Filip Despotovski

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Filip Despotovski
Personal information
Full name Filip Despotovski
Date of birth (1982-11-18) 18 November 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
FK Vardar
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Cementarnica 19 (4)
2002–2003 OFK Beograd 20 (1)
2003–2004 Napredok 6 (1)
2004 Vardar 1 (0)
2004–2005 Bežanija 11 (2)
2005–2006 Mačva Šabac 14 (3)
2006–2007 Ethnikos Piraeus 18 (0)
2007–2008 Vardar 26 (0)
2008–2010 Vorskla 49 (2)
2010–2011 Inter Baku 12 (1)
2011-2012 Rabotnički 20 (2)
2012-2013 Pierikos 12 (0)
2013 Teteks 11 (0)
2013- Vardar 43 (3)
National team
2009–2012 Macedonia 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Filip Despotovski (Macedonian: Филип Дecпoтoвcки; born 18 November 1982 in Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia[1]) is a Macedonian football midfielder who plays for FK Vardar and the Macedonian National Team.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Filip Despotovski started his career in Macedonia in FK Vardar's youth school, SSK Mladinec,[1] but would sign his first professional contract with Cementarnica 55.[1]

In his first professional season, Despotovski made 19 appearances and scored 4 goals for Cementarnica 55, which immediately earned him a transfer to prominent Serbian club OFK Beograd in summer 2002.[1][2]

In his first season with OFK, Despotovski made 17 appearances and scored 1 goal [2] to help the team to a third-place league finish. The following season though, Despotovski was no longer a starter,[2] and he would move on from the club. Over the next two-and-a-half seasons, Despotovski played for Macedonian club Napredok Kičevo and Serbian clubs FK Bežanija and Mačva Šabac.[1][2]

Ethnikos and Vardar[edit]

In 2006, Despotovski landed in Greece with Beta Ethniki club Ethnikos Piraeus,[2] and the move proved to be a turning point in his career. After one season with Ethnikos, FK Vardar, Macedonia's most prominent club, took notice of Despotovski's impressive form and signed him to a contract in summer 2007.[1][2]

Despotovski's rapid growth as a player continued at Vardar, and as such he did not remain at the club very long. Despotovski was noted as Vardar's best player in the first half of the 2007-08 season,[1] and during the winter transfer period Ukrainian Premier League club Vorskla Poltava stepped in and acquired his services from Vardar.[1][2]

FK Vorskla[edit]

In Despotovski's first full season with Vorskla, the team won the Ukrainian Cup for the first time in club history;[3] Despotovski played all 90 minutes in Vorskla's 1-0 defeat of FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Cup Final.[3] The Cup victory earned Despotovski the distinction of being the fifth Macedonian international to win a Cup title, after Goran Pandev, Goran Popov, Zlatko Tanevski and Artim Sakiri.[3] In league play, Despotovski made 25 appearances and scored 1 goal;[2] Vorskla went undefeated in his first league 16 appearances.[1]

On 20 August 2009, Despotovski made his first appearance in European competition when Vorskla took on Primeira Liga club Benfica in the play-off round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.[4] Despotovski appeared in the second leg of the tie against Benfica as well; the Portuguese team would advance with a 5-2 aggregate victory.[5] In league play, Despotovski made 14 appearances and scored 1 goal in 2009-10.[2]

FC Inter Baku[edit]

Despotovski signed a 1 year deal with Inter Baku on 30 August 2010.[6]

International career[edit]

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

On 6 June 2009, Despotovski made his debut for the Macedonian National Team against Norway in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA Group 9);[7] the Norway match was Macedonia's fifth of their eight total qualifying matches. Following his debut, Despotovski made two more appearances—both starts—in Group 9 qualification, against Iceland [8] and Scotland.[9]

UEFA Euro 2012 qualification[edit]

As of June 2011, Despotovski has made five appearances (four starts) for Macedonia in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying (Group B).[10]

Other[edit]

In 2009, Despotovski played for Macedonia in friendly matches against Spain,[11] Qatar,[12] Canada [13] and Iran.

In 2010, Despotovski played for Macedonia in friendly matches against Montenegro,[14] Azerbaijan,[15] Romania,[16] and Malta.[17]

In 2011, Despotovski has played for Macedonia in a friendly match against Cameroon.[18]

Honors[edit]

FK Vorskla[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Naumovski, Igor (29 March 2009). "Filip Despotovski the Ukrainian phenomenon". MacedonianFootball.com. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Despotovski, Filip at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ a b c "Despotovski won the Ukrainian Cup". MacedonianFootball.com. 1 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2010 - Benfica-Vorskla". UEFA.com. 20 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2010 - Vorskla-Benfica". UEFA.com. 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Деспотовски продолжит карьеру в бакинском "Интере" (in Ukrainian). http://www.ua-football.com/. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Macedonia held by Norway". MacedonianFootball.com. 7 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Macedonia beat Iceland". MacedonianFootball.com. 10 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Scotland 2-0 Macedonia". BBC.com. 5 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Euro 2012 Qual's". MacedonianFootball.com. 
  11. ^ "Macedonia - Spain 2:3". MacedonianFootball.com. 12 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "MKD-QAT match report". MacedonianFootball.com. 11 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Macedonia - Canada 3:0". MacedonianFootball.com. 14 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "MKD - MNE match report". MacedonianFootball.com. 3 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Macedonia - Azerbaijan 3:1". MacedonianFootball.com. 29 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "ROU - MKD match report". MacedonianFootball.com. 3 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "MLT - MKD match report". MacedonianFootball.com. 11 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "MKD - CMR match report". MacedonianFootball.com. 10 February 2011. 

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