The Terrace


Fantasy Football

Posted in Fantasy Football by terraceradio on August 11, 2007

Fantasy Fitba

Good morning/afternoon/evening kids,

Hope you enjoyed or are enjoying the prospect of being enjoyed by Episode 6! Episode 7 will be recorded sometime in the middle of next week.

This quick mail out is NOT to remind you that the Premier League starts on Saturday but that as by some amazing coincidence: so does the Fantasy Football!

http://fantasy.premierleague.com

The official Premier League website has a pretty faultless system and is easy to pick up and keep tabs on, but we’ve also setup our own Terrace mini league as mentioned in Episode 5.

We’ve promised at least SOME prizes for the winner, it just depends on how much football tat we can hoard from PR companies before the end of the season!

Our league code is:

619907-110263

All you need to do is sign up and tippy-tap that into the League Code box once you’ve picked your team; and more importantly designed your own strip!

Episode 6

Posted in Download,Episode by terraceradio on August 7, 2007

Below is the DIRECT download for Episode 6, for your enjoyment on your computer or MP3 player at your internetless convenience.

Remember you can also cheggidout on Bebo and MySpace! We’ll be updating this page as often as we can when the download exceeds its’ limit of 100 downloads (which is always an encouraging chore, thank you!) but if it isn’t working please let us know!

Episode 6 – Direct Download (35.64MB @ 96 KBPS)

Synopsis

Hot on the heels of our Mega Pre-Season extravaganza, The Terrace is back
with an all new episode. This week we’ll be looking back on an intriguing
first weekend in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.

We’ll also be tackling Rangers fans’ bigoted chants at Inverness, the Rowan
Alexander debacle outside Fir Park on Saturday and the prospect of life
without Craig Gordon – but with £9 Million – for Hearts fans.

We will also be welcoming back The Debate, where Alan and Craig have a
couple of typically heated ‘discussions’ regarding the best route for the
best Scottish talent, and whether or not Hearts captain Craig Gordon is
worth the £9 Million which is being reported. Top 5 is also back, fresh from
our Top 5 new signings in SPL we will be doing the same for the English
Premiership, as we count down the best signings in that league this summer.

Episode 5 – Direct Download

Posted in Uncategorized by terraceradio on August 6, 2007

This page is used to keep the most current link for The Terrace direct download so you don’t have to fanny about if it exceeds its bandwidth limit. We do our best to try and keep on top of things, but as ever if anything goes awry please let us know: terraceradio@gmail.com

 Episode 5.mp3 ( 51122 KB/49.9 MB )

 

East Fife 3 – 1 East Stirlingshire

Posted in East Stirlingshire by terraceradio on August 6, 2007

East Stirlingshire

The Terrace’s newly adopted club, East Stirling, made a losing start to the 2007/08 season and we all have to hope that it doesn’t point to another season of struggle for the perennial ‘worst side in Scotland’. The Shire’s first game of the season was always going to be a tough one, travelling to an East Fife side who spent most of last season hovering around mid-table in the third division.However, that pre-season optimism; that hope; the belief your team will defy the odds and have a stormer of a season is no different with East Stirling – despite thier recent record. Indeed, Shire manager Gordon Wylde would have delighted going into the Bayveiw dressing room at 0-0, after a half in which East Stirling certainly didn’t look as inferior to East Fife as some may have expected.However, that good first half counted for very little just seconds into the second half when East Fife took the lead through former Motherwell man Steven Nicholas, the pedigree of whom suggests East Fife were of a calibre to go on and win comfortably. That was easier said than done, though, and East Stirling managed to steady the ship after the opener and avoid the opening of the floodgates that some may have expected.

Better was to come for The Shire on the hour mark when they equalised through summer signing from juniors side Kilburnie Ladeside, Joe Savage, who silenced the home fans and at the same time engraciated himself immediately to Shire fans. An unlikely win, and a dream start to the new season seemed possible at Bayveiw for East Stirling as the away side pushed on. But hopes of a stunning win were dashed in the final ten minutes as the class of East Fife told over the increasingly tired Shire troops.

First of all Greig McDonald scored to put the home side 2-1 up before the game was well and truly put to bed by Paul Stewart just 3 minutes before the end to wrap up a good day for East Fife – although with a few scares they may not have expected.

East Stirling: Hill, Doyle, McBride, King, Thywissen, Kelly, McKenzie, Brand, Savage, McLaren, Ure. Substitutes: Moffat, McBride, Struthers

East Stirling will need another committed performance to achieve a respectable result as they travel to First Division Hamilton (on the back of beating Dunfermline) on Tuesday on CIS Cup business, before they welcome Dumbarton to Firs Park next week – where they will be looking to get the first points of this new season on the boards

East Stirling (unofficially sponsored by The Terrace) current league position:

9th, P1, W0, D0, L1, Pts 0

Next Fixture: Hamilton (A), Tues 7th Aug

UEFA Cup Draw

Posted in UEFA Cup by terraceradio on August 6, 2007

UEFA Cup Draw

While there has been much fanfare over the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Champions League Draw involving the Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic, it would have been easy to miss the draw for the other Scottish team entering Europe this week – Dunfermline. Well, we at The Terrace dont discriminate against the little guy when it comes to Scottish football, and so we bring you the lowdown on Dumfy’s opponents.The Pars, who began their 1st Division campaign yesterday with a dissapointing 2-1 defeat away to Hamilton, will face BK Hacken in the UEFA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. Hacken find themselves in a similar position to Dunfermline, as they find themselves in the UEFA Cup having been relegated to the Swedish Superatten last season. Nevertheless, the Swedish side have several good players including former Premiership defender Teddy Lucic, Brazilian midfielder Ze Antonio and Liberian internationalist Dioh Williams, who boasts 44 goals in 102 games for Hacken.

Hacken will be favourites for this tie (despite the Scottish media no doubt trying to convince you they are ‘minnows’ as they do with most smaller foreign teams) and they will also be favourites to regain thier place in the Swedish Allsvenskan come the end of the season, so Dunfermline will have to be at their best to get a result from this tie.

Pars captain Scott Thomson is wary of the threat of the Swedes: “There are no easy away games or even home games, because everybody is getting to a decent level now. It was going to be difficult no matter who we got.”

“We don’t know what Hacken are going to be like, what the stadium or pitch are going to be. It could be pretty wierd to be fair”

Stephen Kenny is the man Dunfermline would want in charge for the tie. His Derry side gave a fine account of themselves in their last UEFA Cup campaign, including the demolition of Gretna and going to Paris and not being at all overawed by the mighty Paris Saint-Germain. Dunfermline fans will certainly have hope for the game, and perhaps even a morale boosting run in Europe’s second competition – given some of Mr Kenny’s magic in Europe rubs off on them.

Champions League 3rd Round Qualifiers Lowdown: Red Star and Sparak Moscow

Posted in Celtic,Champions League,Old Firm,Rangers by terraceradio on August 3, 2007

Here’s a brief lowdown on the opponents for the Old Firm’s repective opponents in the ‘£10 million game’ in the 3rd round of the Champions League qualifiers.
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Rangers today received just about the kindest draw they could have hoped for (with the notable exception of the real minnows, if there is such a thing, like Hafnorfjordur/BATE Borisov). Nevertheless Rangers fans would be foolish to think that – given they do beat FK Zeta – they will waltz past either Levadia Talinn or, as is more likely, Crvena Zvezda. 

After beating Levadia 1-0 in the first leg you would expect the Serbian giants to finish the job over in Estonia. Crvena boast a proud European history, including a European Cup as recently as 1991 under their previous guise of Red Star Belgrade when they boasted some of the most gifted players of the generation: The likes of Dejan Savicevic, Vladimir Jugovic, Sinisa Mihajlovic and the genius that was Robert Prosenecki. 

The current crop of Crvena Zvezda players may not boast the same profile as those legends, but there is little doubt that the current Serbian champions will boast a very technically proficient squad and will give Rangers a very stern test. You only need to look at Serbia’s performance in this summer’s U-21’s European Championships (runner’s up) to see that Serbian football is on the rise and is in a much better state – in terms of talent – than the game in Scotland. 

Some players to looks out for from Crveda Zvezda are: 

Former Portsmouth winger and Slovenian regular Ognjen Koroman, who scored the only goal of the game as Crveda beat Levadia in Belgrade, will be a player Rangers will need to watch carefully. He can play on the left or right, so Hutton and Papac will need to have their wits about them. 

Captain Dejan Milovanovic also captained Serbia U-21’s this summer in their impressive campaign and will be in the centre of the Crveda midfield, and at the heart of everything they do – if he’s still there, there are a raft of clubs chasing him. 

Crveda have also brought in a raft of South Americans this summer, in the form of Mauricio Molina (Colombia), Franklin Salas (Ecuador) and Hernan Barcos (Argentina) and if these players settle in then Rangers will have to be wary of these unknown quantities from the most naturally gifted continent on the planet. 

If Levadia miraculously get through the 2nd Qualifying round (for the first time in their history) then that should be enough to make Rangers wary of them. In truth Levadia are a hard working side with no real star players, and unlike Crveda, no European pedigree so if Rangers were to face them the Glasgow side would be hot favourites however manager Tarmo Ruutli is remaining positive that his side will get past Red Star.

He said:

“I would like it very much if we could meet Rangers in the next round but neither team is through at this moment and it will be very difficult for us.

“However, they are a very big club with a great history so to play them would be very nice.
At this moment I do not know much about the Rangers team but if we both qualify I will have no problem getting more information. It will not be hard to do this as I know they are a very good team.”

About the fixture against Red Star he said:

“Our game against Red Star was tough as they are a better team and made a lot of opportunites. It is most likely that Rangers will face Red Star now if they can win against Zeta.

“It will be very hard fo us but we have to be hopeful as we are now at home.”

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Celtic have no such hope in facing the smaller team as Spartak Moscow come straight through to face the Scottish Champions as one of the biggest unseeded teams in the draw.

The first leg will be played in Moscow on the 15th of August and the return leg on the 29th of August in Glasgow following a tough weekend test away to Hearts.

Lovingly refered to as Myaso (The Meat!) they playing at the 84,745 capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where incidently the Champions League final will be played.

The Russian side currently sit top of the table after 18 games, with 33 points- 2 ahead of second placed Zenith St Petersburg. They are already past the half way point in their season, with only 16 teams playing in Russia’s top flight.

Their team includes:

Croatian number 1, Stipe Pletikosa, who joined this season from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Stallwart stopper Martin Jiránek is an established Czech Republic internationlist but is rumoured to be missing both legs of the fixture.

Versatile fullback and defensive midfielder Roman Shishkin, recently given his first cap in a Russian jersey alongside his midfield teamates Dmitri Torbinsky, Aleksei Rebko and Vladimir Bystrov.

The midfield lynchpin is arguably captain and 40+ capped Yegor Titov, who has been capped over 40 times for his native Russia but was left out of recent international matches in June by Russian manager Guus Hiddink.

Mozart Santos Batista Júnior, the uncapped Brazillian defensive midfielder who was a reported summer target for the Scottish Champions.

Star striker Pavlyuchenko has been on form already this season, with

The squad also includes former Arsenal winger-cum-forward Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, who joined the club last season.

Spartak Moscow Sergei Shavlo General Director had this to say about the upcoming match:

“It’s the first time Spartak have drawn a Scottish club. It’s a good draw.”

“Celtic are an interesting side that play attacking football and have a good collection of players.”

“We will prepare, and interesting games lie ahead. I consider our chances to be 50:50.”

Manager Stanislav Cherchesov is echoed the prospect of facing the Scottish Champions:

“Celtic are a strong opponent, who play in front of packed crowds when at home,” he said.
“The team is sufficiently qualified and their play has changed for the better in recent years.

“But while we don’t have all the necessary information and haven’t studied our opponents thoroughly, there is little sense in saying anything concrete about them.

“It’s not in our tradition to get ahead of ourselves and give predictions.”

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