Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jose Mourinho couldn't win the big one for Chelsea in three seasons as manager, and he won't get a chance to do it this year, either.
Mourinho, who led the Blues to twice as many English league titles than any other manager in the club's history, has left the team he helped turn into a European powerhouse.

"Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company today by mutual consent," the English team said early Thursday on it's Web site.

The self-anointed "Special One" came to Chelsea with high expectations - and only months after leading FC Porto to the Champions League title. He delivered with two English Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in three seasons, but not winning the European Champions League caused friction between himself and billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

And only a day after the 44-year-old Portuguese coach's team was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Rosenborg in Europe's top club competition, Chelsea and Mourinho finally decided enough was enough.

Mourinho started his tenure at Chelsea with plenty of success, first winning the League Cup and then the league title - the team's first in 50 years and only its second in history. That broke a nine-year stretch of Manchester United and Arsenal dominance.

Mourinho added another league title in 2006, and then won both the FA Cup and League Cup last season.

But Abramovich, who has spent millions acquiring players such as Michael Ballack, Andriy Shevchenko and Didier Drogba since he took over, wanted European success, and that was something Mourinho couldn't deliver.

The problems reportedly began at the end of last season.

With only weeks to go in the season, and Chelsea having already won the League Cup, the Blues could have won an unprecedented four major trophies. But Man United hung on to win the league title, and Liverpool ousted Chelsea from the semifinals of the Champions League for the second time in three years.

Although, Chelsea did manage to beat United in the FA Cup final, it was little consolation for Abramovich.

This season, Chelsea is in fifth place in the English league with 11 points from six matches, behind both Liverpool and Man United on goal difference. Arsenal leads the league with 13 points, one more than Manchester City.

Tuesday's draw against Rosenborg, a team Mourinho believes should have been easy to beat, turned out to be the end. The BBC reported that Mourinho sent text messages to five players Wednesday night to tell them he was leaving.

Mourinho started his soccer career as a translator for Bobby Robson at FC Barcelona, but he made a name for himself at Porto, where he won the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and two Portuguese league titles.

Mourinho's contract with Chelsea, which reportedly pays 6.5 million pounds (US$13 million, €9.2 million) per year, was due to end in 2009.

Sevilla coach Juande Ramos is among the coaches reportedly linked with Mourinho's job. Ramos was in London on Wednesday, where his team lost to Arsenal 3-0 in the Champions League.

Chelsea's next match is at Man United on Sunday, and assistant Steve Clarke or director of soccer Avram Grant are expected to take charge of team.



Saturday, September 15, 2007

Haha I was wondering how my exam songs actually sounded i went to do a little research.

In case you're wondering, I had to pick one peice from each period, if I had it my way, I'd do all classical and romantic!!

WARNING: If you don't really like these kinda things, the following videos will bore you.

1. Prelude & Fugue XVI (Bach) [Baroque Period]
Ok, compared to the rest, this is by far the easiest. Still manageable o_O

2. Sonata in Bb Major K570 (Mozart) [Classical Period]
Haha this song is still quite okay, but i have to play all 3 movements so it's about 20 minutes total o_O

First Movement:
Salute to the girl in this video. Haha actually this movement is not that hard to play, the really fast parts are quite fun xD.

Second Movement:
Cant find any video for this one so it's just a sound recording o_O. This part is very slow and relaxing.

Third Movement:
Uh yeah, my hands are too heavy and i cant get this right. Go listen! It's quite nice.

3. Impromptu in Gb Major Op.90 No.3 (Schubert) [Romantic Period]
I kinda picked this song after i heard Lex Luthor playing it on Smallville. It's my favourite song out of all 4 xD

4. Minstrels Prelude Book 1 XII (Debussy) [Modern Period] *cough* *cough*
My god, when i saw the video for this i couldn't stop laughing....the guy was super dramatic. Watch for yourself and see xD I even laugh when i play this song...modern peices are weird o_O

In other news, BERK Productions has finally started working on its long awaited movie! The script has been completed and actors have been found. Further details will be revealed later!


Saturday, September 08, 2007

Happy sweet 16 birthday, KEEGAN! :P
hope you'll get chosen for NS..hahaha all the best in everything!
see you in korea!