Sport Juan Mata could go through a Manchester United initiation, but hopefully it won't be anything like David Beckham's

Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

David Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2007

Jermain Defoe relishes idea of David Beckham link-up at Tottenham

Former England captain on the look out for a new club

David Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2007

Monaco confirm interest in former England captain David Beckham

Beckham a free agent from Saturday

David Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2007

'You never know': David Beckham refuses to rule out return to the Premier League

QPR have been linked with the former England captain

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger leads tributes to great rival Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United are to mark the Scot's phenomenally successful 26 years in charge at Old Trafford by unveiling a statue of the 70-year-old

<b>Long, long shot </b><br/>
There have been Chinese whispers of a return to the Premier League for <b>Didier Drogba</b>, and despite the unpredictability of the Ivorian power-house, we give it a 0.01% chance of happening. The rumours surfaced as Shanghai Shenhua Chairman Zhu Jun supposedly threatened to put a lid on his cash-flow into the club, with the futures of Drogba and former Chelsea team-mate Nicholas Anelka looking edgy.

Didier Drogba denied possible Chelsea return: Fifa
rule out special permission for loan move

Fifa  informed Drogba that he won't be exempted from international transfer rules

David Beckham applauds the fans after the Los Angeles Galaxy's match against the San Jose Earthquakes earlier this month

End of his Galaxy quest: Where now for David Beckham?

As his LA Galaxy adventure draws to a close, opportunities open up in France and Australia as clubs bid for the man who is bigger than football

David Beckham

Paris St Germain front-runners to sign David Beckham

PSG, bankrolled by Qatar, made an offer to the player a year ago

Beckham is still viewed as a hot property by teams around the globe

'One last challenge': Where next for David Beckham?

The 37-year-old is still viewed as a hot property by teams around the globe

David Beckham

David Beckham's aides rubbish claims he will play Down Under despite Football Federation of Australia statement

David Beckham's aides rushed out a statement this morning rubbishing claims he is in talks to play Down Under.

Steven Gerrard insists there are 'still a few more chapters to be written' in his England career

Steven Gerrard insists there are “still a few more chapters to be written” with England as he prepares to win his 100th cap in tomorrow's encounter with Sweden in Stockholm.

No ulterior motive to Wilfried Zaha call-up, says Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has denied he has called up rising star Wilfried Zaha in an attempt to persuade him to shun Ivory Coast.

Steven Gerrard: A career in pictures ahead of 100th England cap

A look at some of the player’s finest moments for club and country

Mara Carlyle with Jon Snow, Purcell Room, London

London Jazz Festival

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Sharing in the election joy?

Page 3 Profile: Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP

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