David Beckham Ends His Football Career

July 1, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. retire 
[ri-TAHYUH R] (v.) – to leave a position or a job
Example: The sports announcer has retired from his job of 60 years.

2. triumph [TRAHY-uh mf, -uhmf] (v.) – to win or to succeed
Example: The defending champion triumphed after getting the highest score in the game.

3. ambassador [am-BAS-uh-der, -dawr] (n.) – a person with high position who represents his or her own country in another country
Example: Manuel Lopez is the current Philippine Ambassador to Japan.

4. dedicated [DED-i-key-tid] (adj.) – committed or loyal to another person, cause, or advocacy
Example: The dedicated athlete gives his best to win every game.

5. anew [uh-NOO, uh-NYOO] (adv.) – in a different way or manner; over again
Example  The coach had to explain the strategy anew after he changed his plans.


Read the text below.
Football superstar David Beckham retired from his football career as the Paris St-Germain’s (PSG) football season ended at the end of May.

Beckham has been playing football for the past 20 years. During his entire career, he has played for different football clubs, such as the Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy, and AC Milan. The last club that he played for was the PSG, which he joined only in January this year.

The football player, who is now a global celebrity, has won 19 trophies with 10 league titles. Beckham is the only English football player to ever triumph in four countries and to become a sports ambassador in China.

With all his achievements, Beckham considered being the team captain of England’s football team as the greatest. He added that he felt very proud to represent his country.

Though thankful for his successful career, Beckham thinks that now is the right time to retire as a football player. The superstar also said that he wants people to remember him as a dedicated athlete who puts great effort in every game.

Beckham also acknowledged the people behind his success. He thanked his parents for giving him support throughout his career. He also felt thankful for his wife Victoria Adams, a member of the Spice Girls, and his kids for giving him happiness and inspiration.

Although his career has ended, Beckham still feels excited to start anew and to give back the opportunities that he was lucky to have.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you think David Beckham made the right decision to retire early from his football career? Why do you think so?
·         In your opinion, why did Beckham decide to end his football career?

Discussion B

·         What age do you think is appropriate to retire from work? Please explain your answer.
·         How do you think people live after retiring from work?


July 1, 2013