Media frenzy as David Beckham trains for 1st time with new club
New Paris Saint Germain player David Beckham, left, sits on the tribune next to Paris Saint Germain's Sporting Director Leonardo, right, prior the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match against Valencia at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/ Fernando Hernandez)
Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:30AM EST
SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE, France -- David Beckham started his first practice session with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday amid a media frenzy as dozens of camera crews and photographers jostled for position at the club's training ground in the western suburbs of Paris.
The 37-year-old former England captain joined PSG two weeks ago in a surprise move and is working on his fitness to be ready for Sunday's match at Sochaux. If he does not get up to speed for that game, he could play the week after at home against French title rival Marseille.
Beckham is trying to achieve the unique feat of winning championships in four different countries following title success with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He made his last appearance for the Galaxy on Dec. 1.
Camera crews from countries like England and Sweden packed a balcony overlooking the Camp des Loges training complex as Beckham jogged and took part in light training drills with his new teammates.
After the others had finished training, Beckham then spoke for a few minutes with one of the club's fitness trainers before walking off and waving as photographers shouted his name.
Beckham joined PSG on a five-month contract which expires in June and has not yet said whether he will continue playing after that.