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SBD Global/March 21, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Beckham Downplays Expectations As Beijing Welcomes Him As Chinese Ambassador
Published March 21, 2013
TOUGH TASK: The BBC opined Beckham "has his work cut out." In a nation of 1.3 billion people some estimates suggest that "fewer than 100,000 youths play any form of organised football." In terms of TV viewers China has plenty of fans, "but many prefer to watch foreign games over the tarnished domestic league" (BBC, 3/20). The AFP also wrote Beckham raised the prospect of "one last stop" on his global football journey, refusing to rule out playing in China after his contract with Paris St. Germain ends. Beckham said, "I am continuing to play now. So if I continue to stay fit, if I continue to progress as a player because I still feel that I can learn from playing the game, who knows?" (AFP, 3/20).