LOS ANGELES, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer's hottest premiere
will take place on the soccer field when international star David Beckham
makes his debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy in July. As Beckham's arrival
in the U.S. nears, the debate on futbol and football begins with New
Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush swapping the pigskin for a soccer
ball. Bush traveled to Madrid to show off some of his fancy footwork and
teach Beckham a few things about sports culture in the U.S. as an official
welcome to the American sports scene.
"Since I signed with the Galaxy, you know every time I do an interview,
I'm trying to get myself to say soccer because I've always said football,"
Beckham told Bush during their meeting in Madrid where the two world-class
athletes traded sports for a day.
"And when you think about our sport we call football, it would seem
like [soccer] would be the sport you actually call football because you're
kicking it with your foot, so it makes sense," said Bush. "We call
[American football] football, but we actually throw it a lot more than we
Beckham and Bush showed off their athletic skills and challenged each
other to tackle their respective sports. Beckham attempted a
record-breaking field goal with Bush as his placeholder and Bush attempted
to "Bend it like Beckham" as he practiced free kicks. Never before seen
footage of this meeting will be available for viewing at
To build momentum for Beckham's U.S. arrival, adidas brought these two
star athletes together to embody the world's most popular and entertaining
sports through two of its biggest stars.
"adidas is proud to support individuals like David Beckham and Reggie
Bush who display the world-class athleticism and charisma representative of
our athletes. Futbol meets Football is an extension of the Impossible is
Nothing brand mantra -- unmatchable skill and talent that isn't afraid to
face something new and unfamiliar," said Stephen Pierpoint, vice president,
adidas America. "We believe sports fans in America will adopt this same
mentality and escalate their passion for soccer in the same way they follow
Major League Soccer in America is poised for tremendous growth. More
than 140 million Americans tuned in for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany,
compared to the 90 million Americans who watched the 2007 NFL Super Bowl.
As the most recognizable soccer player in the world enters the U.S. playing
field, the stage is set to catapult Major League Soccer to an unprecedented
level of professionalism, skill and fan frenzy. Whether soccer can garner
the attention of sports fans in the States long term may depend on how it
can compete with America's most popular sport, football.
Beckham said, "I've never been to an [American football] game. I want
to. Because every time I've seen the Super Bowl or something like that,
it's so passionate. Everyone -- the fans, the players -- seems so
passionate about it."
"It's a big deal," Bush said. "What soccer is to Europe, I think that's
what American football is to America."
"Without a doubt," Beckham said. "I'm definitely going to get myself to
During Beckham and Bush's meeting in Madrid, Beckham strapped on a
Saints helmet and uniform with his signature number 23 and performed
running drills, ran pass routes with Bush defending him and kicked
long-range field goals and punts. Bush, meanwhile, laced up his soccer
boots and shin pads and defended short-range penalty kicks from Beckham
playing goal keeper.
Although each athlete looked momentarily uncomfortable in their new
sports, they were able to quickly grasp the nuances, such as Beckham
spiking the football after a touchdown catch and Bush playing a spirited
game of keepy uppy with his knees and feet. Later, the two athletes
exchanged jerseys and discussed what Beckham should expect after arriving
in the U.S., from fan reaction to media attention.
Beckham is scheduled to begin his season with the Galaxy this July,
while Bush arrives at training camp for his second year with the Saints
shortly after. Before reporting, Bush has promised to attend Beckham's
first Galaxy match in Los Angeles.
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footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports
brand in the world. Brand adidas is part of the adidas Group, a corporation
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