Beckham in Italy

A guarded welcome for the "Spice Boy"

January 14, 2009
By Roberto Gotta
(Archive)
Italy did not let itself down in welcoming David Beckham to its desolate, cold shores. All the expected cliches, silliness, frivolous analysis and a badly disguised sense of disdain, oddly coupled with unabated praise, filtered easily from the pages of newsapapers and TV shows. However, one can hardly believe the mainstream media's view of a subject coincides with the general public's.

Beckham's arrival was that of a nemesis, in some sense. He had never been highly rated as a footballer ...

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