Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

The ten best sports press conferences

David Beckham
Following the 2006 World Cup - and yet another missed opportunity by England to lift the greatest trophy of them all - David Beckham announced he would be stepping down as captain. Unfurling a piece of paper to make his statement, Beckham struggled to get his words out as he described the hurt the players were feeling at being knocked out of the tournament. "I have lived the dream, I'm extremely proud to have worn the armband," he said. Then, as Beckham walked away, the normally baying press broke out in an impromptu round of applause.
Mike Tyson v Lennox Lewis
Mike Tyson has been in numerous highly charged press conferences, one interview in which he said he would "eat" Lennox Lewis' children was particularly note worthy. But it was the time he came face to face with Lewis to promote their fight that makes it into this countdown. With the two fighters standing opposite one another on stage, Tyson began to walk towards his opponent, apparently looking to engage with the British boxer. A melee ensued and bodyguards dived in. The two boxers rolled away behind a curtain, but not before Tyson bit Lewis on the leg.
Jose Mourinho
When Mourinho arrived in England as manager of Chelsea, the public weren't quite sure what to expect. This guy had won the Champions League, he had celebrated ecstatically on the Old Trafford touchline when his team shocked Manchester United and the word was that he was something of a character. And in his first press conference he didn't disappoint as he announced: "Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one." The name stuck - and after leading Chelsea to their first title in 50 years - there might even be some truth in there as well.

After Tiger Woods' effort we take a look other highly charged press conferences in sport.

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