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MNT European Update [Dec. 9, 2003]


ENGLAND

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 5-8-2 (17 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 6] played 90 minutes in 4-0 win @ Birmingham City
Next Match: [Dec. 14] @ Arsenal
League Position: 14 (last week: 16)

STATBOX
League                                UEFA Cup                  League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO
 15/15    1.60      2                2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                 18/18     1.78     2

QUICK HITS

  • Friedel landed his second straight clean sheet as a four-goal burst over 22 minutes propelled Blackburn to a 4-0 win away to Birmingham City
  • Rovers first back-to-back victories of the campaign snuffed out a five-match winless run on the road
  • Rovers head to storied Highbury this week as Arsenal have revenge on their minds, facing the only team in the English Premier League to defeat the Gunners twice in the 2002-03 season

Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 11-3-1 (34 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 3] DNP in 0-2 loss @ West Bromwich Albion, League Cup, fourth round; [Dec. 6] played 90 minutes in 4-0 win v. Aston Villa
Next Match: [Dec. 9] v. VfB Stuttgart, UEFA Champions League, Group E, MatchDay 6; [Dec. 13] v. Manchester City
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
 15/15    0.60      8                5/5       0.40     4          0/0          -        -                   19/19     0.55    12

QUICK HITS

  • Tim Howard played witness for only the second time this year, watching from the reserves bench as United fell out of the League Cup competition with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Brom
  • The Red Devils returned to form on the weekend, a rarely-tested Howard standing by as two-goal performances by Ruud Van Nistlerooy and Diego Forlan lifted United to an easy 4-0 blanking of Aston Villa
  • Man U. will battle for top honors in Group E as they welcome on-form VfB Stuttgart to Old Trafford as the first stage of the Champions League closes out, then they strap on their helmets as Claudio Reyna and Manchester City head across town for the 139th edition of the famed Manchester derby

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 5-7-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 3] played 90 minutes in 3-1 win v. Manchester City, League Cup, fourth round; [Dec. 6] played 90 minutes in 5-2 win v. Wolverhampton
Next Match: [Dec. 13] @ Newcastle United
League Position: 12 (15)

STATBOX
League                               League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
 15/15    1.33      4                3/3       0.33     2        18/18     1.17     6

QUICK HITS

  • Keller made a pair of fine saves on fellow U.S. international Claudio Reyna to preserve Spurs advancement into the quarterfinal round of the League Cup
  • Spurs earned their 100th EPL victory on the weekend as a Robbie Keane hat trick lead Spurs to their highest goalscoring output of the campaign, charging past Wolverhampton 5-2 at White Hart Lane
  • Keller's shining performance has earned the 34-year-old Spurs Player of the Month honors for two months running
  • Spurs welcome seventh place Newcastle United hoping to end a three-match losing run to the Magpies

Eddie Lewis

Preston North End, Division One
Record: 9-8-4 (31 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 6] played 90 minutes in 4-1 win v. Crystal Palace
Next Match: [Dec. 9] @ Cardiff City; [Dec. 13] @ Gillingham
League Position: 10 (11)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 17/14    2      2/0             0/0       0      0/0       17/14     2      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis notched his second goal of the campaign, unleashing from 10 yards in the 79th minute to bury PNE's third goal in a 4-1 win against Crystal Palace
  • Preston have now won seven in a row at Deepdale, their last home loss coming Aug. 23 against Sunderland
  • PNE have a pair of road games this week, hitting Wales' neighbors Cardiff City before travelling to mid-table Gillingham on Sunday

Claudio Reyna 
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 5-4-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 3] played 90 minutes in 1-3 loss @ Tottenham Hotspur, League Cup, fourth round; [Dec. 7] DNP in 0-0 draw @ Everton
Next Match: [Dec. 13] @ Manchester United
League Position: 10 (9)

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          1/1       0      0/0            11/6       1      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • A pair of efforts from Reyna just after the hour mark weren't good enough to get past Kasey Keller or Spurs, Man. City falling out of the League Cup prior to the quarterfinal round for three years running
  • The U.S. captain sat the sidelines as the Blues miserable league winless run reached seven matches, the last four without a single goal to their credit
  • Finding no joy against Keller, Reyna will take aim at younger quarry as City heads to face Tim Howard and Man U. this weekend
  • Hopes for a revival this week will rest on the fiery passion of a derby, since the numbers don't add up in Man. City's favor.  It's been 29 years and 19 matches since their last win at Old Trafford, the Blues holding an 0-11-8 record during that span

 
GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 7-4-4 (25 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 7] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ VfL Lubeck
Next Match: [Dec. 14] v. Unterhaching
League Position: 4 (3)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Berhalter got onto the end of a flick-on header to give Cottbus the lead in the 75th minute, only to see two points slip away on an unlucky own goal five minutes from time
  • The draw dropped Cottbus out of the automatic promotion zone, albeit on goal difference alone
  • Cottbus will seek their first league win in over a month when Unterhaching bring Spanish national and league leading scorer (13) Francisco Copado to the Stadion der Freundschaft, with the visitors enjoying a run a four-match unbeaten spell

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 6-6-3 (21 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 7] started and played 77 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Eintracht Trier
Next Match: [Dec. 14] v. FC Union Berlin
League Position: 10 (10)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 13/13     5     3/0            2/1        0      0/0       15/14     5      3/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey's tap-in goal, his fifth of the campaign, didn't hold up as Karlsruher only managed a point against league worst Eintracht Trier
  • Nonetheless, the American forward leads the team in goals scored, netting five of their 17 goals
  • Karlsruher needs to take full advantage of visiting FC Union Berlin, as the 14th place hold a hapless 0-4-3 road record this season

Steve Cherundolo 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 5-6-4 (19 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 6] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw @ Eintracht Frankfurt
Next Match: [Dec. 14] @ VfL Wolfsburg
League Position: 10 (9)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 13/12    0      5/0            2/2       0      1/0        15/14     0      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo had a relatively uneventful affair as Hannover twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Hannover's see-saw in the league table dips back to the ground as they land back in 10th place two weeks before the winter break
  • This week's encounter could be a high-flying affair, the name clearly VfL Wolfsburg clearly not translating into "conservative".  The visitors have scored 32 goals, the third highest tally in the Bundesliga, while surrendering 30, good for league worst.

Cory Gibbs
FC St. Pauli, German Regional League
Record: 7-5-6 (27 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 6] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Preußen Münster
Next Match: [Feb. 28] Dynamo Dresden
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 14/14    3      5/1            2/2       0      1/0        16/16     3      6/1         

QUICK HITS

  • St. Pauli let a great chance slip away as two second half goals doomed them to a 2-0 defeat in the last match before the winter break
  • Gibbs has appeared as a starter in all 14 of the 19 games he has played in the league so far, scoring the game-winning goal Sept. 23 against SC Paderborn 07

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 5-4-4 (19 points)
Last match: [Dec. 7] DNP in 2-0 win v. VfL Osnabruck
Next Match: [Dec. 14] @ RW Oberhausen
League Position: 2 (5)

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 produced four shutout wins in their last five matches, vaulting five places in two weeks to reach the third spot in the league table
  • Their winning ways face a stiff test on the road against RW Oberhausen, who are unbeaten in their last five matches at the Niederrheinstadion


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 11-1-1 (34 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 5]  @ Roda JC -  postponed; [Dec. 9] DNP in 1-2 loss @ Clube Brugge, UEFA Champions League, Group H, Matchday 6
Next Match: ; [Dec. 14] v. FC Utrecht
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's match against Roda JC was been postponed due to the death of Roda's chairman, Theo Pickée.  The match has been rescheduled for Jan. 21 at the Kerkrade's Parkstad Limburg Stadium
  • The Dutch champions have gone crashing out of the Champions League, a Bengt Sæternes strike six minutes from time giving Club Brugge KV a 2-1 win in Belgium 
  • Still holding first place in the Eredivisie, Ajax will have to shed the disappointment as fifth-place FC Utrecht come knocking on the door of the Amsterdam ArenA


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 5-4-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 3] DNP in 3-2 win v. Rennes; [Dec. 6] DNP in 2-4 loss @ Strasbourg
Next Match: [Dec. 13] v. Lyon
League Position: 12 (12)

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

  • Vanney's muscle injury has kept him aside for the last three matches, as Bastia had mixed results for the first week of December
  • Bastia kept Rennes winless on the road this year, the 3-2 victory snapping a five-match winless run
  • The festivities were short-lived, Bastia once again finding the road unkind as they allowed four goals for only the second time in the campaign
  • Defending champion Lyon bring the third-best road record in Le Championnat to the Armand-Cesari-Furiani Stadium, having piled in 13 goals in their last five matches


DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhaus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 7-9-2 (23 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 7] started and played 53 minutes in 3-1 win @ FC Nordsjaelland
Next Match: [March 14] v. AaB
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E     
11/10      0      2/0         11/10     0      2/0

QUICK HITS

  • AGF made a quick return to the win column, disposing of FC Nordsjaelland with three unanswered goals in a seven-minute span in the second half
  • After riding the pine for the middle part of the schedule, Barrett started six consecutive matches heading into the long winter break for the SuperLigae

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