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Want to know why David Beckham isn’t fit just yet? Ask someone at Fashion Week

Feb 11, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT


Quick, somebody call Bruce Arena, because he’s going to want see this. It’ll give the Galaxy boss a good giggle.

Remember how much trouble Arena and the Galaxy had keeping David Beckham tethered to the team in Los Angeles? Becks was always jet-setting across the mighty pond for his next photo shoot, highfalutin wedding or touchy-feely testimonial for one of his former Manchester United mates or whatever.

Heck, he couldn’t even be bothered to come into training camp on time last year, preferring to remain abroad and train with some other team. I mean, it was a good team, Tottenham. But still.

It always seemed disrespectful, as if Galaxy and MLS were piddling distractions to Brand Beckham and all that it implies.

Arena and the Galaxy management always played nice in public, but you just know it drove Arena up the Home Depot Center wall. They may have understood that Beckham is Beckham and that his planet spins on a different axis, but the bottom line cannot be disputed: transcontinental travel rather than proper rest and training was bound to be unhelpful to the team’s competitive pursuits, at the very least.

Any-who, all of this is to say, Arena will surely have a little smile when he hears that Beckham, not PSG’s talented trouble child, is pulling the same mess with his new team.

(MORE: Beckham not in PSG’s 22-man selection for Champions League clash

A day before PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Beckham’s fitness isn’t what it needs to be, we find out one reason why.

Beckham wasn’t even there working on it all weekend. Rather, he was in New York for Fashion Week.

Fashion Week!

The picture above is from the Victoria Beckham Show on Sunday. (He is seated next to Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.) This is from a story just posted on the The Los Angeles Times website:

Victoria Beckham, newly relocated from Los Angeles back to her home in London, presented her fall-winter 2013 fashion collection at the New York Public Library on Sunday morning. The crowd included her hunky hubbie David Beckham …

So, let me get this right. Beckham spent six years on the look-out for his next chance to get out of the States and back over to Europe. Now he can’t wait to get back into the United States!

Beckham has yet to train with his new club, this report  says.

  1. pageyboy64 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Mr Davis – respectfully, your article is complete garbage. Last time I checked, the Galaxy won 2 titles with Beckham on the team and lost the Cup Final one other year (3 finals in 5 years). Also guys like Donovan credit him with having turned the team around last year. Just look at Beckham’s stats. Also I believe he returned late from training with Spurs in UK during the winter of 2010/11 whereas it was Donovan (and Keane) who were back late at the beginning of last season. Finally it is incorrect to say he hasn’t trained with his new club. you can find reports and photos online of him training with PSG staff in London last week. Let’s face it – he delivered on and off the field for the Galaxy & MLS, even though there were early problems. He won medals and raised the league’s profile globally. If that isn’t success, please send me the definition. your reporting smacks of the standard anti-Becks crap that uninformed journalists who know little about soccer typically write. He’s one of the sports greats and a great ambassador for his profession. MLS was fortunate to have him and will likely be lucky enough to again when he buys a franchise there.

  2. Steve Davis - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    “He won medals and raised the league’s profile globally.” I’ve said the same. I’ve written repeatedly that Beckham did EXACTLY what he was meant to do in elevating the profile. But that has nothing to do with this … he WAS a handful to put up with from a team management standpoint. Frankly, I’m quite surprised he hasn’t trained with the team IN PARIS. (Sorry, but in my opinion, having staff come to him in London is rather silly. The team is in PARIS.)

  3. mdac1012 - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    There are no surprises, when you sign Beckham you know what you are getting. Wrong or right he plays by different rules, its just the way it is. The thing is, even at his current age, I think the good far outweighs the bad.

  4. randomhookup - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Well, at least it was his wife’s line that was showing and not Stella McCartney’s.

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