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ENGLAND footballer David Beckham was a superstar in Europe but when he moved to America a waiter demanded to see his ID and refused him a glass of wine, according to a book due out in July.

"The Beckham Experiment," by Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl, features interviews with 33-year-old Beckham and other major figures in the Los Angeles Galaxy, the team he joined in 2007.

The move to Los Angeles with his pop star wife Victoria Beckham was the latest chapter in a life story that has mixed celebrity with athletic prowess.

Beckham signed a five-year deal worth an estimated US$250 million and arrived in a blaze of publicity promising to help raise soccer's profile in America.

But after an injury-plagued first season and a total of five goals during his time with the Galaxy, Beckham made clear earlier this year he preferred to play with Italian club AC Milan, where he is on loan.

Household names in Britain and the rest of Europe, the Beckhams had struggled to translate their appeal to star-heavy Los Angeles.

Publishers Crown Publishing said the book goes into detail about Beckham's aspirations and worries about his American adventure and his interactions with teammates making as little as US$12,900 a year.

The book also allegedly is said to also reveal the story of how Beckham's management company, 19 Entertainment, "engineered a shadow takeover of Galaxy."

The book also features Beckham discussing the technique of his trademark bending free-kick goals, his marriage to the former Spice Girl and his relationship with celebrities such as Tom Cruise.

Anecdotes include an occasion when Beckham was denied a glass of wine because he could not produce ID proving he was over 21 to a waiter that did not recognize him.

Beckham is currently on loan to AC Milan until the end of the Serie A season. The book is due to be published on July 14.


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