Call me a cynic, but I don’t buy David Beckham’s "I won't receive any salary. My salary will go to a local children's charity. That's one of the things we are excited and proud to do" after he signed for Paris Saint-Germain. Beckham, despite the fawning of the English media, is all about Beckham. Everything he does is calculated. It is all about maximum exposure for brand Beckham and Paris is just the latest stop on his carefully planned world tour.
It is very refreshing that two unfashionable clubs, Bradford City and Swansea City, have made the League Cup Final, which will be played at Wembley next month. Both teams have earned the right to play in the final and only the most snobbish of Sky Premier League armchair fans will begrudge them their day out. And for those fans that followed football before Sky and the EPL, the mere mention of Bradford will invoke memories of that horrific day at Valley Parade in 1985, when 56 fans lost their lives in a fire. Bradford City Football Club deserves its moment in the spotlight, on the hallow turf of the national stadium, and the chance to honor those who died.
It was a great weekend for the minnows in the FA Cup with Luton Town, Leeds United, MK Dons, Millwall, and Oldham Athletic all beating Premier League opposition. People talk about the ‘romance of the cup’ and how magical the competition is compared to others. Remind me in May of that romance when one of Man City, Man United, Arsenal, or Chelsea lift the cup. The FA Cup is a great and historic tournament, but the notion of romance is overstated. It does provide some excellent story lines in the early rounds, but only once in the last 26 years has that romance translated to a team winning the cup. And even then, the victors were Portsmouth, who under Harry Redknapp, spent their way to the final.