David Beckham’s Miami football club set for first game

David Beckham’s dream of launching his own football club in the US is finally realised on Sunday when Inter Miami play their first game.

It has taken six years and Beckham admitted there had been “bumps in the road” as they struggled to find a site for the stadium.

But the former England star said he wants to create the best team in America – and has even talked about one day signing up the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Beckham with the Miami squad
Image:Beckham with the squad, who will initially play out of Fort Lauderdale

“I want to be able to create a legacy that my children can turn around in 20 years and say, ‘My dad built this club’,” said Beckham.

The team play away at Los Angeles FC later and join Major League Soccer along with Nashville, as the league expands to 26 teams.

Image:Beckham wants to bring in top players as well as fostering grassroots talent

“There were moments where I looked and I thought this might not happen,” admitted Beckham.

“The biggest lesson is I’m more persistent than I thought I was and I’m more stubborn than my wife thinks I am.”

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He added: “I’m obviously not from Miami. I’m from east London. So me going to Miami, trying to buy a piece of land, talk to the politicians, wasn’t actually getting us anywhere funnily enough.”

Image:The ex-England star says he wants to leave a footballing legacy

Beckham’s star quality will ensure the team get attention and the 44-year-old is president of soccer operations and co-owner with Miami businessman Jorge Mas.

However, they have struggled to get approval for a new stadium in Miami so will initially be based 30 miles north of Florida’s biggest city in a new 18,000-capacity stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Beckham met fans this week and thanked them for sticking by him
Image:Beckham met fans this week and thanked them for sticking by him

Beckham and Mas hope to soon get the green light for a Miami stadium, which they hope will be up and running in a few years.

Inter Miami’s first home game is against Beckham’s former club, LA Galaxy, on 14 March.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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