Nearly 7 am… still’ve not slept.

So, I’m on a very, very bad sleep schedule at the moment. I’ve been up all night, and I sleep much of the day (quite like a Vampire, my sister pointed out, I believe). So here I am, buttcrack of dawn, and what have I accomplished? I made a new family on the Sims, and I prayed my fajr prayer. Fajr means morning in Arabic, I think… you’d think someone who took Arabic and got a B would know that, but nooooo, I still know nothing. I speak more Afrikaans than Arabic, dankie. (Ik en ontsteld dat ek kan nie slaap.)  You know, fajr prayer is the prayer I do consistently despite the early hour of the morning? It’s so easy to wake up, do wudu’, and then pray, and fall back into bed. Next quarter I won’t have that luxury because I have class at 8 (painful!).

On another note, The Special One turned down the FA today. I knew he would, but there was a diehard part of me that really, really wanted him to take the team to new levels. He said some nice words, but they fell on deaf ears as Britons everywhere realised we’re now stuck with a bunch of Italians. (See earlier post regarding Mourinho and Italian football manager Fabio Capello.) Seems as though he and Marcello Lippi are the two favourites for the job. Most of you will remember Capello for his… exploits… last year. Lippi, on the other hand, was the reason Italy won the World Cup in 2006. Yes, Marcello Lippi is the badass that brought Italy to their victory. Do I smell a victory for England? You bet your dinges I do.

Writing about footy at seven am is NEVER a good idea. Going to sleep.

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Goodbye, Steve McClaren.

We all knew it would happen.  When Robinson, despite his imperfections, didn’t show up on the roster for last week’s England – Croatia match, we knew it was going to go downhill.  Robinson DOES suck, but he was much more qualified and had so much more experience than Carson (who was only 22, for those of you who didn’t know).  In 8 minutes in, Kranjcar shot from 30 yards out and Carson kind of elbowed the ball in as it hit the top of the net.  Honestly, it was a beautiful shot and Carson was kind of lost in saving it.  If it had been Robinson, he would have got it.  (If it had been Cech, and he was English, we wouldn’t have lost).  About six minutes later, Eduardo kind of tipped the ball to Olec, who just tapped it in (and apparently Carson forgot he was playing).

Well, suffice to say, I was on the brink of tears, and Justin and Ashley were both in shock.  After the interval, they put in Beckham and Gareth Barry (one of my favourites… I’m not sure why, tbh) and we received a penalty (woo!).  Not from them!  Defoe had his shirt tugged on by some guy on Croatia.  Lamps took the penalty kick, and we were then at 2-1!  After nearly giving them 2 goals, Beckham crossed the ball over just like he does (beautifully) and Crouch just made a spectacular goal.  I found it on You Tube and watching it can make me forget that we lost.  We were tied, that’s all we needed to qualify, and we had it!!!

Of course, in the end they got another goal with 15 mins left of the match, and we didn’t have enough time to catch up.  I was soooo depressed.  I cried, Justin swore, I swore, and Ashley slept through it.  How did she do that?!?

Right, so back to Steve McClaren.  If I were him, I would’ve wanted the ground to swallow me up, or a natural disaster to happen during the match so we could have a rematch.  He was hired by the FA because he was easily manipulated to do what they wanted.  But, now he’s gone.  They considered The Special One, but naturally, he turned them down.  He’s butthurt from being kicked out of Chelsea.  What makes them think he’ll come back and play nice?  I know the FA had nothing to do with him being sacked, and it’s all the Russian’s fault.  But seriously! If he was going to come back, I fully expect the Russian to apologise and kiss his butt.  Martin O’Neill was the other favourite, but he was passed over the first time in favour of McClaren, so what makes them think he’ll be chosen now?  Rumour has it Fabio Capello from Real Madrid is interested in the job, and I would be quite excited if we picked him up.  He’s one of the most decorated managers in european football, with titles for every team he’s coached (Real Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus, and AS Roma).  Granted, he did screw up with not playing Beckham or Ronaldo (he’s a whiny little bitch anyhow) when he still managed Real Madrid, and forced them both to pay out their contracts and move to other teams (LA Galaxy and AC Milan, respectively).   One other little note, after he won that title this year in 2007, he was still fired for shaming the team.  The US team contacted him to be their manager, but he’s much more interested in moving to England.

Well, Steve McClaren, we’re sorry to see you go, but at the same time, you made me cry last Wednesday, and that is inexcusable.  We should have drawn with them, and your retardation at putting in an obviously green keeper cost us the match.  Thanks a whole bunch.