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MNT European Update [Nov. 25, 2003]


Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 3-8-2 (11 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 22] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Manchester United
Next Match: [Nov. 29] v. Tottenham
League Position: 17 (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
 13/13    1.85      0                2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                 16/16     2.00     0                    

QUICK HITS

  • A Premiership record crowd of 67,748 witnessed Rovers fourth straigh road loss, keeping the visitors delicately balanced above the relegation zone
  • Blackburn are the only side in England's top flight to yet record a shutout
  • For the second week in a row, Friedel will line up against a fellow U.S. international 'keeper, this time welcoming veteran Kasey Keller and Tottenham Hotspur for their only visit to Ewood Park in 2003

Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 10-2-1 (31 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 22] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win v. Blackburn
Next Match: [Nov. 26] @ Panathinaikos, UEFA Champions League, Group E; [Nov. 30] @ Chelsea
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
 13/13    0.62      7                4/4       0.50     3          0/0          -        -                   17/17     0.59    10

QUICK HITS

  • Tim Howard turned aside five attempts on goal as Man U. held off visiting Blackburn for their tenth victory of the campaign, extending their unbeaten run against Rovers at Old Trafford to a whopping 15 games over 41 years.
  • The Red Devils' crowded fixture list marches on, United travelling to the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium on Wednesday to face already eliminated Panathinaikos in hopes of  keeping alive their chance of taking top spot in the group.
  • The clash of the titans kicks off this Sunday, as Man U. squares off against star-studded Chelsea in the most highly-anticipated matchup of the 2003-04 EPL season

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-6-3 (15 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 23] played 90 minutes in 2-1 v. Aston Villa
Next Match: [Nov. 29] @ Blackburn
League Position: 12 (12)

STATBOX
League                               League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
 13/13    1.31      4                2/2       0.00     2        15/15     1.13     6

QUICK HITS

  • Keller had a largely uneventful evening as Spurs rebounded from a one-goal deficit with two strikes in three minutes, thwarting Villa's attempt at their first road win of the season
  • Spurs sit in the middle of three sides on identical 4-6-3 records, down on goal difference to Portsmouth but edging past Middlesbrough on goals scored
  • Keller and Co. travel to face 2002 World Cup teammate Brad Friedel, looking to replicate last year's performance at Ewood Park when they snatched a 2-1 victory in the last minute of play

Eddie Lewis

Preston North End, Division One
Record: 8-7-4 (28 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 22] played final 11 minutes in 0-0 win v. Norwich
Next Match: [Nov. 29] @ Sheffield United
League Position: 11 (11)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 15/12    1      2/0             0/0       0      0/0       15/12     1      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis continues to float in and out of the first XI, this time seeing 11 minutes of action as Preston were unlucky to have to split points with second place Norwich
  • Despite the draw, PNE are now unbeaten in eight of their nine last league games
  • PNE have a rare one-match schedule this week, their sole opponent being fourth place Sheffield United,  who are seeking their first victory at Bramall Lane since 1979

Claudio Reyna 
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 5-3-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 22] DNP in 0-3 loss @ Newcastle United
Next Match: [Nov. 27] @ Groclin; UEFA Cup, Second Round, Second Leg; [Nov. 30] v. Middlesbrough
League Position: 8 (7)

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        
   6/4      1      0/0            2/1       0      0/0          0/0       0      0/0              8/5       1      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Reyna is dogged by a left hamstring injury that he suffered Nov. 6 against Groclin in UEFA Cup action, still unable to suit up for City
  • Newcastle legendary striker Alan Shearer scored his 100th career goal for the Magpies as Man City suffered their second straight 3-0 defeat
  • Man City look to stop the slide against mid-tablers Middlesbrough, a side they haven't beaten in their last four tries

 
GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 6-3-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 23] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Greuther Furth
Next Match: [Nov. 30] v. MSV Duisburg
League Position: 2 (1)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 12/12    1      3/0            1/1       0      0/0        13/13     1      3/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cottbus had their two-match win run stopped in its tracks, falling 2-1 away to seventh place Greuther Furth
  • After missing the season opener, Berhalter has played every minute of every game in the Cottbus central defense
  • Cottbus put their 5-1-0 home record to the test against MSV Duisburg, who come to the Stadion der Freundschaft sporting victories in their last two road games

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 6-5-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 23] played 90 minutes in 0-3 loss @ SpVgg Unterhaching
Next Match: [Nov. 30] v. Jahn Regensburg
League Position: 6 (5)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 11/11     4     2/0            2/1        0      0/0       13/12     4      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey's scoring touch fell silent after goals in consecutive games, Karlsruher suffering their third shutout loss in league competition despite playing a man up for the final 31 minutes
  • Slipping to fifth in the table, Karlsruher takes on Jahn Regensburg, who have only one away win to their credit in the 2003-04 campaign

Steve Cherundolo 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 4-6-3 (15 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 22] DNP in 1-3 loss @ VfB Stuttgart
Next Match: [Nov. 29] v. SC Freiburg
League Position: 10 (10)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 11/10    0      5/0            2/2       0      1/0        13/12     0      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Serving a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation, Cherundolo watched as his side surrendered another handful of goals, this time falling 3-1 to league leaders VfB Stuttgart
  • Hannover have given up eight goals in their last two matches, with only one win in their last seven league matches
  • With only one home victory in their account, Hannover seek to reverse their fortunes against eighth-place SC Freiburg

Cory Gibbs
FC St. Pauli, German Regional League
Record: 7-5-5 (26 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 22] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win v. Eintracht Braunschweig
Next Match: [Nov. 29] v. Wattenscheid 09
League Position: 8 (7)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Gibbs returned to the lineup after yet another suspension, helping St. Pauli get back on the winning track with a 1-0 victory that pulled the Hamburg side within one point of their defeated visitors
  • St. Pauli look to make it two in a row for the first time since Sept. 20-27 as they welcome Wattenscheid 09, the side with the dubious distinction of having allowed the most goals (36) in the Regional Nord League

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 5-4-4 (19 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 24] DNP in 0-1 loss @ Alemannia Aachen
Next Match: [Nov. 30] v. Arminia Bielefeld
League Position: 8 (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 had their three-match winning streak halted at the hands of league leaders Alemannia Aachen
  • With a steady climb in the league table, Nurnberg hope to bounce back against Arminia Bielefeld, a victory propelling them into a third-place tie in the tightly packed second Bundesliga


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 10-1-1 (31 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 23] DNP in 3-0 win v. Heerenveen
Next Match: [Nov. 26] v AC. Milan, UEFA Champions League, Group H; [Nov. 30] v. Feyenoord
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 continues to fight his way back to health from the right Achilles tendon injury that plagued him throughout the 2002-03 season
  • Ajax run of fine form rolls on, the 3-0 blanking of Heerenveen extending their lead to four points in the Dutch Eredivisie
  • With only a couple of blemishes on an otherwise spotless record in both league and cup play, Ajax nonetheless face some firm challenges in a double-header week
  • They first welcome AC Milan to the Amsterdam ArenA for the teams' third meeting in seven months, Ajax seeking to avenge two previous losses, including one in the Champions League quarterfinal in added time
  • Completing a three-match home spell, the Amsterdam outfit faces a typically fierce encounter with fourth-place Feyenoord


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 5-4-2 (17 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 22] started and played 64 minutes in 1-3 loss v. Nantes
Next Match: [Nov. 29] @ Bordeaux
League Position: 13 (11)

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 four matches, giving up three unanswered goals after snatching a 1-0 lead after five minutes
  • The Le Championnat table remains congested, only five points separating the fourth and 12th place teams
  • With only one point separating visitor and host, Bastia seek to spoil a four-match unbeaten run for Bordeaux


DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhaus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 7-9-2 (23 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 23] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ FC Copenhagen
Next Match: [Nov. 30] v. Herfoelge
League Position: 7 (8)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E     
  9/8       0      2/0            9/8       0      2/0

QUICK HITS

  • Barrett continues to be AGF's rabbit's foot, the side posting a 3-0-1 record since his return from an ankle injury
  • The draw against third-place FC Copenhagen elevated AGF to the seventh spot in the table, and the side is now hoping to replicate a 2-1 result against Herfoelge from earlier this season

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