Dundee 1
Perugia 2
UEFA Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)

1 - 2

UEFA Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)
Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,911
7:05 PM Kick-off

Lee Wilkie (63)
Marco Di Loreto (50)
Massimiliano Fusani (84)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Serse Cosmi

Starting Eleven
1. Julian Speroni
19. Lee Mair
6. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
3. David Mackay
16. Jonay Hernández
8. Gavin Rae
10. Georgi Nemsadze
17. Nacho Novo
25. Steve Lovell
9. Juan Sara
Zeljko Kalac
Jamal Alioui
Marco Di Loreto
Souleymane Diamoutene
José Marcelo Ferreira Ze Maria
Fabio Grosso
Massimiliano Fusani
Fabio Gatti
Giovanni Tedesco
Massimo Margiotta
Zisis Vryzas

12. Jamie Langfield
27. Callum MacDonald
4. Tom Hutchinson
23. Tom Cowan
18. Brent Sancho
30. Mark Fotheringham
26. Garry Brady
Konstantinos Loumpoutis
Emanuele Berrettoni
Guly Do Prado
Michele Tardioli
Giovanni Ignoffo
Juan Turchi
Christian Obodo

Garry Brady for Steve Lovell (59)
Mark Fotheringham for Nacho Novo (86)
Tom Cowan for Jonay Hernández (86)
Konstantinos Loumpoutis for Fabio Grosso (69)
Guly Do Prado for Zisis Vryzas (86)
Emanuele Berrettoni for Massimo Margiotta (90)

None. Marco Di Loreto (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Zeljko Siric (Croatia) (Referee)
Darko Slivar (Croatia) & Zeljko Novosel (Croatia) (Assistants)
Miroslav Vitkovic (Croatia) (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

Squad Statistics (as at September 24th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 9 - 76 -
David Mackay22 7 - 682
Barry Smith29 913193
Lee Wilkie23 92995
Lee Mair22 9 - 431
Jonay Hernández - 7 - 441
Georgi Nemsadze31 9 - 925
Gavin Rae25 9223625
Steve Lovell - 914416
Nacho Novo - 975216
Juan Sara26 719835
Tom Cowan (sub) - 3131
Garry Brady (sub) - 8 - 411
Mark Fotheringham (sub) - 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at September 24th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After our first European joust against Vllaznia, this evening's tie against AC Perugia promises to be a fantastic occasion.

No matter that they may be one of the less well known sides in Italy, any side that plays in one of the top four leagues in Europe has got to be given the highest regard.

Perugia certainly present us with a massive challenge, but it is one that we are ready to respond to.

Many people undervalue our own league and this game affords us the opportunity to put Dundee FC on the map.

However, if we are going to enhance the reputation of the club and Scottish football, it will require a highly positive performance by us.

However, we readily accept that responsibility, although it would be nice to think that we can do it more often than once in 29 years!

Whilst it does put pressure on us, it is of a very welcome variety and I think that it gives us the chance to prove that we are a decent side. We may not play at the same level of European football as our opponents, but hopefully, we'll thrive on the occasion and get a good result to give everyone at the club a boost.

As you probably know I watched Perugia last week and they play three at the back with two very quick defenders on either side but perhaps untypical of what you might normally expect in Jay Bothroyd, they have a big target man which gives them a different aerial option.

They are also very dangerous from set pieces.

Although they didn't finish high enough the league to quality directly for the UEFA Cup, they fact that they came through three testing Intertoto ties and without losing a goal shows that have the typical Italian defensive mentality

And when you look at the ease with which Inter Milan accounted for Arsenal recently, think it says it all about the demands of playing in Serie A

Given that Perugia play in that kind of exalted company week in and week out, it immediately indicates the difficult task that lies ahead of us this evening.