Thursday, August 07, 2008

NEW Interview: David Beckham Does Men's Health

David Beckham is featured in the September issue of Men's Health. It's rare for him to take a bad picture - but - I ain't digging the facial hair on him. I love beards on men but Beck's beard is not well shaped and it doesn't enhance his face in my opinion. Still, I love the photography layout using the gym.

Here are some excerpts from the Men's Health interview:
Superstar David Beckham opens up in the September issue of Men's Health magazine, on newsstands August 12, 2008, about his unique formula for success. Having reached the one year milestone of playing for Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham reflects on bringing notoriety to "football" and to U.S. fans across the pond, choosing his kids over sports, the importance of training in his overall success, and the "madness" that constantly surrounds his family. At age 13, Beckham was discouraged from pursuing soccer from a teacher when he was told, "You'll never play for England, because you're too small and not strong enough." It was those words that set Beckham on a path to change the sport forever.
On broadening soccer's appeal to Americans:
"I never do anything where I don't believe in what I'm doing. I see that something could happen in U.S. soccer. That change isn't going to happen in a year or two. It's more of a 5-, 10-, or even 15-year plan. I believe in it, and I believe that in years to come, this could be one of the biggest sports here in America."

On his father's influence:
Beckham credits his father with helping him harness his focus. "Even if I had a great game he's always say, 'You played well, but these were the mistakes you made.' If I had a bad game, I'd hear all about that. When I was playing for Manchester United, playing something like 200 games and winning European Cup finals, he still wouldn't let me get away with saying, 'I've made it.' So that's one thing I have never done and never will do."

"You'll never play for England, because you're too small and not strong enough," Beckham heard these words from a soccer player at age 13, which led him to his professional career in "football."

On keeping his mind in the game:
"I'm a really bad loser. It stays with me for a while. I always take it quite personally when we don't win as a team or I don't win in everything else I do."

"I don't worry about any other players. I've always concentrated on what my job is more than anything, more than how good the other team is, no matter who the opponent is-even off the field. If you do your job, then there's nothing else."

"Preseason if where you get the stability for the rest of the season. I'll never perform at my highest level unless I'm 100 percent fit. That's one of my biggest attributes, the energy I've got on the field. For me, training is as important as the games."

"My game's all about moving around the pitch. I went through a stage a few years ago where I lifted a lot of weights and put on about a stone [about 14 pounds] and ended up not being able to run."

On balancing his career and family:
"There is this madness around me, around my family. Without a doubt, out on the field is where I'm most comfortable, where I'm happiest, because I know what I'm doing, and I know I can do it."

"People always ask me, 'Do you play golf?' Because a majority of sportsmen do. I used to play, quite a few years ago, but to be honest, I'd rather spend 4 hours with the kids than 4 hours on a golf course. As much as it can be relaxing, it's a frustrating sport. My way of relaxing is listening to music and spending time with the kids."

On being a role model:
"To be someone kids look up to is a great honor. What matters is how you carry yourself, off and on the field."

"People always say to me, 'Why would you place yourself in a position where you have to put pressure on yourself?' But it's what gives me energy."

On being a fashion icon:
"I know what I'm doing," Beckham says of his fashion style.

Men's Health is at newsstands to read more of Beckham's interview.