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MNT European Update [Oct. 27, 2003]


ENGLAND

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 2-6-2 (8 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 25] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Southampton
Next Match: [Oct. 29] v. Liverpool, League Cup, third round; [Nov. 2] @ Leicester
League Position: 16 (last week: 15)

STATBOX
League                                UEFA Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
 10/10    1.90      0                2/2       2.00     0        12/12     1.92     0

QUICK HITS

  • Blackburn's frustration mounts as Friedel and Co. suffered their fourth straight EPL loss, three by shutout
  • At this point last season, Friedel had collected four shutouts and a 1.10 GAA.  To date, Rovers have not recorded a single clean sheet
  • They'll get two more bites at the apple this week, entering the League Cup competition in the third round home to Liverpool.  The 2001 champions are facing the Reds for the fourth time in tournament history, with Liverpool holding a 2-1 advantage in the series
  • Rovers return to league action Sunday, looking to take full points at Leicester for the first time in more than a dozen years

Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 7-2-1 (22 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 22] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win @ Rangers, UEFA Champions League, Group E; [Oct. 25] played 90 minutes in 1-3 loss v. Fulham
Next Match: [Oct. 28] @ Leeds, League Cup, third round; [Nov. 1] v. Portsmouth
League Position: 3 (2)

STATBOX
League                               Champions League        TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
 10/10    0.60      6                3/3       0.67     2        13/13     0.62     8

QUICK HITS

  • Howard rose to yet another challenge in his burgeoning Man. U career, leading the Red Devils to their second shutout of the Champions League campaign, this time felling UK rivals Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow
  • The sweetness of that victory was short-lived, however, as United were beaten at home by Fulham for only the second time in the 96-year history of their rivarly, the last loss coming some 39 years ago
  • The 2002 League Cup runners up get their start in this year's competition against Leeds, a side they defeated in 1-0 in EPL just nine days ago
  • The Old Trafford faithful will hope to prop up another of Manchester's daunting home dynasties, this time at the expense of visitors Porstmouth.  The promising and newly promoted side have not tasted victory in Manchester since 1957, and were beaten 4-1 by the hosts in last year's third round of the FA Cup

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 3-4-3 (12 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 26] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Middlesbrough
Next Match: [Oct. 29] v. West Ham United, League Cup, third round; [Nov. 1] v. Bolton
League Position: 12 (11)

STATBOX
League                               League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
 10/10    1.30      3                1/1       0.00     1        11/11     1.18     4

QUICK HITS

  • A sparkling save in the 54th minute preserved Keller's fourth shutout in five matches, continuing Spurs unbeaten run under interim head coach David Pleat
  • Spurs will look to break the deadlock in their league cup history with West Ham, the sides holding an even 2-2-2 record in tournament heading into this week's third round encounter
  • Spurs welcome Bolton to White Hart Lane on the weekend, having split the season series in the 2002-03 campaign.  Spurs have been nothing short of dominant against Wanderers at home, having won the last five matches in all competitions by a combined score of 18-3

Jovan Kirovski
Birmingham City, English Premier League
Record: 4-1-4 (16 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 25] DNP in 1-0 win @ Bolton
Next Match: [Nov. 3] v. Charlton Athletic
League Position: 4 (4)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Kirovski has been a consistent starter for the Birmingham reserves, playing 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Everton on Oct. 22
  • Birmingham maintained their presence amongst the league leaders, dispatching Bolton 1-0 at Reebok Stadium and holding onto the second-best away record in the Premiership
  • Birmingham put their 2-0-3 home unbeaten record on the line against Charlton Athletic, the sides settling for a point each in their first meeting Aug. 30

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, Division One
Record: 6-7-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 21] started and played 64 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Crewe Alexandra; [Oct. 25] played final 13 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Ipswich
Next Match: [Nov. 1] v. Derby
League Position: 13 (12)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis continues to return to form after missing three matches with a knee injury, playing 64 minutes as PNE dropped their second straight league encounter
  • Lewis watched from the reserves bench for the first time this season as Preston finally got a share of the spoils against Ipswich, earning their first point from the Tractor Boys in the last four meetings
  • Preston welcomes Derby County to Deepdale on the weekend, having grabbed victories on both meetings in the last campaign

Claudio Reyna 
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 4-3-3 (15 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 25] started and played 79 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Chelsea
Next Match: [Oct. 28] @ Queens Park Rangers, League Cup, third round; [Nov. 1] @ Southampton
League Position: 7 (5)

STATBOX
League                          UEFA Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
   5/3      1      0/0            2/1       0      0/0          7/4       1      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Reyna made his third straight appearance in the first XI as Man City were unable to crack Chelsea's unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge this season, despite surrendering only three shots to the side that shares with them the top spot on the EPL scoring chart (20 goals)
  • The Blues are now scoreless in three of their last four league matches, slipping back to seventh in the table
  • Man City look to regain their scoring form as they enter the League Cup midweek, holding an unbeaten 3-0-1 record against second division side QPR in tournament history
  • The road show heads to Southampton on the weekend, with Kevin Keegan's outfit hoping to end a three-match winless drought against the side one spot above them in the Premiership table


GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 5-3-2 (17 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 27] played 90 minutes in 1-4 loss @ FSV Mainz 05
Next Match: [Oct. 30] @ Arminia Bielefeld
League Position: 4 (2)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
   9/9      1      2/0            1/1       0      0/0        10/10     1      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Two red cards saw Cottbus down to nine men just 28 minutes into the encounter as they dropped a big early season decision to FSV Mainz, falling to fourth place in the table as the victors climbed to third
  • The defeat is Cottbus' third of the campaign, and sets up an equally daunting challenge midweek as they travel to second-place Arminia Bielefeld when their promotion effort faces in important test

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 3-4-2 (11 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 26] started and played 54 minutes in 1-0 win v. Greuther F├╝rth
Next Match: [Oct. 29] @ TSG Hoffenheim, DFB Cup, second round; [Nov. 2] @ MSV Duisberg
League Position: 8 (13)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
   8/8      2      2/0            1/1        0      0/0         9/9      2      2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Karlsruher rebounded from a shutout loss last week with a shutout of their own, returning to the 'W' column by shutting down the league's second-best offense
  • Casey has started every match in which he has played, netting two goals in eight league matches
  • The DFB Cup journey stops at TSG Hoffenheim on Wednesday before Karlsruher resumes league action against MSV Duisberg, with only two points and three spots in the table separating the sides

Steve Cherundolo 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 3-4-2 (11 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 25] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. 1860 Munich
Next Match: [Oct. 29] @ Eintracht Braunschweig, DFB Cup, second round; [Nov. 1] at FC Koln
League Position: 10 (10)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
   9/9      0      4/0            1/1       0      0/0        10/10     0      4/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Despite public criticism after last week's loss, Cherundolo makes his ninth start for Hannover, slotted in the right midfield spot in a 3-5-2 formation and earning the second-highest rating on the team from Kicker
  • Each side took a point, but not satisfaction, from a match in which the goals were scored less than a minute apart and both teams had a player sent off
  • A German Cup matchup against regional league side Eintracht Braunschweig starts a two-game road swing for Hannover that ends at 16th place FC Koln as the travelers hope to end a four-match winless run in Bundesliga action

Cory Gibbs
FC St. Pauli, German Regional League
Record: 6-3-4 (22 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 24] DNP in 4-0 win v. FC. Koln Amateurs
Next Match: [Oct. 28] v. v. VfB Lubeck, DFB Cup, second round; [Nov. 1] Werder Bremen Amateurs
League Position: 7 (8)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 10/10    0      2/1           1/1        0      1/0        11/11     0      3/1         

QUICK HITS

  • Gibbs sat suspended as FC St. Pauli racked up their second largest win of the season, moving up to seventh in the league table
  • With the four goal output, St. Pauli move to second place in the league in goals scored (25).  They share that mark with their opponents on the weekend, the second-place amateur side from Werder Bremen

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 2-3-4 (10 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 24] DNP in 3-2 win v. Jahn Regensburg
Next Match: [Oct. 28] Bayern Munich, DFB Cup, second round; [Nov. 2] @ Eintracht Trier
League Position: tied 9th (14)


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 ended a seven-match winless run in fine fashion, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and fighting off a strong comeback from Jahn Regensburg to jump to a ninth-place tie in the Second Bundesliga
  • There's no higher mountain in Germany than a road match against Bayern Munich, even more so in a cup competition, and Nurnberg faces that climb in the second round of the DFB Cup before heading to 13th-place Eintracht Trier in search of their second road win of the campaign


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 7-1-1 (22 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 22] DNP in 1-0 win v. Celta Vigo, UEFA Champions League, Group H; [Oct. 26] DNP in 2-2 draw @ PSV
Next Match: [Nov. 1] v. AZ
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 returned to light fitness training while continuing to rehab the right Achilles tendon injury which plagued him throughout the 2002-03 season
  • Ajax collected a pair of solid results last week, proving their mettle in Europe and holding off the fierce challenge of second place PSV 
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the only goal of the match as Ajax held off Celta Vigo 1-0 at the ArenA, snatching first place in the Group H table as AC Milan fell surprisingly to Club Bruges
  • The home side went down 2-1 and were reduced to ten men before Ibrahimovic once again played the hero, leveling terms in the 72nd minute and leaving Ajax on top of the leaderboard in the Dutch Eredivisie


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 5-4-2 (17 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 18] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Le Mans
Next Match: [Nov. 1] v. AC Ajaccio
League Position: 8 (8)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E         
   8/8      0      1/0              8/8      0      1/0          

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney went 90 as Bastia poured another layer of concrete on Le Mans place at the bottom of the league table, the hosts remaining winless in the 2003-04 season
  • The Corsicans will put their four-match winning streak -- with three victories by shutout -- at the Armand-Cesari-Furiani Stadium on the line against AC Ajaccio, who are a solid 2-2-2 on the road this year


DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhaus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 4-7-1 (13 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 26] DNP in 0-4 loss @ Viborg
Next Match: [Oct. 29] v. AB Copenhagen; [Nov. 2] @ Frem
League Position: 10 (9)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E     
  5/4       0      0/0            5/4       0      0/0

QUICK HITS

  • Barrett has been sidelined with a torn ligament in his ankle and his missed the last seven matches
  • AGF's woes continues, now having dropped five of their last six matches while surrendering four goals in each of their last two defeats
  • Aarhaus will hope to duplicate their efforts from the earlier part of the schedule when they took consecutive victories against AB Copenhagen and Frem on Sept. 17 and 21 respectively


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