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David Beckham Tells Miami Soccer Fans To Do As He Says, Not As He Has Done

david beckham David Beckham Tells Miami Soccer Fans To Do As He Says, Not As He Has Done

Following up on all of the discussion about David Beckham bringing a MLS team to Miami, writer Darren Weber from Soccerly offered an intriguing viewpoint regarding David Beckham recently questioning whether fans in Miami should do as he says and support their local team, or not, since Beckham hardly has a track record of doing the same.

The Leytonstone-born Englishman was born in east London. His local team in the area was Leyton Orient, but Beckham decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and support Tottenham Hotspur. However, since both of his parents were fanatical Manchester United supporters — even though the club was 211 miles away from London — Beckham grew into becoming a Manchester United fan.

Weber writes:

“His parents, both Londoners, were fanatical Manchester United supporters who would frequently travel to Old Trafford from London to attend the team’s home matches so it is easy to understand how David inherited his parents’ love of the Red Devils.

“He inherited eschewing the values of locality and community from his parents when he made the very first big decision a young Englishman makes by himself; which football team to follow. That’s fair enough. There are Manchester United fans all over the planet with no connections to the City of Manchester.

“There’s one difference between Beckham and them. They are not asking every other citizen to be locally loyal so that they make money.

“Is a man who followed his parents’ passions over local ties, also the man to ask Floridians, many of whose recent ancestors come from afar, to do the exact opposite? It was an unnecessary arrow to fire from Beckham and indicates that he seems to have whitewashed or at least forgotten his own past while traveling through the constant and frequent re shapings of his own brand.”

What are your thoughts about Beckham wanting local fans to support their team, especially if many of these fans have already supported a completely different team given that MLS has been extinct in South Florida for 13 years?

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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4 Responses to David Beckham Tells Miami Soccer Fans To Do As He Says, Not As He Has Done

  1. eddymc2 says:

    I’s suggest that what Beckham is doing is more asking than telling. Even if he was telling them what to do, they don’t have to obey him: they have free will, and he’s not the Emperor of Florida.

  2. Dean Stell says:

    Fandom is weird. When I was a kid, there was no NFL team anywhere near me in North Carolina. So, I became a Dallas Cowboys fan because they were on TV a lot when I was a kid, were good and seemed to have interesting players like Roger Staubach, and Too Tall Jones and Randy White. All the kids at my school were either Cowboys fans or Redskins fans (with a few proto-hipster 49ers fans).

    Then when I was in my 20s, the Carolina Panthers happened. It was only about 20 miles from where I grew up and everyone was very excited that we had an NFL team. The first couple of years, I was kinda a fan of both. And then in their second year, the Cowboys and Panthers played in the playoffs. I wasn’t sure how I’d react, but once the game started, I realized I wanted the Panthers players to break their legs and die and LOSE. I loved the Cowboys and had loved them since I was a little kid…..I wasn’t switching and haven’t switched in the 20 years since. I still roll my eyes when people talk about the Panthers.

    I imagine Beckham will run into some of this in Miami…..although being a Manchester United fan or a Barca fan isn’t really inconsistent with supporting Beckham FC since the two won’t ever play a meaningful game. He’ll run into this with the Strikers, but I doubt many people in Miami are LA Galaxy fans or Red Bulls fans (but there will be some).

  3. Frill Artist says:

    Does anyone really care in the end? The writing is on the wall. The team will be a financial flop.

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      The bloke has made an absolute fortune on the back of a decent right foot. I would not bet against him. The idea that he or his advisers are going into this clueless is ludicrous.

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