ABRAMOVICH’S 10 MINUTES DEAL

former chief executive Trevor Birch revealed that the deal for Roman Abramovich to buy the club back in 2003 only took 10 minutes.

As well as detailing the super-quick time it took for the Russian to take over, Birch also spoke of how the Blues spent over €160 million on new players in the first six weeks after Abramovich’s arrival.

He told the London Evening Standard: “Abramovich didn’t speak English [when the pair first met]. There was an interpreter. I wasn’t totally convinced he was the real thing. I had googled him but he just didn’t appear anywhere.

“Nobody knew anything about him. So I wasn’t sure whether it was a scene from Candid Camera and that suddenly Jeremy Beadle was going to jump out at me.

“But we did the deal in 10 minutes, nothing like that had ever happened. I don’t think people appreciated what a game changer it was. I suggested he spent £20m [€23m] on players. He spent £140m [€165m] in six weeks, the biggest change I’ve seen in English football.”

Birch had hoped to advice Abramovich on the right approach to take, and advocated steady investment and lower ticket prices, but his ideas were ignored and he soon departed the club.

He continued: “I said to [Abramovich]: ‘Look, you’re living every supporter’s dream. Why not allow them to share in that dream and therefore, at one fell swoop, just reduce the season-ticket prices? So it announces your arrival with a bang and supporters from every other club would wish they had an owner like you.’

“What I thought Chelsea should try was to become everybody’s favourite second team. There are certain ways that you need to act to gain that kind of affection from people. I was voted down. They said, ‘We’re going to run it as a business, break even and be the biggest club.’

“How ironic given the hundreds of millions in losses. The stance he took rubbed the neutrals up the wrong way.

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DORTMUND SURVIVE LATE MADRID FIGHTBACK

The Bundesliga side survived an early onslaught by Jose Mourinho’s men to hold onto their 4-1 first-leg advantage for most of the game – and had several chances to make the aggregate score even more humiliating for the wasteful hosts.

However, goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos in the last 10 minutes suddenly set up the most frantic of finishes, but Dortmund hung on to clinch their first final berth since 1997, when they defeated Juventus 3-1 to win the trophy.

Angel Di Maria, benched for the first leg, started for the hosts, while Cristiano Ronaldo also returned after he was rested with a thigh complaint for the Madrid derby victory over the weekend.

Dortmund’s lineup picked itself, with Jurgen Klopp restoring the likes of Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan after resting his regulars during Saturday’s Bundesliga win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Mourinho’s men knew the magnitude of the task at hand, and their start to the match was suitably relentless. Gonzalo Higuain could have opened the scoring four minutes in, but his shot from Mesut Ozil’s pass was right at Roman Weidenfeller.

Madrid sent a series of warnings Dortmund’s way, but the Germans showed a glimpse of what they were capable of when Gundogan’s clip found Robert Lewandowski completely unmarked for a half-volley right at Diego Lopez.

However, Ronaldo immediately mirrored the chance at the other end, forcing Weidenfeller into a close range block, before Ozil somehow dragged wide when put clean through.

The visitors were then handed a huge blow just before the quarter hour mark, when Mario Gotze limped off clutching his hamstring, and was replaced by Kevin Grosskreutz.

There was enough action in the first 15 minutes to fill an entire half of football, but after weathering the initial storm, Dortmund regained their composure and slowed things down – exactly what Madrid did not want.

In fact, the remainder of the half was rather monotonous by comparison, leaving Mourinho with plenty to
ponder over the break.

But Madrid’s half-time plans were almost wrecked minutes after the restart, had Lewandowski kept his cool when Grosskreutz cleverly found him unmarked inside the box, instead of blasting the ball into orbit.

The Pole nearly made instant amends when latching onto Reus’ slipped pass, sprinting in behind and lashing at goal, but the ball cannoned off the underside of the bar.

There was only one side that looked like scoring, and it was not the team that needed three goals to progress. The quietly impressive Reus teed up Gundogan with a virtually open goal, but somehow, Lopez recovered to make an unbelievable save.

Lewandowski missed from eight yards, before Madrid finally showed signs of life in the second half, but true to form, Di Maria stroked wide of the far post from just inside the box, before Ronaldo poked over from a similarly promising position.

But substitute Benzema would give the hosts a glimmer of hope with seven minutes remaining, side-footing in from close range after Kaka teed up Ozil for the cross from the right.
And it got even better for the Spanish side when Ramos smashed the ball home from Benzema’s layoff – with two minutes plus stoppage time left in the game.

But with the home fans roaring them on, Madrid could not go that last step further, as Dortmund survived a few late scares to edge over the finish line.

Now the only question that remains is whether Wembley will be an all-German affair, with Bayern Munich well on their way to taking the Bundesliga’s most high-profile rivalry onto the biggest stage of them all.
source:goal.com

27th April Celebrants:JUAN MATA,JESSICA ALBA,PENELOPE CRUZ,JAY LENO.

JUAN MATA; born on this day in 1988,is a footballer who plays for chelsea football club in the premier league.MATA has been undoubtedly chelsea’s top performer this season with 18goals and countless assists this season and is also nominated for PFA player of the year.MATA hopes to celebrate it with a victory today as chelsea welcome the visit of swansea city at 3:00pm BST.you can follow him on twitter @juanmata10

other famous celebrants include; JESSICA ALBA ;Jessica Marie Alba is an American television and film actress and model. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack.
Born: April 28, 1981 (age 32), Pomona
Nationality: American
Spouse: Cash Warren (m. 2008)
Children: Haven Garner Warren, Honor Marie Warren
Books: The Honest Life.

PENELOPE CRUZ;Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón, to critical acclaim.
Born: April 28, 1974 (age 39), Alcobendas
Height: 1.68 m
Spouse: Javier Bardem (m. 2010)
Siblings: Mónica Cruz, Eduardo Cruz
Children: Leo Encinas Cruz

JAY LENO;James Douglas Muir “Jay” Leno is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, producer and television host. Leno was the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009.
Born: April 28, 1950 (age 63), New Rochelle
Height: 1.80 m
Spouse: Mavis Leno (m. 1980)
Siblings: Patrick Leno
Movies and TV shows: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, More
Parents: Angelo Leno, Catherine Muir

source;google.com

Don Omar Biography

Don Omar ( William Omar Landrón Rivera; February 10, 1978), is a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer and actor. He is sometimes referred to by his nickname El Rey (Spanish: “The King”).

Omar is the youngest son of William Landrón and Luz Antonia Rivera. He was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. From an early age, he showed interest in the music of Vico C and Brewley MC. During his youth, he became an active member of a Protestant church, Iglesia Evangélica Restauración en Cristo in Bayamón where he occasionally offered sermons. However, after four years, he left the church to dedicate himself to singing.

His first public performance in a night club was accompanied by disc jockey Eliel Lind Osorio. Afterwards he appeared regularly on compilation albums from popular DJs and producers including Luny Tunes, Noriega, and DJ Eric. He also worked as a backup singer for the duo Héctor & Tito. One of the members, Héctor Delgado, helped him produce his first solo album.

Omar’s career rose to stardom with the release of his first studio album, The Last Don. Both the studio version and its live edition have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Worldwide, The Last Don: Live [CD & DVD] has sold over one million copies, according to his official website. He earned awards for Latin Pop Album of the Year and New Artist & Latin Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year by the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2003. The Last Don: Live [CD & DVD] was also nominated for Urban Music Album at the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards.

Omar’s May 2006 album King of Kings, became history’s highest ranking reggaeton LP in the top 10 US charts, with its debut at #1 on the Latin sales charts and the #1 spot on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Radio Chart cacahis single “Angelito”. Omar was also able to beat the in-store appearance sales record at Disney World’s Virgin music store previously set by pop star Britney Spears.

With the highest charting debut by a reggaeton artist, Omar’s King of Kings entered at No. 7 with 74,000, beating Daddy Yankee’s No. 24 entry with 2005’s “Barrio Fino En Directo”. In April 2007, Don Omar received the Latin Billboard award for Reggaeton Album Of The Year for King of Kings. Billboard recognized that King of Kings was the most successful album of the decade in Latin America, besides being the most successful in the history of the genre of reggaeton. Billboard estimated that the album sold over 4.1 million copies by the end of 2009.

The album’s track “Salió El Sol” is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. The songs “Los Bandoleros” and “Conteo” were featured in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in the ending credits.

Omar participated in Gilberto Santa Rosa’s presentation in an event titled “Concierto del Amor”, presented in the Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2008. He closed the event and performed reggaeton themes.

Omar’s third studio album, iDon, was released on April 28, 2009. This album was dedicated to his cousin Cordell Brown. “Virtual Diva” became the most requested song on Latin radio stations. The second official single, titled “Sexy Robotica”, was released on July 6, 2009.

The album Don Omar Presents: Meet The Orphans was released on November 16, 2010. The album features the artists under Don Omar’s Orfanato Music Group label and other reggaeton artists. The album includes the promotional single Hasta Abajo and the album’s lead single Danza Kuduro featuring Portuguese-French singer Lucenzo, as well as collaborations from Orfanato Music Group artists including Kendo Kaponi, Syko, Plan B, Zion & Lennox, Yaga & Mackie and Danny Fornaris. Danza Kuduro appears on the Fast Five soundtrack and is the song played at the conclusion of the movie. He is signed to VI Music and Machete Music through Universal Music Latino.

The album Don Omar Presents MTO2: The New Generation was released on May 1, 2012. The album features newly signed to Orfanato Music Group Natti Natasha as well as many other signed artists and other reggaeton artists like Zion Y Lennox. The album includes the singles Hasta Que Salga El Sol, which won the award for Best Urban Song at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards, and Dutty Love featuring Natti Natasha, which was also nominated. The album also features collaborations with Juan Magan, Mims, Syko, Vinny el Vendito, and Yunel Cruz. The album has been well received as it won the award for Best Urban Music Album at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards[8] and is a top seller on iTunes.

Omar married forecaster/journalist Jackie Guerrido on April 18, 2008. Divorce rumors surrounded the couple two years into the marriage and were compounded by comments Omar made via Twitter. In March 2011, it was revealed they had divorced.

On September 18, 2007, Omar was briefly detained in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia due to a legal dispute. A Bolivian concert promotor sued him and some of his management after he canceled a concert scheduled for earlier that year in La Paz as part of the international tour Up Close. The organization claimed that he had defrauded US$70,000 due to the cancellation. Landrón responded that he canceled the concert because the company did not provide air tickets in time. After the case was presented before a local judge, both parties reached an agreement. Landrón was allowed to leave the country in order to comply with a previously scheduled appearance in Buenos Aires on Argentine television and returned the next day to hold his concert in Santa Cruz’s Tahuichi Aguilera soccer stadium.

Don Omar discography
Studio albums

2003: The Last Don
2006: King of Kings
2009: iDon
2010: Meet the Orphans
2012: Don Omar Presents MTO²: New Generation

Live / special edition albums

2004: The Last Don Live
2006: The Last Don: The Gold Series
2006: King of Kings: Armageddon Edition
2007: King of Kings Live

Compilation albums

2005: Don Omar Presenta: Los Bandoleros
2005: Da Hitman Presents Reggaetón Latino
2006: Don Omar Presenta: Los Bandoleros Reloaded
2007: Don Omar Presenta: El Pentágono

Filmography
Year Title Role
2009 Los Bandoleros Rico Santos
2009 Fast & Furious Rico Santos
2011 Fast Five Rico Santos
2013 “Fast and Furious” Rico Santos
source:wikipedia.org

WHO MOCKED GOD?

John Lennon (Singer):

Some years before, during his interview
with an
American Magazine, he said:
‘Christianity will end, it will disappear. I
do not have
to argue about that.. I am certain.
Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too
simple, today
we are
more famous than Him’ (1966).
Lennon, after saying that the Beatles
were more
famous than
Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ):

During the Presidential campaign, he
said
if he got
500,000 votes from his party, not even
God would
remove him from Presidency.
Sure he got the votes, but he gotsick a
day before
being made
President, then he died.

Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer,
singer and poet):

During A show in Canecio ( Rio de
Janeiro ), while
smoking his cigarette, he puffed out
some smoke into
the air and said:’God, that’s for you.’
He died at the age of 32 of LUNG
CANCER in a
horrible manner.

The man who built the Titanic After the
construction
of Titanic, a reporter asked him how
safe
the Titanic would be. With an ironic
tone
he said:
‘Not even God can sink it’
The result: I think you all know what
happened to the
Titanic

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)

She was visited by Billy Graham during
a
presentation
of a show.
He said the Spirit of God had sent him to
preach to
her. After hearing what the Preacher
had
to say, she
said:
‘I don’t need your Jesus’. A week later,
she was found
dead in her apartment

Bon Scott (Singer)

The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of
his 1979
songs he sang:
‘Don’t stop me; I’m going down all the
way, down the
highway to hell’.
On the 19th of February 1980, Bon
Scott
was found
dead, he had been choked by his own
vomit.
source: facebook.com

NOMINEES FOR BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2013

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist:

Justin Bieber

Maroon 5

One Direction

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:

Carly Rae Jepsen

Gotye

One Direction

PSY

The Lumineers

Top Male Artist:

Bruno Mars

Drake

Flo Rida

Jason Aldean

Justin Bieber

Top Female Artist:

Adele

Carly Rae Jepsen

Nicki Minaj

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:

Coldplay

fun.

Maroon 5

Mumford & Sons

One Direction

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Adele

Justin Bieber

Mumford & Sons

One Direction

Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Flo Rida

fun.

Maroon 5

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

Top Digital Songs Artist:

Carly Rae Jepsen

Flo Rida

fun.

Maroon 5

Taylor Swift

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Flo Rida

fun.

Maroon 5

Nicki Minaj

Rihanna

Top Touring Artist:

Bruce Springsteen

Coldplay

Lady Gaga

Madonna

Roger Waters

Top Social Artist:

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

One Direction

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Artist:

Baauer

Drake

Nicki Minaj

PSY

Rihanna

Top Pop Artist:

Adele

Bruno Mars

Justin Bieber

Maroon 5

One Direction

Top R&B Artist:

Alicia Keys

Chris Brown

Ne-Yo

Rihanna

Usher

Top Rap Artist:

Drake

Flo Rida

Nicki Minaj

Pitbull

PSY

Top Country Artist:

Carrie Underwood

Hunter Hayes

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:

Bruce Springsteen

Coldplay

fun.

Gotye

Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist:

Don Omar

Jenni Rivera

Prince Royce

Romeo Santos

Shakira

Top Dance Artist:

Calvin Harris

David Guetta

Madonna

Skrillex

Swedish House Mafia

Top EDM Artist:

Calvin Harris

David Guetta

deadmau5

Skrillex

Swedish House Mafia

Top Christian Artist:

Casting Crowns

Chris Tomlin

Matt Redman

MercyMe

tobyMac

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Adele ’21’

Mumford & Sons ‘Babel’

One Direction ‘Take Me Home’

One Direction ‘Up All Night’

Taylor Swift ‘Red’

Top Pop Album:

Adele ’21’

Justin Bieber ‘Believe’

Maroon 5 ‘Overexposed’

One Direction ‘Take Me Home’

One Direction ‘Up All Night’

Top R&B Album:

Alicia Keys ‘Girl On Fire’

Chris Brown ‘Fortune’

Frank Ocean ‘Channel Orange’

Rihanna ‘Unapologetic’

Usher ‘Looking 4 Myself’

Top Rap Album:

2 Chainz ‘Based On A T.R.U. Story’

Kendrick Lamar ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City’

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘The Heist’

Nicki Minaj ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’

Rick Ross ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’

Top Country Album:

Carrie Underwood ‘Blown Away’

Jason Aldean ‘Night Train’

Lionel Richie ‘Tuskegee’

Luke Bryan ‘Tailgates & Tanlines’

Taylor Swift ‘Red’

Top Rock Album:

fun. ‘Some Nights

Mumford & Sons ‘Babel’

Of Monsters And Men ‘My Head Is An Animal’

Phillip Phillips ‘The World From The Side of the Moon’

The Lumineers ‘The Lumineers’

Top Latin Album:

Jenni Rivera ‘Joyas Prestadas: Banda’

Jenni Rivera ‘Joyas Prestadas: Pop’

Jenni Rivera ‘La Misma Gran Senora’

Prince Royce ‘Phase II’

Romeo Santos ‘Formula: Vol. 1’

Top Dance Album:

David Guetta ‘Nothing But The Beat’

deadmau5 ‘Album Title Goes Here’

LMFAO ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’

Madonna ‘MDNA’

Skrillex ‘Bangarang’

Top EDM Album:

David Guetta ‘Nothing But The Beat’

deadmau5 ‘Album Title Goes Here’

Skrillex ‘Bangarang’

Skrillex ‘Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites’

Swedish House Mafia ‘Until Now’

Top Christian Album:

Casting Crowns ‘Come To The Well’

Lecrae ‘Gravity’

MercyMe ‘The Hurt & The Healer’

tobyMac ‘Eye On It’

Various Artists ‘Wow Hits 2013’

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:

Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’

fun. ‘Some Nights’

Gotye Featuring Kimbra ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

Maroon 5 ‘One More Night’

Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa ‘Payphone’

Top Digital Song:

Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’

fun. Featuring Janelle Monae ‘We Are Young’

Gotye Featuring Kimbra ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz ‘Thrift Shop’

Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa ‘Payphone’

Top Radio Song:

Bruno Mars ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’

Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’

Gotye Featuring Kimbra ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

Maroon 5 ‘One More Night’

Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa ‘Payphone’

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’

Ellie Goulding ‘Lights’

fun. ‘Some Nights’

fun. Featuring Janelle Monae ‘We Are Young’

Gotye Featuring Kimbra ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’

fun. Featuring Janelle Monae ‘We Are Young’

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz ‘Thrift Shop’

PSY ‘Gangnam Style’

Taylor Swift ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’

Top Pop Song:

Bruno Mars ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’

Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’

Ellie Goulding ‘Lights’

Maroon 5 ‘One More Night’

Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa ‘Payphone’

Top R&B Song:

Alicia Keys Featuring Nicki Minaj ‘Girl On Fire’

Frank Ocean ‘Thinking Bout You’

Miguel ‘Adorn’

Rihanna ‘Diamonds’

Trey Songz ‘Heart Attack’

Top Rap Song:

Flo Rida ‘Whistle’

Flo Rida Featuring Sia ‘Wild Ones’

Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz ‘Mercy’

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz ‘Thrift Shop’

PSY ‘Gangnam Style’

Top Country Song:

Eric Church ‘Springsteen’

Florida Georgia Line ‘Cruise’

Hunter Hayes ‘Wanted’

Luke Bryan ‘Drunk On You’

Taylor Swift ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’

Top Rock Song:

fun. ‘Some Nights’

fun. Featuring Janelle Monae ‘We Are Young’

Gotye Featuring Kimbra ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

Phillip Phillips ‘Home’

The Lumineers ‘Ho Hey’

Top Latin Song:

Don Omar ‘Hasta Que Salga El Sol’

Don Omar Featuring Natty Natasha ‘Dutty Love’

Juan Magan Featuring Pitbull & El Cata ‘Bailando Por El Mundo’

Michel Telo ‘Ai Se Eu Te Pego’

Wisin & Yandel Featuring Chris Brown & T-Pain ‘Algo Me Gusta De Ti’

Top Dance Song:

Baauer ‘Harlem Shake’

David Guetta Featuring Sia ‘Titanium’

Nicki Minaj ‘Starships’

PSY ‘Gangnam Style’

Rihanna ‘Where Have You Been’

Top EDM Song:

Baauer ‘Harlem Shake’

Calvin Harris ‘Feel So Close’

Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch ‘Sweet Nothing’

David Guetta Featuring Sia ‘Titanium’

Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin ‘Don’t You Worry Child’

Top Christian Song:

Big Daddy Weave ‘Redeemed’

Building 429 ‘Where I Belong’

Matt Redman ‘10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)’

newsboys ‘God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion)’

tobyMac ‘Me Without You’

Sports:UCL and UEL draw

The draws for the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE  have been made,and here are the draws in full;

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

BAYERN MUNICH vs BARCELONA

REAL MADRID vs BORUSSIA DORTMUND

EUROPA LEAGUE

FC BASEL vs CHELSEA

FENERBAHCE  vs SL BENFICA

more to follow…..

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