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MNT European Update [August 19, 2003]


ENGLAND

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 1-0-0 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 16] played 90 minutes in 5-1 win v. Wolverhampton
Next Match: [Aug. 23] @ Bolton
League Position: 1
2002/03 finishing position: 6 (60 points)

STATBOX
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS    GAA    SO          GP:GS    GAA    SO       
   1/1      1.00    0                   1/1     1.00    0            

QUICK HITS
* Blackburn kicked off the new campaign in style, exploding for five goals and handing Wolverhampton a not-so-warm welcome to the English Premier League
* Friedel, the 2002-03 PFA Goalkeeper of the Year, was rarely tested as Rovers regained the lifetime advantage in the series, now holding a 33-32-12 record in league play against Wolves dating back to 1888.
* Rovers, who have claimed the top spot in the EPL for at least one week this year, travel to Reebok Stadium on the weekend, having split points in both meetings with Bolton last season.

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 1-0-0 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 16] played 90 minutes in 4-0 win v. Bolton
Next Match: [Aug. 23] @ Newcastle
League Position: 2
2002/03 finishing position: 1 (83 points)

STATBOX
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS    GAA    SO          GP:GS    GAA    SO       
   1/1        0.00    1               1/1        0.00    1          

QUICK HITS
* Howard was named the starting 'keeper after his stellar performance in Man U's penalty kick victory against Arsenal in the Community Shield. Along with Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller, the United States now has three goalkeepers starting in the EPL, the most of any country besides England (7).
* Howard rewarded the faith by posting a five-save performance, blanking Bolton in his first-ever appearance at Old Trafford
* Ruud Van Nistlerooy's goal in the 86th minute smashed an EPL record, the Dutch international now having scored in nine consecutive league matches
* The Red Devils face an early test when the travel to St. James' Park to face one of the pundits preseason favorites to challenge the title holders for the EPL crown, with the home side desperate to put aside a embarrasing 6-2 thrashing on their home turf this past April.

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 0-1-0 (0 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 16] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Birmingham
Next Match: [Aug. 23] v. Leeds
League Position: 17
2002/03 finishing position: 10 (50 points)

STATBOX
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS    GAA    SO          GP:GS    GAA    SO       
   1/1       1.00      0                 1/1     1.00    0            

QUICK HITS
* Falling 1-0 to Birmingham on a penalty kick by former Blackburn winger David Dunn, Spurs have now opened the last three league campaigns without a victory
* The loss was their first to the Blues in league play since 1983
* Keller has opened his second straight season as Spurs' first choice 'keeper
* Tottenham open their home schedule against Leeds United, having won the corresponding fixture last year 2-0. Spurs ended last season in miserable form at home, suffering shutouts in their final three matches at White Hart Lane.

Jovan Kirovski
Birmingham City, English Premier League
Record: 1-0-0 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 16] DNP in 1-0 win v. Spurs
Next Match: [Aug. 23] @ Southampton
League Position: 8
2002/03 finishing position: 13 (48 points)

STATBOX
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS    Gls     C/E           GP:GS    Gls     C/E        
   0/0          0       0/0               0/0          0       0/0            

QUICK HITS
* Kirovski did not dress for the Blues' opening day victory at St. James Park
* Birmingham look to continue their momentum from the end of last season, when they collected 13 points in their final six matches to secure a place in England's top flight
* The Blues travel to Southampton looking to erase a 2-0 blanking from their last visit to St. Mary's Stadium, which increased their winless run at  at the Sainst home ground to four matches

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, Division One
Record: 0-1-1 (1 point)
Last match:  [Aug. 16] started and played 82 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Wigan
Next Match: [Aug. 23] v. Sunderland
League Position: 17
2002/03 finishing position: 12 (61 points)

STATBOX
League                       League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
   2/2       1       0/0              0/0       0      0/0           2/2       1       0/0        

QUICK HITS
* An 89th minute equalizer annulled Ricardo Fuller's goal two minutes earlier and denied Preston their first victory of the new season
* Lewis returned to the starting lineup after sitting out PNE's  penalty kick loss to Notts County in the first round of the League Cup, playing an unfamiliar role as a right winger before departing in the 82nd minute
* Preston welcome Sunderland to Deepdale for the clubs first meeting in league play (the old English Division Three) since the 1987-88 season


GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 2-1-0 (6 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 17] played 90 minutes in 3-1 win v. Alem Aachen
Next Match: [Aug. 25] @ FC Nurnberg
League Position: 3
2002/03 finishing position: 18 (30 points) *relegated*

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

QUICK HITS
* After missing the home opener, Berhalter started in central defense for the last two matches
* Cottbus have made a solid start to their promotion bid, scoring six goals and recording one shutout in their first three outings
* Cottbus travel to familiar territory this weekend, facing fellow former first division side FC Nurnberg. The sides drew 2-2 in their last meeting at the Frankenstadion

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 1-2-0 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 15] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss v. RW Oberhausen
Next Match: [Aug. 24] @ LR Ahlen
League Position: 12
2002/03 finishing position: 13 (39 points)

STATBOX
League                         TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E        GP:GS  Gls    C/E
   3/3        0      1/0            3/3       0       1/0

QUICK HITS
* Casey has started all three matches since joining Karlsruher on loan after last year's spell with Hannover
* Karlsruher fell down 2-0 before the halftime interval, only able to retrieve goal in suffering their second lost in three matches
* They look to rebound against LR Ahlen, having taken four points from their two meetings in 2002/03, including a road draw at the Wersestadion

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 1-1-1 (4 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 16] DNP in 0-4 loss @ Bayer Leverkusen
Next Match: [Aug. 27] v. Hansa Rostock
League Position: 10
2002/03 finishing position: 11 (43 points)

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

QUICK HITS
* Cherundolo is suffering from a bruised right foot and missed his first match of the new campaign, now listed as day-to-day
* The 4-0 loss to league leaders Bayer Leverkusen was the largest margin of defeat for Hannover since a 5-1 loss to FC Nurnberg in German second division play on March 22, 2000
* Hannover, who were winless in the Bundesliga at this point last year, seek to duplicate last year's 3-1 victory at home against Hansa Rostock, who have a matching record with their hosts but sit in 7th place on goal difference

Cory Gibbs
FC St. Pauli, German Regional League
Record: 0-0-3 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 17] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw v. Dynamo Dresden
Next Match: [Aug. 23] @ Wuppertaler SV
League Position: 12
2002/03 finishing position: 17 (31 points) *relegated*

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

QUICK HITS
* Gibbs has gone the distance in two straight matches since skipping the season-opening draw against Wattenscheid 09
* St. Pauli will look to take full points for the first time in the promotion bid when they travel to second place Wuppertaler SV

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 2-1-0 (6 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 18] DNP in 1-2 loss @ FSV Mainz
Next Match: [Aug. 25] v. Energie Cottbus
League Position: 2
2002/03 finishing position: 17 (30 points) *relegated*

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

QUICK HITS
* Sanneh continues to rehabilitate a back injury which has sidelined the U.S. international since December of 2002
* Nurnberg started off their return to the second division in good form, posting consecutive victories against Karslruher and Burghausen
* Nurnberg let slip a chance to gain a share of the league lead, falling 2-1 to FSV Mainz for their first defeat of the campaign


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 1-0-0 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 17] DNP in 2-1 win @ Vitesse Arnhem
Next Match: [Aug. 23] @ RBC Roosendaal
League Position: 2
2002/03 finishing position: 2 (83 points)

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

QUICK HITS
* O'Brien has returned to light fitness training while continuing to rehab the right Achilles tendon injury which plagued him throughout the 2002-03 season
* Ajax pulled off a dramatic 2-1 victory away to Vitesse, an 88th minute strike by Wesley Sneijder giving the Amsterdam outfit their second straight victory at the Gelredome after four years of futility
* Ajax hit the road again as they travel to Roosendaal, a small town near the Belgian border.  The Amsterdammers took the spoils from last year's meeting at Vast & Goed Stadium, downing the home side 3-2, with all five goals coming in the second half


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 0-2-1 (1 point)
Last match:  [Aug. 16] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Monaco
Next Match: [Aug. 23] v. Montepellier
League Position: 12
2002/03 finishing position: 12 (47 points)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
    3/3       0      0/0             3/3       0       0/0

QUICK HITS
* Vanney's solid performance with the MNT this summer has carried over into a regular spot in Bastia's first XI
* Monaco, the league's second best team in 2002/03, scored two goals in five minutes just before the interval to secure their second victory
* Despite earning a difficult point with an opening day draw at PSG, Bastia have failed to register a single goal in three outings
* Bastia can avenge a 2-1 home loss to Montpellier last season at Armand-Cesari-Furiani Stadium


DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhaus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 1-2-1 (4 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 16] played 90 minutes in 5-3 win v. FC Midtjylland
Next Match: [Aug. 24] @ Viborg
League Position: 9
2002/03 finishing position: 12 (47 points)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
   3/2        0      0/0             3/2        0      0/0

QUICK HITS
* After sitting out the first match, Barrett has appeared in three straight matches, twice as a starter
* Despite playing with ten men for the final 20 minutes, AGF rallied to score two goals in the final four minutes to earn their first victory of the season
* AGF look to double their win total against tenth-place Viborg, who have yet to collect their first victory in the 2003-04 campaign


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