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Soccer star opens academy in London neighborhood

Call him Coach Beckham.

David Beckham returned to the London neighborhood where he grew up to look at his newly opened Beckham Academy. The English captain, who plays for the Spanish team Real Madrid, gave soccer tips to youngsters, although there were none of his trademark bending free kicks.

"Without doubt, I always said that I would not go into management," Beckham said Monday. "What interests me is the academy and teaching kids. I have always loved being around children."

"My ambition is to just see kids coming here and having fun," he added. "I always said that the academy and the kids coming through is not about elitism. It is about boys and girls age 8 to 15 coming down, having fun and enjoying themselves."