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David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by the San Jose Earthquakes in the first leg of Major League Soccer's Western Conference playoff yesterday.

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Robbie Keane has called for a united front in Torshavn tonight as Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni hangs grimly onto his job.

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Robbie Keane returns to lift Republic of Ireland for Faroes trip

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Real Madrid outclass David Beckham and LA Galaxy in pre-season friendly

Real Madrid scored early and often in outclassing the Los Angeles Galaxy last night, opening a four-game U.S. exhibition tour with a 5-1 victory over Major League Soccer's champion.

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His achievements are staggering – and he has transformed our sporting landscape

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Tottenham held to draw by LA Galaxy during pre-season tour

Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly by a Los Angeles Galaxy side featuring former striker Robbie Keane.

Jamie Oliver criticised David Beckham for his promotional role with Pepsi

Jamie Oliver picks a fight with David Beckham over his junk food adverts

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