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MNT European Update [March 2, 2003]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 10-11-6 (36 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] DNP in 1-1 draw v. Manchester United
Next Match: [March 6] @ Manchester United, F.A. Cup, Quarterfinal Round
League Position: 6 (last week: 6)

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           
  5/5       0      0/1             4/4       0     1/0            -        -        -           9/9       0      1/1         

QUICK HITS

  • Bocanegra began service of his three-match ban for a red card issued Feb. 11 against Aston Villa.
  • Until then, the California kid had been a mainstay at left back for Fulham, starting all nine matches since joining the club Jan. 13
  • Fulham's 1-1 draw with Man U. earned them the distinction of becoming the first EPL side this year to claim more than three points from United, having slain the dragon 3-1 in their earlier meeting at Old Trafford

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 7-13-7 (28 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Southampton
Next Match: [March 13] v. Arsenal
League Position: 15 (15)

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
 27/27    1.63     4                 2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                   1/1       4.00     0                   31/31    1.81     4

QUICK HITS

  • Andy Cole's deserved equalizer delivered Rovers a point in their 1-1 draw v. Southampton, keeping the lifetime league series deadlocked at 16-10-16
  • The draw leaves Blackburn with one win in eight matches, hovering perilously close above the relegation zone with only four points separating them from the bottom four
  • Stories continue to be written about Friedel's 90th minute goal-scoring effort against Charlton on Feb. 23, as he became the first American netminder ever to tally in an EPL match
  • Blackburn has the weekend off to recharge for the final pushes of the league campaign, then face a short trip back to reality as they host league leaders Arsenal at Ewood Park

Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 18-4-4 (58 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] DNP in 1-1 draw @ Fulham
Next Match: [March 6] v. Fulham, F.A. Cup, Quarterfinal Round
League Position: 3 (3)

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
 26/26    0.92    10                6/6       0.67     4          2/2       1.50      0                   0/0          -         -                  34/34    0.91    14

QUICK HITS

  • Howard sat on the sidelines in a league match for the first time since joining the Red Devils.  Manager Alex Ferguson's lineup shuffle failed to produce results as United were forced to split points with Fulham 
  • The draw left United winless in their last three EPL matches, the longest drought of the 2003-04 campaign
  • Same teams, different forum this weekend as Man U. and Fulham conduct their third meeting of the year, this time under the banner of the F.A. Cup quarterfinal, where United holds a 5-1-2 lifetime advantage

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 10-12-4 (34 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 22] played 90 minutes in 4-4 draw v. Leicester Ciy
Next Match: [March 9] @ Middlesbrough
League Position: 10 (10)

STATBOX
League                               FA Cup                        League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO           GP:GS   GAA   SO       GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO 
 26/26    1.62      5               3/3      1.67      1           4/4       0.50     2         33/33    1.48     8

QUICK HITS

  • Spurs once again almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, squandering a two-goal lead and relying on an 88th minute goal to rescue a point against 10-man Leicester City
  • Keller has appeared in every minute for Spurs this season, seeing the north London club move up five places in the table since the new year.
  • An astounding 28 goals have been recorded in Spurs last four matches, Tottenham on the plus side with 15 for and 13 against
  • Tottenham travel to on-high Middlesbrough, the home side having captured the 2004 Carling Cup trophy, their first silverware in the 128-year history of the club.

Eddie Lewis

Preston North End, Division One
Record: 13-12-7 (46 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] started and played 54 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Ipswich
Next Match: [March 2] v. Reading; [March 6] @ Burnley
League Position: 14 (13)
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           
 27/22    4      5/0             2/2       0      0/0         0/0       0      0/0       29/24     4      5/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis was relieved after 54 minutes and received his fifth yellow card of the campaign as Preston fell 2-0 away to Ipswich
  • The Lilywhites have dropped three straight, and five of their last six, to slip to 14th in the table
  • Preston begin their double-duty this week against Reading, the side they bounced from the FA Cup in the third round.  U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and his side captured the first league meeting 3-2 on Oct. 18, 2003
  • PNE travel to Burnley hoping to end a three-match losing run at Turf Moor.  The visitors took three points from their first meeting this year, as Eddie Lewis notched his third goal of the campaign in the 5-3 win on Dec. 20, 2003

Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 10-11-6 (36 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Manchester United
Next Match: [March 6] @ Manchester United, F.A. Cup, Quarterfinal Round
League Position: 6 (6)

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           
  5/4       0      0/0             2/2       0     0/0            -        -        -           7/6       0      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • McBride went the distance for the sixth straight time, starting every match since entering as a reserve to notch the game-winner against Tottenham on Jan. 31
  • Having felled one U.S. 'keeper, he takes a crack at another as Fulham seek to further their cup glory against Tim Howard and Manchester United in the FA Cup quarterfinal clash at Old Trafford.  The Cottagers have just one victory in eight tries against United in Cup play, a 2-1 fourth round victory on March 7, 1908

Claudio Reyna 
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 6-12-9 (27 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss v. Chelsea
Next Match: [March 13] v. Manchester United
League Position: 16 (16)

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
 16/14    1      0/0            4/2       0      0/0          3/3       0      1/0              1/1       0      0/0            12/8       1      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • By all accounts a dominating performance, Reyna and Man. City were left holding nothing but disappointment after a 1-0 loss to Chelsea
  • The Light Blues have not won a home match since Oct. 18, a dreadful string of 12 games in all competitions
  • The season's climactic moment could come March 13 in the 141st edition of the Manchester derby, the home side desperately clinging to a place in the top flight while the visitors look to resurrect quickly dwindling hopes of a league title


GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter

Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 11-6-5 (38 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win @ Osnabruck
Next Match: [March 7] v. RW Oberhausen
League Position: 3 (3)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
  20/20    5      6/0            1/1       0      0/0        21/21    5      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • The Cottbus defense preserved their sixth clean sheet of the season, handing Cottbus a 1-0 away win and their third victory in four league matches
  • Berhalter has continued his impressive form since the winter break by earning a '2' rating from Kicker and a spot on their "Team of the Day"
  • Only one point from the top spot in the Second Bundesliga, Cottbus run up against a confident Oberhausen side fresh off a 5-0 away victory against SVW Burghausen
  • The hosts enter the contest boasting a 7-2-1 at the Stadion der Freundschaft this year

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 9-8-5 (32 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 27] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw v. Arminia Bielefeld
Next Match: [March 5] @ SVW Burghausen
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
20/20     9     4/0            2/1        0      0/0        22/21     9      4/0         

QUICK HITS

  • A pair of Conor Casey goals upped his team-leading tally to nine as Karlsruher ended on level terms with Arminia Bielefeld, still one spot below in the league table on goal differential
  • The two-goal effort (and a third called back) earned Casey honors as the Kicker "Player of the Day"
  • Karlsruher travel to a demoralized Burghausen in search of their third road victory of the campaign, having gone scoreless in the team's first meeting on Sept. 21, 2003

Steve Cherundolo 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-10-6 (24 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] played 90 minutes in 1-3 loss v. Hertha Berlin
Next Match: [March 6] @ Borussia Moenchengladbach
League Position: 13 (11)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 19/18    0      5/0            2/2       0      1/0        21/20     0      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo's 75th minute goal-line clearance kept the teams level at 1-1, only to see Hertha notch two goals in the final 12 minutes to secure the 3-1 victory
  • Hannover have now dropped matching 3-1 losses in three of their last four matches, falling to 13th place in the table and only three points out of relegation
  • Those three points are all that separate Hannover from hosts Moenchengladbach, themselves riding a three-match unbeaten run

Clint Mathis 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-10-6 (24 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] played 90 minutes in 1-3 loss v. Hertha Berlin
Next Match: [March 6] @ Borussia Moenchengladbach
League Position: 13 (11)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Mathis has been "momentan in Hochform" (in brilliant form) since joining Hannover, his spectacular efforts good for four goals in five matches
  • His latest tally gave Hannover false hope, the 67th minute strike keeping the sides even for only 13 minutes
  • Hannover seek to duplicate the result of the teams' first meeting, having blanked Moenchengladbach 2-0 on Sept. 20

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 11-5-6 (39 points)
Last match: [Feb. 29] DNP in 2-0 win v.Erzgebirge Aue
Next Match: [March 7] @ Gruether Furth
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E     
     -         -       -                -        -         -

QUICK HITS

  • Sanneh continues his fight for fitness, having trained with the first team for the full month of February as he continues to recover from a back injury that has sidelined the U.S. international since December 2002
  • Nurnberg extended their unbeaten run to six matches, the 2-0 shutout of Erzgebirge Aue keeping them at the summit of the Second Bundesliga.  The league leaders have not lost since Dec. 12, 2003
  • Increasing their goalscoring account to a league best 40 goals for,  Nurnberg also boast the best goal differential at +14
  • They travel to relegation-threatened Gruether Furth on the weekend, having drawn 1-1 in their previous meeting at the Frankenstadion


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 18-4-1 (55points)
Last match:  [Feb. 29] DNP in 0-1 loss @ FC Utrecht
Next Match: [March 6] @ RKC Waalwijk
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 is still hampered by the hamstring injury suffered Feb. 13 in training, stuck on the trainer's table for the last four league matches
  • Ajax have blown a glorious chance to put the league crown out of reach, squandering a game in hand by dropping consecutive league matches for the first time in the 2003-04 campaign
  • Fortunately for the Amsterdammers, second-place PSV were unable to capitalize, leaving Ajax at the head of the class by six points as they seek to reverse their fortunes against 11th place RKC


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 7-11-8 (29 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 29] DNP in 1-2 loss @ Sochaux
Next Match: [March 13] v. Marseille
League Position: 14 (12)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E         
14/13     0      1/0           14/13      0     1/0          

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney sat the reserves bench as Bastia's post-break record fell to 1-3-3, the latest setback a 2-1 loss to fourth-place Sochaux
  • The slide has left Bastia in a suddenly uncomfortable 14th place, with seven points separating them from the relegation zone.
  • Sporting the stain of the second-worst home record in Le Champonnat, Bastia seek to avenge a 3-1 defeat to Marseille on Oct. 4


DENMARK

*The Danish Super Ligaen has entered their winter break and will resume play March 14

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhaus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 7-9-2 (23 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 7] started and played 53 minutes in 3-1 win @ FC Nordsjaelland
Next Match: [March 14] v. AaB
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E     
11/10      0      2/0         11/10     0      2/0

QUICK HITS

  • AGF made a quick return to the win column, disposing of FC Nordsjaelland with three unanswered goals in a seven-minute span in the second half
  • After being sidelined with an ankle injury through the middle part of the schedule, Barrett started six consecutive matches heading into the long winter break for the SuperLigaen
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