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Beckham: why England can win the right to host the World Cup in 2018

As a player nothing could possibly beat playing in front of your own fans in your own country at the World Cup and I hope our players of the future will be fortunate enough to experience this.

The Bid Book contains all of the detail of how we would host the World Cup in either 2018 or 22.

It shows how passionate we are as a nation for football, how our society is amongst the most diverse in the world with communities ready to welcome every team, how we already have fantastic stadiums, training grounds, transport and hotels which will enable us to stage a festival of football creating the most commercially successful World Cup ever.

All of these on their own are excellent reasons why hopefully we can persuade the 24 voters on the FIFA Executive Committee in December to award England this great prize.
But I would like everyone to think of other reasons, to think of South Africa, where the World Cup starts next month, and a young girl called Nothemba, to think of Eddie from Manchester and Kadra from west London.

They are the most compelling reasons why we would be the best hosts.

Nothemba, Eddie and Kadra are with me today representing the England bid.
Four years ago Eddie was unemployed, lived in a tough area of Manchester where crime was high and drugs were rife. Many of his friends were in gangs but he wanted a different life and volunteered for the Manchester City community Kickz programme.

Now he works full time for the Manchester City Foundation where he leads and motivates young people and in 2009 he won the Kickz “Inspiring Young Person of the Year Award”.

Kadra moved to England from Somalia when she was 8. She was called up to play for the national team but her culture’s traditions and views prevented her from accepting the honour. Kadra used this disappointment as a catalyst to set up a Somali women’s team in west London, changing attitudes about women’s football and bringing women in the local community together.

Nothemba lives in South Africa, is 17, is the captain of her football team and has been coaching young children.
She has been part of the Coaching For Hope Young Leaders’ programme which is an Official Charity Partner of the Football Association and part of the FA’s International Development Programme which has now been running for 10 years.
This programme and others ensures that the success of English football benefits other areas of the world as well as at home.

I met Nothemba last December at the Coaching For Hope project at Khaylitsha, near Cape Town.
It is amazing to visit a project like this and see the effect football has on young people. Football has the power to change lives and these youngsters are able to learn valuable lessons through their love of the game.

I felt privileged to meet Nothemba and the other children and despite the fact we come from different backgrounds we share a love for the game of football.

HIV/AIDS is one of the very real problems in places like Khaylitsha and football must ensure it does whatever it can to help educate young people of health dangers and make a difference.

This is the cornerstone of our bid.

Nothemba is here with me because England supports the World Cup in South Africa, which will be a fantastic occasion, but also because a successful England World Cup bid will help change the lives of countless more Nothemba’s. Eddie and Kadra show what can be done at home. A World Cup in England is not just about what it can do for our country but what it can also do for the rest of the world.
We believe we can achieve more than any other bid. We can stage an amazingly successful tournament with passion, diversity and excitement.

But this is just a platform for the good work that can be done as a result of us hosting the tournament. That is why I am totally committed as Vice-President of our bid to bring the World Cup to England and why I ask you to please pledge your support at

Hopefully this year we will win the greatest prize in sport twice, by winning the World Cup on and off the pitch.

David Beckham
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30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


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3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


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(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



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