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MNT European Update [Dec. 14, 2004]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 5-9-3 (18 points)
Last match: [Dec. 13] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Manchester United
Next Match: [Dec. 18] @ Charlton Athletic
League Position: 14 (last week's position: 14)

STATBOX

League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
 15/14    1      2/0            3/3       0      0/0        18/17     1      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Bocanegra had a busy evening taking on United winger Cristian Ronaldo, but the matchup proved indecisive as Fulham snared a late-game draw with a 30-yard cracker from Papa Bouba Diop
  • The draw kept Fulham above the water line and in sole possession of 14th place in the table
  • Fulham are an even 20-20-18 against eighth place Charlton, with both sides collecting home victories from their encounters in last year's term

Bobby Convey
Reading FC, English League Championship
Record: 11-6-5 (38 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] DNP in 2-0 win @ Leicester City
Next Match: [Dec. 18] v. Queens Park Rangers
League Position: 4 (4)

STATBOX

League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 15/3      0      0/0             2/1      0     0/0         17/4       0      0/0

QUICK HITS

  • Convey stayed on the sidelines as Reading rebounded from their worst loss of the season to snatch a 2-0 away victory
  • Beating Leceister for the first time in team history, Reading snapped a four-match road winless spell
  • It's back to Madjeski Stadium and a sparkling 8-0-3 home record for their first meeting with QPR in nearly three years


Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 2-7-8 (14 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] played 90 minutes in 0-0 draw @ Crystal Palace
Next Match: [Dec. 18]  v. Everton
League Position: 18 (17)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO
 17/17    1.76     3                 0/0         -        -         17/17     1.76      2

QUICK HITS

  • Friedel went relatively untested throughout the day but his Blackburn side were unable to take advantage of a 7-1 lead in shots on goal, consigned to scoreless draw at Selhurst Park
  • With Norwich grabbing a surprise 3-2 result against Bolton, Rovers have once again dipped back into the relegation zone
  • While the last ten meetings have been decided by one goal or less, Rovers run up against a decidely hot Everton side that has stunned the EPL with their position just behind league leaders Chelsea


Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 8-2-6 (30 points)
Last match: [Dec. 8] played 90 minutes in 0-3 loss v. Fenerbahce, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group D; [Dec. 13] DNP in 1-1 draw @ Fulham
Next Match: [Dec. 18] v. Crystal Palace
League Position: 4 (4)

STATBOX
League                                Champions League       League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO               
  5/5       1.00    1                  4/4       1.50     1          3/3       0.00      3                  12/12    1.07      5

QUICK HITS

  • Howard presided over a somewhat meaningless affair against Fenerbahce, ironically receiving plaudits for a sparkling performance in the 3-0 shutout defeat
  • While United made it 11 straight without a loss to Fulham, they may rue the lost two points as a late equalizer spoiled a chance to pick up two points on title chasers Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal
  • United will defend their unbeaten 5-0-3 record at Old Trafford against a Crystal Palace team they have kept off the scoresheet in their last four meetings

Kasey Keller 
Tottenham Hotspur, English Premier League
Record: 6-7-4 (22 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] DNP in 1-0 win @ Manchester City
Next Match: [Dec. 18] v. Southampton
League Position: 11 (13)

STATBOX
Spurs
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO   
  0/0          -       -                  2/2       1.50     1          2/2       1.50       1

Southampton (loan 11/12/04-12/12/04)
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA    SO   
  4/4       2.00      0                4/4       2.00      0

QUICK HITS

  • Keller ended a happy spell at Southampton and returned to North London but did not make the road trip to Manchester
  • He returns to a side seemingly regaining form, at least in the win column.  The 1-0 result marked Spurs third consecutive clean sheet victory and elevated them to 11th in the table
  • It's a hasty reunion for Keller as his old mates from Southampton head to White Hart Lane without a road win to their credit but with the psychological advantage of having defeated Spurs in all of their last four meetings

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, English League Championship
Record: 8-10-5 (29 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Burnley
Next Match: [Dec. 18] v. West Ham United
League Position: 16 (15)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   Gls      C/E           GP:GS   Gls      C/E      GP:GS   Gls      C/E   
 22/19     2        5/0              1/1        0        1/1       23/20      2       6/1

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis resumed his place in the first XI, but the results were the same as Preston got blanked for the second week running
  • The U.S. international had two of Preston's quality chances on the day, twice denied by Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen
  • PNE look to nip the losing streak in the bud against fifth-place West Ham United.  Lewis will hope to replicate the effort from last year's meeting, having tallied his and Preston's first goal of the season on opening day


Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 5-9-3 (18 points)
Last match: [Dec. 13] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Manchester United
Next Match: [Dec. 18] @ Charlton Athletic
League Position: 14 (14)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
13/5       0      0/0            4/2       3      0/0         17/7      3      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • McBride made it three in a row in manager Chris Coleman's starting team for only the second time this year
  • With four points from their last two matches, a result against Charlton would mark the first time in the 2004-05 campaign that the Cottagers have taken points in three consecutive games


Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 5-7-5 (20 points)
Last match:   [Dec. 11] DNP in 0-1 loss v. Tottenham
Next Match: [Dec. 18] @ Bolton
League Position: 13 (11)

STATBOX

League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  7/6       0      0/0            0/0       -        -            7/6      0      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Reyna looks past the new year for a return from the quad tear suffered over a month ago
  • Manchester City turned in a dour home performance as they dropped their second straight, sliding an equal distance in the EPL table
  • Man-City has had Bolton's number of late, posting victories in five of their last six meetings while winning both of last year's encounters by a combined score of 9-3


GERMANY

*The German Bundesligas have begun their winter break.  League play will resume Jan. 22, 2005

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 5-8-4 (19 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 12] DNP in 4-1 win v. Karlsruher
Next Match: [Jan. 23] v. FC Koln
League Position: 13 (18)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
12/12     0      5/0            1/1       0      0/0        13/13     0      5/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Berhalter served his one-match ban on the last day of action in 2004, blissfully enjoying his side's resurgent performance against Karlsruher
  • The win closed out a four-match losing spell while vaulting Cottbus on the right side of the relegation zone heading into the winter break
  • After beginning the season sidelined while recovering from facial injuries suffered in the spring, team captain Gregg Berhalter started every game for which he was eligible


Conor Casey
FSV Mainz, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-7-4 (22 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] DNP in 0-1 loss v. FC Nurnberg
Next Match: [Jan. 22] v. VfB Stuttgart
League Position: 11 (11)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                   TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
 14/7      1      2/0            2/2       2      0/0         16/9      3      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey went without action for only the second time this year, forced to bear witness to Mainz' third straight defeat and their first at the Stadion am Bruchweg this season
  • Casey earned more consistent playing time as the campaign wore on, and as his adjustment to the German top flight continues he hopes to duplicate the goalscoring prowess he enjoyed in the second half of last season at Karlsruher
  • It's been a tale of two seasons for Mainz:  the home season and the away season.  While going 5-1-2 at home, the first-year Bundesliga boys have earned just one win in nine tries on the road

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 8-4-4 (28 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss  v. Hertha Berlin
Next Match: [Jan. 22] v. Bayer Leverkusen
League Position: 7 (4)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
 16/16    2      1/0            2/2       1      0/0        18/18     3     1/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo and company slumped to only their second home loss of the campaign, falling prey to Hertha Berlin, who improved their exceptional road record to 5-2-2
  • Instead of third place and a three-point margin from Bayern Munich, Hannover head into the holidays in seventh place and six points from the top
  • Nonetheless, it's been a remarkable start for Hannover outfit, a 7-1-2 stretch through the fall months elevating them to as high as fourth in the table
  • Cherundolo has been a consistent leader on the backline, the vice captain missing only one match while helping marshall a stingy defense that has allowed only 16 goals, good for second fewest in the Bundesliga


Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 8-4-4 (28 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss  v. Hertha Berlin
Next Match: [Jan. 22] v. Bayer Leverkusen
League Position: 7 (4)


STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  4/3       1      0/0            1/1       0      0/0          5/4      1     0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • After a promising start to his Bundesliga career last term, Mathis has suffered through a season of disappointment marred by sparse playing time
  • His finest moment of the season simultaneously became his most controversial.  His 83rd minute strike - after entering just two minutes prior - against Schalke on Sept. 25 handed Hannover their first win of the campaign, but his resulting goal celebration left the fans and media put off.  Dressing for only one game since, Mathis has been left to await the January transfer window to learn the next stop on his career path


HOLLAND

DaMarcus Beasley
PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 13-0-3 (42 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 12] played 90 minutes in 3-3 draw @ Feyenoord
Next Match: [Dec. 18] v. Roda
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX

League                          Champions League      TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
 14/8       4     0/0            7/5       3      1/0        21/13     7      1/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Beasley struck for the second time in as many games, giving a PSV a seemingly insurmountable lead until two goals in the final nine minutes secured a point for Feyenoord
  • While their record-setting shutout streak ended at 1,159 minutes, PSV maintained their unbeaten 6-0-3 road record and first place in the Eredivisie
  • With AZ Alkmaar closing to three points behind, there's no margin for error as Eindhoven host mid-table Roda on the final matchday before the winter break



John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 9-2-4 (31 points)
Last match: [Dec. 12] DNP in 1-0 win v. Vitesse
Next Match: [Dec. 19] @ FC Groningen
League Position: 3 (3)

STATBOX

League                          Champions League      TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  1/1       0      0/0            0/0       -        -            1/1       0     0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • O'Brien continues to rehab the hamstring injury he suffered in his debut match Nov. 7 against Willem II
  • Ajax gained ground on the leaderboard as an 88th minute strike by Ryan Babel handed Ajax their 10th win of the season
  • Now unbeaten in their last seven league matches, the Amsterdammers look to improve on their second-best 5-1-2 road record against an FC Groningen team that is suffering a three-match losing skid


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 4-9-5 (17 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss v. Monaco
Next Match: [Dec. 18] @ Lens
League Position: 17 (17)

STATBOX

League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 15/14    0      4/0           15/14    0      4/0     

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney made several forays into the attack but Bastia's offense remained listless as they were held scoreless for the third time in four matches
  • With only 17 points from 18 matches, Bastia are in danger of facing the stressful task of spending the next five months fighting to avoid relegation
  • They take another crack at getting their first away victory of the season against 14th-place Lens, a team with an uninspiring 2-1-5 record at the Stade Felix-Bollaert


BELGIUM

Oguchi Onyewu
Royal Standard de Ligue, Belgium First Division
Record: 8-5-3 (27 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 11] DNP in 1-1 draw @ La Gantoise
Next Match:  [Dec. 16] v. Athletic Bilbao, UEFA Cup, Group B; [Dec. 18] v. KV Ostende
League Position: 5 (7)

STATBOX
League                         UEFA Cup                  Belgium Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
13/13     2      4/0            5/5       0      1/0          1/1      0       0/0         19/19    2      5/0

QUICK HITS

  • Onyewu's is still suffering symptoms from his sore right knee and sat out the weekend's contest
  • Standard became the first team this year to leave La Gantoise with a point, moving up two places in the league table
  • It's double duty before quitting time for the winter, and first up is a crucial test against Athletic Bilbao as no team in the UEFA Cup can afford to surrender points at home
  • Standard stay in town with another huge opportunity to gain ground in the league as they welcome an Ostende team with only one win to their credit in 16 matches thus far

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