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MNT European Update [Dec. 16, 2003]


ENGLAND

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 5-9-2 (17 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 14] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Arsenal
Next Match: [Dec. 20] v. Aston Villa
League Position: 14 (last week: 14)

STATBOX
League                                UEFA Cup                  League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO
 16/16    1.56      2                2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                 19/19     1.74     2

QUICK HITS

  • Blackburn's storybook run against Arsenal last season had a different ending Sunday, Rovers falling 1-0 on an 11th minute goal from Dennis Bergkamp
  • Rovers have now lost five straight away matches, three by shutout
  • Level on points with their weekend visitors, Rovers are unbeaten in Villa's last four trips to Ewood Park, including three shutout victories

Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 12-3-1 (37 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 9] DNP in 2-0 win v. VfB Stuttgart, UEFA Champions League, Group E, MatchDay 6; [Dec. 13] played 90 minutes in 3-1 win v. Manchester City
Next Match: [Dec. 21] @ Tottenham
League Position: 2 (3)

STATBOX
League                               Champions League        League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO                 GP:GS   GAA   SO
 16/16    0.63      8                5/5       0.40     4          0/0          -        -                   21/21     0.57    12

QUICK HITS

  • Tim Howard took a well-deserved break as the 2-0 against Stuttgart gave the Red Devils top honors in Group E.  Man-U have drawn Portuguese champions FC Porto in the first round of the knockout stage
  • Howard returned to mind the nets as United took the reins in the Manchester derby, combining a pair of stellar second-half saves with a Paul Scholes double in lifting United above Chelsea in the EPL table
  • The winds seem favorable for United's three-match winning streak, as the Red Devils hold a four-match winning streak against Spurs as they head to White Hart Lane

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 5-8-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 13] played 90 minutes in 0-4 loss @ Newcastle United
Next Match: [Dec. 21] v. Manchester United
League Position: 13 (12)

STATBOX
League                               League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
 16/16    1.50      4                3/3       0.33     2        19/19     1.32     6

QUICK HITS

  • Spurs were handed their worst loss of the campaign, a 4-0 manhandling from Newcastle United
  • The shutout defeat marked the eighth time Spurs have gone scoreless this season
  • Spurs will have to lick their wounds quickly, a visit from mighty Manchester United next on the schedule and the final meeting of American internationals in 2003
  • Tottenham have suffered a fit of scoring futility againt United, having been held scoreless in their last three meetings

Eddie Lewis

Preston North End, Division One
Record: 9-8-4 (31 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 9] played 80 minutes in 2-2 draw @ Cardiff City; [Dec. 13] played final six minutes in 1-0 win @ Gillingham
Next Match: [Dec. 20] v. Burnley
League Position: 9 (10)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 19/15    2      4/0             0/0       0      0/0       19/15     2      4/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cardiff twice had the answer for PNE's strikes, including a points-saving goal in the 90th minute, to pull a 2-2 draw and prevent PNE's first away victory in five matches
  • Eddie Lewis entered as a late sub to help preserve a 1-0 win after Jamaican international Ricardo Fuller tallied the lone goal just three minutes in
  • Quietly inching forward in the First Division table, Preston will put their seven-match winning streak at Deepdale on the line against mediocre Burnley

Claudio Reyna 
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 5-7-4 (18 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 13] DNP in 1-3 loss @ Manchester United
Next Match: [Dec. 22] v. Leeds United
League Position: 13 (10)

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

  • The only bright side of  Man. City's derby loss was the end of the Blues goal-scoring drought, which had surpassed seven hours
  • Their win column at Old Trafford remains empty after 30 years and 20 matches
  • Reyna and Man. City are heading in an opposite direction of their opponent on the weekend, as Leeds United's horrific start to the campaign has been buoyed by a three-match unbeaten run as they enter City of Manchester Stadium

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 8-4-4 (28 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 14] played 90 minutes in 3-1 win v. Unterhaching
Next Match: [Dec. 17] @ Jahn Regensburg
League Position: 1 (4)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 15/15    2      4/0            1/1       0      0/0        16/16     2      4/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Berhalter once again earned high marks as Robert Vagner's first goal in the Second Bundesliga ensured Cottbus' move to the top spot in the league 
  • The league table remains tight, with only seven points separating the league leaders and 12th place Jahn Regensburg, their visitors in the final match before the winter break

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 7-6-3 (24 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 14] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win v. FC Union Berlin
Next Match: [Dec. 17] @ Alemannia Aachen
League Position: 7 (10)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 14/14     6     3/0            2/1        0      0/0       16/15     6      3/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey's finish of a goal-mouth scramble bumped his team-leading tally to six goals as Karlsruher slipped past road-rusted FC Union Berlin
  • Jumping to seventh in the table, Karlsruher face a stiff challenge before the break as they head to third-place Alemannia Aachen, who hold a daunting 6-0-1 record at the Tivoli, including four shutout victories

Steve Cherundolo 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 5-6-4 (19 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 14] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ VfL Wolfsburg
Next Match: [Dec. 17] v. VfL Bochum
League Position: 12 (10)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 14/13    0      5/0            2/2       0      1/0        16/15     0      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo's afternoon wearing the captain's armband was spoiled as Hannover surrendered their early 1-0 lead and dropped a 2-1 loss to high-flying Wolfsburg
  • The loss added another dip in the curve for Hannover, now 12th in the Bundesliga with one match remaining before the break
  • While a visit from fourth-place VfL Bochum appears gloomy, there may be an early gift under the tree.  The visitors have just two wins in eight road matches, and have lost the last three on the bounce

*The Regionnaliga has entered the winter break and will resume play Feb. 28, 2004

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: 7-4-4 (25 points)
Last match: [Dec. 14] DNP in 1-3 loss @ RW Oberhausen
Next Match: [Dec. 16] v. LR Ahlen
League Position: 5 (2)

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
  • Oberhausen made it six in a row at the Niederrheinstadion as Nurnberg suffered only their second loss in seven matches
  • The defeat remands Nurnberg back to fifth in the table
  • Nurnberg's second-best goal differential (+7) meets the league's third-worst (-9), but LR Ahlen bring a bit of momentum of their own to the Frankenstadion, having gone unbeaten in their last three contests

HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 12-1-1 (37 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 14] DNP in 1-0 win v. FC Utrecht
Next Match: [Dec. 17] v. NAC Breda, Dutch Cup; [Dec. 21] @ FC Twente
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 made his return to the pitch for the first time since April 23, starting for the Ajax Reserves in their Dutch Cup clash against FC Twente, going 72 minutes in the 1-0 defeat
  • Ajax remain king of the hill in Holland, as a 1-0 victory against FC Utrecht preserves the Amsterdammers perfect record at the Amsterdam Arena
  • A pair of matches stand between Ajax and the winter break, the 2002 Dutch Cup champions facing NAC Breda midweek before a league contest against seventh-place FC Twente closes out the calendar year

FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 6-7-5 (23 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 13] DNP in 0-0 draw v. Lyon
Next Match: [Dec. 17] v. Gueugnon, League Cup, Round of 16; [Dec. 20] v. Lille
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 four matches, as Bastia has struggled through a difficult fall campaign
  • Bastia did well to deny second-place Lyon three points, which serves as little comfort as Bastia have just one win in their last eight matches
  • Bastia may have the right opponent to break the slump, Lille entering the Armand-Cesari-Furiani Stadium with only one road win to their credit

DENMARK

*The Danish Super Ligaen has entered their winter break and will resume play March 14

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 being sidelined with an ankle injury through the middle part of the schedule, Barrett started six consecutive matches heading into the long winter break for the SuperLigaen

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