David Beckham explains horror Manchester United initiation

imageBefore gaining fame for his free kicks, “Bend it like Beckham” held a different meaning in the United locker room. (Image: Getty)

"The Class of ‘92," an upcoming documentary about the Manchester United youth academy’s most famous graduates, always promised to offer an inside look into the rise of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Co. But is this simply too much information?

In the run-up to Sunday’s premiere in London, Beckham was forced to delve into his memory bank and recount a quite uncomfortable tale of his initiation into the senior side. While every new member was hazed in some way, Beckham said he got the worst of it; he was required to perform a sex act on himself whilst staring at a picture of eighties Reds legend Clayton Blackmore.

The picture probably looked something like this:

imageClayton Blackmore, circa 1989.

No comment.

In an interview with Metro.com, Beckham said:

“Everyone had an initiation that you had to go through on the youth team, that was one of the most uncomfortable ones, I got the short straw!

“The fact that I had to look at Clayton Blackmore’s calendar and do certain things…while looking at Clayton Blackmore.”

"I was embarrassed when I was saying it on camera let alone talking about it more. But it’s something that we all had to go through. It was definitely something I wouldn’t like to go through again!"

Again, no further comment from us. Let’s just check out the film’s official trailer instead:


Documentary Tracks Bob Bradley’s Time with Egypt


When Bob Bradley was released from his position with the U.S. men’s national team in July of 2011, questions immediately arose concerning where he would find his next head coaching job. Rumors swirled concerning his next position. Would it be Europe? Mexico? The Caribbean? Reality proved stranger, though, when in September of 2011, Bob Bradley agreed to become the head coach of the Egyptian National Team.


Most observers were perplexed. "What about the language barrier?" “What about his lack of familiarity with his new squad?" “Would he be able to adjust to soccer in Africa?" The concerns were legitimate. But just a few short months later, they suddenly seemed insignificant in the wake of the Port Said stadium riot that left dozens dead and more than a thousand fans injured.

Bradley could have left. He could have easily resigned and claimed political instability as his justification, that his family felt unsafe and that he couldn’t work in such a perilous situation. Instead, Bradley embraced his new country and committed himself to guiding Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990.

Eight months later, and that dream is nearly a reality. Egypt recently clinched a place in the last round of World Cup qualifying in Africa. While questions linger as to whether the Pharaohs will make it to Brazil, one thing is certain: Bob Bradley and the Egyptian National Team have been on a journey, and one that, luckily for the rest of us, has been the subject of an ongoing documentary, titled We Must Go.

Chronicling Bradley’s time in Egypt from his appointment through to the final rounds of qualifying, the documentary is sure to shed light not only on Bradley’s tenure with the team, but also the role that soccer plays in Egyptian culture.

Check out the trailer above, and be sure to visit the official website for the film here.


Want to know Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s humble (well…as humble as you could imagine) beginnings?

If you have some time to kill, check out this Swedish documentary on how a 19-year old Zlatan brought his first club Malmo FF back into the Swedish top flight with a breakout season that saw him secure a move to Ajax and launch the Legend of Ibra.


Soccer film has turned a corner

By Leander Schaerlaeckens

I get sent a lot of screening DVDs for upcoming soccer films.

For the longest time, they were mostly terrible.

This wasn’t to say PR people made a concerted effort to bog up my DVD player with unwatchable dreck. It’s more that soccer cinematography, documentaries excepted, was awful. (See – or, rather, don’t see – the Goal! trilogy, the last of which was tellingly released straight to DVD.)

That trend was finally reversed when I was sent a copy of United, a BBC-produced recreation of the Munich air disaster, a plane crash that killed eight Manchester United players and 15 others in 1958. Although the Mancunian accents were hard to decipher at times – and that’s having lived in England for three years – the portrayal was gripping.

Last week, I found Heleno in my mailbox, a biopic of Brazil’s best striker of the 1940s.

Soccer film has turned a corner.

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