Thursday, November 8, 2007

UEFA Cup Preview

Everton and Tim Howard travel to Germany to face Nurnberg in a game that kicks off at 3 p.m. ET. The two clubs come into tonight’s match with extremely contrasting fortunes: Everton have won four in a row as they push up the Premier League table, while Nurnberg have endured an appalling start to the season and currently sit in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga. Nonetheless, the UEFA Cup is a different competition all together, and the slate is clean for the German club, who will play their first group match today. Everton, on the other hand, have already played one group match against Larissa, where the Toffees triumphed 3-1. Read up on some facts about the match here and be sure to follow live text updates of the game at

Aalborg BK, led by American defender and club captain Dan Califf, plays its first group stage game tonight against Belgian side Anderlecht. AaB (as the Danish side is abbreviated) has already played nine European games this season, as they had to qualify for the UEFA Cup through the Intertoto Cup. Califf and AaB defeated the heavily favored Serie A side Sampdoria in the qualification round in order to be drawn into group G. As you may remember, the MNT Blog spoke to Califf about that victory over Samporia during the recent camp in Switzerland. You can read about all the pre-game happenings here, and be sure to follow the game when it kicks off at 1:15 p.m. ET here.

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