Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America

Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America

by Grant Wahl
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Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America by Grant Wahl

In 2007, David Beckham, the golden boy of soccer, shocked the international sports world when he signed a five-year contract with an American team, the Los Angeles Galaxy. Under the direction of his manager, Simon Fuller, the mastermind behind American Idol and the Spice Girls, Beckham was ready for a monumental challenge and a risky adventure–ready, as Fuller put it, to earn his stripes Stateside. Could he pull off what no player had ever accomplished (including Pelé in the 1970s) and transform soccer into one of the most popular spectator sports in America? It was a bold experiment: failure meant a team, a league, a sport, and Beckham himself might miss their chance to hit primetime in the U.S.

With unprecedented access to the Galaxy and one-on-one interviews with Beckham, veteran Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl focuses on the inner circle of the experiment: Beckham, Galaxy leading scorer Landon Donovan, Simon Fuller, controversial former coach Ruud Gullit, outspoken former Galaxy president Alexi Lalas, and Mrs. Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. Wahl takes readers behind the scenes, on the road with the team and inside the locker room, to reveal just what happened on and off the field when the most renowned player in the world left the glamour of European soccer to play in a country that has yet to fully embrace the sport. We find out what his teammates really think of their superstar captain, who was calling the shots behind the scenes, how Beckham’s management conducted a shadow takeover of the Galaxy organization, and if the team plans to embrace him–or not–when he returns from AC Milan for the 2009 season.

The Beckham Experiment is a no-holds-barred account of ego clashes and epic winless streaks, rivalries and resentments, big gambles and great expectations, cultural and class collisions, and ultimately the volatile mix of celebrity and professional sports. As Beckham embarks on his third season with the Galaxy, the question remains: even for a player the caliber of David Beckham, are some goals out of reach?


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307462459
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 07/14/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,103,263
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

In twelve years at Sports Illustrated, senior writer GRANT WAHL has written thirty-one cover stories and more than two hundred articles while covering five World Cups, three Olympics, and twelve NCAA basketball tournaments. Wahl has won four Magazine Story of the Year awards, given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Céline.


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Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
tboneTC More than 1 year ago
In the continually unfolding Beckham Experiment, Wahl's book will tell you everything you need to know about what's actually been going on within the Galaxy (and as a result within the MLS) since slightly before Beckham's arrival. If you want to learn more about where soccer is in the US and where it may be headed in the future, this book will certainly give you a good bit of insight. And if David Beckham (or Grant Wahl) ever read this, I do hope the Beckham Experiment continues -- you're a lot closer to success than you might think!
Giggslover More than 1 year ago
Great book for all US Soccer fans. Its hard being the most recognizable person in a sport when you aren't the best-people always want to find fault with you. This is a quite fair account of what happened when Becks first came to America. Interesting read throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Informative and entertaining--the author gives a good, illustrative account of how this "experiment" by Beckham's management, the LA Galaxy and MLS failed to do what they intended to do: stimulate interest in soccer in the US by providing a "spotlight" charcter for the MLS to market. The book goes into detail from different perspectives: players, management and from Beckham himself as to why this initiative was less than successful--a good read, whether or not you are a fan of MLS.
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Stupid book Bechkam LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should never have left united or madrid