Hour after hour of practice in the park close to his East London home set David Beckham on the road to becoming one of the world's best-known sportsmen. An integral part of Manchester United's Class of '92 and Treble-winning team of 1999, he reluctantly left the club for Real Madrid after falling out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, then played for LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Twice runner-up as World Player of the Year, he is the only Englishman to win the league title in four different countries.
In David Beckham: Fifty Defining Fixtures, journalist Steve Tongue traces the key matches for club and country among the highs and lows of Beckham's extraordinary career. Former England manager Steve McClaren contributes a foreword defining his qualities as a player and a person.
Steve Tongue was present at David Beckham's first Manchester United match in 1992 and has followed his career closely ever since. A London based sportswriter for more than 40 years, he has covered World Cups, European Championships and two Olympics Games and was football correspondent of The Independent On Sunday for ten years. Steve McClaren is a football manager and former player who is currently Head Coach at Derby County. He managed the England team between 2006-07.