T&T moves up in Fifa

Marc Purcell
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Trinidad and Tobago moved up in the latest Fifa world ranking published on Tuesday. They progressed three places to 44th and are now nestled nicely between Thailand and Cote d' Ivoire. They are still ranked number two in the Caribbean and number four in Concacaf behind Mexico(10th), USA(17th) and Jamaica(30th).

Nixon scores in European competition.

Jerren Nixon continued his good run in European competition when he opened the scoring for Zurich in the UEFA cup on Tuesday. Nixon scored in the 35th minute in there first leg encounter with Anorthosis Famagusta (if you can pronounce the name there is $20 in it for you) of Cyprus. Zurich won the game 4-0 at home and have to travel to the small island in two weeks time for the return leg. They should progress into the next round.

Dwight Yorke got his wish on Wednesday night when he started for Manchester United versus Barcelona. Yorke had made his intention clear that he wanted to play at the highest level of European club competition. Playing in the European Champions League Yorke had a few chances to put Manchester United up for good. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. Manchester United find themselves in the same group with Brondby of Denmark and Bayern Munich of Germany.

In the shooting range...

This was a weekend that I circled on the calendar some months ago. It was supposed to be the battle of team mates in Scotland. On one side was Marvin Andrews, the young skillful defender and Raith Rovers. On the other end was Tony Rougier the fast, tricky midfielder and Hibernian.

However, due to an inflamed pelvis Marvin Andrews will not start the game. Andrews suffered the injury while playing for T&T in the Shell/Umbro cup.

Marvin Raeburn is France bound. According to the Weekend Independent, Raeburn is expected to join Auxerre in January. He is expected to be the first Trinidad and Tobago footballer to play in France. Raeburn is not required to go on trial and will benefit from the French system that does not require a specific number of caps to play in the league.

In the starting lineup...

Dwight Yorke and Manchester United will play league champs Arsenal. Shaka Hislop hopes to continue his good run when he starts between the uprights for West Ham when they take on Nottingham Forest.

In Scotland Tony Rougier and Hibs face Raith Rovers.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis will be looking to add to his total when E.Amadora face Académica. Lewis has one goal this season. He scored in week two versus Setubal.

In the USA, Stern John, Ansil Elcock and Columbus face Colorado. Mickey Trotman, Brian Haynes and Dallas face Kansas City. David Nahkid and New England face off with former teammate Evans Wise and Tampa Bay.