David Beckham Facts

Here are some facts about David Beckham, the former English footballer and current co-owner of the football clubs Inter Miami CF and Salford City FC.

  • David Beckham was born on 2nd May 1975 in Leytonstone, London.
  • He played for a youth team called Ridgeway Rovers.

  • He signed for Manchester United when he was 14. His parents were massive Man U fans and Beckham had been the Manchester United mascot when the team played West Ham at Upton Park in 1986.
  • Beckham made his Premier League debut for Manchester Utd on 2nd April 1995.
  • He scored a memorable goal on 17th August 1996 when he scored from the halfway line against Wimbledon.
  • Beckham became well-known for the quality of his crosses, free kicks, and corners.
  • He played 265 league matches for Man Utd, scoring 62 goals.
  • Beckham left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2003.
  • In 2007 Beckham signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS. He played nearly 100 times for the Galaxy in the MLS and he also played for AC Milan on loan during the MLS off-season.
  • Beckham joined Paris Saint-Germain during the 2012/13 season.
  • David Beckham married Victoria Adams (one of the Spice Girls) in 1999. They have four children: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper.
  • Beckham played for England over 100 times. He was often named captain.
  • He has more than 20 tattoos.
  • Beckham was involved in a successful bid to bring the Olympic Games to London in 2012.
  • He was made an OBE in 2003 and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2001.
  • David Beckham retired as a footballer at the end of the 2012/13 season. In his final game, he wore custom Union Jack-themed boots with the names of his wife and children incorporated into the design.
  • Beckham played 115 times for England and scored 17 goals.
  • During his career, he won titles in England, Spain, the US, and France, making him the first English footballer to win titles in four different countries.
  • Inter Miami CF (an MLS expansion team Beckham bought in 2014) played its first MLS game on 1st March 2020, losing 0-1 to Los Angeles FC.
  • In 2019, Beckham joined his other Man United Class of 92 teammates (Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Nicky Butt) in becoming a co-owner of Salford City FC. He has a 10% stake.
  • When Beckham moved to the United States in 2007, a welcoming party was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Many celebrities attended, including Steven Spielberg, Will Smith, Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey.
  • A statue of David Beckham outside LA Galaxy’s stadium is the first-ever statue of a former MLS player.
  • Beckham appeared as the character Trigger in the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword movie.
  • Some of his early football (soccer) cards and stickers sell for hundreds of pounds.

  • He has a lifetime sponsorship deal with Adidas.

Sir Steve Redgrave Facts

Here are some facts about Sir Steve Redgrave, the great Olympic rower.

  • Sir Steve Redgrave was born on 23rd March 1962 in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
  • He is 6′ 5″ (1.95 metres) tall.

  • Redgrave won 5 Olympic gold medals. He won his first in 1984 in Los Angeles (in the Coxed Four event). He then switched to the Coxless Pair boat and won gold medals in Seoul in 1988, Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000.
  • He has also won 9 gold medals at the World Championships, competing in the Coxed Pair, Coxless Pair and Coxless Four events.
  • Sir Steve Redgrave has had to manage several illnesses and conditions during his career. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 1992, and, in 1997, it was discovered that he had Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Steve Redgrave is dyslexic.
  • He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2000.
  • Since retiring from rowing, Steve has raised millions of pounds for charity by running the London Marathon.
  • He was involved in the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (he was one of the rowers of the Gloriana) and he was one of the last torch bearers of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
  • He has rowed with other Olympic stars, such as Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell.
  • Steve married Ann Callaway, an Olympic rower, in 1988. They have three children, Natalie, Sophie and Zak.

Lionel Messi: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Lionel Messi, the incredible Argentinian footballer.

  • Lionel Messi was born on 24th June 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina.
  • His father, Jorge, was a steelworker, and he also coached the local youth football team.

  • Messi played for Grandoli (his father’s club) at the age of five. He then went on to play for Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, his home town. This team only lost one game in four years.
  • Messi suffered with growth hormone deficiency. Barcelona gave Messi a trial when he was eleven and agreed to give him a place in their youth academy as well as paying the medical bills for his treatment for growth hormone deficiency. Messi moved to Spain with his father.
  • Messi made his league debut for Barcelona on 16th October 2004. He was just 17.
  • Messi scored his first La Liga goal on 1st May 2005.
  • At the time of writing, Messi has scored more than 700 goals for Barcelona and Argentina, more than 400 of them in La Liga matches.
  • He has made more than 140 appearances for Argentina, scoring more than 70 goals.
  • Messi has won many trophies with Barcelona and he’s been awarded many personal medals and awards, such as the Ballon d’Or a record 6 times.
  • He also owns most of Barcelona’s goal-scoring records.
  • He has scored more than 30 hat-tricks in his career.
  • Messi was the top scorer in the Champions League in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
  • He’s considered by most football experts to be the best footballer of his generation, although some would argue that Ronaldo is better.
  • Lionel Messi is 5′ 7″ tall (1.69 metres) and he wears the number 10 shirt for Barcelona.
  • He has won more than 30 trophies (including 10 La Liga titles).
  • Messi has more than 180 assists in his career.
  • He has three sons with his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo. They are called Thaigo, Mateo and Ciro.

  • In September 2020, a 2004 Panini Mega Cracks Lionel Messi Rookie Card sold for over $100,000.
  • A popular cougar at the Saransk Zoo in Mordovia, Russia is named Messi. after the player.
  • Red is his favourite colour.
  • His favourite musician is Sergio Torres, and his favourite book is El Martin Fierro by Jorge Luis Borges.

10 Jesse Owens Facts

Here are ten facts about Jesse Owens, the American athlete who won four gold medals at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.

  • Jesse Owens was born on September 12th 1913 in Oakville, Alabama (USA).
  • He attended Ohio State University and was known as the ‘Buckeye Bullet’, winning 8 NCAA championships (4 in 1935 and 4 in 1936).

  • Due to racial segregation of the time and the fact that African-Americans were treated as second-rate citizens, Jesse had to live off-campus with the other African-American students. When he was attending athletic events with the Ohio State University team, he had to stay in a ‘black-only’ hotel and eat in a ‘black-only’ restaurant.
  • During an athletics meeting at Ferry Field on May 25th 1935, Jesse Owens set three world records (long jump, hurdles and sprinting) in  45 minutes.
  • Jesse Owens won four gold medals (100m, long jump, 200m and 4x100m relay) at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
  • Adolph Hitler had planned to use the Berlin Olympic Games to showcase the superiority of the Aryan race. Germany did lead the medals table, but Jesse Owens was the star of the Games.
  • Owens returned to the US after the Olympics. In order to make a living, Jesse raced local sprinters (giving them a head start). He also raced against racehorses.
  • Jesse Owens was made a US Goodwill Ambassador in 1966.
  • Owens met his wife, Minnie, when he was fifteen. They had three daughters, Gloria, Marlene and Beverly.
  • Jesse Owens died in Tuscon, Arizona in 1980. He had smoked all of his life and developed lung cancer. Owens is buried in Chicago in Oak Woods Cemetery.

Jesse Owens

Tudor Football: Facts and Information

In Tudor times football was a very different game to the football (soccer) played today. Here are some facts about the Tudor game of football.

  • The number of players in each time was not limited. Sometimes one entire village or town would play against another.

  • The goal posts were not located at either end of a standard-size pitch. In Tudor times the goals might be more than a mile apart.
  • The ball could be kicked, but it could also be carried and thrown.
  • It was an exceedingly rough game – involving tackling, punching, tripping and kicking your opponent – and many injuries (and sometimes deaths) were suffered by the players.
  • Football was banned in 1540 (during the reign of Henry VIII) because so many young men were getting injured.
  • Football was seen as a sport for the poor and, as a result, the nobility didn’t take part.
  • Games of football could go on for hours (and days, in some cases).
  • The ball was made of a pig’s bladder stuffed with hair.

Check out this BBC video showing the Shrove Tuesday Football game in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

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The Ancient Olympic Games: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Ancient Greek Olympics.

  • The first ancient Olympic Games was held in 776 BC on the plains of Olympia (in the Peloponnese – a peninsula in southern Greece).
  • The games were held in honour of the Ancient Greek gods.

  • Although the ancient Olympic Games were linked to religion (particularly the worship of Zeus), they also helped to build relationships between the different cities of Ancient Greece.
  • The winners of the events in the ancient Olympics were treated like heroes. As soon as the event was finished, the winner be given a palm branch and the crowd would throw flowers to him. Red ribbons were also tied to his hands. An official ceremony for the winners was held at the end of the Games in the temple of Zeus. An olive tree wreath (called a kotinos) was used to crown the Olympic winners.
  • In Greek mythology, the great hero, Herakles, was responsible for staging the first games.
  • The ancient Olympic Games started out as a one-day event. By the 5th century BC, the Games lasted five days.
  • Several events were included in the ancient Olympic Games, such as: Pentathlon (running, jumping, discus, wrestling and boxing), Pankration (a form of early martial arts which took inspiration from both wrestling and boxing), horse racing and chariot racing and shot put.
  • All free male Greeks could take part in the Games. Women were not allowed to compete, and married women weren’t even allowed to watch. Kyniska of Sparta broke this rule when she won a chariot race in 396 BC. The laurel wreath of victory was awarded to the owner of the horses (a man), though, and not Kyniska herself.
  • The ancient Olympic Games were banned by Emperor Theodosius in 393 AD. He thought they were nothing more than a ‘pagan cult’.
  • In the long jump event – which probably didn’t involve a run-up – athletes held weights called medias to help them to stabilize the body. These were swung to build momentum.

Andy Murray Facts

Here are some facts about Andy Murray, the British number one tennis player.

  • Andy Murray was born on 15th May 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • He is 6 ft 3 inches in height.
  • Andy’s brother, Jamie Murray, is a professional tennis player, too. He plays doubles and won the 2007 mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with Jelena Jankovic.

  • Murray attended Dunblane Primary School, and he was in school on the day that Thomas Hamilton shot 17 people during the Dunblane Massacre. Andy hid in a classroom, but said he was too young to really know what went on.
  • He is a really good footballer. Andy turned down a chance to attend the Rangers Football Club School of Excellence because he wanted to concentrate on his tennis.
  • Andy moved to Spain and trained on the clay courts of Barcelona.
  • Murray is the youngest person ever to represent Britain in the Davis Cup.
  • He turned professional in 2005.
  • Murray won the Olympic singles gold medal at London 2012, beating Roger Federer in the final.
  • Murray won the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam event since Fred Perry in 1936.
  • He is right-handed and uses a double-handed backhand.
  • His middle name is Barron.
  • Murray has won over 20 titles and made over $25 million in prize money.
  • Andy Murray’s mum, Judy, is a tennis coach and she has captained the British Fed Cup team.
  • In 2013, Andy became the first British player to win the men’s singles at Wimbledon since Fred Perry’s victory in 1936. Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets (6-4, 7-5, 6-4).
  • In 2016, Andy won his second Wimbledon title.

Usain Bolt Facts: Interesting Information About the Fastest Man in the World

Here are some facts about Usain Bolt, the incredible sprinter from Jamaica.

  • Usain Bolt was born in Trelawny, Jamaica on 21st August 1986.
  • He is 6 ft 5 inches in height – very tall for a sprinter.

  • When he was a young, Usain spent his time playing and thinking about sport. He loved playing football and cricket.
  • At high school, he started to get into athletics and in 2001 he got the 200m silver medal in the Jamaican high school championships.
  • At the age of 15, Bolt was the sam height he is now (6′ 5″).
  • Bolt won many medals as a junior athlete, including 4 golds at the 2003 CARIFTA Games.
  • Usain Bolt turned professional in 2004.
  • He was eliminated in the first round of the 200m event in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens – he had a leg injury.
  • In the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Bolt qualified for the final, but finished last.
  • In the 2007 World Championships in Osaka (Japan), Usain won a silver medal in the 200m.
  • Usain Bolt took that 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing by storm. He won the 100m in a record time of 9.69 seconds, and he won the 200m in a record time of 19.30 seconds. Along with his Jamaican teammates, Bolt also won gold in the 4x 100m relay.
  • At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Bolt improved on his 100m world-record, winning the event in a time of 9.58 seconds. He also won the 200m in a new world-record time of 19.19 seconds.
  • In the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Bolt won the 100m with an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds. He also won gold in the 200m and the 4x100m relay.
  • Bolt enjoys dancing, DJing and he still plays cricket.
  • He has said he would like to play cricket in the Big Bash League (Australia’s Twenty20 league) and he has also said he wants to play football for Manchester United after he retires from athletics.
  • He is nicknamed Lightning Bolt.
  • Bolt can run at a speed of about 23.7 mph.
  • He has his own iPhone app called Bolt!
  • He owns his own restaurant / sports bar called Tracks & Records.

Usain Bolt

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