The highly anticipated 90 minute TV special David Beckham: For The Love Of The Game will air on UKTV on Sunday January 24th at 6.30pm.
“Beckham’s homage to the game was beautiful” - The Independent
“…one of the finest-ever 90 minute displays” - Daily Mail UK
The one-off special aired in the UK last week to critical acclaim and has been hailed as ‘sumptuous’ by The Telegraph.
David Beckham: For the Love of the Game follows the footballing legend as he sets himself the challenge of a lifetime: to play football on all seven continents of the world - including the first ever game played in Antarctica. The special showcases the incredible global appeal of football, joining local communities from all walks of life who play the beautiful game in some of the most challenging, remote and extreme locations on the planet.
Jointly commissioned by the BBC and BBC Worldwide, the special sees David travel to 11 countries in 10 days including to the villages of Papua New Guinea, the foothills of Nepal, the streets of Buenos Aires, the desert plains of Djibouti to the elevated pitches of Miami and frozen wastelands of Antarctica.
The first three games are held in countries for which David is a UNICEF ambassador, he plays with two different tribes in the jungles of Papua New Guinea; children from an earthquake damaged school in Nepal and footballers from three different African countries who live in a refugee camp in the middle of Djibouti’s desert. The next stage sees David fly to Argentina to play with a community youth team from the infamous Boca Juniors deep in urban Buenos Aires. Then, one of the toughest challenges of the trip, a bid to play the first official football match in the surreal and icy landscape of Antarctica.
Exhausting, exhilarating and logistically demanding, David’s challenge is about both his own and the world’s love of the game.