Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fernando Torres: The Chelsea Flop who still stole fans hearts

It’s easy to call Fernando Torres a Chelsea flop. After all, for £50million you might have expected more than 20 goals in 110 Premier League appearances.
Roman Abramovich clearly did – the fact Torres remains Chelsea’s record signing six years on would suggest Roman Abramovich is wary of taking such big-money risks again.
But when he arrived El Niño was not a risk, he was a certainty. Proven quality. He had already vanquished so many foes that it seemed certain he was the real deal. He had become one of the most feared strikers in the world.

It is fair to say his stock dropped during his time in west London, but first let’s go back to where it all began.
As a kid, Torres was introduced to Atletico Madrid by his grandfather, who wasn’t exactly football-mad but still harboured a love for Los Rojiblancos. It clearly rubbed off on a young Torres, whose passion for the club remains evident to this day.
Torres actually started out as a goalkeeper for his local team, Paraque 84, as a five-year-old. He didn’t play as a striker until he was seven, but even at that age his goalscoring instinct was sharp.
By 10 he had joined Rayo 13, which proved to be the stepping stone to his career as a professional footballer as just one season and 55 goals later he earned a trial at Atletico.
Within four years he had signed his first professional contract. Within six he had made his debut for the first team as a 17-year-old.
It came in 2001 against Leganes in the Segunda Division, and in his second appearance a week later he scored his first senior goal for the club.

The following season saw Torres score a modest six goals in 36 appearances as Atletico earned promotion to La Liga, and in 2002-03 both player and club adapted well to the step up in class as 13 goals in 29 appearances from Torres helped Atletico to a mid-table finish.
Abramovich, who completed his takeover at Chelsea that summer, actually made a £28million bid for Torres, but it wasn’t to be. Not yet anyway.
Torres scored 21 goals the following season as Atletico finished seventh before adding another 20 in 2004-05, after which Chelsea were again linked. But still Atleti wouldn’t budge.
Two years and 28 goals later, Liverpool came calling with £20million, and this time Torres did make the move to England.
He scored 24 goals in the Premier League alone in his first season at Anfield and had scored 50 in total for the Reds after just 72 games, becoming the fastest player in the club’s history to reach the mark. His goalscoring instinct just got sharper and sharper under Rafa Benitez’ guidance.
Unfortunately, Torres only ever got individual recognition at Liverpool, failing to win a single piece of silverware during his three and a half years at the club.
He did, of course, have European Championship and World Cup winner’s medals by this point, and he must have been confident of finally adding major club honours when he finally teamed up with Abramovich in January 2011.

But what happened next was simply baffling as Torres went 903 minutes without bagging a single goal for the club. It was hardly the start Abramovich would have expected from his mega-money signing.
Chelsea fans had divided opinions. Some suggested that it was only a matter of time before Torres came out of his shell; others were already convinced the club had signed a flop.
When he ended his goal drought and finally scored his first goal for the club, it came against a minor rival, West Ham, with little significance attached to it other than what many perceived to be the return of El Niño.
But that strike proved to be his solitary goal of the season.

Still, Chelsea weren’t about to just give up on a £50million investment. After all, he had only arrived in the January transfer window and had little time to settle in at Stamford Bridge. He would surely come good.
Torres did improve slightly in his second campaign, but barely. For some inexplicable reason, he had become a shadow of his former self, a stranger to the league that catapulted him to the world stage.
Torres’ first goal of the 2011-12 season came in a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford. Another strike with little significance. Chelsea fans were fast losing their patience.
In total that season he scored only six goals in 32 league games and three goals in 10 Champions League games, but that doesn’t even come close to telling the whole story.

The 2011-12 season, of course, was a special one for Chelsea, perhaps the most unforgettable in the club’s history – and Torres was a huge part of it.
The first two of his three Champions League goals came in a 5-0 victory over Genk which helped the Blues progress to the last 16 – but his real contribution was still to come.
After overcoming a 3-1 first-leg deficit to see off Napoli and then beating Benfica in the quarter-finals, the end of the road appeared to have come for the Blues, struggling in the Premier League, when they were drawn against the almighty Barcelona, the best in the world.
Chelsea fans weren’t hopeful. Even losses in both legs wouldn’t have hurt too much. Barça simply resided in a higher realm of footballing genius.
Yet somehow Roberto Di Matteo, only the caretaker manager for goodness sake, found a way.
Barcelona dominated the first leg at Stamford Bridge from start to finish. They had the bulk of the possession, 72%, struck the bar twice and mustered up a lot more chances than their opponents in Blue, yet somehow the Blaugrana succumbed to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of a Didier Drogba goal, which came from Chelsea’s solitary shot on target.
The second leg, though, would surely be different. The Blues were to travel to the Nou Camp.
Chelsea held on for as long as they could in the first 45, but Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta struck to give Barça a two-goal lead before John Terry was sent off going into the half-time break. Game over, surely?

Ramires, arguably Chelsea’s best player in the first half, managed to claw one back in added time in the first half to put the Blues ahead in the tie on away goals, but Barça, the best team in the world, at home, had a full 45 minutes to score again.
We all know what happened next.
Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the 49th minute, and incredibly Chelsea survived wave after wave of home attacks to keep their noses in front.
Then, in the 80th minute, Di Matteo decided to replace Drogba with Torres.

No Chelsea will fan will ever forget what followed next.
It was the 92nd minute, and Barcelona had virtually every man forward, but suddenly their move broke down. Within milliseconds, Torres had latched on to a clearance from Chelsea’s 18-yard area and strode forward on his own.
He rounded Victor Valdes and threw Chelsea fans all over the world into delirium. Chelsea were heading to the Champions League final.

Chelsea were set to face Bayern Munich, who appeared to be an unstoppable force – but then so were Barcelona. Despite the Germans being favourites, this time the Blues felt the game was anyone’s for the taking.
Bayern were in front with more possession, shots and just about any stat that served to indicate the best team in a football match, but the game remained goalless until the 83rd minute when Thomas Muller notched what seemed destined to be the winner.
But then Torres stepped up again. He didn’t score this time, but he did win, out of nothing, the special corner kick that Drogba duly headed in to affirm his status as an all-time great.
The flop who cost £50million, who had become a shadow of his former self, had played an integral role in arguably the greatest moment in Chelsea’s history – and with that, he made his way into the hearts of the club’s supporters forever.
That last-minute goal against Barca, that corner against Bayern – one flop, two amazing moments. It culminated in Chelsea’s only Champions League trophy to date.
Torres may have scored only 11 goals in 49 games that season, but of course Chelsea fans were willing to give him another chance now.
And when Rafa Benitez was appointed as Roberto Di Matteo’s replacement in the midst of Chelsea’s dismal sequence the following season, hopes were high El Niño could finally produce his best form in a Blue shirt.

Benitez did indeed inspire an improvement from Torres, who finished the season with 22 goals – including six in the Europa League.
Chelsea, the defending champions, had crashed out of the Champions’ League in the group stage but made up for that disappointment by going all the way to the final of the second-tier tournament.
And after a goalless first half against Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena, it was Torres that drew first blood on the hour with his sixth Europa League goal in his ninth appearance.
The Spaniard utilised his pace to go past Luisao and Ezequiel Garay before rounding Benfica’s goalkeeper, Artur and slotting the ball into the back of the net. It was more than a bit reminiscent of his goal against Barcelona the previous season.

Oscar Cardozo scored from the penalty spot nine minutes later after a Cesar Azpilicueta handball, but Branislav Ivanovic sealed the victory for Chelsea with a last-minute header to complete a remarkable double of European successes.
And, once again, the triumph can be attributed in no small no part to Torres. The flop had played a pivotal role in yet another major cup triumph for Chelsea.
The following season, after missing an early sitter, Torres set up Andre Schurrle’s opener against Manchester City and then, after Sergio Aguero had equalised, scored a dramatic winner with a few minutes left on the clock after Matija Nastasic’s attempt to head the ball back to Joe Hart sent him through on goal.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Torres had the final say in the thrilling encounter in what turned out to be one of his few world-class displays in front of Chelsea’s home crowd.
It proved to be another false dawn – Torres ended the term with five league goals and was shipped out on loan to AC Milan before eventually finding his way back to where it all began at Atletico Madrid – but thanks to those two European campaigns, he will always have a special spot in the hearts of the Chelsea faithful.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

10 beard styles for Men

There are a lot of different beard styles you can choose from. However, you have to understand that there are also a lot of factors that are needed to be considered in order for you to find the right one that will match your features.  Distinct face shapes require various beard styles. Remember, what looks good on others may not exactly look the same on you.

We have consolidated the best beard styles for 2017 that will surely add oomph to your looks. You can experiment as much as you want in order for you to find what will really look good on you. You should have the patience especially if you are aiming for longer beard styles as of course, you will look unkempt while waiting for it to grow.

1. Balbo

The Balbo is among the most popular beard styles these days. Robert Downey, Jr., a renowned American actor who starred on top grossing films such as The Avengers and Iron Man, has been maintaining the Balbo look for years as it matches his features pretty well.


Men with narrow chin

How to achieve:

You need to grow a full beard in order for you to have ample hair for shaping. Do not shave for 4 weeks or until the beard has fully grown. You also need to grow a mustache. It requires careful sculpting so you need good razors to achieve the look. You can use a disposable or an electric razor to take off the hair on the sides, and a straight razor to shape the Balbo beard style appropriately.

2. Bandholz

The Bandholz beard style was popularized by Eric Bandholz, founder of Beardbrand. He was into the corporate world until he fell in love with beards. He got negative comments because of his drive to grow his beard until its limit, thus, he has quit his job and decided to put up Beardbrand
Beardbrand was just a community before. Eric posted blogs, YouTube videos, and Tumbler entries to provide information to enthusiasts who would like to keep their beards at its finest condition. Later on, he has decided to turn it into a business by offering high-quality products that really work wonders. From beard oils, washes, and softeners, to scissors and combs, the Beardbrand is certainly a one-stop shop.


Triangle, inverted triangle, oblong, oval or diamond shape face

How to achieve:

Growing a Bandholz require patience. At first, you will look patchy and unkempt especially during the first 4 months. You need to have the patience to keep it untouched. Throw away your razor and scissors; you won’t need them for months. Just let it grow until it reaches the maximum length you can genetically grow. You can start shaping and cutting it 7 months after, or you can keep it as is, depending on your preferences. What is nice about the Bandholz is that you can keep it freely unlike other beard styles.

3. Circle Beard

Also known as the “standard” beard, the circle beard is a combination of mustache and rounded goatee beard styles. It looks tidy, thus, making it a good option for men who would like to look presentable without letting go of their beard.


Oval and round shape face

How to achieve:

Make sure that you have grown a reasonable amount of hair to avoid over trimming or shaving. It would be best to visit a salon to perfectly achieve the circle shape as it can be a bit fussy. As soon as you have acquired the right look, you can do the succeeding trimming and shaving on your own.

4. Extended Goatee

Also known as the tailback or the Hollywoodian, the extended goatee is a combination of a goatee and a mustache. The style is different from the full beard as you are taking off the hair on the sideburns.


Square and oval face shape

How to Achieve:

Make sure that you have grown medium stubble before shaping your beard. Take off the hair on the sideburns and adjust the width according to your preferences. Do not take off your mustache.

5. Friendly mutton chops

The friendly mutton chops is also referred to as the sideburns, sideburns or side whiskers. The term “sideburns” was derived from Ambrose Burnside, a renowned American Civil War general.


Circular or square face shape

How to Achieve:

Let your sideburns and mustache grow until they meet. Shave the hair on your chin until the lower lip area. You can keep your sideburns growing until it becomes fluffy.

6. Full Beard

The manliest and much preferred by men among all the beard styles, the full beard is certainly something you must not miss this 2017! Well-groomed full beard is more attractive as it accentuates your features better.


Diamond, Triangle or Inverted Triangle face shape

How to Achieve:

The full beard depends on your genetics. If you grow hair all over your face, then achieving it is easy. You just have to let the hair grow until medium stubbles and shape it evenly using a razor. Stop shaving until 6 weeks so as to attain the look. Trim right after to maintain the length.

7. Garibaldi

Do not have ample time to keep your beard looking kempt? The Garibaldi is perfect for you! It is a bit shorter than the Bandholz, thus, trimming it once in a while is required.


Oval or Rectangular Face

How to Achieve:

You have to grow your beard for months, about 4 months depending on how quick you grow your beard, until it reaches 15-20cm. Trim and shape the lower area from time to time to make it look round.  The mustache’s length is something that you should also keep neat as the focus should be on the beard. No styling aids required as it has to look natural.

8. Imperial

The Imperial became popular during the Second Empire. It is not actually a beard style but a mustache. However, you can incorporate it with your sideburns or chin beards, like what Mel Gibson has done on his beard. Just make sure that you keep the beard simple so as to keep the imperial mustache as the highlight of your face.


Rectangular or Oblong Face

How to Achieve:

Do not shave for weeks, or even months, until you have acquired whiskers that are long enough to be shaped. Some enthusiasts say that they had to wait as much as 3 months until they have successfully achieved the look.
Shave your sideburns or the hair near your mustache. Never trim! Make sure you’re your mustache looks natural, so even if it disturbs you from eating well or if it falls from time to time, resist the temptation of trimming to successfully have the Imperial look. Now, start curling the ends. You can use beard oil or mustache wax to keep its curl.

9. Short Stubble

The simplest among all the beard styles, the short stubble is something that you can easily maintain as there will be no “special” method just to achieve the look. It looks manly yet does not make you look untidy.


All face shapes

How to Achieve:

Just don’t shave your beard and mustache for 1 to 2 days. After that period, just trim it to keep its short length. If you grow hair above your cheeks, just shave it habitually to maintain the look. You can also shave the hair growing on your neck area, keeping the stubbles focused just around the lower area of your face.

10. Medium Stubble

Well, if you don’t want to trim your short stubble, then you have to say hello to medium stubble. If you think you look better on it, just once again keep the hair trimmed until it’s 3 to 5mm long. It will probably make you look scruffy a little bit, but if properly maintained, it will surely bring out your machismo image.


All face shapes

How to Achieve:

Make sure that your beard doesn’t go beyond your cheek and neck area, so trim or shave all those excess growth. Keep the length no more than 5mm so you should have a good trimmer as you will use it at least once every week.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Put your palms together and check out what they say about you

A person’s hands can tell something about what they’re like in love. They won’t lie and will give more truthful information than their owner.
Put your palms together, choose the pattern you have, and see for yourself!

The Lines are at the same level: 

If your partner has their love lines on the same level, you’re lucky: they have serious intentions and prefer constant relationships. They’re rational and dislike sharp turns in life.
They are a sensible person with a soft character, and they care about the opinions of others.

The left line is lower:

This person prefers an older partner and is wise beyond their years. The owner of these lines is good in love, romantic, and independent from social rules. They often listen to their sixth sense, which is rarely mistaken.

The left line is higher:

This person doesn’t rush to have a serious relationship and neither do they consider love their reason for happiness. But when they finally decide to choose someone for life, that will be a person younger than themselves or of a different nationality. They love with their eyes and are self-confident. This is a purposeful and independent person who easily overcomes hardships.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

13 comics to show you what love looks like before and after 30

12 Funny ways to deal with Horror movies

12 Funny Ways to Deal with Horror Movies

From time to time, every one of us dreams of ending up in a situation straight out of a Hollywood movie. But what if such dreams come true, and, of all genres, you find yourself in a bloodcurdling chiller?!
Even if this actually occurs, don’t be quick to despair! To help you stay on your guard, here are some easy-to-use instructions for successfully surviving all kinds of horror movie horrors!