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MNT European Update [Dec. 2, 2003]


ENGLAND

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-8-2 (14 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 29] played 90 minutes in 1-0 v. Tottenham
Next Match: [Dec. 6] @ Birmingham City
League Position: 16 (last week: 17)

STATBOX
League                                UEFA Cup                  League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO
 14/14    1.71      1                2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                 17/17     1.88     1                    

QUICK HITS

  • Friedel recorded his first shutout of the season, standing relatively untested as Rovers edged Tottenham 1-0 at Ewood Park
  • The victory, Rovers second in three matches after a five-match winless spell, bumped Blackburn to 16th in the table
  • Rovers try to break their road hex against Birmingham, with the home side themselves mired in a four-match winless slide.  
  • The teams' lifetime series record sits in perfect balance (38-38-23) in all competitions dating back to 1895

Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 10-3-1 (31 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 26] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win @ Panathinaikos, UEFA Champions League, Group E; [Nov. 30] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Chelsea
Next Match: [Dec. 3] @ West Bromwich Albion, League Cup, fourth round; [Dec. 6] v. Aston Villa
League Position: 3 (3)

STATBOX
League                               Champions League        League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO                 GP:GS   GAA   SO
 14/14    0.64      7                5/5       0.40     4          0/0          -        -                   19/19     0.57    11

QUICK HITS

  • Tim Howard amassed his fourth clean sheet in five UCL matches as Manchester United cruised into the next round with a 1-0 away win at Panathinaikos
  • The Gods struck their revenge on the weekend, however, as Man U. fell to store-bought Chelsea thanks to a 28th minute penalty from Frank Lampard
  • United have little time to lick their winds as another two-match week lays ahead.  The Red Devils continue their run in the League Cup with a visit to West Brom, then return to the league wars hoping to add on to their nine-match unbeaten run against visitors Aston Villa

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-7-3 (15 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 29] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Blackburn
Next Match: [Dec. 3] v. Manchester City, League Cup, fourth round; [Dec. 6] v. Wolverhampton
League Position: 15 (12)

STATBOX
League                               League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
 14/14    1.31      4                2/2       0.00     2        16/16     1.13     6

QUICK HITS

  • Keller's 12-save performance went without reward as a deflected shot 12 minutes from time sent Spurs to their seventh loss of the campaign
  • Spurs third loss in four matches dropped the side three spots in the league table thanks to an inferior goal difference
  • Keller goes face-to-face with another 2002 World Cup teammate as Claudio Reyna and Man. City enter White Hart Lane for a League Cup clash
  • Spurs then host hapless Wolverhampton in the teams' first meeting in league action since 1984

Eddie Lewis

Preston North End, Division One
Record: 8-8-4 (28 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 29] played final 86 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Sheffield United
Next Match: [Dec. 6] v. Crystal Palace
League Position: 10 (11)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 16/13    1      2/0             0/0       0      0/0       16/13     1      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis came off the bench once again, albeit only four minutes from the opening whistle, and had a fairly productive performance despite the 2-0 shutout loss to third place Sheffield United
  • Despite their second-consecutive shutout defeat, PNE's .500 record is good enough for 10th place in the English First Division
  • Preston welcome Crystal Palace, the former club of U.S. internationals Gregg Berhalter and Jovan Kirovski, for their second meeting of the season after the sides split points in a 1-1 draw on Nov. 11

Claudio Reyna 
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 5-4-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 27] played final 13 minutes in 0-0 draw @ Groclin; UEFA Cup, second round, Second Leg; [Nov. 30] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss v. Middlesbrough
Next Match: [Dec. 3] @ Tottenham Hotspur, League Cup, fourth round; [Dec. 7] @ Everton
League Position: 9 (8)

STATBOX
League                          UEFA Cup                  League Cup                   TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E           GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
   7/4      1      0/0            3/1       0      0/0          0/0       0      0/0            10/5       1      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Reyna came off the sick list this week, getting futile minutes as Man. City's 0-0 draw with Groclin left the visitors short in their bid to advance in the UEFA Cup
  • The U.S. captain returned to starting lineup against Middlesbrough, the side undone by an unlucky own goal and a scoring drought that has now surpassed seven hours of time played
  • The Blues travel to London midweek for their second-ever League Cup meeting with Spurs, before heading back north and a date with struggling Everton, a side much better than their 3-7-4 record indicates

 
GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 7-4-3 (24 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 30] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. MSV Duisburg
Next Match: [Dec. 7] @ VfL Lubeck
League Position: 3 (2)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 13/13    1      3/0            1/1       0      0/0        14/14     1      3/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cottbus slipped to third place, but only two points off the pace, as they were forced to share the spoils with visiting MSV Duisburg despite a dominating second half performance
  • After missing the season opener, Berhalter has played every minute of every game in the Cottbus central defense
  • Cottbus can make amends against VfL Lubeck, a club ripe for the picking with only a 1-2-4 home record at Lohmühle

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 6-6-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 23] played 90 minutes in 0-3 loss v. Jahn Regensburg
Next Match: [Dec. 7] @ Eintracht Trier
League Position: 10 (6)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 12/12     4     2/0            2/1        0      0/0       14/13     4      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey has the best chance of the night for the home side, missing a close range header, but the goal would have been mere window dressing as Karlsruher were felled 3-0 for the second time in as many matches
  • Their worst home loss of the campaign sent KSC to the bottom of a four-team pile holding 20 points
  • Life could improve as KSC's road show heads to cellar dwellers Eintracht Trier, the team sporting league's most porous defense with 29 goals allowed

Steve Cherundolo 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 5-6-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 29] played 90 minutes in 3-1 win v. SC Freiburg
Next Match: [Dec. 6] @ Eintracht Frankfurt
League Position: 9 (10)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 12/11    0      5/0            2/2       0      1/0        14/13     0      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo returned from the sin bin as Hannover scored a much needed 3-0 victory home to SC Freiburg
  • The shutout victory put a cork in a badly leaking Hannover defense, which had given up eight goals in their last two matches
  • Cherundolo will perform under the watchful eye of U.S. MNT manager Bruce Arena as Hannover heads to Frankfurt searching for their fourth road win of the season

Cory Gibbs
FC St. Pauli, German Regional League
Record: 7-5-6 (27 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 29] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw v. Wattenscheid 09
Next Match: [Dec. 6] @ Preußen Münster
League Position: 7 (8)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 13/13    3      5/1            2/2       0      1/0        15/15     3      6/1         

QUICK HITS

  • Gibbs equalized for the home side just before the interval as St. Pauli went on to snag a 2-2 draw with Wattenscheid 09
  • St. Pauli have a chance to close the gap on the league leaders before the winter break as they travel to face 17th-place Preußen Münster, the sides having settled for a 1-1 draw in their first meeting on Aug. 9

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 5-4-4 (19 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 1] DNP in 1-0 win v. Arminia Bielefeld
Next Match: [Dec. 7] v. VfL Osnabruck
League Position: 5 (8)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Sanneh has returned to fitness training as he continues to rehabilitate a back injury that has sidelined the U.S. international since December 2002
  • Nurnberg have posted three shutout wins in their last four matches en route to reaching the fifth spot in the league table
  • They look to keep up the pace on their three-match home winning streak against American Joe Enochs and VfL Osnabruck


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 11-1-1 (34 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 26] DNP in 0-1 loss v AC. Milan, UEFA Champions League, Group H; [Nov. 30] DNP in 2-0 win v. Feyenoord
Next Match: [Dec. 5] @ Roda JC
League Position: 1 (1)

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 not yet returned to full training as he continues to fight his way back to health from the right Achilles tendon injury that plagued him throughout the 2002-03 season
  • Ajax remain unable to solve the Italian puzzle, AC Milan handing the home side their third loss to Rossoneri in Champions League play in seven months.  The Amsterdammers now face a serious challenge to their UCL hopes, with Celta Vigo and Clube Brugge still in the mix for the second berth into the next stage
  • Ajax reversed their fortunes on the weekend, maintaining their four point lead at the top of the Eredivisie with a handsome 2-0 win against Feyenoord
  • Ajax travel to Roda JC on the weekend having last suffered a road loss on Sept. 21, a span of nearly 10 weeks


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 5-4-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 30] DNP in 1-1 draw @ Bordeaux
Next Match: [Dec. 3] v. Rennes
League Position: 12 (13)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E         
11/11     0      1/0           11/11      0     1/0          

QUICK HITS

  • Bastia's winless spell reached five matches, a last second goal by Youssouf Hadji snagging a point from a surprised Bordeaux side
  • Vanney didn't see action for the first time in five matches, a mild muscle strain keeping him from the first XI
  • For the second time in two weeks, only one point separates Bastia and their opponent; this time, they are one better than visitors Rennes, who enter the Armand-Cesari-Furiani Stadium having yet to draw blood on the road this year


DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhaus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 7-9-2 (23 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 30] played 90 minutes in 1-3 loss v. Herfoelge
Next Match: [Dec. 7] @ FC Nordsjaelland
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E     
 10/9      0      2/0           10/9      0      2/0

QUICK HITS

  • After opening the scoring account in the 47th minute, AGF surrendered three unanswered goals their four match unbeaten run came screeching to a halt
  • Barrett recorded his first minutes in the Super Ligaen in AGF's first meeting with FC Nordsjaelland, a 2-2 draw on Aug. 3

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