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MNT European Update [May 4, 2004]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 13-13-10 (49 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Portsmouth
Next Match: [May 8] v. Arsenal
League Position: 8 (last week: 9)

STATBOX

League                          FA Cup                      League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E           
13/13     0      2/1             4/4       0     1/0            -        -        -         17/17     0      3/1         

QUICK HITS

  • Bocanegra picked up his second booking of the campaign while thwarting a run by Portsmouth's Lomana LuaLua, helping to secure a draw that leaves Fulham with only one loss in seven matches
  • The 2-1-4 run in league play puts the Cottagers in the eighth position, one point and one spot away from a place in next year's UEFA Cup with two matches remaining

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 12-17-7 (43 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win v. Manchester United
Next Match: [May 8] @ Tottenham
League Position: 13 (14)

STATBOX
League                                UEFA Cup                  F.A .Cup                                League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO                GP:GS   GAA   SO
 36/36    1.58     8                 2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                   1/1       4.00     0                   40/40    1.73     8

QUICK HITS

  • Friedel claimed the prize in the matchup of U.S. 'keepers as Rovers blanked Tim Howard and Manchester United for the second consecutive year in their meeting at Ewood Park
  • The win is icing on the cake for a resurgent Rovers side that has recorded three straight clean sheet victories and cemented their place in England's top flight for next season
  • Next up is Friedel's partner in the 2002 World Cup as they visit Kasey Keller and a struggling Spurs side, Friedel having posted his first shutout of the campaign in their 1-0 win againt Tottenham on Nov. 29

Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 22-9-5 (71 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss @ Blackburn
Next Match: [May 8] v. Chelsea
League Position: 3 (3)

STATBOX
League                                Champions League        F.A .Cup                                League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO                GP:GS   GAA   SO
30/30     1.00    15                7/7       0.71     4          3/3       1.33      0                   0/0          -         -                  40/40    0.98    15

QUICK HITS

  • Howard turned aside five shots on the afternoon, but the close-range blast from Jonathan Stead six minutes from time was too good for the 2003 EPL Goalkeper of the Year as United suffered their ninth league defeat of the campaign
  • The defeat leaves United four points adrift of automatic qualification into the Champions League, with store-bought Chelsea holding the advantage and needing only a point from two games to secure their ticket to Europe
  • It's the very same posh London club that heads to Old Trafford on Sunday, forcing the Red Devils to test their mettle in the season's penultimate match and an important tunep for the FA Cup final in less than three weeks time.

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 11-19-6 (39 points)
Last match:  [May 2] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Aston Villa
Next Match: [May 8] v. Blackburn
League Position: 16 (16)

STATBOX
League                               FA Cup                        League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO           GP:GS   GAA   SO       GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO 
  36/36   1.53      6              3/3       1.67      1           4/4       0.50     2         43/43    1.44     9

QUICK HITS

  • The chill on Spurs season has fully set in, the North London club now winless in their last eight outings and five times held scoreless in defeat
  • Keller's record of longevity remains unbroken, the U.S. international not missing a minute of action in all 43 of Spurs matches this season
  • Having fallen six places in the table in as many weeks, Tottenham's consolation prize is another go 'round the EPL next season as their place in the top flight is secure
  • Spurs host on-form Blackburn in their home finale, searching for their first victory at White Hart Lane since March 13

Eddie Lewis

Preston North End, Division One
Record: 15-17-13 (58 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played 90 minutes in 2-3 loss @ Norwich City
Next Match: [May 9] v. Sheffield United
League Position: 14 (14)

STATBOX

League                          FA Cup                      League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E           
 32/25    6      6/0             2/2       0      0/0         0/0       0      0/0       34/27     6     6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Eddie Lewis went the distance for the second straight after recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia, only to see his side fall 3-2 to league leaders Norwich and advance their winless run to five matches
  • While firmly ensconced midtable, PNE still have a part to play in the First Division's season finale as they welcome a Sheffield United side needing a victory in order to keep their promotion playoff hopes alive

Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 13-13-10 (49 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played final 14 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Portsmouth
Next Match: [May 8] v. Arsenal
League Position: 8 (last week: 9)

STATBOX
League                          FA Cup                      League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E           
 14/4      2      0/0            3/3       1     0/0            -        -        -           17/7      3      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • McBride unleashed a low, left footed screamer five minutes from time against Portsmouth to secure a road point for Fullham and keep their UEFA Cup hope's alive
  • Fulham welcome newly crowned EPL champions Arsenal on the weekend, looking for their first victory against the Gunners since 1965

Claudio Reyna 
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 8-14-14 (38 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played final 20 minutes in 1-0 win v. Newcastle United
Next Match: [May 8] @ Middlesbrough
League Position: 17 (17)

STATBOX
League                          UEFA Cup                  FA Cup                          League Cup                   TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E           GP:GS  Gls    C/E           GP:GS  Gls    C/E
 21/17    1      0/0            4/2       0      0/0          3/3       0      1/0              1/1       0      0/0            29/23    1      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Reyna continued his role as reserve, entering in the 70th minute as Manchester City's 1-0 victory home to Newcastle, combined with a Leeds United loss, has virtually guaranteed their place in England's top flight next season
  • The Light Blues are six points clear of Leeds and Wolverhampton with two matches remaining, but hold a vastly superior goal differential
  • With only pride at stake, Man. City seek to avenge 1-0 loss to mid-table Middlesbrough earlier in the campaign


GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 14-9-8 (50 points)
Last match:  [May 2] played 90 minutes in 2-4 loss @ MSV Duisberg
Next Match: [May 9] v. VfB Lubeck
League Position: 3 (3)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 29/29    4      6/0            1/1       0      0/0        30/30     4     6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cottbus are clinging to third place and automatic promotion after dropping three of their last four matches
  • Five teams are still within striking distance of the two remaining spots on the elevator to the top flight with only three matches remaining
  • Holding an impressive 10-3-2 record at the Stadion der Freundschaft, Cottbus look to gain some breathing distance against relegation-threatened VfL Lubeck

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 10-12-9 (39 points)
Last match:  [May 2] started and played 86 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Jahn Regensburg
Next Match: [May 9] v. Eintracht Trier
League Position: 12 (13)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
27/27    13     6/0            2/1        0      0/0       29/28    13    6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey nearly went 90 after turning in 84 solid minutes in the USA's convincing 1-0 victory against Mexico midweek in Dallas
  • Karlsruhe are staving off the attackers seeking to avoid relegation, unbeaten in three of their last four matches with a win and two draws
  • The dogfight ranges from the second worst team up to the eighth best side in the league, with 10 teams still capable of being bounced to the regional league
  • Karlsruhe run up against one of those sides Sunday in 10th place Eintracht Trier, Conor Casey having posted the goal in the 1-1 draw against the visitors in their first encounter on Dec. 5

Steve Cherundolo 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 8-14-9 (33 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played 90 minutes in 4-1 loss @ SC Freiburg
Next Match: [May 9] v. Eintracht Frankfurt
League Position: 13 (13)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 28/27    0      9/0            2/2       0      1/0        30/29     0    10/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo was a given a dubious sending off, picking up two yellow cards in the 25th minute with the referee handing out the second booking for suspected dissent
  • Freiburg were runaway winners after that, marking the fourth time Hannover have given up four or more goals in the 2003-04 season
  • Hannover sit amidst a crowded pack of relegation-threatened sides, holding steady at two points and two places on the right side of the line with three matches to go

Clint Mathis 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 8-14-9 (33 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played final 22 minutes in 4-1 loss @ SC Freiburg
Next Match: [May 9] v. Eintracht Frankfurt
League Position: 13 (13)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 14/13    4      2/0             -/-        -       -          14/13     4      2/0

QUICK HITS

  • Mathis made his first appearance from the reserves bench since joining Hannover during the winter break, his streak in the first XI stopped at 13 games
  • With two of three remaining games at home, Hannover can widen the gap with a victory against second-to-last Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend at the AWD-Arena

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 17-7-7 (58 points)
Last match: [May 3] played 90 minutes in 3-1 win @ Arminia Bielefeld
Next Match: [May 7] @ VfL Osnabruck
League Position: 1 (1)

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

QUICK HITS

  • After slamming home a header in his debut for Nurnberg last week, Sanneh punched the clock on another 90 minutes as their 3-1 victory against second-place Bielefeld has virtually guaranteed their promotion back to the Germany's top division
  • With three to go, Nurnberg now sit nine points ahead of fourth-place Alemannia Aachen, the only side that could prevent their step up, and hold a whopping +26 advantage in goal differential
  • Having run up 14 goals in their last four outings, Nurnberg look to make it five in a row against last-place VfL Osnabruck


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 23-4-5 (74 points)
Last match:  [May 2] DNP in 5-1 win v. FC Zwolle
Next Match: [May 9] v. NAC Breda
League Position: 1 (1)

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

QUICK HITS

  • O'Brien's injury plague seems endless, the latest installment a hamstring injury which has kept him idle since Feb. 13
  • Ajax's magic number is one as any point gained by the Amsterdammers or lost by PSV will cinch their 29th Dutch Eredivisie crown
  • Ajax can hold their victory party at home with a result against 10th-place NAC Breda, a side that handed them their second worst loss of the campaign, a 4-2 dismantling on Sept. 21


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 9-14-11 (38 points)
Last match:  [May 1] played 90 minutes in 0-4 loss @ Rennes
Next Match: [May 8] v. Strasbourg
League Position: 14 (13)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E         
18/17     0      1/0           18/17      0     1/0          

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney picked up his first start in three matches, only to see his side get clobbered 4-0 and suffer their second straight shutout defeat
  • Held scoreless in five of their last games, Bastia are not out of the relegation woods just yet, only nine points ahead of the bottom team with four matches left on the calendar
  • Bastia host the team seated one point below them, hoping to avenge the 4-2 loss handed down by Strasbourg on Dec. 6


DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 9-16-3 (30 points)
Last match:  [May 2] DNP in 0-2 loss @ Brondby
Next Match: [May 9] v. Esbjerg
League Position: 9 (9)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Barrett has been sidelined by injury for the last two matches, forced to watch the AGF attack fail to produce a goal for the fourth time in six matches
  • With only one win in eight matches since the winter break, Aarhaus has slipped to ninth in the league table
  • Aarhaus earned one of their four points since March 14 against this weekend's visitors, second place Esjberg

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