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MNT European Update [May 11, 2004]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 13-14-10 (49 points)
Last match:  [May 8] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss v. Arsenal
Next Match: [May 15] @ Bolton
League Position: 9 (last week: 8)

STATBOX
League                          FA Cup                      League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E          
14/14     0      2/1             4/4       0     1/0            -        -        -         18/18     0      3/1        

QUICK HITS

    * Bocanegra was penciled in the starting sheet for the ninth straight time as goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar's blunder gifted Arsenal a 1-0 victory in Fulham's final home match of the campaign
    * The loss ended Fulham's hopes for a place in the UEFA Cup, as they now sit five points adrift of sixth-place Newcastle
    * Fulham head to the somewhat friendly confines of Reebok Stadium for the season ender, having posted shutouts in their last three visits to Bolton's home ground

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 12-18-7 (43 points)
Last match:  [May 8] DNP in 0-1 loss @ Tottenham
Next Match: [May 15] v. Birmingham
League Position: 13 (13)

STATBOX
League                                UEFA Cup                  F.A .Cup                                League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO                GP:GS   GAA   SO
 36/36    1.58     8                 2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                   1/1       4.00     0                   40/40    1.73     8

QUICK HITS

    * Friedel saw his start streak in EPL action end after 59 games, a groin injury preventing "Big Brad" from minding the Rovers goal for the first time in league play since Nov. 23, 2002
    * Rovers dropped an uninspiring 1-0 decision to Spurs, snapping a four-match winning run in an otherwise meaningless affair
    * They close out a topsy-turvey season home to Birmingham, the sides having exchanged 4-0 blowouts in their first two meetings.  Rovers exploded for their largest shutout victory of the year at St. Andrew's Stadium in their first league encounter,then Birmingham returned the favor in bouncing Blackburn from the FA Cup with a matching scoreline

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 22-9-6 (72 points)
Last match:  [May 8] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Chelsea
Next Match: [May 15] @ Aston Villa
League Position: 3 (3)

STATBOX
League                                Champions League        F.A .Cup                                League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO                GP:GS   GAA   SO
31/31     1.00    11                7/7       0.71     4          3/3       1.33      0                   0/0          -         -                  41/41    0.98    15

QUICK HITS

    * United's hopes for an automatic berth in the Champions League were put to rest after a wicked blast from Jesper Gronkjaer left Howard helpless and Ruud van Nistlerooy failed to convert a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford
    * While a trip to Aston Villa is next on the schedule, the Red Devils will have their sights firmly set on the FA Cup final and a chance at salvation against Millwall in two week's time
    * The match has the potential for a momentum builder as United carry a 10-match unbeaten run against the home side to Villa Park

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 12-19-6 (42 points)
Last match:  [May 8] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win v. Blackburn
Next Match: [May 15] @ Wolverhampton
League Position: 15 (16)

STATBOX
League                               FA Cup                        League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO           GP:GS   GAA   SO       GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO 
37/37     1.49      7              3/3       1.67      1           4/4       0.50     2         44/44    1.41    10

QUICK HITS

    * Spurs put the brakes on an eight-match winless spell, Kasey Keller posting his seventh clean sheet in the 1-0 blanking of Blackburn
    * Keller's record of longevity remains unbroken, the U.S. international going 90 in all 44 of Spurs' matches this season while on track to complete two straight campaigns without missing a minute of action
    * Tottenham close out the lackluster year against relegation-bound Wolverhampton

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, Division One
Record: 15-17-14 (59 points)
Last match:  [May 9] played 90 minutes in 3-3 draw v. Sheffield United
Final League Position: 15 (14)

STATBOX
League                          FA Cup                      League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E          
 33/26    6      6/0             2/2       0      0/0         0/0       0      0/0       35/28     6     6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Eddie Lewis capped a productive year for Preston by going the distance in their final three matches after recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia
    * Lewis notched six goals in first division action, his most prolific output over four years in England
    * PNE ended the season without a victory in their final six games, but helped spoil the party for Sheffield as the 2-2 draw officially put them out of contention for the promotion playoffs

Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 13-14-10 (49 points)
Last match:  [May 8] played final 33 minutes in 0-1 loss v. Arsenal
Next Match: [May 15] @ Bolton
League Position: 9 (last week: 8)

STATBOX
League                          FA Cup                      League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E          
 15/4      2      0/0            3/3       1     0/0            -        -        -           18/7      3      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * McBride held onto the role of a second-half spark, entering the 10th straight contest from the reserve's bench but failing to crack the Arsenal defense
    * McBride could face off against Bolton for the second time and in his second uniform, having played 90 against Wanderers in his third match while on loan for Everton on Jan. 28, 2003

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 8-15-14 (38 points)
Last match:  [May 8] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Middlesbrough
Next Match: [May 15] v. Everton
League Position: 17 (17)

STATBOX
League                          UEFA Cup                  FA Cup                          League Cup                   TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E           GP:GS  Gls    C/E           GP:GS  Gls    C/E
 22/18    1      0/0            4/2       0      0/0          3/3       0      1/0              1/1       0      0/0            30/24    1      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Reyna returned to the starting XI but Manchester City still failed to impress, turning in a listless performance in the 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough
    * The Light Blues are nonetheless safe from relegation, out of reach of the bottom three by two points heading into the final weekend
    * They will put the season to rest against Everton, the 0-0 draw in their first meeting personifying Manchester City's less than exhilirating campaign

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 14-9-9 (51 points)
Last match:  [May 9] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. VfB Lubeck
Next Match: [May 16] @ Unterhaching
League Position: 4 (3)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 30/30    5      6/0            1/1       0      0/0        31/31     5     6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Berhalter needed less than a minute to up his goal total to five for the year, but it wasn't enough to keep Cottbus in the coveted top three as they drew 1-1 with relegation-threatened VfB Lubeck
    * Five teams remain in striking distance of the two remaining spots on the elevator to the top flight with only two matches to go
    * Cottbus' next opponent might be a blessing or a curse, as Unterhaching sit in the bottom four but are still fighting for their league survival

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 10-13-9 (39 points)
Last match:  [May 9] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss v. Eintracht Trier
Next Match: [May 16] @ FC Union Berlin
League Position: 14 (12)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
28/28    13     6/0            2/1        0      0/0       30/29    13    6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Karlsruhe couldn't have picked a worse time for a dry spell, their second shutout defeat in three matches leaving the side resting precariously atop the line dividing up and down in the German Second Division
    * The dogfight ranges from the second worst team up to the eighth best side in the league, with nine teams still capable of being bounced to the regional league
    * On the bright side, Karlsruhe run up against one of three teams out of 18 in the league not involved in a promotion/relegation battle; fortuitously, FC Union Berlin sit at the bottom end of the ladder

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 9-14-9 (36 points)
Last match:  [May 9] DNP in 3-0 win v. Eintracht Frankfurt
Next Match: [May 16] v. VfL Wolfsburg
League Position: 13 (13)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 28/27    0      9/0            2/2       0      1/0        30/29     0    10/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Cherundolo served out his red-card suspension as Hannover took a giant step towards remaining in the top flight with a massive 3-0 win home to Eintracht Frankfurt
    * Only 1860 Munich could now keep them out of the promised land, but Hannover need only a point from their final two matches to guarantee their ticket to next year's Bundesliga ball

Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 9-14-9 (36 points)
Last match:  [May 9] played 90 minutes in 3-0 win v. Eintracht Frankfurt
Next Match: [May 16] v. VfL Wolfsburg
League Position: 13 (13)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 15/14    4      2/0             -/-        -       -          15/14     4      2/0

QUICK HITS

    * Mathis reprised his starting role for Hannover as the side exploded for three goals while equaling their largest margin of victory in the 2003-04 season
    * Hannover can uncork the champagne in front of their home fans with only a draw against 10th-place Wolfsburg

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 18-7-7 (61 points)
Last match: [May 7] played 90 minutes in 4-3 win @ VfL Osnabruck
Next Match: [May 16] v. RW Oberhausen
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
  5/4       1      0/0            5/4       1      0/0

QUICK HITS

    * Sanneh's personal unbeaten season remained intact as his fifth straight appearance for Nurnberg mirrors their explosive winning streak, culminating in a 4-3 thriller that secured the Second Bundesliga championship and a move back to the top division
    * During the title-winning run, Nurnberg have outscored their opponents 18-8, now leading the league in scoring with 61 goals scored
    * Nurnberg can take a two-match victory lap, starting Sunday with Oberhausen

HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 24-4-5 (77 points)
Last match:  [May 9] DNP in 2-0 win v. NAC Breda
Next Match: [May 16] @ Willem II
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX
League                          Champions League        TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
   4/4      0      0/0              -         -       -               4/4      0      0/0

QUICK HITS

    * O'Brien's injury plague seems endless, the latest installment a hamstring injury which has kept him idle since Feb. 13
    * Injured or not, O'Brien helped hoist the trophy as Ajax collected their 29th Dutch league championship, their 15th shuout of the 2003-04 league campaign secured the title
    * Ajax closed out their home schedule with an unbeaten 16-0-1 record, and now set the car on cruise control for their visit to Willem II and the season ender

FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 9-14-12 (39 points)
Last match:  [May 8] DNP in 0-0 draw v. Strasbourg
Next Match: [May 12] @ Lyon; [May 15] @ Lille
League Position: 13 (14)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
18/17     0      1/0           18/17      0     1/0         

QUICK HITS

    * Vanney returned to the sidelines as Bastia went scoreless for their third straight, still managing a vital point in their fight to stay alive in Le Championnat
    * Now held scoreless in six of their last eight games, Bastia are not out of the relegation woods just yet, only five points ahead of their challengers with three matches left
    * It's crunch time for the Corsicans as they stare at a crucial pair of road dates this week, first running up against league leaders Lyon before a weekend duel with mid-table Lilles

DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 10-16-3 (33 points)
Last match:  [May 9] DNP in 4-1 win v. Esbjerg
Next Match: [May 13] @ FC Midtjylland; [May 16] v. Frem
League Position: 8 (9)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
17/14      0      2/0         17/14     0      2/0

QUICK HITS

    * Barrett continues to be hampered by injury, sitting out his third straight as AGF released the hounds in the 4-1 pasting of first-place Esbjerg
    * Now with four points from their last two matches against the league's best, Aarhus are nine points clear of relegation with four matches remaining
    * AGF face double-duty this week, having twice felled midweek opponent FC Midtjylland already this year.  AGF can then slam the door on Frem, the only side capable of keeping them out of the Super Ligaen in '04-05

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