England legend David Beckham could help the A-League boom, says Mark Bosnich
David Beckham would help the A-League flourish if he moved to Australia, says Mark Bosnich.
Last Updated: 20/11/12 8:08am
Football Federation Australia revealed on Friday that they were looking to lure the LA Galaxy midfielder Down Under for a 10-game loan spell following the culmination of the MLS season.
However, former-Aston Villa and Man United goalkeeper Bosnich, who now works as a football analyst for Fox Sports in his homeland, says the FFA have also been in discussions about snaring Beckham on a permanent basis.
And he says the 37-year-old's arrival would be a massive boost for the Australian top flight, which was augmented in September with Juventus stalwart Alessandro Del Piero joining Sydney FC and former Liverpool and England striker Emile Heskey signing for Newcastle Jets.
"Beckham has a great pull and is arguably the world's most known sportsman, and every time he comes to Australia with LA Galaxy there are sell-out crowds", said Bosnich, who retired in 2009 after a stint with Sydney Olympic.
"Everybody has seen the impact David has had in America and we are looking to do the same thing in Australia and take football into the hearts and minds of the sports lovers.
"We get the English Premier League games live every weekend in Australia, but nothing beats watching these type of players live and Beckham would be a great addition."
And Bosnich, part of Manchester United's Premier League title-winning side of 1999-2000, says that, should Beckham swap Los Angles for Austrlaia, he would enter a division that is starting to thrive.
"The A-League is a developing league; we have had eight seasons of professional football and it's been a long road," added Bosnich.
"But the Socceroos (the Australian national team) qualifying for the 2006 World Cup gave the domestic game here a massive boost, and slowly but surely the game is building up mainstream interest.
"The main sports are still rugby league, AFL (Australian rules football) and cricket, but after the signings of Del Piero and Heskey we have seen unprecedented interest in football; there have been record attendances and TV viewing figures.
"The league does need these star names to come over and perform well as the initial interest they spark means nothing if they don't play well on the pitch. That is something Dwight Yorke did at Sydney FC; he was outstanding on and off the pitch when he came in 2005."