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"David Beckham For the Love of the Game" on BBC Earth

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David Beckham For The Love Of The Game follows the footballing legend as he sets himself the challenge of a lifetime: to play a football game on all seven continents of the world and get back in time for his all-star UNICEF fundraising match at Old Trafford. It’s an epic journey that sees David travel to 11 countries in just 10 days. 

Travelling to some of the world’s most challenging and remote locations, David discovers what football means and how important it is to the many different people he meets and plays with. He confirms some universal truths about the game and its unique ability to inspire and unite people across the globe.   

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. 
  
From the arctic wilderness to the heart of Miami, the penultimate game is a night time match at the top of a skyscraper with two University women’s football teams. This is the last game before David returns to Old Trafford for his ‘Match for Children’ played by an all-star line-up including Sir Alex Ferguson as David’s team manager. 

Exhausting, exhilarating and logistically demanding, David’s challenge is about both his own and the world’s love of the game.

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