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Ligue 1 chief revels in Becks effect

March 12, 2013
By Andrew Scott, France Correspondent

The president of the French League says the arrival of David Beckham at Paris Saint-Germain has turned the eyes of the world onto Ligue 1.

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Speaking on Monday, LFP head Frederic Thiriez, 60, stated his delight at the impact veteran Englishman Beckham is having on the image of French football across the globe.

"You can't imagine the extent to which the world is now watching PSG and Ligue 1," he told reporters. "It is only the French that don't seem to realise how big this is."

Thiriez admits that he was not sure how the 37-year-old Englishman would cope on his return to Europe after almost five years with Los Angeles Galaxy, but he says that Beckham made a big impression on his debut against Marseille recently.

"I suppose you all changed your minds after seeing Beckham's first game," he continued. "I was there. I was a bit nervous to see how he would get on. Upon seeing his first touch, I said: 'This is good. He is a real football player. Beckham is terrific!'"

Beckham came off the bench for his debut in PSG's 2-0 league victory against Marseille recently and made his only start so far in the French Cup last 16 win against the same opponents three days later. He again appeared as a substitute in last Saturday's 2-1 win against Nancy.