March 4, 2013
David Beckham is to make history by becoming the first global ambassador for Chinese Football. He will visit
in 2013 with his new role to help promote Chinese football domestically and globally.
He has received the invitation from the Chinese Football Association, the first ever honor of its kind bestowed on an International sportsman in the country. Beckham's Chinese football debut will be another influential role after his special ambassadorship for the
2012 Olympic Games.
"I am honored to have been asked to play such an important role at this special time in Chinese football history," Beckham said. "I'm excited by the prospect of promoting the world's greatest game to Chinese sports fans as I've seen firsthand the growing interest in football there. This is a wonderful sport that inspires people across the world and brings families together, so I'm relishing the opportunity of introducing more fans to the game."
CFA, the governing body of football in
, hopes to realize its goal of further promoting the world's greatest game to over 1.3 billion people in the country and inspiring young children to play the game by relying on Beckham's credibility as one of the most admired sportsmen and iconic figures in the world as well as his outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism. Beckham's own story and his growing role as the spokesperson of sport have made him the perfect candidate to the CFA.
Meanwhile, with the rapid growth of the Chinese Super League, the country's Championship league in the past two years, it is believed Beckham's
tour will further popularize the game in the country as well as bringing Chinese football and the CSL to the world stage.
anniversary of professional football game in
and the special ambassadorship of David Beckham will attract global attention to Chinese football and the CSL," said a CFA official. "We are pleased to invite Mr. Beckham to visit
at this special moment. While in
, he will attend the CSL and visit Clubs to get a deeper insight into football in
. He will also help us to inspire and motivate as many children to participate in this beautiful game."
, Vice Chairman of IMG Asia Pacific and Chairman & President of
said, "IMG, as the strategic partner of the CSL, shall spare no effort to promote the CSL and Chinese Football. Our dedication to CSL and Chinese Football are more than a business partnership, we are happy to invest IMG's resources in full range. The most important reason that makes this ambassadorship a reality is Beckham's growing role to promote this great game to the grassroots level with particular emphasis on inspiring young children to play football. I believe Beckham's own story and his love to the great game will inspire a new generation of children to play football in
so Chinese football will take its place on the world stage. I wholeheartedly thank Mr.
Chairman and CEO of IMG Worldwide and Mr.
, Managing Director, CCTV Sports and Chairman, CCTV-IMG Sports Management Company for their unrivalled support."
The 2013 Season of the Chinese Super League will kick-off on
and Beckham's support will bring increased national attention to the county's Championship League. Chinese football fans are eagerly anticipating the new season and the presence of David Beckham.
, David Beckham's business partner commented, "With David being invited by the Chinese FA to become an ambassador for the game he loves so much, it really underlines the scale and reach of his global popularity. This is the start of a new chapter in the David Beckham story, and I'm absolutely delighted for him. I'm certain that he will enjoy his
, Chairman and CEO of IMG Worldwide, which has a 10-year deal as a strategic partner and promoter of the CFL said, "This is the perfect time for an icon like David Beckham to be spearheading the effort to promote football in
. The combination of the 10-year anniversary of the CSL, the 20
anniversary of professional football in
and the global appeal of David Beckham practically insures that every young person in the country will have a new found interest in the game. We expect that David's presence in the country will be massively important in popularizing the sport."
SOURCE XIX Entertainment