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Galaxy’s David Beckham about to make magazine history

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Well, his team might stink like last week’s mackerel. And his back cry out in pain; we’re not even sure if David Beckham will suit up this week or sit out a second consecutive L.A. Galaxy date.

But Beckham remains one dashingly handsome man. How handsome?

Enough that he’s about to make history. Word comes from England that he’ll be the first male cover model for Elle UK.

It’s for Elle’s July issue, which will be on sale in late May. (We’re still using that completely unstable magazine delivery schedule? Shouldn’t that be antiquated by now, a relic of another day, along the lines of pagers and Alf?)

Beckham’s preening and pretty presence is attached to the London Olympics, of course. But that begs the question: what if he isn’t part of the Olympics. Or what if he doesn’t get the preferred, on-field role? Beckham once seemed like a boxer-brief snug fit to lead the young UK side, possibly as captain. But as “done deals” go, this is looking less done and less like a deal.

Yahoo Sports’ Martin Rogers has a lot to say about it, including this:

However, after being one of several Galaxy players to underperform for the reigning MLS Cup champion that is now in last place in MLS’s Western Conference, Beckham needs a swift upturn in form and confidence in order to be sure of his place in the British lineup. … While selecting Beckham would be a strongly symbolic gesture – he grew up just a few miles from the Olympic Park in East London and played a crucial role in the bidding process that saw London awarded the event – head coach Stuart Pearce is determined that every player earn their place.”

On the field, by the way, the Galaxy’s next chance at righting the vessel comes Saturday’s as similarly struggling Portland visits the Home Depot Center.

Juan Carlos Osorio to become new Mexico boss

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Mexico looks to have found a new manager in Juan Carlos Osorio.

Osorio, who had stints managing in Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls, was most recently coaching in Brazil with Sao Paulo.

However, the Brazilian club released a statement today that Osorio had decided to step down from his position in order to take the Mexico job.

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Following Miguel Herrera’s firing in July, Ricardo Ferretti was named interim manager of El Tri, and will coach the side in Saturday’s CONCACAF playoff match against the United States. However, Ferretti has stated he will not stay with Mexico past that match, and will return to Liga MX, where he serves as manager of Tigres UANL.

Osorio had recently been linked with the Mexico job, but said he would take his time in making a decision.

His only other exposure to Mexican football came during a short stint in Liga MX managing Puebla. He lasted just seven matches before resigning and returning to manage in his native Colombia.

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He was in line to take charge of the Honduras national team in 2011, but he was unable to get out of the contract with the Colombian team he was managing at the time.

There has been no official confirmation of the hiring from the Mexican Federation.

Benzema and Benitez in a war of words at Real Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Rafael Benitez (R) of Real Madrid CF gives instructions to his player Karim Benzema (L) during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 26, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Karim Benzema has scored six goals in his eight appearances for Real Madrid this season, and is currently the top scorer in La Liga.

Despite being in great form, Benzema has continuously been substituted by manager Rafa Benitez, which has upset the French striker.

Benzema opened the scoring for Real in the Madrid derby over the weekend, but was taken off in the 77th minute. Atletico would go on to score minutes later as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Speaking after the game, Benzema said he was “fed up” with being taken off, but will continue to work to help his team.

Substitutions are what the coach decides, I’m just there to help my teammates.

It’s true I’m fed up of being taken off. I’m calm and will continue to work so I’m not always subtituted. He took me off to get a result, for defensive reasons.

It’s true that the electronic board always shows the No.9. Ask Benitez why that is.

When told about Benzema’s comments, Benitez said he made the change for tactical reasons, as Real was in the lead and he replaced the striker with a more defensive-minded player in midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

I needed to give the team some balance at that point in the game. I’m a huge fan of Benzema. If I were Karim, I’d also be angry at being taken off when I thought I was playing well and was on a great run of form.

What I’d do if I were Karim is score more goals so that next time I don’t have to be taken off and can say, ‘Hey, here I am.’

Benitez’s response comes off as a backhanded compliment, asking Benzema to “score more goals,” despite the player leading La Liga in scoring. In fact, Benzema has averaged a goal every 84 minutes this season, an incredible strike rate.

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Over the summer, Benzema was linked with a move away from Real Madrid, but he constantly denied the rumors and said he never thought about leaving the club, which he called the best in the world. Just a few matches into the new season, there may be some trouble in paradise.