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Olivier Occean was on target in the 2. Bundesliga, with his early goal boosting Kaiserslautern to victory. Goal recaps that and other Canadians Abroad weekend action.

As many of the various European tournaments settle into a more regular pattern, some Canadians plying their trade across the continent seem to be doing the same.

This past weekend saw a few Canucks get onto the score sheet, while others continued to fight for their spots in one of the most trying campaigns for Canadian players abroad. 


The standout performance in the German pyramid belonged to Olivier Occean, who scored the winning goal for 2. Bundesliga side FC Kaiserslautern in a 3-0 romp at Arminia Bielefeld on Friday.

The 31-year-old striker put FCK up early, scoring in the ninth minute to set the pace for an easy victory for the visitors. He also earned a first half yellow card within his 63 minutes on the pitch.

Elsewhere in the German second tier, big striker Rob Friend was in the starting lineup for TSV 1860 München in a 0-0 draw with Energie Cottbus. He was replaced at the start of the second half.

While Friend and Occean enjoy regular minutes with their 2. Bundesliga clubs, the same cannot be said for André Hainault, who has only played five total minutes with VfR Aalen since joining the club over the summer.

Aalen suffered its third straight loss in all competitions on Saturday, falling 2-0 at Dynamo Dresden. Hainault was not in the matchday squad.

Playing time was just as tough to find in the top division, with left back Marcel de Jong staying on the bench for FC Augsburg on Saturday during a 4-1 loss at Schalke 04.

De Jong has been out of favour at Augsburg since the beginning of the season, only playing 44 minutes in 2013-14 so far.

The other Canadian in the Bundesliga, forward Simeon Jackson, wasn't even in the matchday squad for Eintracht Braunschweig over the weekend.

Jackson missed Braunschweig's first win of the season, a 2-0 victory at VfL Wolfsburg that still doesn't lift the club out of the cellar.


Speaking of players not even making the bench these days, goalkeeper Milan Borjan was once again nowhere to be seen for Sivasspor as the club won 2-0 over bottom-feeding Gençlerbirliği on Sunday.

Borjan is said to have fallen into coach Roberto Carlos' doghouse, despite being the club's No. 1 since he joined the Super Lig side. It would not be surprising to see the 'keeper loaned out or even transferred in the months ahead.

One player who doesnt have to fear losing his spot is Atiba Hutchinson. The Beşiktaş midfielder has played every minute of the season since joining the club, and he put in another 90 minute performance over the weekend as Beşiktaş edged host Eskişehirspor 1-0.

Down a rung in the 1. Lig, Tam Nsaliwa was the hero for Bucaspor as he scored both goals in a 2-1 win at Gazientep BB.

Nsaliwa's second goal was a 90th minute free kick from 40 yards out that rocketed into the top right corner of the Gazientep net. He was understandably mobbed by his teammates after the late winner, including Tosaint Ricketts (who had started the match and played 68 minutes).


In the nearby Greek Super League, veteran midfielder Julian de Guzman started and played the first half for SKODA Xanthi in a 3-2 win over Apollon Smirnis.

Xanthi is in eighth place after seven matches played.


Also plying his trade in the Mediterranean region is Daniel Haber, who has made the most of his modest playing time in the Cypriot top flight.

On Monday, the 21-year-old striker notched his second goal in as many league matches for Apollon Limassol in a 2-0 victory over Doxa.

Even more impressive is the fact that Haber has been used in a substitute role in the opening weeks of Apollon's campaign, and his two goals have come from only 152 minutes of action so far this season.


Up in the northern part of the continent, Roger Thompson and Charlie Trafford were not having the best of days as their club IFK Mariehamn was routed 5-1 by Lahti on Saturday.

Thompson played the entire match and Trafford subbed in at the 77th minute as Mariehamn fell to fifth place in the Veikkausliiga.

Things weren't much better for striker Frank Jonke, who played 90 minutes for Jaro in a 3-0 loss to visiting TPS.

Jaro has lost seven straight league games and currently sits 10th in the 12-team Finnish top flight.


Next door in Sweden's Allsvenskan, goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos backstopped AIK as the club held off host Mjällby to win 3-2 on Friday.

AIK is in a very tight race for a European berth, sitting level on points with Helsingborg (holder of Sweden's final Europa League spot) but currently on the outside looking in due to goal difference.

There are three games remaining in the 2013 Allsvenskan campaign.


Also on the outside looking in is goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld, who has settled into a backup role for Vålerenga.

On Saturday, Hirschfeld watched from the bench as his side played to a 2-1 loss at Eliteserien leader Strømsgodset.


Across the North Sea in England's Championship, Junior Hoilett continued to work his way back from injury as he made a late 28 minute appearance for Queens Park Rangers in a 2-0 win over visiting Barnsley.

Although it's still early, QPR looks poised to make a return to the Premier League as the London side is tied on atop the standings with Burnley, although the R's hold a game in hand.

Speaking of Burnley, defender David Edgar has found it much tougher to crack the new-and-improved lineup, and he stayed on the bench as the club won its fifth consecutive league match (and sixth in all competitions) with a 2-1 result versus Reading.

Edgar has seen some minutes in the league and cups this year, but he has definitely lost his starter status from last season.

In League One, Preston North End suffered its first loss in six matches as it fell 2-0 at Peterborough United on Saturday.

Iain Hume started at striker for PNE, playing 45 minutes in his fifth league appearance for the club so far this season. 

Meanwhile, Canada's other representative in England's third tier, Marcus Haber, had a much better day as he scored Notts County's fourth goal in a 4-0 rout of Crewe Alexandria.

Haber has two goals to his credit after joining Notts County on loan ealier this season.


The lone Canadian playing in a South American top flight, Lucas Cavallini, remained on the bench for Uruguayan power Club Nacional as it grabbed a 1-0 win at El Tanque Sisley on Friday night.

The 20-year-old striker has played just 60 minutes over three substitute appearances in 2013-14.