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David Beckham's Unbelievable Free-Kick Against Greece Happened 17 Years Ago Today

David Beckham's Unbelievable Free-Kick Against Greece Happened 17 Years Ago Today

If there's one footballer that would be synonymous with taking a free-kick, then there's no doubt that David Beckham would be at the top of the list for most people.

The former Manchester United star could -- and would -- captivate people around the world with his ability to find the back of the net, with an unbelievable ability to curve the ball and the accuracy needed to create some of the most memorable moments in football history.

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That's exactly what happened 17 years ago today, as Beckham's stunning strike against Greece allowed England to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.



The stage was perfectly set for the England international at Old Trafford.

Sven-Göran Eriksson's side were losing to Greece 2-1 and were desperate for a miracle that would avoid them from taking on Ukraine in a play-off match.

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So, it was only fitting for Beckham to step over the ball during injury time and, well, the rest is now history.

England didn't win the 2002 World Cup, obviously, but at least fans had the opportunity to dream about football coming home.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Beckham's glittering football career might be over, but he has big plans in the pipeline for his upcoming MLS team, Inter Miami.

In fact, the England international even has the idea of bringing Lionel Messi to Inter Miami.









What was Beckham's best goal for England?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Football, David Beckham, England

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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