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TheBoiledEgg
Dec 18th, 2002, 10:58 AM
Google's top 10 most searched for sports stars
1 David Beckham

2 Anna Kournikova

3 Ronaldo

4 Kobe Bryant

5 Zidane

6 Vince Carter

7 Allen Iverson

8 Serena Williams

9 Tiger Woods

10 Venus Williams

He may not quite match the broad appeal of Eminem or Brad Pitt, but David Beckham is now the world's eighth most sought after man.
The England captain has been listed in the top 10 for the most searched for men on internet search engine Google in 2002.

His growing popularity sees him sandwiched between Jennifer Lopez's love interest, the actor Ben Affleck, and European Footballer of the Year Ronaldo.


While the Manchester United midfielder cannot quite match the marketability of actors Vin Diesel and Josh Hartnett (in fifth and sixth respectively), he ranked as the most sought after sports personality.

The World Cup clearly accounted for his increased popularity, but ousting tennis starlet Anna Kournikova from her usual top spot is impressive in any year.

Remarkably, he was way ahead of the Williams sisters, Tiger Woods and any of the NBA's big names.

And when you look at the searches for images, England's footballing clothes horse ranked even higher at number three.

Beckham's growing worldwide popularity proves that he is not just the apple of the British public's affections.


David Beckham profile
The Asian market accounted for much of the Becks searches as his, Manchester United's and England's marketing machines cranked up their interests in the Far East in 2002.

According to BBC News Online technology correspondent Mark Ward, it is this push that has made the difference.

He said: "England went into PR overdrive a long time before the World Cup and the Far East nations are notoriously big net users.

"So they think of a regonisable face and they think of Beckham, because of the support for both England and Manchester United out there.

"The fact he is number one on Google's sports list is no surprise, but I wouldn't have expected him so high in the men's top 10.

"It shows his appeal is obviously spreading."



In Britain, Mr Posh Spice failed to even make the top spot in searched for men, pop crooner Gareth Gates taking that mantle.

But, with Beckham's stock growing, the drawn-out debate over image rights in his new contract makes increasing sense.

The fact that he played short of his potential in the World Cup makes no difference.

And Manchester United should be delighted with the bargain 20,000 they pay out a week to Beckham for control of his image rights.

The only person worried about his growing popularity, it would seem, is the man himself.

Beckham said recently: "It's unfortunate that your private life and increased interest in it comes into the game.

"Because at the end of the day all I've wanted to do is play football all my life. But you cope with it."

The bizarre unveiling of a chocolate statue of Beckham in Tokyo on Monday shows that there are few signs of his global roadshow dwindling.

Move over Eminem et al in 2003.

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 18th, 2002, 11:00 AM
TOP FIVE GAINING QUERIES
Spider-man
Shakira
Winter Olympics
World Cup
Avril Lavigne

By Mark Ward
BBC News Online technology correspondent


The annual statistics from search engines such as Google offer an insight into the year's events and obsessions.

It took TV cook Delia Smith 30 years to become a noun, adjective and verb. But it has taken less than five years for the online search engine Google to do the same.
Google has become indispensable to many web users and the verb "to google" as well as the words "googling" and "googlism" have entered the language.

The search engine has become such a part of web culture that statistics on the 55 billion queries carried out on Google in the past 12 months offer a snapshot of the year's events, as well as net-users' current obsessions.

The top gaining query of 2002 was Spider-man, with the film's stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst proving to be a draw online as well as in the movie theatres.


The top declining query of 2002 was Nostradamus, the 16th Century French astrologer and prophet, who rose to prominence again after 11 September 2001 when several fake stanzas attributed to him did the rounds.

On Lycos, Nostradamus dropped from number 9 in 2001 to 309th. Did he see that coming?

Evidence that the net is the province of the young is plain to see, and not just because Spongebob Squarepants is popular with Google users. Computer games and pop stars feature heavily in the year's most popular queries.

A bit saucy

The continental drift of the popularity of Spain's Las Ketchup can be traced via a handy chart that Google provides.

In January some prescient souls in the UK and the US were looking for the band, but their popularity really started to take off from March.

As spring turned into summer, net-users in Italy caught on to the pop phenomenon and at the same time, interest peaked in the US. In September, the band went massive in Germany and steadily grabbed attention in the UK.

Despite this huge success, Las Ketchup did not make the list of the top music acts searched for in 2002 - these instead were the likes of Metallica, Nelly and Shakira.

According to Google, the Colombian popstress was steadily popular all year and was only topped by Jennifer Lopez and Eminem. Mr Mathers was the most searched for musician of the year and the most searched for man in both text and image form.

Among British stars, our top man was Gareth Gates, closely followed by David Beckham. Mr Posh was also the number two man in Japan, and he was top searched for athlete overall.

A life online

The top brands of the year held some surprises. Top of the list was Ferrari - no real surprise there - but Nokia came in at three, Ikea at five and cut-price airline Ryanair was the 7th most searched for company.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the French steered their own course. The top searched for brand in the country was the French railway SNCF, which was the most popular query in the country overall. French net-users were also keen on free text messages and jobs via ANPE.

With technology searches, MP3 beat all comers to the top spot, edging out Xbox and SMS.

Given that in some countries half the population is online, it surely won't be long before online life will be an accurate mirror of real life, rather than the isolated snapshot it is now.

And when that happens the geeks will truly have inherited the Earth.

Beat
Dec 18th, 2002, 11:08 AM
i guess posh'll be very happy...

Jetta
Dec 18th, 2002, 07:10 PM
awwwwwwwwwwwwww :hearts:

Jetta
Dec 18th, 2002, 07:10 PM
half of those are probably mine anyways :o

Seles_Beckham
Dec 18th, 2002, 07:30 PM
Love the Beckham family, Victoria is great........

Crazy Canuck
Dec 18th, 2002, 11:55 PM
I find him kind of boring :confused:

Different strokes and all that...

King Aaron
Dec 19th, 2002, 07:24 PM
Ronaldo at no. 3! yuck!