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MNT European Update [August 25, 2003]


ENGLAND

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 1-1-0 (4 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 23] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw @ Bolton
Next Match: [Aug. 25] v. Manchester City (1-1, halftime); [Aug. 30] @ Chelsea
League Position: 4 (last week: 1)
2002/03 finishing position: 6 (60 points)

STATBOX
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS    GAA    SO          GP:GS    GAA    SO       
 2/2     1.50    0           2/2     1.50    0            

QUICK HITS

* Blackburn earned their third straight draw against Bolton in two years, Matthew Jansen and Dwight Yorke netting second-half goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and denying three points to the home side playing in front of a record crowd at the Reebok Stadium
* Friedel surrendered two goals in league play for the first time in four matches, dating back to a 3-2 win against Leeds on April 26 in Blackburn
* Rovers have a quick turnaround, welcoming Manchester City to Ewood Park this afternoon.  The sides are level on points early in the campaign, with Rovers holding the edge on goal differential (+4).  The sides are even 1-1 at halftime at the time of this update
* Blackburn travel to face Chelsea on the weekend, looking to extend a remarkable 11-match unbeaten run, going 6-0-5 at Stamford Bridge in matches dating back to 1987

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 2-0-0 (6 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 23] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win @ Newcastle
Next Match: [Aug. 27] v. Wolverhampton; [Aug. 31] @ Southampton
League Position: 2 (2)
2002/03 finishing position: 1 (83 points)

STATBOX
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS    GAA    SO          GP:GS    GAA    SO       
 2/2     0.50    1           2/2     0.50    1          

QUICK HITS

* Howard's unbeaten streak in a Man U. jersey extended to three games as goals by Ruud van Nistlerooy and Roy Keane led United to a 2-1 victory at St. James' Park
* The Red Devils have an early share of the league lead with rivals Arsenal, level with the Gunners in every statistical category
* 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).
* United have double duty this week, first hosting winless Wolverhampton on Wednesday in their visit to Old Trafford as members of the Premiership and the first meeting between the clubs since 1984
* On Sunday, Man U. head to St. Mary's Stadium, riding a four-match winning streak against host Southampton

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 1-1-0 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 23] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win v. Leeds
Next Match: [Aug. 27] @ Liverpool; [Aug. 30] v. Fulham
League Position: 10 (17)
2002/03 finishing position: 10 (50 points)

STATBOX
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS    GAA    SO          GP:GS    GAA    SO       
 2/2     1.00    0           2/2     1.00    0            

QUICK HITS

* Spurs nabbed their first victory of the new campaign, erasing an early 1-0 deficit to end a three-match winless run at White Hart Lane
* Keller was little troubled as Spurs collected their third straight home victory against Leeds
* Tottenham go to Liverpool midweek seeking to end an epic record of futility, as the North London outfit has produced only three victories at Anfield in EPL play since 1911
* White Hart Lane has been a fortress against the weekend's visitors, Spurs surrendering only one home defeat to Fulham in 27 matches dating back to 1908

Jovan Kirovski
Birmingham City, English Premier League
Record: 1-1-0 (4 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 23] DNP in 0-0 win @ Southampton
Next Match: [Aug. 30] @ Newcastle United
League Position: 7 (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 as the Blues' earned road draw with Southampton
* Kirovski went the distance for the Birmingham Reserves in their 3-1 loss to Middlesbrough on Aug. 20
* Birmingham look for their first win in eight tries at St. James Park as they meet a Newcastle side bristling for their first victory of the 2003-04 season

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, Division One
Record: 0-1-1 (1 point)
Last match:  [Aug. 23] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss v. Sunderland; [Aug. 25] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ West Bromwich Albion
Next Match: [Aug. 30] v. Stoke City
League Position: 21 (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        
 3/3    1     0/0          0/0    0     0/0        3/3    1     0/0        

QUICK HITS

* PNE handed Sunderland their first victory in 18 matches, with the Black Cats collecting three points for the first time in 2003
* Preston's winless run extended to four matches today when the Lillywhites fell 1-0 to West Brom after a controversial 40th minute penalty saw goalkeeper Jonathan Gould shown a red card
* Lewis has played every minute of league action for PNE to open the campaign, which continues this weekend with a home date against Stoke City

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 (2-2, 80th minute)
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 are battling fellow former first division side FC Nurnberg, the sides level at 2-2 in the second half at the time of this update

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 1-2-0 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 24] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win @ LR Ahlen
Next Match: [Aug. 30] @ FSV Mainz, DFB Cup, first round
League Position: 7 (12)
2002/03 finishing position: 13 (39 points)

STATBOX
League                         TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E        GP:GS  Gls    C/E
 4/4    2     1/0         4/4    2     1/0

QUICK HITS

* Casey registered his first two goals for Karlsruher as the visitors snatched a 2-1 victory at LR Ahlen
* Now with four starts in as many matches, Casey has helped push Karlsruher into a seventh-place tie with RW Oberhausen
* Karlsruher kicks off German Cup action with a first-round matchup against second-place FSV Mainz

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: 11
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 10th place on goal differential

Cory Gibbs
FC St. Pauli, German Regional League
Record: 0-1-3 (3 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 23] played 90 minutes in 0-3 loss @ Wuppertaler SV
Next Match: [Aug. 26] v. Hamburg Amateurs
League Position: 13 (12)
2002/03 finishing position: 17 (31 points) *relegated*

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

* Gibbs picked up his first yellow card of the season as St. Pauli's winless run reached four matches
* St. Pauli seek a reversal of fortunes at home when they host a "Hamburg Derby", welcoming the Hamburg Amateur side

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: 5 (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 that 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: 2-0-0 (6 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 23] DNP in 1-0 win @ RBC Roosendaal
Next Match: [Aug. 27] v. Grazer AK, UEFA Champions League, third round qualifying, second leg; [Aug. 31] v. FC Zwolle
League Position: 2 (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 another unimpressive victory, holding off Roosendaal after a 35th minute strike by Tom Soetaers provided the only goal of the contest
* Despite the shaky form, Ajax are only one of three teams to hold a 100% record, a fraternity which does not include defending champion PSV
* Ajax return to the friendly confines of the Amsterdam Arena, hosting a pair of matches this week.  The Amsterdam outfit faces Grazer AK in the second leg of third round UCL qualifying, having scored a crucial away goal in the teams' 1-1 draw in the first meeting, before facing cellar dwellars FC Zwolle in league action

FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 0-2-1 (1 point)
Last match:  [Aug. 23] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win v. Montepellier
Next Match: [Aug. 30] @ Toulouse
League Position: 16 (12)
2002/03 finishing position: 12 (47 points)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
 4/4    0     1/0          4/4    0     1/0

QUICK HITS

* Vanney saw yellow in the 68th minute as Bastia took full points for the first time in 2003-04, recording their second clean sheet in the 1-0 victory against Montpellier
* An 88th minute penalty converted by Florian Maurice was the first goal of the season for Bastia
* Bastia look to double their output with a trip to newly promoted Toulouse, who currently sit second from the bottom in Le Championnat

DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhaus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 1-2-1 (4 points)
Last match:  [Aug. 24] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Viborg
Next Match: [Aug. 31] @ FC Copenhagen
League Position: 10 (9)
2002/03 finishing position: 12 (47 points)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
 4/3    0     0/0          4/3    0     0/0

QUICK HITS

* After sitting out the first match, Barrett has appeared in four straight matches, thrice as a starter
* AGF suffered their third shutout defeat in five matches, granting Viborg their first spoils of the season
* The road gets no easier as AGF travel to fourth place FC Copenhagen, the visitors seeking to nullify their previous two scoreless efforts on the road

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