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Kind of a bummer, since I was stoked to see him when Man U plays Celtic at Seahwaks Stadium on July 22.



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I thought Beckham was the entire point that Man U was going to tour the states...



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Okay, how freaking scary is Real going to be once FIFA 2004 comes out next year? Also, anyone with more soccer knowledge than I know how much stock to put in the rumors of Man U going after Ronaldinho?



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    Originally posted by spf2119
    Okay, how freaking scary is Real going to be once FIFA 2004 comes out next year? Also, anyone with more soccer knowledge than I know how much stock to put in the rumors of Man U going after Ronaldinho?


The rumours been flying around pretty much since his shot hit the back of the net against England in the 2002 World Cup.

It had been considered a sure fire certainty until, somewhat ironically, Beckham signed for Real.

Y'see the guy who just took over as president at Barcelona got voted in largely because he had an agreement with Man U for the sale of Beckham, which he did. Beckham however wasn't too chuffed at being used as a 'political pawn' by Barca (and also probably fancied Real better for guaranteed Champions League football) so as you know he went there instead.

This meant that not only did Barca lose out on their star signing target, they did so to Real. And Barcelona fans arent too crash hot on Real. They pretty much hate them.

The upshot of all this is that Barcelona need to somebody to appease the fans, and need someone quick. Rumour has it target number 2 is Ronaldinho (a better player IMO) and they should be pretty much willing to throw anything at him to make him come. On the other hand Utd aren't short of a bob or 2 and probably wont run scared if a bidding war ensues.

I am surprised Beckham went before touring the US as he had indicated a desire to become big over there, but I dont suppose playing for Real will dent his drawing power over there too much.

Of far more interest to me regarding Man U is the news that they signed a goalkeeper with Tourettes. Should be interesting to find out what the over/under on him getting sent off for dissent is ;)



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Now the question is who will change positions, Beckham or Luis Figo?



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I wouldn't be that surprised if Figo isn't on the team for much longer... The rumor I heard most is that Inter Milan in Italy are very interested in him



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