The Amazing David Beckham Goal That Sent England to the 2002 World Cup

By J.J. Gould

After 20 years, David Beckham has retired from professional soccer. Having had a career that took him from Manchester United to Real Madrid to the Los Angeles Galaxy; having captained the English national team for six years; and having won the English Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the European Champions League and Spain's La Liga championship each once, Beckham will be remembered in sports history for many things. But let's just take a moment to recall a single free-kick goal, scored in World Cup qualification play against Greece 11 years ago, so indelibly stunning that they named a movie after it.

It was the end of the game, two-and-a-half minutes into stoppage time; England was down 2-1, needing a tie to advance ...


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