Sunday 20 May 2012

Celebrity birthday: Cech, Casillas, Milla, Zillionz, Polaino

Today is the birthday of top entertainment and sports stars, Petr Cech, Iker Casillas, Roger Milla, Zillionz Dondada, and Polaino Akpama. 

Roger Milla (born Albert Roger Mooh Miller, 20 May 1952) is a retired Cameroonian footballer who played as a striker. He was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. He played in three World Cups for the Cameroon national team.
He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most forward-playing footballers have retired, by scoring four goals at the 1990 World Cup, the most memorable of which came in the match against Colombia when he dispossessed the showboating Colombian goalkeeper René Higuita 35 yards from goal, going on to score in the empty net with Higuita stranded. He helped the Cameroon team reach the quarter-finals.
He is also remembered for his trademark goal celebration of running to the corner flag and performing a dance. In the years that have followed, he has been recognised as a pioneer of the many unconventional and imaginative goal celebrations seen since then. He was named one of the 125 greatest living football players in 2004 by the legendary Brazilian football player Pelé.

Iker Casillas Fernández (born 20 May 1981) is a Spanish football goalkeeper who plays for the Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, being the captain of both. In 2008 he led the Spanish national team to their first European Championship in 44 years, and in 2010, to win the World Cup, being also named the tournament's best goalkeeper.
Since his early professional years as a teenager, Casillas has been recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, being nominated for the European Footballer of the Year award twice, ranking fourth overall in 2008 and continuing to be the highest-ranked goalkeeper again in 2009. At the end of 2009 he was voted into the UEFA Team of the Year for the third consecutive time. As of 2011 Casillas is one of a very select group of players who have won all major club and national championship titles. In 2010, he was awarded with the Sports Prince of Asturias Award. On 19 October 2010, Casillas became the most capped goalkeeper of all time in the UEFA Champions League and in November 2011, he became the most capped player of all time for the Spanish national team.

Petr Čech (born 20 May 1982) is a Czech footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Czech Republic as a goalkeeper. Čech previously played for Chmel Blšany, Sparta Prague, and Rennes. He was voted into the all-star team of Euro 2004 after helping his country reach the semi-finals. Čech also received the individual award of Best Goalkeeper in the 2004/2005, 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 seasons of the UEFA Champions League. In addition, he was named in the FIFPro and UEFA Champions League teams of the season in 2006.
He currently holds the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 league appearances. He also holds a Czech professional league record of not conceding a goal in 903 competitive minutes. He also has a club record at his former team Sparta Prague, having gone 928 minutes unbeaten in all competitions in 2001–2002, when his unbeaten run in Czech league competition was combined with his performances in the UEFA Champions League. During the 2004–05 season, Čech went 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal – a Premier League record until it was surpassed by Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United on 27 January 2009. Čech also won the Golden Glove in both the 2004/2005 and 2009/2010 seasons.
Winning the UEFA Champions League yesterday May 19, 2012 was absolutely a perfect birthday gift for the big goalkeeper. He said prior to the game that if Chelsea wins the Cup, he wouldn’t want a birthday cake.

Polaino Akpama is Cross River born music star who shot into national limelight with his monster hit, ‘Qualified Doctor’ which was like a street anthem nationwide. He’s also known as the injection master. He does hiphop, traditional dancehall and reggae. 

Zillionz is another top music star whose birthday is today. He is the man behind the ‘Nsa Isong’ track which has been jamming in every nook and cranny of Akwa-Cross. Also known as Young Don or Akpe-edem Eyen Pauli, Zillions is a fast rising rap artiste who tries to put Ibibio rap on the map as he does 80% of his tracks in Ibibio language. He is a graduate of the University of Uyo. "Da owo nduk idem udoko s'iba..!"

A very warm birthday greetings to them from We wish them a happy birthday, LL&P.

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