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Becks: The Passing King
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What makes Becks so good?
He's probably the biggest name in the world of football.

His hair and clothes may change more often than you've had school dinners, but his feet do the talking.

A broken bone silenced his left foot in the 2002 World Cup but he has since been in fine form for England and Real Madrid.

So what is all the fuss about?

He'd top any list for taking free-kicks. And in the final minutes of a match, Becks will still be steaming round hunting down that ball.

His stamina and fitness are magnificent, but it's his range of passing that sets him apart from most.

What makes Becks so good?
A short Becks and sides for David

It doesn't matter if it's from the middle - where he plays for Real - or from the right for England where Sven-Goran Eriksson will play him.

Beckham is the conductor!

He dictates the rhythm, the pace and the flow of the game, with a combination of beautifully weighted short and long passes.

Watch him pick out those runs from Michael Owen with a raking 50-yard pass.

Or his link-ups with Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney down the right wing with a number of cute little passes.

It's not easy to get this good. He practises his passing for hours on end, banging in hundreds of balls to different set targets.

And everywhere he roams on the pitch, this skill is deadly.

Think about it. His crosses are just passes to a striker's head. And for shooting, he's just passing the ball into the back of the net.

The European stage awaits him.

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What's a Euro Star?
Becks: Pass Master
Henry: Speed King
Gerrard: Engine
Zidane: Le God
Nedved: Cannon
Ruud: Powerhouse

David Beckham facts
Born: 2 May 1975
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London
Height: 6ft 0in
Weight: 11st 13
Clubs: Real Madrid, Man Utd
England caps: 66
England goals: 13

Did you know?
When Becks was 12 when he won a Bobby Charlton Soccer Skills award

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