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Taylor Swift Performs 'Better Man' & 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever' for First Time at Stunning Pre-Super Bowl Set
Taylor Swift emerged to face 9,000 screaming fans and perform a packed 16-song set -- including two tracks she'd never performed live before. "You have come from all over the world -- possibly to see football, but would it be all right with you if we played some music first?" Taylor asked the all-too-eager AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night crowd. The answer was a resounding yes.

“If you guys scream loud enough, Taylor will hear you,” DJ/Swift friend Ruby Rose hollered from behind her turntables Saturday night inside a 62,500-square-foot mega-club custom-built (and soon to be unbuilt) for a series of high-profile Super Bowl week parties in Houston.

The opening act was probably right, given that the guest of honor was Instagramming videos of her cats from backstage just before that moment, and about 15 minutes later (no doubt after she heard fans’ chants of “Taylor! Taylor!” from her cat- and Haim-sister-filled dressing room), Taylor Swift emerged to face 9,000 screaming fans and perform a packed 17-song set – including two tracks she’d never performed live before.

“You have come from all over the world – possibly to see football, but would it be all right with you if we played some music first?” Taylor asked the all-too-eager AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night crowd during the opening number, 1989 bonus track “New Romantics.” The answer was a resounding yes.

Below are highlights from the hour-and-a-half spectacle, which spanned from her 2008 hit “Love Story” to the first-ever performance of her most recent Billboard Hot 100 top five – albeit without her duet partner.

Going It Alone
“I don’t want you to think Zayn is going to come out, because he’s definitely not,” Swift immediately cautioned while introducing “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her Fifty Shades Darker collaboration with the One Direction alum. “I saw a lot of phones go up in the air. The only one you have here is me, I’m so sorry.” The crowd didn’t seem to mind, helping Taylor out with the oh-oh-ohs during her stripped-down take on the steamy song.

Little Big Taylor
Another live debut was “Better Man,” the Hot Country Songs No. 1 that Swift wrote for Nashville quartet Little Big Town. Not only has she never performed it live, we’ve never heard her sing it ever. Swift made epic use of her background singers for the performance, having them join her out on the circular stage and creating her own vocal group, a la LBT. “I never really knew what it would feel like to hear my song on the radio and have someone else singing it. Turns out, it feels awesome,” she said before the song. “I feel really grateful to the artists who have decided to record the things that I have written. The one drawback is just that you don’t really get to hear the crowd sing the songs back to you.” This intro also led into an acoustic take on Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For,” which she famously wrote with her EDM ex.

On Theme
There’s a Taylor Swift song for every occasion – even Super Bowl. “I figured you guys are going to be watching football, and I wrote a song when I was 16 that features, like, cheer captains and bleachers, and I don’t know, I felt like it might be appropriate to play tonight,” she said to introduce her 2008 crossover smash “You Belong With Me.” “I mean, it’s really old, but…”

Grammys Flashback
For Swift’s last concert, at October’s Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, she apparently faked out a few fans when her bedazzled white grand piano rolled out onstage. “When I sat down at the piano, a lot of people were chanting the name of a song I haven’t played in a long time. You know what I’m talking about?” she asked, referencing her famous hair-flipping 2014 Grammys performance of the Red track “All Too Well” behind the keys. “So I figured that next time I was in Texas, if you wanted to hear ‘All Too Well,’ I would play it.” And so she did, re-creating the hair-eography that made the original performance so memorable (and meme-able).

Parking Lot to Paradise
When Swift’s multi-year deal with AT&T was announced back in October, one of the most exciting aspects of the partnership was the promised Super Saturday Night performance, portions of which will stream on DIRECTV’s Taylor Swift NOW at later dates (so don’t worry if you didn’t have the golden ticket in Houston). And the fact that the Club Nomadic venue – which also hosted Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers and more artists over the past few days – was constructed out of thin air allowed for a lot of customization. “Literally, this was a parking lot in October,” Roger Hyde, DIRECTV/AT&T Entertainment Group SVP of creative services, told Billboard before Saturday’s party. “It literally was nothing. All they wanted was that it had a nice view of downtown Houston, and it had good access, and we had the opportunity to build something this big. Knowing what [Swift’s] folks wanted to do as far as the stage was concerned, we could build it around her. It’s literally a custom environment. It’s very intimate – as big as it is, it’s very intimate. No matter where you are, you’ll feel very close to her. And no matter what camera angle you see the footage from, there will be fans in the foreground and the background. She’s going to be surrounded by her greatest fans.” That setup included a video screen that spanned the entire stage, a circular platform in the middle of a sea of her supporters and a few well-timed bursts of pyro that kicked up the already-hot performance.

Only 2017 Show?
Did Texas once again score Swift’s only show of the year? Last year, her Grand Prix performance in Austin was her one-and-only live event of 2016. And she seems to think this could be it for this year – at least for now. “I have to be really honest with you about something: As far as I know, I’m doing one show in 2017. And as far as I know, this is that one show,” she said to wild cheers. “So what I’m trying to tell you is, by coming here tonight, you’re essentially attending 100 percent of my tour dates for the year, so thank you! You’re the crowd in my most recent daydreams, when I’m thinking about being onstage, so I was wondering: If you don’t feel like dancing for yourself or screaming for yourself, you don’t feel in the mood or whatever, you’re like stressed out, would you do it for me tonight?”

Speaking of Dancing…
Anyone who has watched a music awards show in the past five years knows Swift loves nothing more than to get her groove on. So we all knew how this party had to end. “Houston, would you like to dance?” she asked before her final number “Shake It Off” left fans dancing out the doors and into the crisp Houston night.

Taylor Swift’s set list for AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night:
New Romantics
22
Blank Space
I Knew You Were Trouble
Style
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever
You Belong With Me
This Is What You Came For
Better Man
Red
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Love story
All Too Well
Enchanted/Wildest Dreams medley
Bad Blood
Out of the Woods
Shake It Off

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, ‘I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine'—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.

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To one of my favourite football players,Luis Suarez,from girls all over the world,who want to become a football player,who have same passion as you,who have same dream as you,who have more difficulties than you to do the job,they have always dreamt about.

I love,respect,adore you because of the way you help MY team.I believe (and hope) that you didn’t mean it this way,you didn’t want to insult anyone and it seems that we are making drama out of it.Maybe you don’t even remember what you said and i feel little guilty to make my footballer look like a sexist.But the real problem is that it’s not just you.There are millions,millions of people who think that you have to be man,to be a footballer.They are around us,they can be people that we love (like you) and we can’t change them.But you have more responsibilities in that case.There are girls sitting in from of TV,watching your fantastic goals and dreaming that maybe one day,the hero of the match would be them.And yes they CAN be.However they feel that the whole world is against them.No one is there to support the decision and dream-Woman footballer.And you,the one who makes their dream,who is their idol,example and hope, are saying that Football is for men,it’s a pick of dissapointment.I understand,it was “mean comment” for Filipe Luis,but it hurt many hearts of young woman,who sleep at night,dreaming about the deciding goal that they score at the last second of the world cup final…

So next time when Felipe luis will whine about
the injury,or Neymar will fell down,remind them that football is for braves and the braves are NOT just men.

The signs as Lionel Messi quotes

Aries: Lionel Messi

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”

Taurus:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“Messi does not need his right foot. He only uses the left and he’s still the best in the world. Imagine if he also used his right foot, Then we would have serious problems.”

Gemini: Luis Enrique 

“Messi is the best in the world without any doubt and for me the history of football.”

Cancer: Pep Guardiola 

“Don’t write about him, don’t try to describe him. Just watch him.”

Leo: Lionel Messi

“Barcelona is my life. They have brought me to where I am today. I could not leave, I don’t want to leave. I know the Premier League is very good. But I cannot see myself playing in England because my heart is with Barcelona, always.”

Virgo: Javier Mascherano 

“Although he may not be human, it’s good that Messi still thinks he is." 

Libra: Johan Cruyff

“Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league.”

Scorpio: Lionel Messi

“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I like to score goals but I also like to have friends among the people I have played with.”

Sagittarius:  Radomir Antic

"Messi is the Mozart of football.”

Capricorn: Lionel Messi 

“In football as in watch making talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.”

Aquarius: Ray Hudson

“They tell me that all men are equal in God’s eyes, this player makes you seriously think about those words." 

Pisces: Sid Lowe

"If he is so good, how can you express that? The superlatives ran out ages ago. On these pages, swearing has been tried. Or perhaps a symbol, something to signify that we have gone beyond words now." 

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.
—  Taylor Swift when asked “does the fact that you write about yourself in such a confessional style require intelligent people to look at your music through that lens?” for GQ Magazine
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“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best footballer in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.” - Lionel Messi

Happy Birthday King!

The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.

‘’ I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I’m not enjoying it, I will leave football.’’ 

 Happy 28th birthday Lionel Andres Messi.

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Germany warns Uefa may quit Fifa if World Cup report not published

The president of the German FA has said Uefa will consider quitting Fifa if the full report into alleged corruption in the World Cup bidding process is not published

Fifa is so thoroughly rotten and corrupt, I hope that Germany withdraws, the other leading football nations follow suit, and Fifa crumbles. Football fans all over the world deserve so much better than Fifa.

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered

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FERNANDO TORRES ON THE SPANISH TV SHOW “YA VEREMOS”

On being back home: “It couldn’t be better. I’m happy to be exactly where I want to be, where I feel loved, respected, where I feel I can genuinely bring joy to people. They keep saying, “thank you for coming”… no, thank you for taking me back. It’s been such an unforgettable experience, I could have never imagined it. I always dreamed of coming back, but it wasn’t until I was really back that I realized just how much I’d missed it.”

On English football: “I think the english were the first who realized just how important marketing is in football, and global branding, and they figured out how to make people from all over the world follow football on a daily basis, which is significant because of how fickle and ever changing this sport is. They realized how important it was so they started capitalizing from it. I think that’s what gave all those clubs such magnitude. I remember going to Asia with Liverpool and being so blown away by the fact there were over fifty or sixty thousand people at the stadium during a training session. Football doesn’t begin or end in spain, there’s so much more happening elsewhere, so many great clubs from all over the world, and playing abroad made me appreciate that a lot and start seeing things differently.”

On playing in England again: Now? No way. I’m where I’m meant to be.

Interviewer: But I’m speaking in a general sense… emotionally, if you will. Would you play there again? Was the experience a positive one?

“There are two sides of it. On one hand… take Gerrard for instance, who’s leaving Liverpool this season…”

Interviewer: Did you speak to him?

“Yes. I also was there during his charity match and it was so sad for all of us who know what he represents and what he means for Liverpool, for both the city and the club, and the way he feels towards them… it must be an incredibly hard time for him. He feared the day would come, and it finally did. So, the whole experience made me think, “I would have loved to play for Atlético my entire life, and be that kind of player for Atlético”. I think a lot of people see me that way still, even though I left and I came back, it doesn’t matter to them, but sometimes I think, “what if I had been there all along?”. But it wasn’t meant to be, the circumstances didn’t allow it, On the other hand, if I’d done that, I wouldn’t have had the experience of playing in England, which is one of the most wonderful things that have happened to me.”

On Xavi leaving Barcelona: “Those of us who have been lucky enough to play alongside Xavi, and to have witnessed the moment Luis Aragonés handed him control of the national team, the new style of play and the new generation of players… we feel honored that we got to experience so many things by his side, the good and bad. We’ve been together since the 2004 Euros, where he didn’t even play, he didn’t even get a chance to make his debut. Then there was the 2006 World Cup, where things slowly started to improve, but not enough. Ever since, it was Xavi who lead the way. I feel so incredibly lucky to have scored two goals in two finals, both assisted by him. I will be able to tell that story someday.”

On his heroes: “Football heroes? I’ve been very lucky to have played alongside many great players, but the ones who have left the biggest mark in me are… Xavi might be one of them, Iniesta too, we’ve been playing together since we were fifteen years old, we’ve been through so much together. But above all, there’s Gerrard. He was a turning point for me. There is a before and after Gerrard. He made me see things differently, he made me realize that I could go further, I could be better, I could reach more goals… just by being with him. And when I wasn’t with him, I missed him a lot.”

On the type of team Atlético are now: “It’s the real Atlético de Madrid, the one I’ve known my whole life. Those who were familiar with the club before it started going through all those issues, the relegation, the intervention, etc., know what I’m talking about. Atleti are champions, who always fight, never give up. That’s Atleti, and that’s what I’ve found upon my return. After so many years of difficulties during my first stint, I only got to experience the good times from the outside, but now I can finally do it as one of them.”

On the role the fans play: “When I was younger I tried to shut it all down, I was very easily distracted so that was my only choice. But as I grew older I learned how to take in the fans’ energy and make it a part of me during games, and it nurtured me and made me better. I let myself be filled by their love and support. That’s why I love playing home games so much, and I’ve been very lucky to have great fan bases everywhere I’ve played. Loyal and optimistic like Atlético’s and Liverpool’s for example. They make you better. Atlético and Liverpool are similar in many ways, specially when it comes to the relationship between fans and players. Whether you win or lose, it doesn’t matter much, it’s all about the joy and pride you get when you see your team play. It was really important for me to find that kinda of club when I first left Madrid. As soon as I got there, it felt like home. I left Atlético solely because I wanted to win and I wasn’t able to do it here the first time around. That was it, that’s why I left home. Titles. Everything else, I already had it.”

On playing against Liverpool and Atlético with Chelsea: “That’s where it gets hard. It’s all down to professionally in the end, I think. You need to learn how to disassociate yourself from all of it, for a moment. Going back to Anfield was extremely hard, because of the fans’ reaction to my departure. It was very hard for me to come to terms with it. With Atleti, it’s always been the opposite. They always made sure they got to sing my song, greet me in any way they could, even as a rival. In that sense, the two situations were very different. One was very hard for me to deal with and the other one made it all easier. But the circumstances were different. I completely understand why the fans took it to heart. What they were told, what they read… it warranted that reaction. There were contaminated by the media and by many people in Liverpool who are experts when it comes to that sort of thing, and they were made to believe that I was the only one to blame, the only one responsible for what had happened, with little regards for the truth in order to free themselves from the fans’ wrath. Someday I’ll go deeper into it, I won’t think it’s worth it to dwell in it too much at the moment.”

On his parents’ upbringing: “I’m the youngest in my family. I was lucky like that… when my parents were too busy, my sister always put her homework on hold and offered herself to take me to training. I never felt the pressure of having to compensate all they did for me. I remember something my mother told me time and time again: “If you ever feel like any of this isn’t worth it, then don’t even bother. We can go back to the local team and be as happy as ever”. If I had ever felt like giving up, like it wasn’t making me happy anymore, I would’ve simply go back home. Football was never my greatest ambition, I never thought I was meant to be a footballer like so many kids do, like they don’t see themselves as anything else but footballers from such a young age. I only ever did it because I had fun doing it.”

On retiring at Atlético (many years from now): “I would love to close the cycle here. I’m a big believer in cycles. I started here, I was made here, which I’m incredibly proud of, and now that I’ve come back home, there would be nothing better than being able to say goodbye to football in front of my people.”

On the music he listens to: “I’m a big rock and roll fan. Always. I love the Foo Fighters, and now I’m going through an Incubus phase, I love them. And also of course the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rock and roll no matter what.”