Save us Becks! China name PSG midfielder as a global football ambassador in a bid to revive their faltering domestic game
Olympics last year and Chinese officials expect his popularity and influence to restore the game's credibility in their country.
At a loss: David Beckham came off the bench but couldn't save PSG from a 1-0 defeat by Reims at the weekend
'2013 marks the 20th anniversary of professional football in China and the special ambassadorship of David Beckham will attract global attention to Chinese football and the CSL,' said a spokesman for the CFA.
'While in China, he will attend the CSL and visit clubs to get a deeper insight into football in China.
'He will also help us to inspire and motivate many children to participate in this beautiful game.'
Brief: Former Chelsea forwards Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka both quit early into their spells at Shanghai
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