David Beckham: Charting Midfielder's Competitive Debuts
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Carlo Ancelotti has put the world's media on red alert after saying David Beckham is set to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut next weekend in a press conference screened on the French club's official website.
The midfielder joined the Ligue 1 club last month on a deal until the end of the season after leaving the LA Galaxy in December.
The 37-year-old is now poised to begin the next stage of his career when Olympique Marseille visit the Parc des Princes next Sunday, three days before the same opposition face PSG in the capital in the French Cup.
Here we look at Beckham's previous opening matches with clubs and country.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1, Manchester United 1: League Cup, September 1992
David Beckham made his Manchester United debut in 1992.
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United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has become adept at using the early rounds of the competition to blood his younger players, and the midfielder was no exception.
Beckham, then 17, replaced Andrei Kanchelskis in the second half of the first leg at the Goldstone Ground.
Danny Wallace scored for United in the 1-1 draw before the Old Trafford side beat the Seagulls 1-0 in the second leg to progress to the third round, where they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa.
Beckham did not make his full United debut until September of 1994 in the League Cup win at Port Vale, where he played alongside fellow youngsters Paul Scholes, who scored twice in the 2-1 win, and Gary Neville.
Mallorca 2, Real Madrid 1: Spanish Super Cup, August 2003
Luis Figo celebrates his goal against Mallorca with David Beckham.
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He made his first appearance for the Spanish giants in a 4-0 friendly win over China Dragons in Beijing, but his first competitive game for Real ended in defeat.
The Spanish champions lined up against Mallorca in the Super Cup as hot favorites for the trophy, and Beckham made his first telling contribution for his new club with an in-swinging corner for Luis Figo to open the scoring.
However, after goals from Arnold Bruggink and Samuel Eto'o gave Mallorca a 2-1 lead, Beckham was substituted in the 55th minute by coach Carlos Queiroz with France international Claude Makelele entering the fray.
Real lost 2-1, but Beckham was one of the goal scorers as the Bernabeu Stadium side won the cup with a 3-0 victory in the second leg.
DC United 1, LA Galaxy 0: MLS, August 2007
David Beckham made his LA Galaxy debut in a 1-0 defeat at DC United in Washington.
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The midfielder started the match against DC United on the bench at the RFK Stadium but was introduced to the game with 20 minutes remaining.
However, the Galaxy were trailing to Luciano Emilio's 27th-minute strike for the home side and were down to 10 men following the dismissal of Kyle Martino.
Beckham was unable to prevent DC United claiming the 1-0 win, despite Landon Donovan going close from his 87th-minute through ball.
The Galaxy and Beckham earned revenge for the loss with a 2-0 win over the same opposition six days later in the SuperLiga semifinal in which the midfielder scored his first goal for the club.
As Roma 2, AC Milan 2: Serie A, January 2009
David Beckham made his first debut for AC Milan in the 2-2 draw with AS Roma in January 2009.
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Then 33, the midfielder was looking to maintain his form and fitness while playing for Carlo Ancelotti's team in Serie A.
Beckham was expected to start on the bench against AS Roma in the Olympic Stadium, but Ancelotti started with his on-loan England international on the right side of a three-man midfield before he was replaced by Mathieu Flamini in the final minute of the match.
Alexandre Pato scored twice to give Milan a 2-1 lead, but Mirko Vucinic equalized in the 72nd minute after opening the scoring for the home side midway through the first period.
Beckham would make a second debut for Milan in a 5-2 win over Genoa a year later when he again joined the Italian giants on loan from the Galaxy.
Moldova 0, England 3: World Cup Qualifier, September 1996
David Beckham lines up for his first England cap against Moldova in September 1996.
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Glenn Hoddle had succeeded Terry Venables after the team narrowly missed out on the European Championship final two months earlier.
England needed a good start in the eastern European country with their qualification group also containing Italy and Poland.
England went on to win the group with Italy entering the World Cup playoffs after finishing second to Hoddle's team.