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David Beckham wins MLS Cup in final LA Galaxy match

Beckham's Hollywood ending: England legend signs off by helping Galaxy to MLS Cup glory… but where next for Goldenballs

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UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 2 December 2012

David Beckham had his heart set on leaving LA Galaxy with the MLS Cup as a parting gift and it was fitting he should be the architect of a second-half comeback to beat their old rivals here at the Home Depot Center.

The 37-year-old former England captain conjured up a vintage display in central midfield and the crowd rose to acclaim their No 23 when he was substituted seconds before the end.

Anybody questioning the impact
Beckham has made on a sport which still has a long way to go to catch up
established American games such as gridiron and baseball, would have to
acknowledge his popularity with the fans. There were banners all round
the ground proclaiming ‘Thanks David’ and ‘We love Beckham’ while fans
were wearing T-shirts with slogans such as ‘Beckham — take me with you’
and ‘Beckham you rocked the Galaxy’.

Party time: David Beckham and his team-mates begin the celebrations

Party time: David Beckham and his team-mates begin the celebrations

Party time: David Beckham and his team-mates begin the celebrations

‘It is a special day for us to win it
here at our home, in front of our home fans,’ said an emotional
Beckham, who again hinted that he would soon be involved in the MLS as a
club owner.

‘It is a sad day as well. This is a special place for me and will continue to be a special place.

More trophies: Beckham's glittering career has yet another successful chapter

More trophies: Beckham's glittering career has yet another successful chapter

Champions: Landon Donovan reacts after scoring the crucial penalty

Champions: Landon Donovan reacts after scoring the crucial penalty

Decisive intervention: David Beckham and Christian Wilhelmsson celebrate with Landon Donovan after the latter slots home a penalty in the second half to put Galaxy 2-1 ahead

Decisive intervention: David Beckham and Christian Wilhelmsson celebrate with Landon Donovan after the latter slots home a penalty in the second half to put Galaxy 2-1 ahead

The kids are all right: Beckham celebrates with his sons after the final whistle

The kids are all right: Beckham celebrates with his sons after the final whistle

The kids are all right: Beckham celebrates with his sons after the final whistle

The kids are all right: Beckham celebrates with his sons after the final whistle

‘I have no idea where I will go next.
I do know that I am happy to have been part of this club for six years
and been successful for the last four years.

‘I will continue with my commitment
to this league. I might not be playing here any more but my commitment
to growing this sport and this league will continue.’

Bending it: Beckham fires in a trademark delivery

Bending it: Beckham fires in a trademark delivery

This tight little stadium is far from
the biggest in the MLS but temporary seating installed for the occasion
and the opening of the huge grassy bank towering over one of the goals
had boosted the capacity from 27,000 to 30,000.

The untypical Los Angeles weather —
drizzling rain on Friday and squally showers before the game — made the
grass slippery but it hardly put off the fans. They braved the
conditions, spreading their blankets and feasting on hot dogs and Buds
well before kick-off.

Tribute: Fans show their appreciation for the former England captain

Tribute: Fans show their appreciation for the former England captain

Tribute: Fans show their appreciation for the former England captain

Of course, the main item on the
agenda was Galaxy’s attempt to retain the Philip F Anschultz Trophy,
awarded to the winners of the MLS championship in a repeat of last
year’s final. Having reached their record eighth final, Galaxy have now
equalled DC United’s feat of four titles.

But it was almost a foregone
conclusion. If Beckham could have picked opposition least likely to
spoil his farewell party, it would have been the Dynamo who have now
lost their last six games at the Home Depot.

Ambassador: David Beckham (right) before the game with Robbie Keane (centre)

Ambassador: David Beckham (right) before the game with Robbie Keane (centre)

Hands on: Ricardo Clark gets to grips with Beckham in the first half

Hands on: Ricardo Clark gets to grips with Beckham in the first half

Beckham engineered the 13th-minute
move which should have seen Galaxy take the lead with a 30-yard ball to
Robbie Keane, whose pass left Landon Donovan with the goal at his mercy
but the striker shot wide.

A 19th-minute free-kick from the
right-side of the box produced an even worse miss with Mike Magee, two
yards out, somehow contriving to head off target. They were misses that
Galaxy came to rue when, a minute before half-time, Calen Carr broke
down the Houston right, took advantage of sloppy defending by Tommy
Meyer and lifted a right footer into the top of the net to stun the home
fans.

The last time: David Beckham walks out alongside sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz

The last time: David Beckham walks out alongside sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz

Job done: Beckham and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena chat to the media after the game

Job done: Beckham and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena chat to the media after the game

Up for the cup: Beckham poses with the trophy alongside Arena, Robbie Keane (far right) and assistant coach Jovan Kirovski

Up for the cup: Beckham poses with the trophy alongside Arena, Robbie Keane (far right) and assistant coach Jovan Kirovski

Up for the cup: Beckham poses with the trophy alongside Arena, Robbie Keane (far right) and assistant coach Jovan Kirovski

Galaxy hit back with two goals in
four minutes. Omar Gonzalez headed them level in the 61st minute and a
Donovan penalty gave them the lead. It was left to Keane to put the
icing on the cake with a second penalty in added time.

Beckham has been cagey about where he
will go next. France, and particularly Monaco, remain a favourable
option but he has been impressed with overtures from China. For now,
though, he will just enjoy the Hollywood ending to his LA career.

American dream: Beckham departs LA Galaxy on a high

American dream: Beckham departs LA Galaxy on a high

American dream: Beckham departs LA Galaxy on a high

Roma fans banned from football for five years after attack on Tottenham supporters

Roma fans arrested after attack on Spurs supporters are banned from football stadiums for five years

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UPDATED:

12:37 GMT, 29 November 2012

Two Roma supporters arrested in connection with a brutal attack on a group of Spurs fans have been banned from all football grounds for five years.

Francesco Ianiari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 25, were arrested within hours of the raid on The Drunken Ship pub which left three Spurs fans seriously injured – including Ashley Mills, 25, who is still in hospital after suffering a potentially fatal knife wound to his groin.

Both Ianiari and Pinnelli are in custody after their arrest last week and they have been charged with aggravated assault – an initial charge of attempted murder has been dropped but police say they do not rule out further arrests in connection with the incident.

Scene of the crime: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome

Scene of the crime: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome

Scene of the crime: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome

The Spurs fans were attacked as they drank in the Rome pub, a popular meeting point for visiting fans, ahead of their Europa League clash with Lazio and which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Around 50 masked men were involved the ambush and they used knives, clubs, belts and sticks to attack the Spurs fans who had been drinking peacefully just minutes earlier.

The attackers barricaded the doors and were also said to have chanted anti-Semitic slogans against the Spurs fans, who traditionally have a large Jewish fanbase, during the lightening raid which was over in less that ten minutes.

Ambush: Ashley Mills was stabbed in the groin

Ambush: Ashley Mills was stabbed in the groin

Ambush: Ashley Mills was stabbed in the groin

However Lazio's president Claudio Lotito
has denied that his side's fans were involved and he has also stressed
they are not racist – earlier this week the side took to the field
wearing shirts with the slogan 'No to Racism'.

He also visited Mr Mills in the San Camillo hospital presenting him with a Lazio shirt which had his name on it. Lawyers defending both men also insist there was no racist element to the attack and it was a purely 'football related'.

Hospital visit: Lazio president Claudio Lotito (centre) leaves the San Camillo Hospital after visiting Mills

Hospital visit: Lazio president Claudio Lotito (centre) leaves the San Camillo Hospital after visiting Mills

The attack was initially blamed on Lazio fans but there was surprise when it turned out the two arrested were Roma fans, although there has been speculation it was a joint effort raid after both sets of supporters put aside their rivalries to attack the Britons.

No court date has yet been set for Ianari and Pinnelli's trial and Essex builder Mr Mills is expected to be released from hospital within the next few days.

Everton v Liverpool preview – can David Moyes" side stay ahead?

The Mersey mission: Everton are on a high, but can they stay ahead of Liverpool

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UPDATED:

08:37 GMT, 27 October 2012

The late Liverpool manager Bill
Shankly achieved many great things at Anfield, and was also responsible
for one of the most cutting put-downs of Everton.

‘In my time at Liverpool, we had the
two best teams on Merseyside,’ Shankly once said. ‘They were Liverpool
and Liverpool reserves.’

Head to head: Nikica Jelavic and Luis Suarez will square up at Goodison Park

Head to head: Nikica Jelavic and Luis Suarez will square up at Goodison Park

On a mission: Everton Manager David Moyes

On a mission: Everton Manager David Moyes

Derby debut: Liverpool manager Brendan

Derby debut: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

A great line indeed, but one that
Kopites would be reluctant to trot out to their rivals as they head
across Stanley Park on Sunday.

Right now, it is Everton that stand
tall on Merseyside. Having finished ahead of Liverpool last season for
only the second time since their last championship success in 1987,
Everton will lead their neighbours by nine points if they win.

Even the bookmakers have David Moyes’ team as narrow favourites but the question is this: Can this blue supremacy really last

It's match night at Anfield on
Thursday. At the main stand coffee bars, the young servers wear staff
T-shirts with slogans on the back.

‘Liverpool without European football is like a banquet without wine,’ reads one from Roy Evans.

‘It’s not about the long ball or the short ball, it’s about the right ball,’ is another from Bob Paisley.

Such words fit nicely into the
romance of a visit to Anfield. It’s a stadium built to invoke memories.
It still looks the same, the announcer’s voice is instantly recognisable
and he still plays the best half-time music.

Out on the field, though, the modern
Liverpool’s version of Europe is a visit from Anzhi Makhachkala in the
Europa League. There’s not much romance about that.

Young guns: Samed Yesil (left) and Jack Robinson in Liverpool training before Sunday's Merseyside derby

Young guns: Samed Yesil (left) and Jack Robinson in Liverpool training before Sunday's Merseyside derby

Fall guy: Joe Cole (middle) takes a tumble as Sebastian Coates (left) and Jon Flanagan look on

Fall guy: Joe Cole (middle) takes a tumble as Sebastian Coates (left) and Jon Flanagan look on

Under new manager Brendan Rodgers,
there are steady signs of improvement. Liverpool are beginning to keep
the ball better and are defending better. They spend the majority of the
night in the Anzhi half, win on the back of a super Stewart Downing
goal and head to Goodison after three successive clean sheets.

Rodgers knows, though, that his immediate horizons, in terms of tangible progress, are limited.

‘Everton finished ahead of us last
season,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘I have seen reports and read snippets
where they think they can finish in the top four this season.

‘They are obviously very confident. My situation is different. I’m trying to get this team as competitive as I can.

‘The status of this club over many
years meant that it was always at the top. So no opponent was different
to any other. But that level has dropped. The hard work is getting the
club to the top end of the division.

‘Coming in to this job, this club had
finished sixth, seventh and eighth. That’s the reality of where it’s
at, so my focus is only on improvement.’

Rodgers is a wonderfully realistic
man. After a difficult summer transfer window, he knows the current
squad is not good enough for the top four. So if Everton do indeed
remain there, the chances are Liverpool will be in their wake again.

That would certainly be hard to take
but, crucially, Liverpool’s supporters appear to have bought into
Rodgers’ vision of baby step progress. On Thursday his name is sung
before kick-off and again during the second half. His trust in young
players such as Jonjo Shelvey and Andre Wisdom is clearly endorsed by
what looks close to a full house.

On the ball: Joe Allen (right) tries to shake off the attentions of Samed Yesil

On the ball: Joe Allen (right) tries to shake off the attentions of Samed Yesil

Behind you! Allen tries to pinch the ball from Flanagan during training at Melwood on Friday

Behind you! Allen tries to pinch the ball from Flanagan during training at Melwood on Friday

‘Jonjo’s like Bambi on ice when he gets going,’ chuckles one fan. ‘But at least he gives everything.’

Of concern to Liverpool is the
current reliance on two more senior players, Steven Gerrard and Luis
Suarez. The relationship between the two is beginning to look as
fundamental as that between Gerrard and Fernando Torres when Liverpool
last came close to winning the title back in 2009.

For all his faults, Suarez remains a
terrific player and Rodgers has done well to rehabilitate him after the
tribulations of last season. If Liverpool are to prosper, the Uruguayan
and his captain simply must stay fit.

‘We are having more controlled
possession and that’s the important bit,’ said Rodgers. ‘Anzhi was a
difficult game and we did well.’

Sunday, he can be sure, will be more difficult.

Goodison Park is a great place to
watch a derby. It’s a great place to watch any football match. It’s also
a stadium that is acting like a noose round the neck of long-term
Everton progress. In the dug-out, manager Moyes’ guts will churn as he
seeks victory over the enemy. He feels it that badly.

Over time, though, no matter what
Moyes does, a more predictable order may return to Merseyside unless
they find a buyer for the club or leave dear old Goodison behind.

Match-day revenue per season is
17.4m at Goodison. At Anfield it’s 55m and that’s before work begins
to increase Liverpool’s stadium capacity to 60,000.

The gulf is clear. Commercially — at
home and abroad — Liverpool remain a very big club. Everton — a club
that boast only a dozen executive boxes — are somewhat smaller. Last
season Liverpool were shown live on Sky and ESPN 22 times. Everton
featured on nine occasions.

Against this background, Everton’s current supremacy is all the more remarkable.

Keepers' capers: Brad Jones (left) and Pepe Reina in action with the new fluorescent Premier League winter footballs

Keepers' capers: Brad Jones (left) and Pepe Reina in action with the new fluorescent Premier League winter footballs

Iron fists: Pepe Reina punches the ball away

Iron fists: Pepe Reina punches the ball away

Under Bill Kenwright’s ownership, the
club has pushed itself bravely in terms of finance. Everton pay good
wages — Marouane Fellaini earns 75,000 a week — and forthcoming
financial results will show total outlay in that area to be 60m, the
ninth-highest in the Premier League. Everton survive and prosper by
driving hard bargains when they buy players and selling one big name
every summer to keep the bank from the door.

Currently, it’s a model that is keeping them ahead of the Reds but still an inferiority complex remains among some supporters.

There is a perception that the authorities favour Liverpool.

The city council, for example,
recently granted planning permission and imposed compulsory purchase
orders so the redevelopment of Anfield could begin. Everton, meanwhile,
saw their attempt to build a new stadium in Kirkby thrown out by the
government in 2009.

Currently there are intentions to
look at a site on nearby Stanley Park. There was a meeting with the
council about it on Friday.

A buyer for the club would help.
Kenwright would sell for about 120m, but who would want to buy a club
with a stadium barely fit for modern purpose

In the Everton dressing room they are optimistic ahead of the derby.

A friend of one senior player says: ‘We think Liverpool are weak through the middle of defence.’

But Everton have fluffed their lines
against the enemy before, most notably when giving up a 1-0 lead in last
season’s FA Cup semi-final.

Over his decade at Goodison, Moyes has won just three of 20 league games against Liverpool but nobody can fault his ambition.

‘My job is to try (to finish above Liverpool) and I have to look to try to do that,’ he said yesterday.

‘It’s a big ask. Everton’s sole focus
shouldn’t be on finishing above Liverpool. We have to think about
finishing above Manchester United and City. That might sound crazy but
that’s what I’m thinking of.’

The Mersey mission: Everton are on a high, but can they stay ahead of Liverpool?

The Mersey mission: Everton are on a high, but can they stay ahead of Liverpool

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UPDATED:

22:59 GMT, 26 October 2012

The late Liverpool manager Bill
Shankly achieved many great things at Anfield, and was also responsible
for one of the most cutting put-downs of Everton.

‘In my time at Liverpool, we had the
two best teams on Merseyside,’ Shankly once said. ‘They were Liverpool
and Liverpool reserves.’

On a mission: Everton Manager David Moyes

On a mission: Everton Manager David Moyes

Derby debut: Liverpool manager Brendan

Derby debut: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

A great line indeed, but one that
Kopites would be reluctant to trot out to their rivals as they head
across Stanley Park on Sunday.

Right now, it is Everton that stand
tall on Merseyside. Having finished ahead of Liverpool last season for
only the second time since their last championship success in 1987,
Everton will lead their neighbours by nine points if they win.

Even the bookmakers have David Moyes’ team as narrow favourites but the question is this: Can this blue supremacy really last

It's match night at Anfield on
Thursday. At the main stand coffee bars, the young servers wear staff
T-shirts with slogans on the back.

‘Liverpool without European football is like a banquet without wine,’ reads one from Roy Evans.

‘It’s not about the long ball or the short ball, it’s about the right ball,’ is another from Bob Paisley.

Such words fit nicely into the
romance of a visit to Anfield. It’s a stadium built to invoke memories.
It still looks the same, the announcer’s voice is instantly recognisable
and he still plays the best half-time music.

Out on the field, though, the modern
Liverpool’s version of Europe is a visit from Anzhi Makhachkala in the
Europa League. There’s not much romance about that.

Young guns: Samed Yesil (left) and Jack Robinson in Liverpool training before Sunday's Merseyside derby

Young guns: Samed Yesil (left) and Jack Robinson in Liverpool training before Sunday's Merseyside derby

Fall guy: Joe Cole (middle) takes a tumble as Sebastian Coates (left) and Jon Flanagan look on

Fall guy: Joe Cole (middle) takes a tumble as Sebastian Coates (left) and Jon Flanagan look on

Under new manager Brendan Rodgers,
there are steady signs of improvement. Liverpool are beginning to keep
the ball better and are defending better. They spend the majority of the
night in the Anzhi half, win on the back of a super Stewart Downing
goal and head to Goodison after three successive clean sheets.

Rodgers knows, though, that his immediate horizons, in terms of tangible progress, are limited.

‘Everton finished ahead of us last
season,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘I have seen reports and read snippets
where they think they can finish in the top four this season.

‘They are obviously very confident. My situation is different. I’m trying to get this team as competitive as I can.

‘The status of this club over many
years meant that it was always at the top. So no opponent was different
to any other. But that level has dropped. The hard work is getting the
club to the top end of the division.

‘Coming in to this job, this club had
finished sixth, seventh and eighth. That’s the reality of where it’s
at, so my focus is only on improvement.’

Rodgers is a wonderfully realistic
man. After a difficult summer transfer window, he knows the current
squad is not good enough for the top four. So if Everton do indeed
remain there, the chances are Liverpool will be in their wake again.

That would certainly be hard to take
but, crucially, Liverpool’s supporters appear to have bought into
Rodgers’ vision of baby step progress. On Thursday his name is sung
before kick-off and again during the second half. His trust in young
players such as Jonjo Shelvey and Andre Wisdom is clearly endorsed by
what looks close to a full house.

On the ball: Joe Allen (right) tries to shake off the attentions of Samed Yesil

On the ball: Joe Allen (right) tries to shake off the attentions of Samed Yesil

Behind you! Allen tries to pinch the ball from Flanagan during training at Melwood on Friday

Behind you! Allen tries to pinch the ball from Flanagan during training at Melwood on Friday

‘Jonjo’s like Bambi on ice when he gets going,’ chuckles one fan. ‘But at least he gives everything.’

Of concern to Liverpool is the
current reliance on two more senior players, Steven Gerrard and Luis
Suarez. The relationship between the two is beginning to look as
fundamental as that between Gerrard and Fernando Torres when Liverpool
last came close to winning the title back in 2009.

For all his faults, Suarez remains a
terrific player and Rodgers has done well to rehabilitate him after the
tribulations of last season. If Liverpool are to prosper, the Uruguayan
and his captain simply must stay fit.

‘We are having more controlled
possession and that’s the important bit,’ said Rodgers. ‘Anzhi was a
difficult game and we did well.’

Sunday, he can be sure, will be more difficult.

Goodison Park is a great place to
watch a derby. It’s a great place to watch any football match. It’s also
a stadium that is acting like a noose round the neck of long-term
Everton progress. In the dug-out, manager Moyes’ guts will churn as he
seeks victory over the enemy. He feels it that badly.

Over time, though, no matter what
Moyes does, a more predictable order may return to Merseyside unless
they find a buyer for the club or leave dear old Goodison behind.

Match-day revenue per season is
17.4m at Goodison. At Anfield it’s 55m and that’s before work begins
to increase Liverpool’s stadium capacity to 60,000.

The gulf is clear. Commercially — at
home and abroad — Liverpool remain a very big club. Everton — a club
that boast only a dozen executive boxes — are somewhat smaller. Last
season Liverpool were shown live on Sky and ESPN 22 times. Everton
featured on nine occasions.

Against this background, Everton’s current supremacy is all the more remarkable.

Keepers' capers: Brad Jones (left) and Pepe Reina in action with the new fluorescent Premier League winter footballs

Keepers' capers: Brad Jones (left) and Pepe Reina in action with the new fluorescent Premier League winter footballs

Iron fists: Pepe Reina punches the ball away

Iron fists: Pepe Reina punches the ball away

Under Bill Kenwright’s ownership, the
club has pushed itself bravely in terms of finance. Everton pay good
wages — Marouane Fellaini earns 75,000 a week — and forthcoming
financial results will show total outlay in that area to be 60m, the
ninth-highest in the Premier League. Everton survive and prosper by
driving hard bargains when they buy players and selling one big name
every summer to keep the bank from the door.

Currently, it’s a model that is keeping them ahead of the Reds but still an inferiority complex remains among some supporters.

There is a perception that the authorities favour Liverpool.

The city council, for example,
recently granted planning permission and imposed compulsory purchase
orders so the redevelopment of Anfield could begin. Everton, meanwhile,
saw their attempt to build a new stadium in Kirkby thrown out by the
government in 2009.

Currently there are intentions to
look at a site on nearby Stanley Park. There was a meeting with the
council about it on Friday.

A buyer for the club would help.
Kenwright would sell for about 120m, but who would want to buy a club
with a stadium barely fit for modern purpose

In the Everton dressing room they are optimistic ahead of the derby.

A friend of one senior player says: ‘We think Liverpool are weak through the middle of defence.’

But Everton have fluffed their lines
against the enemy before, most notably when giving up a 1-0 lead in last
season’s FA Cup semi-final.

Over his decade at Goodison, Moyes has won just three of 20 league games against Liverpool but nobody can fault his ambition.

‘My job is to try (to finish above Liverpool) and I have to look to try to do that,’ he said yesterday.

‘It’s a big ask. Everton’s sole focus
shouldn’t be on finishing above Liverpool. We have to think about
finishing above Manchester United and City. That might sound crazy but
that’s what I’m thinking of.’