"I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.
"If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy.
So yesterday David Beckham said goodbye to soccer. This morning I woke up and checked the beIn sports app to see what the soccer schedule was this weekend and to my surprise the first four stories where tied to Golden Balls. I'm for covering his retirement but don't you think, that is a little overkill.
Let's get this out of the way it is a sad day when David Beckham announces he is retiring from football at the end of the season. Oh come on, amid arrogant statements like : "He wasn't a footballer anyway" (right then, so it was a Hockey Stick that won those six titles with Man United!
David Beckham has announced that he will retire at the end of this season and Sky Sports News was all over the story, making sure that no matter where your eyeballs are looking, you know the news. Except for the part of the screen with former England manager Steve McClaren looking forlorn.
Beckham released a statement on his Facebook page to announce his decision.
At last, the crown-prince of English sport, David Beckham has finally decided to call it a day on what has been an incredible career, spanning such mighty clubs as Man Utd, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy, PSG and, of course, Preston North End.
However, as well as possessing a mighty fine right foot, Mr.
David Beckham has announced that he will retire from football at the end of this season. The former LA Galaxy, Man United and Real Madrid star will call it a day after winning the French league title with Paris St Germain.
He said: "I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.
David Beckham's illustrious footballing career looks as if it will finally wind down at the end of this season. The PSG midfielder was rumoured to be extending his stay in Paris but it looks as Beckham will finally call quits on a career that has literally taken him around the world.
"I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," he said.
PSG's title celebrations were overshadowed by rioting on the streets of Paris. Part of their victory tour had to be cut short, including a planned moonlit boat trip along the Seine river. [Pause to allow you to briefly imagine you're on a moonlit boat trip on the Seine with David Beckham.] Thousands of fans had [.
PSG finally clinched the Ligue 1 title with a 1-0 win against Lyon on Sunday. This pleased Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But as he celebrated with his teammates in the dressing room after the match, PSG director of football Leonardo attempted to tell Ibrahimovic that he had to go take an anti-doping test. This did not please Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Italian comedy show La Iene sent an emissary to Paris to ask for the autographs of some PSG stars. Only the photos were Photoshopped with the player's head on the body of another man. Doing things with yet another man. They're not flattering, no.
It's in Italian, but the reactions from the players are good enough without speaking the language.
Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson embrace (Image via MUFC official website)
Transfer rumors continue to fly hot and fast for Manchester United star striker Wayne Rooney. As of May 18, 2013, the want-away forward has been linked all over Europe and continues to increase the amount of speculation around his future in England.
Arsene Wenger has had a fair bit to say recently about the short term thinking displayed by a lot of football clubs these days, while trying to end the speculation about his own future as the Arsenal manager. We know that the Frenchman is a man of principles and will stick to them, although the Arsenal fans wish he would be a bit more flexible sometimes.
With no progress forthcoming on Bacary Sagna's contract extension at Arsenal, it is looking more and more likely that the French defender will be leaving the Emirates this summer. According to the ex-Man United star Andrei Kanchelskis, who is currently assistant manager at FC Volga in the Russian Premier League, Sagna is a target for the moneybags team Anzhi Makhachkala who could let Wenger cash in on his 30 year-old right-back.
Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund (Google Creative Commons)
Lukasz Piszczek is being hunted down by London's finest in order to replace Bacary Sagna this summer.
The 27-year-old Poland international has been an integral part of Borussia Dortmund' side this season. Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph reports that Arsene Wenger has requested several reports on Piszczek in the past few months, indicating that there is some interest in seeing the right-back at Arsenal if Sagna were to leave this summer.
There have been many rumours that Arsenal's Arsene Wenger is the next manager to be lined up by the new French moneybags team Paris St. Germain, but he has thoroughly denied the possibility, and likens not honouring his contract to acting like a thief!
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had a roller-coaster season in charge of Arsenal this season, but he still find his side in control of their own Champions League destiny ahead of their two final two matches of the season.
A mixed bag of results this year has seen him criticized more so than ever by his own fans, and the the fact that the side hasn't won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 has only heaped on more pressure.
Are any Arsenal players good enough to interest another big club? by FD
All the transfer talk at the moment is about the potential players Arsenal are looking to bring in over the summer. It seems as though there's hardly a prospect we haven't been linked with. That's all well and good – it's refreshing to be considered as one of the poachers for a change, rather than having to play our usual game-keeping role.
There have been many rumours linking the Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna with a return to France this summer with the new money-bags club, Paris Saint Germain. Only last week it was reported that Arsene Wenger had persuaded the 30 year-old to stay on at the Emirates, but it seems that that is not yet true as Sagna has now revealed that he doesn't know where he will be next season.
If you were drinking a cup of tea when you saw this headline, I apologise. Wipe your screen down and read on, because Arsenal's French international striker has suggested that he has been better that the Gunners scoring legend Thierry Henry and the `beast` Didier Drogba.
In the wake of the departures of Robin van Persie and Alex Song from Arsenal last year, the French international Bacary Sagna was critical of the club and questioned the ambition of the board. In that, he was not alone and most of the Arsenal fans agreed with him to a certain extent. There have been rumours and speculation all season about the right back leaving the Emirates and there is, apparently, strong interest from PSG.
There has been a lot of talk this week, and at various times throughout the season, about Arsene Wenger and whether he should stay in charge of Arsenal. The talk this week was started when it was reported that he may be heading to the Qatari owned Paris Saint-Germain. The super rich leaders of the French league seem to be connected with just about every big transfer rumour, so we should not be surprised, but Wenger and officials at Arsenal have made clear that it will not happen, at least not this year.
According to various paper reports (Le Parisien is one example) the top men at PSG have been saying Arsene Wenger will definitely be coming to PSG this summer. Failing that he will come in 2014 when his current contract at Arsenal ends.
PSG however have been buying very big, and there [.
Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo for most of the season and they are preparing a mammoth offer for him with the hope of hijacking his move to back to Manchester United.
According to 'L'Equipe', PSG will offer Real Madrid €100m for the striker and that the French Champions will offer a salary that would make him the second best paid footballer in the world, only behind Samuel Et'oo.
There was a changing of the guard in France at the weekend, as Paris Saint-Germain have won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years after Sunday's 1-0 victory at the home of Lyon, for so long the dominant force in France.
Needing a win to wrap up the championship with two games remaining, PSG started slowly at the Stade de Gerland before gradually coming into the game as half-time approached.
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Lyon vs PSG 2013 Highlights 0-1 Menez Goal Leonardo Zlatan Ibrahimovic Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Lyon vs PSG 2013 ( OL Paris SG VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Lyon vs Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 ( Menez) Stade Gerland, Lyon- 12 May, 2013- 20.
Wayne Rooney's final destination: Manchester United, Barcelona, PSG or Bayern? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are a club in transition after Sir Alex Ferguson's revelation that he will step down from his role as the club's manager after 26 years at the helm. With David Moyes seemingly the favourite to replace him, and Jose Mourinho in the running too, the new head coach's first job may well be to convince star striker Wayne Rooney that his future lies at Old Trafford.
There is a game of chicken going on between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain over the future services of Carlo Ancelotti.
It has been clear for months that Real Madrid want Ancelotti to replace Jose Mourinho. The problem is that Ancelotti has one year left on his PSG contract and the French champions do not seem inclined to let him walk away for free.
The managerial merry-go round has commenced as some of Europe's top clubs have already started window shopping ahead of the 2013-2014 season. Jose Mourinho has been linked with Chelsea again, Sir Alex Ferguson has retired, David Moyes has left Everton, and now, Real Madrid appear to be courting Paris St-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti.
While more experienced domestic champions Barcelona and Manchester United held relatively incident free parades through their respective cities, PSG fans celebrated their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 by busting up shop windows and fighting police.
The riots began Sunday night after PSG beat Lyon 1-0 (which was also followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic yelling at Leonardo until he ended up in the hospital).
Leonardo, the PSG director not the Ninja Turtle, isn't exactly having a fine few weeks. After Thiago Silva was sent off for lightly placing his hands on the referee last week, Leonardo decided it would be a smart idea to bump the referee in the tunnel. This may result in a suspension or worse, a points deduction for PSG.
Paris Saint Germain Crest (Google Creative Commons)
Paris Saint Germain can wrap up the French Ligue 1 title this afternoon with victory over Lyon with two games to spare. Currently on 74 points with a game in hand on Marseille, the Parisians have not ran away with the league but have certainly stamped their superiority on their anticipated crown.
Apart from the unacceptable events that occurred during the trophy ceremony at the Trocadéro, there is a bigger problem at hand for the PSG staff. 10 000 to 15 000 fans attended on Monday for the third championship win of PSG's history, and the first in 19 years. The Paris metropolitan area has 12 million people.
Newcastle will need a couple of strikers in the summer and a center-back and maybe a winger too. Mamadou Sakho excellent defender at PSG We expect Mike Williamson to leave the club to get more playing time elsewhere, and of course Fab Coloccini may also leave, although we hope he stays. Fab's been [.
Meeting this year's PSG is never a pleasing prospect. The remembrance of last winter's game in Parc des Princes is still painful, as with many absences and a fair dose a bad luck, OL had struggled to exist. It's not a reassuring prospect either when there's a horde of followers all after our current third spot: St Etienne, Lille and Nice.
PSG's Thiago Silva was given this soft red card after he touched the referee on the chest in PSG's 1-1 draw with Valenciennes yesterday and though it was harsh players or staff should never raise their hands to Officials especially after what happened this week with an Official dying following a hit from a Youth player.
Manchester United were favourites to land Lucas Moura in the summer, with the club being prepared to spend an incredible £35m on a player who had never played outside of Brazil. However, at the last minute, the player opted to sign for PSG instead.
"Everything was agreed between Sao Paulo and Manchester United," his agent, Ribeiro, said in August.