to come. The Australia A-League has only been going for 3 years and is already above the standard of the MLS which is a joke because the A-League is rubbish with ½ the amount of cash that the MLS has.

  15. john says:

    Hey Jace,

    You are wrong, no one inside the United States has heard of either of these guys…WAR THE WNBA, SOCCER, AND BADMITTON!!!!!

  16. mike says:

    I disagree with this article because I think beckham has acted as a professional and thats all i seem to hear from his current and ex players and coaches. im sure he has voiced his concerns with galaxy bfore he went public but the reality is the only way he can get out of his situation is doing exactly what he did. If not- galaxy wouldnt ever consider letting him go — Mls has too many things tied to this player. i think its best for both parties to let beckham do what he wants – he has two years left in his career – do you really blame him for wanting to go out on top and not on the bottom of the MLS league. Cappello also made it clear to him that his chances of playing with England would diminish if he returned to the states.

    Mls has benefitted from having beckham here because attendence has been up since he signed for LA. holding a player to his contract when he doesnt want to play is bad business and la galaxy is starting to see it. I find it amusing that the owners of galaxy and the president of MLS are trying to out negotiate Milan by creating deadlines and claiming they will not negotiate with milan any longer. The owner tim whatever- should have never said that because hes going to end up looking like a fool. Berlusconi and galliani are masters at putting huge deals together.
    Hey we lost our best player (shevchenko) years ago. He wanted to go to chelsea and there was nothing we could do even though we had him under contract (It so happened that that was a great deal for us b/c he sucked once he left and we got hhim back on loan a year later for pennies on the dollar)

    I do not mean to offend anyone by talking crap about MLs and Im glad that americans are finally recognizing soccer as a real sport– but lets be honest here- Mls will never be to the european level- The only way they will attract top players is through $ and this beckham deal shows that even $ isnt enough.

  17. Richard Arguile says:

    The key point is that neither Beck’s or Donovan’s desires matter in all this to a top European Club team. The fact is AC Milan is offering $5 million to the Galaxy for Becks. If they thought he was was washed-up and finished, why are they prepared to pay top dollar for him? It isn’t shirt sales or celebrity that makes AC Milan do this, it is play on the field.
    On the other hand, the Germans don’t want Donovan. End of story.
    I have seen both play at the Galaxy and the sad truth is that the Galaxy didn’t field a decent team behind Beckham. The defence was dreadful and got worse as the season progressed. If I was Beckham, I’d want out too!

  18. GalaxyMike says:

    Well said, yes Landon has shown he is more classy than his ol’ teammate Becks. As a Galaxy fan I don’t want anyone on the Galaxy that doesn’t want to be here. I guess AEG and the MLS have Becks by his goldenballs, however an unhappy Becks here in L.A. will mean mystery ailments keeping him from playing in games, sulking, bad attitude and disruptive/lackadaisical play. The Galaxy don’t need him here, however good for them for holding their grounds. Because they – not Milan but the Galaxy and MLS – own the rights to Beckham, they can name their price. So HOLD OUT FOR MORE MONEY! Make Milan pay $10+ mill for Becks, if they REALLY want him they should do it!

    I don’t want Landon to leave, it would be a bigger hole to fill than uninspired Becks was last season.

    To those asking ‘Who is Donovan?’ here is the answer: Donovan was the BEST L.A. Galaxy player last season, that’s who!!!! Yes, better than Becks. If Becks commands $10-million, then in soccer-skills Landon should command $25-mill!

  19. Lorenzo says:

    Landon Donavn being the best player for LA last year is precisely the problem!!!

    In fact its embarrasing!

    Donavan wouldnt make it into any Premier League team and would probaly just about cut it in an average Campionship side.

    Beckham would never be classed as the “MVP” of LA’s season purely on stats! He doesnt score 20 a season. The fact is hes a great player…..not a miracle worker… and he was surrounded by terrible players in the LA team who couldnt even control a 50 yard pin point pass from Becks! His body language said it all, pure frustration.

  20. mung says:

    can’t believe what your article is saying. what qualifies LD as a football professional? if there is a football professional, Becks should be high on the list, in the list of football professionals. i think you still have alot to learn about football. sorry… you should’ve thought before writing…

  21. mung says:

    oh, just one more thing… had bayern spoken to LD or Galaxy about their interest for LD? LD isn’t even sure he’s wanted at bayern… meanwhile AC has expressed their interest to keep Becks. Becks is sure AC wants him…

  22. mung says:

    the player (LD), his agent …. “no comment” … maybe there isn’t anything going on… i’ve followed bundesliga closely esp. bayern M… i haven’t seen any spark from LD’s performances. is there? enlighten me…

  23. Udasan says:

    LOL..the reason why David NEEDs to speak of his desire to stay NOW than Landon does is because, Beckham wants to play for England in 2010 and he will lost his place if he plays in MLS, while Landon Donovan is GUARANTEED a place in the US National Team even though he was playing in the US coz he IS still THEIR CAPTAIN! Donovan’s situation is far different from Beckham, who has been dropped from England before and who has resigned from the captaincy, and his place now has not been guaranteed at all. What’s with there are younger talents emerging for the right/centre side, Beckham has to do his utmost to keep up with the youngsters and he has to compete. For Donovan, his place is guaranteed in US Team, and he is still young, and given that there are NO MORE replacements for him in the squad, so there are NO WORRIES for him even if he goes back to MLS.

    One more thing that you have to understand, Beckham is desperate to play and stay in Milan for the reason which is absolutely 100% for England, while Donovan wanting to play in Germany or more specifically in Europe just for a personal victory/achievement only. Beckham has achieved almost every possible of football highest accolades that he can achieve, while Donovan is still far behind, and if he didn’t move now, he probably won’t, ever. But he WILL STILL BE in the US team, while Beckham’s position is not guaranteed. You really don’t understand both of the players situations and their true motivations of moving to Europe, do you? And clearly you don’t know both of the players and their background to say and write what you wrote in this blog.

  24. Darren says:

    This article is a disgrace. How anyone can compare a player nobody has ever heard of to the most famous footballer on the planet is insulting.

    Yanks continue to live in the football stone ages. Go back to enjoying the NFL and Baseball!

    You’ll never matter in real football.

  25. Spurs Support says:

    Honestly I am English and I happen to think Donovan is one heck of a player.

    Look unless you are a United lover or simply in love with Beckham you must realize he is greatly over hyped as a footballer.

    For the person who said the Australian league is better than MLS, I was at a match here in London at White Hart Lane where my Spurs lost to an MLS side. So perhaps when Australia United beats Spurs here in North London you can talk.

    Also, anyone who follows the MLS table knows that the LA Galaxy are one of the two or three worst teams in the league every year recently. Four or five years straight they have been bad.

    I don’t love MLS but am not as ignorant as the English are being portrayed on this site. I know enough about the US to know you are not and England’s level but also know enough to know you are far beyond Australia’s level.

  26. cortisoid says:

    This sounds like sour grapes.

    Face it – the real difference is that Bayern don’t want to keep Donovan and Milan want to keep Beckham. Surely if Bayern wanted to keep Donovan he would be trying just as hard to engineer a move out of the Galaxy as Beckham is doing now.

    These are the realities of European football. Worse things have happened. Some players have threatened to score own goals if they weren’t transferred, or gone on strike, etc. Like it or not American “soccer” hasn’t reached a level where its teams can demand loyalty of its players.

  27. Daniel says:

    I love all this crap by Eurosnobs, or by those snobs in Europe. Go back to the NFL, Baseball and just get out. You’ll never make it in real football, etc., etc., etc., You guys just don’t get it. We are playing real football. Those of us who truly support our leagues (MLS, USL 1st & 2nd, PDL) and our US National Team we know what’s real and what’s fake.

    David Beckham may have looked like professional on the field and in the locker room for the LA Galaxy, but guess what he was hatching a plan to get out. Behind that lovely smile is a face of a snake. What do you want his teammates on the Galaxy to say? They have to be professional and say all the right things to not let this fiasco continue on.

    How many players on that squad right now are angry & hurt? We will never know, but seeing Chris Klein on the Fox Football Throw up, he had no choice but to tell the people and those two fools the politically correct speech. David Beckham is a fake & a fraud. Everything he stood for was just flushed down the toilet, yet all you Eurosnobs, Snob from Europe, the English press, Italian press are a bunch of fools because you would do or say anything against MLS & US Soccer because we don’t understand real football.

    Apperently you guys don’t understand real football and always circumvent the situation to put it in your favor. Well that’s what happens when you never use your brains to write a competent comment on such a good & accurate story.

  28. Joey Clams says:

    We thank you for having taken time from your busy schedule at the London School of Economics to share your thoughts with us.

    After considering your thoughts, we agree that there is no future for the sport of association football in the United States of America.

    As such, MLS will cease to exist immediately, as will the United States Soccer Federation. Both organizations will boil themselves in vats of Corona and Molson until they are nothing more than vapors and a pile of bones.

  29. asutt7 says:

    Spurs Support: 2 issues that bother me: 1) i have no idea who Australia United is???is it a charity group??? and 2) this year i think anyone could beat Spurs…im suprised they are not trying to buy Sol Campbell back…hahah

  30. Soccer Guru says:

    So much nonsense being spewed here the record needs to be corrected.

    1- ” I live in Australia and I have seen the LA galaxy twice…the first time was when LA played a friendly against Sydney FC and Sydney destroyed LA 5-3…I am not a Sydney FC fan and I don’t rate the Australian A-League at all and not knowing too much about the MLS at the time I expected LA to thrash Sydney but it was far from that in fact it was the complete opposite. The only highlight from the game was Becks nailing an awesome free kick, other than that LA were woeful.. .. The second game I saw was LA v FC Dallas oct 26th last year at the Home Depot Centre and I thought that the reason why LA got thrashed in Sydney almost a year b4 was because of ‘Jet lag’ and being the start of their ‘off season’, but was I wrong the game was rude…the only spark again came from Becks…watching that final game of last years season was almost laughable and as I said I don’t rate the Australian A-league but I remember saying to my wife “as if Becks could be at all happy playing here, its a joke. He would be better off playing for Adelaide United”. It was hilarious to see Becks land a cross or a pass and to watch the rest of the team eyes pop out of their heads “ oh sh*t the ball is coming to me, what should I do.?!?! Ummm should I fall over trying to kick it or should I sky it out of the stadium???!?!!” . The MLS don’t need hard working midfielders like Becks then need strikers like Owen and the like…people who can take a team on and score 20 goals a season. All you MLS diehards will hate on me but I am talking from an ‘outsider non bias’ point of few and the MLS is nothing and wont b for a long time to come. The Australia A-League has only been going for 3 years and is already above the standard of the MLS which is a joke because the A-League is rubbish with ½ the amount of cash that the MLS has. ”

    Then can you explain why Fred the MVP of the A-League came to MLS the next year and couldn’t even hold down a starting spot for every match?

    You cherry pick results. How about Houston and LA beating Sydney FC in last year’s Pan Pacific Championship.

    2- ” he MLS will always be a stomping ground for “over the hill” 35+ European pro’s at the back end of their career wanting a life in the sun, earning some extra cash! Even 36 year old, Cuauhtemoc Blanco has shown he can keep up with the game in the US which is an embarrassment to MLS in itself!!”

    Thanks for lecturing us dumb yanks about football. Since the British media doesn’t cover the Latin game at all you may not recognize the names of the large number of Latin players under the age of 25 who play in MLS and also feature regularly for their national team. The league is less a retirement home for over the hill europeans than the A-League which you all seem to love.

    3- ” This article is a disgrace. How anyone can compare a player nobody has ever heard of to the most famous footballer on the planet is insulting. ”

    Mexico has more people than England, and more football fans. Every single football fan in Mexico has heard of donovan and most rate him very highly. So yes, no one has heard of him because the world is what the English media claims it is.

    4- ” Landon Donovan is GUARANTEED a place in the US National Team even though he was playing in the US coz he IS still THEIR CAPTAIN!”

    Landon Donovan has NEVER been the US captain. He’s worn the armband for one off friendlies here or there but has never been the permanent captain or vice captain. Again ignorance from someone who is either an American eurosnob or a Brit.

  31. Diane says:

    This is the one thing that I really can’t understand. Donovan is under contract and has been spent the past seven or eight months saying that he wants to play in Europe and hopes that it can be worked out with the Galaxy/MLS. Beckham is under contract and has been saying for the past three weeks that he wants to play for Milan and hopes that it can be worked out with the Galaxy. Why is one whinging and not the other? I think they are both fair requests, presented honestly, by the way.

  32. Jezza says:

    Last season, during one of the Dynamo’s MLS matches, one of the commentators said:

    “…..and the outside half back drills a right footed line drive into the upper ninety”

    Errr…WHAT! So dumbfounded I was by this sentence, I turned to google for some translation.

    I found that an “outside half back” (also known as a running back) is an NFL position, and a “line drive” is apparently a term used by MLB commentators….

    I mean…come on people….. these guys were using NFL & MLB jargon during a soccer game! I didnt know wether to laugh or cry!

    Call us Eurosnobs or ignorant brits all you like, but that alone right there is why the MLS is a laughing stock to the rest of the world, especially in England!

  33. Joey Clams says:

    Soccer Guru:

    You’re clueless. Especially if you think that no one has heard of Landon Donovan.

    Still, you wonder how anyone could compare Beckham with Donovan.

    THEY’RE UNDER CONTRACT FOR THE SAME TEAM AND BOTH ON LOAN.

    Comparisons are inevitable as observers consider the Galaxy’s future.

    Wake up.

  34. bing says:

    I agree with the article. Beckham should at least show some respect to his MLS club. Afterall it was his decision, nobody forced him, to join the MLS. Beckham is a famous football player (not really the most famous in the world as some claim) not because he is a great player but because of his looks. He is a creation of the English media because in the last decades England/Britain, has not anymore produced a world class talent. So the English media overhyped and over promoted him to represent English football.

    I like to watch Donovan play. He is talented but he needs some self confidence. But if he stays with Bayern Munich, he will develop into a great player. For those who commented that they do not know him, please do not exaggerate and please do not be arrogant. If you are a true football fan, for sure you have heard or you have seen him play with the US national team or with Bayern Munich.

  35. asutt7 says:

    Soccer Guru: I’m just going on from what games i have been 2…I’m talking from my experiences with the MLS not yours or from the history archives..

    Jezza: I’m with you buddy, the commentators don’t know what they are even watching and makes it so hard to watch a full 45mins not even to think about watching the whole game….

    Also the funny thing about Americans is that they are so clueless and ignorant to the rest of the world, that when I was over the in November they all kept asking me if I was from England…HA they can’t even tell the difference between and Australian accent to a English accent…. There is soooo my jealousy towards the UK over in the US…I got stuck on the plane with a US lady, she was a nice enough woman but she just bagged the Poms for almost 9 hours its was hilarious…and she was just rambling shit that didnt even make sense…

  36. Boy assutt7 you haven’t been to the UK, where I just was where there is so much resentment towards Yanks its amazing. A lot of it is resentment which masks envy.

    You are right about the accents though. Aussie accents are 180 degrees from English ones. Actually an English accent from Newcastle sounds NOTHING like a Londoner. Americans separated by the seas are sometimes very ignorant, because of the uniformity of American life. Accents are not very different from one part of the nation to the other outside the deep south (even the border states of the south now have accents that have been corrupted by the number of yankees that have moved in) and most Americans insult the beautiful game by calling it “soccer” a term that has no place in football.

    That having been said, we don’t look to England for our inspiration. Prior to the invasion of foreign players starting with the likes of Eric Cantona, English league football was garbage compared to the continent and today the English game continues to be almost incompatible with the geography and climate of the US. We look south to Latin America for our tactics and inspiration and to southern europe as well.

    One of the reasons the English trash MLS and US Soccer so much is because the game which is more latinized and indigenous to our climate/geography looks nothing like the game in the rainy, maritime, short distance to travel British Isles. The other reason is that the Brits are afflicted with Yank hate that masks the Yank envy many have (and euro hate which is Euro envy…………don’t think the anti EU politics of the Tories is simply based on “protecting British interests” ) and thus they must trash everything American that they can (and European also).

  37. Beckhim says:

    If Beckham is such a superstar why is he running away from his duties ? He failed to bring world cup to England and he is failing to make MLS the 5th major league in the US. USA has lot of money and he should have been the driving force in attracting world talent to USA instead of the other way around.

  38. James says:

    Your ignorance of beckham supposdly ‘running away’, ‘hiding’, and ‘not playing in games, sulking, bad attitude and disruptive/lackadaisical play’

    You clearly no nothing about the man if you think this is true..that man comes back time and time again when hes written off..the reason he wants to leave your joke of a league is for the love of his country and then chance to represent it again in a world cup on the highest stage..

    Kartik Krishnaiyer.. resentments which masks envy?? mate, the whole world resents america..are you really ignorant enough to think the whole world envys you?? also what a laod of tosh you speak about our league..’so much is because the game which is more latinized and indigenous to our climate/geography looks nothing like the game in the rainy, maritime, short distance to travel British Isles’.. why do all the top players int he world want to play in it if its like you say then??

  39. Jason says:

    Haha @ spurs support!
    Not exactly hard to beat Tottenham these days, is it? Thats why you’re fighting relegation.
    My little cousins powerleague team could probably beat Tottenham right now!

  40. Joey Clams says:

    Let me get this straight. An experience with people unsure of your accent means that all Americans are ignorant about the rest of the world. That’s sound logic.

    And you know what? Who cares? At least we’re not quick to demonize and heap scorn; if anything, Americans are respected and often derided for wanting to connect, to make friends.

    Call it bumpkin innocence but at least it’s well-intended.

  41. Luke says:

    Haha the US league is shocking. The USA should just stick to playing Baseball, Basketball and American football because they simply cant play Football/Soccer? :)

  42. Jimmister says:

    I love the title. What I love even more is how superior of a footballer Beckham is to Donovan. Footballing professional…. surely you don’t mean Donovan, an arrogant piece of garbage who disgraces anyone around him. The same “pro” who can only be called that because he gets paid to play, not that he actually plays against pro-level competition. He is a brutal player who will never succeed at the top level, and it isn’t like he hasn’t had his chances, he is just too poor quality to take them. How can you even compare Beckham, a Champions League winner who was at one time the most deadly passer and free-kick artist in the game, to Donovan, a guy who had unsuccessful loan spells in Germany, more famous for his enlarged forehead and embarrassing arrogance tan his ability. Donovan has all of the worst attributes of C Ronaldo’s attitude, but without the incredible skill to justify it. There is simply no basis for this article, I’m sure if Bayern wanted to keep Donovan he would stay in Germany like Beckham stayed in Italy

  43. Beckham bashing is getting out of control – and has a weird corporate tinge to it. Company men like Lalas call the MLS a “feeder league” in their sleep – yet Becks really believed that this league was going to deliver on it’s promise of first class soccer in the USA through a closed franchise model that has consistently failed the sport here in the USA. That was his mistake.

    Donovan a “football professional” as opposed to Beckham? Gimme a break… this knee jerk defense of the exhibition league MLS is absurd. Beckham is caught in the Hotel California – he can check out any time he likes, but he can never leave. It was a horrible career move.

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